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Almanac - Tuesday 10/15/19

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Today is both Mushroom Day and Chicken Cacciatore Day! by flickr user Pixel Playa

It's Tuesday, October 15, 2019...

It is the 288th day of the year.

There are 77 days left in the year.

21 days until SF city elections

Tuesday November 5, 2019

140 days until primary elections

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(4 months and 17 days from today)

and 385 days until presidential election

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year and 19 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:19 am 

and sunset will be at 6:31 pm.

We will have 11 hours and 12 minutes of daylight.

the first high tide will be at 1:13 am 

The first low tide will be at 6:31 am 

the next high tide at 12:52 pm.

The solar transit will be at 12:55 pm.

and the final low tide rolls through the Golden Gate at 7:09 pm.

The Moon is 97.4% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 243.41° WSW↑

Moon Altitude: 44.44°

Moon Distance: 247571 mi

Next New Moon: Sunday October 27, 2019 at 8:38 pm

Next Full Moon: Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 5:34 am

Next Moonset: Today 8:53 am

Today is…

"I Love Lucy" Day

Breast Health Day

Global Handwashing Day

Information Overload Day

International Day of Rural Women

My Mom Is a Student Day

National Aesthetician Day

National Cheese Curd Day

National Chicken Cacciatore Day

National Face Your Fears Day

National Grouch Day

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

National Mushroom Day

National Pharmacy Technician Day

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

National Pug Day

National Roast Pheasant Day

National White Cane Safety Day

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity

Sewing Lovers Day

Today is also…

Anniversary of the 1987 Coup d'État in Burkina Faso

Breast Health Day in Europe

Evacuation Day in Tunisia

King Father's Commemoration Day in Cambodia

Teachers' Day in Brazil

White Cane Safety Day in United States

World Students' Day

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

99 BC – Lucretius, Roman poet and philosopher (d. 55 BCE)

70 BC – Virgil, Roman poet (d. 19 BC)

1564 – Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (d. 1613)

1831 – Isabella Bird, English explorer, writer, photographer, naturalist, and first woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (d. 1904)

1844 – Friedrich Nietzsche, German composer, poet, and philosopher (d. 1900)

1878 – Paul Reynaud, French lawyer and politician, 118th Prime Minister of France (d. 1966)

1881 – P. G. Wodehouse, English novelist and playwright (d. 1975)

1905 – C. P. Snow, English chemist and author (d. 1980)

1906 – Alicia Patterson, American journalist and publisher, co-founded Newsday (d. 1963)

1906 – Victoria Spivey, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976)

1908 – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist and diplomat, 7th United States Ambassador to India (d. 2006)

1909 – Robert Trout, American journalist (d. 2000)

1917 – Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., American historian and critic (d. 2007)

1920 – Mario Puzo, American author and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1923 – Italo Calvino, Italian novelist, short story writer, and journalist (d. 1985)

1923 – Antonio Fontán, Spanish journalist and politician (d. 2010)

1924 – Lee Iacocca, American businessman and author (d. 2019)

1926 – Michel Foucault, French historian and philosopher (d. 1984)

1926 – Karl Richter, German organist and conductor (d. 1981)

1935 – Barry McGuire, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1937 – Linda Lavin, American actress and singer

1938 – Fela Kuti, Nigerian musician and activist (d. 1997)

1943 – Penny Marshall, American actress, director, and producer (d. 2018)

1944 – David Trimble, Northern Irish lawyer and politician, 3rd 

1948 – Chris de Burgh, British-Irish singer-songwriter and pianist

1959 – Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

1969 – Dominic West, English actor and director

…and on this day in the history…

1582 – Adoption of the Gregorian calendar begins, eventually leading to near-universal adoption.

1764 – Edward Gibbon is inspired to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

1783 – The Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon makes the first human ascent, piloted by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier.

1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.

1928 – The airship, Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing in the United States.

In 1940, Charles Chaplin's first all-talking comedy, "The Great Dictator," a lampoon of Adolf Hitler, opened in New York.

1956 – FORTRAN, the first modern computer language, is first shared with the coding community.

1962 – The CIA notifies the State Department that Soviet ballistic missiles are in Cuba, leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1964 – Alexei Kosygin becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1965 – Vietnam War: A draft card is burned during an anti-war rally by the Catholic Worker Movement, resulting in the first arrest under a new law.

1966 – The Black Panther Party is founded.

1969 – In the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, over two million demonstrate nationally; about 250,000 in Washington D.C.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL.

1990 – Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.

On Oct. 15, 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, 52-48.

1994 – The Clinton administration returns Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to the island.

2001 – NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.

2003 – China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.

2011 – The 2011 Global Protests occur.

Five years ago in 2014,

The San Francisco Giants came within one game of winning the NL Championship Series with a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 2017, actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted that women who had been sexually harassed or assaulted should write "Me too" as a status; within hours, tens of thousands had taken up the #MeToo hashtag (using a phrase that had been introduced 10 years earlier by social activist Tarana Burke.)

One year ago in 2018,

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a DNA analysis that she said indicated that she has some Native American heritage; the move was intended as a rebuttal to President Donald Trump, who had mocked those claims. (A Stanford University expert concluded that Warren had a Native American ancestor who probably lived six to 10 generations ago.)