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Almanac - Thursday 12/27

Cutting out snowflakes, by flickr user goblinbox_(queen_of_ad_hoc_bento)

Today is Thursday, the 27th of December of 2018. It is the 361st day of the year.

There are four days remaining until the end of the year. 83 days until spring begins

677 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 10 months and 7 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:24 am 

and sunset will be at 4:59 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 35 minutes of sun.

Solar noon will be at 12:11 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:41 am

The first low tide will be at 8:55 am 

and the next high tide will be at 2:44 pm.

and the next low tide at 9:14 pm.

The Moon is 70.6% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Next New Moon: Saturday January 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Next Full Moon: Sunday January 20, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 11:25 am

Today is…

The Second Day of Kwanzaa

On the second day the black candle is again lit, as well as the farthest red candle on the left. This represents the 2nd principle of Kwanzaa –Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination.

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

National Fruitcake Day

Visit the Zoo Day

It’s also…
Constitution Day in North Korea

Emergency Rescuer's Day in Russia

St. Stephen's Day in the Eastern Orthodox Church; a public holiday in Romania

The third of the Twelve Days of Christmas

“On the third day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.”

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this special day with…

1571 – Johannes Kepler, German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer (d. 1630)

1822 – Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist (d. 1895)

1879 – Sydney Greenstreet, English-American actor (d. 1954)

1901 – Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress and singer (d. 1992)

1905 – Cliff Arquette, American actor and comedian (d. 1974)

1906 – Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, and actor (d. 1972)

1943 – Cokie Roberts, American journalist and author

1944 – Mick Jones, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1944 – Singer Tracy Nelson

1946 – Lenny Kaye, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1948 – Gérard Depardieu, French-Russian actor

1949 – Jazz singer-musician T.S. Monk

1951 – Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff

1952 – Rock musician David Knopfler of the band Dire Straits

1969 – Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist

…and on this day in history…

1831 – Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution.

In 1904, James Barrie's play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opened at the Duke of York's Theater in London.

1927 – Kern and Hammerstein's musical play Show Boat, considered to be the first true American musical play, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway.

1935 – Regina Jonas is ordained as the first female rabbi in the history of Judaism.

1945 – The International Monetary Fund is created with the signing of an agreement by 29 nations.

In 1947, the original version of the puppet character Howdy Doody made his TV debut on NBC's "Puppet Playhouse."

1949 – Indonesian National Revolution: The Netherlands officially recognizes Indonesian independence. End of the Dutch East Indies.

In 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

In 1970, the musical play "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances

1978 – Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship

On Dec. 27, 1979, Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin (hah-FEE'-zoo-lah ah-MEEN'), who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal.