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Almanac - Thursday 10/17/19

Epicenter for Loma Prieta Earthquake 1989, by flickr user Ray Krebs

It's Thursday, October 17, 2019...

It is the 290th day of the year.

75 days remain until the end of the year.

19 days until SF city elections

Tuesday November 5, 2019

138 days until The California Primary

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(4 months and 15 days from today)

and 383 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year and 17 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:21 am 

and sunset will be at 6:28 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 7 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:54 pm.

The first high tide will be at 2:48 am 

and the next high tide at 1:53 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:38 am 

and the next low tide at 8:29 pm.

The Moon is currently 87.7% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 224.01° SW↑

Moon Altitude: 64.37°

Moon Distance: 243627 mi

Next Moonset: Today 10:54 am

The Last Quarter Moon will be in 4 days on Monday the 21st of October of 2019 at 5:39 am

We’ll have a New Moon in 10 days Sunday the 27th of October of 2019 at 8:38 pm

The First Quarter Moon of the month comes in 18 days on Monday the 4th of November of 2019 at 3:23 am

And we have a Full Moon rising in 25 days on Tuesday the 12th of November of 2019 at 6:34 am

Today is…

Black Poetry Day

Conflict Resolution Day

Edge Day

Forgive an Ex Day

Four Prunes Day

Get to Know Your Customers Day

International Credit Union Day

International ShakeOut Day

Mulligan Day

National Get Smart About Credit Day

National Pasta Day

National Playing Card Collection Day

Pay Back a Friend Day

Spirit Day

Spreadsheet Day

Wear Something Gaudy Day

World Trauma Day

Today is also…

Dessalines Day in Haiti

Digital Society Day in India

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Loyalty Day in Argentina

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

1840 – André Gill, French caricaturist (d. 1885)

1898 – Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violinist and educator (d. 1998)

1903 – Nathanael West, American author and screenwriter (d. 1940)

1912 – Pope John Paul I, Catholic pope from August 1978- September 1978 (d. 1978)

1914 – Jerry Siegel, American author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1915 – Arthur Miller, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1918 – Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer and dancer (d. 1987)

1920 – Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)

1923 – Barney Kessel, American guitarist and composer (d. 2004)

1930 – Robert Atkins, American physician and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet (d. 2003)

1930 – Jimmy Breslin, American journalist and author (d. 2017)

1933 – The Singing Nun, Belgian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and nun (d. 1985)

1938 – Evel Knievel, American motorcycle rider and stuntman (d. 2007)

1947 – Actor Michael McKean

1948 – Margot Kidder, Canadian-American actress (d. 2018)

1951 – Shari Ulrich, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and violinist

1958 – Country singer Alan Jackson.

1962 – Animator Mike Judge.

1968 – Ziggy Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor

1969 – Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper, producer, and actor

1972 – Eminem, American rapper, producer, and actor

1983 – Felicity Jones, English actress

…and on this day in history…

1091 – London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.

1604 – Kepler's Supernova is observed in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

1771 – Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Mozart at age 15.

1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

In 1907, Guglielmo (Goo-lee-AH'-moh) Marconi began offering limited commercial wireless telegraph service between Nova Scotia and Ireland.

1919 – RCA is incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America.

In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted in Chicago of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)

1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.

In 1939, Frank Capra's comedy-drama "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," starring James Stewart as an idealistic junior U.S. senator, had its premiere in the nation's capital.

1979 – Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1979 – The Department of Education Organization Act creates the US Department of Education.

In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage.

2003 – Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, becomes the world's tallest highrise.

2018 – The recreational use of cannabis is legalized in Canada.