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Almanac - Tuesday 9/17/19

Apple dumplings, farmer's market, taken by flickr user ExarchIzain

Today is Tuesday September 17, 2019...

It is the 260th day of the year.

105 days remain until the end of the year.

6 days until autumn begins

168 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(5 months and 15 days from today)

413 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 1 month and 17 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 6:54 am 

and the sun sets tonight at 7:13 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 19 minutes of daylight.

The first high tide was at 1:57 am 

The first low tide will be at 7:38 am 

The solar transit will be at 1:03 pm.

and the next high tide will be at 2:10 pm.

and the next low tide at 8:11 pm.

The Moon is 90.2% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:210.54° SSW↑

Moon Altitude: 55.28°

Moon Distance: 249352 mi

Next New Moon: Saturday September 28, 2019 at 11:26 am

Next Full Moon: Sunday October 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Next Moonset: Today 10:00 am

Today is…

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Get Ready Day

National Apple Dumpling Day

National IT Professionals Day

National Monte Cristo Day

National Professional House Cleaners Day

National Table Shuffleboard Day

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day

Time's Up Day

Today is also…

Australian Citizenship Day

Batman Day, an annual observance begun by DC Comics on September 17, 2013

Heroes' Day in Angola

Marathwada Liberation Day in Maharashtra state in India

Operation Market Garden Anniversary is still remembered with parachuting and dedications on this day in The Netherlands

Teachers' Day in Honduras

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

1859 – Billy the Kid, American gunman (d. 1881)

1883 – William Carlos Williams, American poet, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1963)

1916 – Mary Stewart, English-Scottish author and poet (d. 2014)

1918 – Chaim Herzog, Irish-born Israeli general and politician, 6th President of Israel (d. 1997)

1922 – Agostinho Neto, Angolan poet and politician, 1st President of Angola (d. 1979)

1923 – Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1953)

1928 – Roddy McDowall, English-American actor (d. 1998)

1931 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (d. 2005)

1933 – Chuck Grassley, American lawyer and politician

1935 – Ken Kesey, American novelist, essayist, and poet (d. 2001)

1942 – Robert Graysmith, American author and illustrator

1944 – Reinhold Messner, Italian mountaineer and explorer

1947 – Jeff MacNelly, American cartoonist (d. 2000)

1948 – John Ritter, American actor and producer (d. 2003)

1950 – Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, India (2001-14) and politician, 14th Prime Minister of India

1950 – Fee Waybill, American singer-songwriter and producer

…and on this day in history…

1382 – Louis the Great's daughter, Mary, is crowned "king" of Hungary.

1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.

1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.

1778 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe.

1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.

1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.

1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."

1925 – Frida Kahlo suffers near-fatal injuries in a bus accident in Mexico, causing her to abandon her medical studies and take up art

1954 – The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is first published.

1961 – The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1976 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise is unveiled by NASA.

1978 – The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.

1980 – After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established..

1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.

1991 – The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.

2011 – Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City.

2013 – Grand Theft Auto V releases earning more than half a billion dollars on its first day