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Almanac - Thursday 10/24/19

Today is Thursday, the 24th of October of 2019

It is the 297th day of the year.

68 days remain until the end of the year.

59 days until winter begins

12 days until city elections in San Francisco

Tuesday November 5, 2019

131 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(4 months and 8 days from today)

376 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year and 10 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:28 am 

and sunset will be at 6:19 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 51 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:53 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:33 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:11 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:37 am 

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate rolls in at 9:14 pm.

The Moon is currently 18.6% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:90.05° E↑

Moon Altitude:18.69°

Moon Distance:226247 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 4:45 pm

Today is…

40-Hour Work Week Day

Black Thursday

Food Day

National Bologna Day

National Crazy Day

National Good and Plenty Day

Take Back Your Time Day

United Nations Day

Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day

World Development Information Day

World Polio Day

World Tripe Day

Today is also…

Azad Kashmir Day (Pakistan)

Day of Special Forces of the Armed Forces (Russia)

Food Day (United States)

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Zambia from United Kingdom in 1964.

Suez Day (Egypt)

United Nations Day, the anniversary of the 1945 Charter of the United Nations (International)

World Development Information Day

World Polio Day

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

1911 – Sonny Terry, American singer and harmonica player (d. 1986)

1915 – Bob Kane, American author and illustrator (d. 1998)

1923 – Denise Levertov, British-born American poet (d. 1997)

1925 – Luciano Berio, Italian composer and educator (d. 2003)

1929 – Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2014)

1929 – George Crumb, American composer and educator

1930 – The Big Bopper, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)

1932 – Stephen Covey, American author and educator (d. 2012)

1932 – Adrian Mitchell, English journalist, author, poet, and playwright (d. 2008)

1936 – Bill Wyman, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings)

1939 – F. Murray Abraham, American actor

1947 – Kevin Kline, American actor and singer

1948 – Kweisi Mfume, American lawyer and politician

1954 – Malcolm Turnbull, Australian journalist and politician, 29th Prime Minister of Australia

1960 – BD Wong, American actor

1973 – Laura Veirs, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1986 – Drake, Canadian rapper and actor

1989 – PewDiePie, Swedish YouTuber

…and on this day in history…

1857 – Sheffield F.C., the world's oldest association football club still in operation, is founded in England.

1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed.

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1911 – Orville Wright remains in the air nine minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

1926 – Harry Houdini's last performance takes place at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit.

1929 – "Black Thursday" on the New York Stock Exchange.

1931 – The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic over the Hudson River.

1945 – The United Nations Charter comes into effect.

1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.

1947 – Famed animator Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.

1954 – President Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam.

1964 – Northern Rhodesia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes Zambia.

1975 – In Iceland, 90% of women take part in a national strike, refusing to work in protest of gender inequality.

1980 – The government of Poland legalizes the Solidarity trade union.

1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays become the first Major League Baseball team based outside the United States to win the World Series.

2008 – "Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.