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Almanac - Wednesday 10/16/19

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Today is Global Cat Day. IMG_9331, by flickr user Steve Baker

It's Wednesday, October 16, 2019...

It is the 289th day of the year,

76 days remain until the end of the year,

20 days until San Francisco City Elections Tuesday November 5, 2019,

139 days until primary elections in California Tuesday March 03 2020

(4 months and 16 days from today),

and 384 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year and 18 days from today).

The sun rises at 7:20 am 

and the sun sets at 6:29 pm.

We will have 11 hours and 9 minutes of daylight.

The first high tide will be at 1:58 am 

The first low tide will be at 7:03 am 

The solar transit will be at 12:54 pm.

and the next high tide at 1:21 pm.

and the next low tide at 7:46 pm.

The Moon is 93.4% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 243.41° WSW↑

Moon Altitude: 50.52°

Moon Distance: 245682 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Tuesday November 12, 2019 at t5:34 am

Next Moonset: Today 9:53 am

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Global Cat Day

Global Dignity Day

Hagfish Day

Love Your Body Day

National Boss Day

National Cut Up Your Credit Card Day

National Department Store Day

National Dictionary Day

National Fossil Day

National Learn a Word Day

National Liqueur Day

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

National Take your Parents to Lunch Day

Steve Jobs Day

World Food Day

World Spine Day

Today is also…

Air Force Day in Bulgaria

Pope John Paul II Day in Poland

Death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan in Pakistan

on this day in 1951 – The first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated in Rawalpindi.

Teachers' Day in Chile

World Anesthesia Day

as it was on this day in 1846William T. G. Morton administers ether anesthesia during a surgical operation.

World Food Day

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

1758 – Noah Webster, American lexicographer (d. 1843)

1831 – Lucy Stanton, American activist (d. 1910)

1854 – Karl Kautsky, Czech-German journalist, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1938)

1854 – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, and poet (d. 1900)

1886 – David Ben-Gurion, Polish-Israeli soldier and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1973)

1888 – Eugene O'Neill, American playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1953)

1898 – William O. Douglas, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1980)

1900 – Goose Goslin, American baseball player and manager (d. 1971)

1903 – Cecile de Brunhoff, French author and pianist (d. 2003)

1903 – Big Joe Williams, American Delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1982)

1904 – Björn Berglund, Swedish actor (d. 1968)

1908 – Enver Hoxha, Albanian general and politician, Prime Minister of Albania (d. 1985)

1925 – Angela Lansbury, English-American actress, singer, and producer 

1927 – Günter Grass, German novelist, poet, playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)

1928 – Mary Daly, American philosopher and theologian (d. 2010)

1931 – Charles Colson, American lawyer and politician (d. 2012)

1938 – Nico, German singer-songwriter, model, and actress (d. 1988)

1946 – Suzanne Somers, American actress and producer

1947 – Bob Weir, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958 – Tim Robbins, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1969 – Roy Hargrove, American trumpet player and composer

…and on this day in history…

1384 – Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, although she is a woman.

1847 – The novel Jane Eyre is published in London.

1859 – John Brown leads a raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

1882 – The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.

1909 – William Howard Taft and Porfirio Díaz hold the first summit between a U.S. and a Mexican president. They narrowly escape assassination.

1916 – Margaret Sanger opens the first family planning clinic in the United States.

1923 – The Walt Disney Company is founded.

1950 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is published.

1968 – Tommie Smith and John Carlos are ejected from the US Olympic team for participating in the Olympics Black Power salute.

1984 – Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1995 – The Million Man March takes place in Washington, D.C. About 837,000 attended.

1998 – Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a murder extradition warrant.

2002 – The Bibliotheca Alexandrina opens in Egypt, commemorating the ancient library of Alexandria.