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Almanac - Monday 10/21/19

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Apple by flickr user Jaszek

 Today is Monday October 21, 2019...

October 21 is the 294th day of the year.

71 days remain until the end of the year

There are 15 days until SF City Elections,

134 days until primaries,

and 379 days until presidential elections.

The sun rises at 7:25 am 

and sunset will be at 6:23 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 58 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 12:54 pm.

The first high tide will be at 7:18 am 

and the next high tide at 5:34 pm. 

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:54 am.

The moon is currently 50.2% visible; the Third quarter moon of the month

There will be a New Moon in 6 days on Sunday 27th of October of 2019 at 8:38 pm, which is also Diwali

First Quarter Moon on November in 14 days on Monday the 4th of November of 2019 at 3:23 am

Full Moon in 22 days on a Tuesday, the12th of November of 2019 at 6:34 am

Last Quarter Moon in 29 days, also on a Tuesday, the 19th of November of 2019 at 2:11 pm

Today is...

"Back to the Future" Day

Apple Day

Garbanzo Bean Day

International Day of the Nacho

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Babbling Day

Celebration of the Mind Day

Check Your Meds Day

Count Your Buttons Day

Today is also…

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day

International Adjust your Chair Day

Multicultural Diversity Day

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

National Pets for Veterans Day

Reptile Awareness Day

Shemini Atzeret

Today is also...

Armed Forces Day in Honduras

Egyptian Naval Day in Egypt

Indian Police Commemoration Day in India

National Nurses' Day in Thailand

Ndadaye Day in Burundi

Overseas Chinese Day in Taiwan, the Republic of China

Trafalgar Day (the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th century)

as it was on this day in 1805 – during the Napoleonic Wars: A British fleet led by Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet under Admiral Villeneuve in the Battle of Trafalgar.

Birth of the Báb  (Bahá’í)

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

1772 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, philosopher, and critic (d. 1834)

1833 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist and engineer, invented dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize (d. 1896)

1912 – Georg Solti, Hungarian-English conductor and director (d. 1997)

1914 – Martin Gardner, American mathematician and author (d. 2010)

1917 – Dizzy Gillespie, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1993)

1925 – Celia Cruz, Cuban-American singer (d. 2003)

1929 – Ursula K. Le Guin, American author and critic (d. 2018)

1935 – Derek Bell, Irish harp player, pianist, and songwriter (d. 2002)

1940 – Manfred Mann, South African-English keyboard player and producer

1941 – Steve Cropper, American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and actor

1942 – Elvin Bishop, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943 – Tariq Ali, Pakistani historian and author

1949 – Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli captain and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Israel

1952 – Brent Mydland, German-American keyboard player (d. 1990)

1956 – Carrie Fisher, American actress and screenwriter (d. 2016)

1976 – Josh Ritter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1980 – Kim Kardashian, American reality television personality, actress, model, businesswoman and socialite

1982 – Hari Kondabolu, American comedian, actor, and podcaster

...and on this day in history...

1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses are sent to the Crimean War.

1879 – Thomas Edison applies for a patent for his design for an incandescent light bulb.

1921 – President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting U.S. President against lynching in the deep South.

1940 – The first edition of the Ernest Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is published.

1945 – French women vote for the first time during the 1945 French legislative election.

1959 – In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opens to the public.

1959 – President Eisenhower approves the transfer of all US Army space-related activities to NASA, including most of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency.

1967 – The National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam organizes a march of fifty thousand people from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon.

1983 – The metre is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.