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Almanac - Thursday 10/31/19

Pumpkin Owl by flickr user vtgard

It's Thursday, October 31, 2019...

It is the 304th day of the year.

61 days remain until the end of the year...


5 days until SF city elections Tuesday November 5, 2019

124 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(4 months and 3 days from today)

369 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020

(1 year and 3 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:35 am 

and sunset will be at 6:11 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:53 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:08 am 

and the next high tide will be at 2:02 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:54 am 

and the next low tide at 8:48 pm.

The Moon is 14.0% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:28.07° NNE↑

Moon Altitude:-72.29°

Moon Distance:235750 mi

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

Next New Moon: Tuesday November 26, 2019 at 7:05 am

Next Moonrise: Today 11:24 am

Today is…

Books for Treats Day

Carve a Pumpkin Day

Girl Scout Founder's Day


National Caramel Apple Day

National Doorbell Day

National Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

National Knock Knock Jokes Day

National Magic Day

Reformation Day


Scare a Friend Day

Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Day

World Savings Day

1924 – World Savings Day is announced in MilanItaly by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).

Today is also…

Día de la Canción Criolla (Peru)

Allantide (Cornwall)

Halloween (Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and other places)

Hop-tu-Naa (Isle of Man)

Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere, 

and Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere; begins on sunset of October 31 (GaelsWelsh people and Neopagan Wheel of the Year)

The first day of the Day of the Dead, celebrated until November 2 (Mexico)

Girl Scouts Founders Day (United States)

King Father's Birthday (Cambodia)

National Unity Day (India)

Reformation Day (Slovenia, parts of GermanyChile, various Protestant churches with a particular emphasis in Lutheran and Reformed ones)

1517 – Protestant ReformationMartin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

Saci Day (Brazil)

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

1445 – Hedwig, Abbess of Quedlinburg, Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg (d. 1511)

1887 – Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese general and politician, 1st President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (d. 1975)

1896 – Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977)

1912 – Dale Evans, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2001)

1915 – Jane Jarvis, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)

1920 – Dick Francis, Welsh-Caymanian jockey and author (d. 2010)

1920 – Helmut Newton, German-Australian photographer (d. 2004)

1922 – Illinois Jacquet, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2004)

1922 – Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Cambodia (d. 2012)

1930 – Michael Collins, American general, pilot, and astronaut

1931 – Dan Rather, American journalist

1936 – Michael Landon, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991)

1937 – Tom Paxton, American folk music singer-songwriter and guitarist

1939 – Ali Farka Touré, Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)

1942 – David Ogden Stiers, American actor (d. 2018)

1945 – Brian Doyle-Murray, American actor and comedian

1950 – John Candy, Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1994)

1950 – Jane Pauley, American journalist

1959 – Neal Stephenson, American author

1961 – Kate Campbell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1967 – Vanilla Ice, American rapper, television personality, and real estate investor

1973 – Christopher Bevins, American voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

…and on this day in history…

1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.

1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile highway across United States

1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.

1941 – World War II: The destroyer USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 U.S. Navy sailors. It is the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII.

1961 – In the Soviet UnionJoseph Stalin's body is removed from the Lenin's Mausoleum, also known as the Lenin Tomb.

1973 – Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy PrisonDublin aboard a hijacked helicopter that landed in the exercise yard.

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and other cities and around 3,000 Sikhs are killed.