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Almanac - Tuesday 9/24/19

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Cherries Jubilee, by flickr user Clipp2

It's Tuesday, September 24, 2019...

It is the 267th day of the year.

98 days remain until the end of the year.

Today is a Spare-The-Air Alert Day. 

89 days until winter begins

161 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(5 months and 8 days from today)

406 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 1 month and 10 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:00 am 

and sunset will be at 7:02 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 2 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:01 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:12 am 

and the next low tide will be at 2:23 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:35 am 

and the next high tide at 8:20 pm

The Moon is 24.9% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 85.23° E↑

Moon Altitude: 29.15°

Moon Distance: 228995 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 4:47 pm

Today is…

Festival of Latest Novelties

Gallbladder Good Health Day

Innergize Day

Kiss Day

National Bluebird of Happiness Day

National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Punctuation Day

National Voter Registration Day

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Peru

Constitution Day in Cambodia

Heritage Day in South Africa

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Guinea-Bissau from Portugal in 1973.

Mahidol Day in Thailand

New Caledonia Day

Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago

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

1534 – Guru Ram Das, fourth Sikh Guru (d. 1581)

1667 – Jean-Louis Lully, French composer (d. 1688)

1893 – Blind Lemon Jefferson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1929)

1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1940)

1902 – Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader and politician, 1st Supreme Leader of Iran (d. 1989)

1911 – Konstantin Chernenko, Russian politician (d. 1985)

1923 – Fats Navarro, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1950)

1936 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer, director, producer and screenwriter, created The Muppets (d. 1990)

1941 – Linda McCartney, American singer, photographer, and activist (d. 1998)

1945 – Lou Dobbs, American journalist and author

1946 – Jerry Donahue, American guitarist and producer

1948 – Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter (d. 1998)

1957 – Brad Bird, American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and actor

1789 – The United States Congress passes the Judiciary Act, creating the office of the Attorney General and federal judiciary system and ordering the composition of the Supreme Court.

1890 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy.

1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument.

In 1934, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. (The Sox won, 5-0.)

1948 – The Honda Motor Company is founded.

1957 – President Eisenhower sends the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.

1960 – USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.

In 1969, the trial of the Chicago Eight (later seven) began. (Five were later convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic convention, but the convictions were ultimately overturned.)

On September 24, 1976, former hostage Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery in San Francisco carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. (Hearst was released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President Jimmy Carter.)

In 1988, Members of the eastern Massachusetts Episcopal diocese elected Barbara C. Harris the first female bishop in the church's history.

In 1996, the United States and 70 other countries became the first to sign a treaty at the United Nations to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons. (The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty has yet to enter into force because of the refusal so far of eight nations — including the United States — to ratify it.)

In 2007, United Auto Workers walked off the job at General Motors plants in the first nationwide strike during auto contract negotiations since 1976; a tentative pact ended the walkout two days later.

Ten years ago in 2009: With President Barack Obama presiding, the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a sweeping strategy aimed at halting the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately eliminating them.