Today is Friday, the 21st of December of 2018. It is the 355th day of the year.
There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year.
683 days until Presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020
(1 year 10 months and 13 days from today)
Winter Solstice at 2:22 this afternoon
In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is usually the shortest day of the year and is sometimes regarded as the first day of winter.
In the Southern Hemisphere, December 21 is usually the longest day of the year and occurs during the southern summer.
The sun rises at 7:22 am
and sunset will be at 4:55 pm.
Today we will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of daylight. Solar noon will be at 12:08 pm.
The first high tide will be at 9:37 am
The next low tide will be at 4:25 pm.
and the final high tide at the Golden Gate rolls in at 11:36 pm.
The Moon is 98.0% visible; a Waxing Gibbous
Moon Direction: 289.74° WNW↑
Moon Altitude: 4.58°
Moon Distance: 228433 mi
Next Full Moon:Dec 22, 20189:48 am
It will be the Full Cold Moon.
This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.
Next New Moon:Jan 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm
Next Moonset:Today at 6:02 am
Anne and Samantha Day
Crossword Puzzle Day
Don't Make Your Bed Day
International Dalek Remembrance Day
National Flashlight Day
National French Fried Shrimp Day
National Hamburger Day
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
National Kiwi Fruit Day
National Look at the Bright Side Day
National Short Story Day
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day
Ribbon Candy Day
Short Girl Appreciation Day
The First Day of Winter
Today is also…
Armed Forces Day in The Philippines
Blue Christmas in Western Christianity
Dongzhi Festival in Asia
Sanghamitta Day in Theravada Buddhism
Yule in the Northern Hemisphere (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)
Ziemassvētki in ancient Latvia
Forefathers' Day in Plymouth, Massachusetts
São Tomé Day in São Tomé and Príncipe
The first day of Pancha Ganapati, celebrated until December 25 in the Saiva Siddhanta Church
If today is your Birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this day with…
1615 – Benedict Arnold, Rhode Island colonial governor (d. 1678)
1795 – Jack Russell, English priest, hunter, and dog breeder (d. 1883)
1804 – Benjamin Disraeli, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1881)
1911 – Josh Gibson, American baseball player (d. 1947)
1915 – Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 2007)
1917 – Heinrich Böll, German novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)
1918 – Donald Regan, American colonel and politician, 11th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2003)
1918 – Kurt Waldheim, Austrian colonel, war criminal, and politician; 9th President of Austria (d. 2007)
1922 – Paul Winchell, American actor, voice artist, and ventriloquist (d. 2005)
1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host and producer
1937 – Jane Fonda, American actress, producer, and activist
1940 – Frank Zappa, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1993)
1942 – Hu Jintao, Chinese engineer and politician, 6th President of China
1944 – Michael Tilson Thomas, American pianist, composer, and conductor
1947 – Paco de Lucía, Spanish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2014)
1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, American actor and producer
1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, British-Canadian actor, director, and producer
…and on this day in history…
1620 – Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1879 – World premiere of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1913 – Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
1919 – American anarchist Emma Goldman is deported to Russia.
1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
1965 – International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is adopted.
1988 – A bomb explodes on board Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270. This is to date the deadliest air disaster to occur in British soil.
1995 – The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.