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Almanac - Thursday 11/7/19

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Bear Hug by flickr user terren in Virginia

It's Hug A Bear day, Today, Thursday, November 7, 2019...

It is the 311th day of the year

54 days remain until the end of the year.

This day marks the approximate midpoint of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

44 days until winter begins

118 days until primaries

on Tuesday March 3, 2020

(3 months and 26 days from today)

and 362 days until presidential elections

on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(11 months and 28 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:42 am 

and sunset will be at 5:04 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 22 minutes of daylight today. The solar transit will be at 11:53 am.

The first low tide will be at 1:31 am 

and the next low tide at 2:26 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:30 am 

and the next high tide at 8:15 pm.

The moon is currently 78.1 percent visible; a waxing gibbous moon

We’ll have a Full Moon in 5 days on Tuesday the 12th of November of 2019 at 5:34 am

Last Quarter Moon in 12 days Tuesday the 19th of November of 2019 at 1:11 pm

New Moon in 19 days on a Tuesday on the 26th of November of 2019 at 7:06 am

Today is…

Hug a Bear Day

International Project Management Day

International Stout Day

Little League Girls Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

National Men Make Dinner Day

Notary Public Day

Today is also…

Commemoration Day, the anniversary of Ben Ali's succession. in Tunisia

Hungarian Opera Day in Hungary

National Day, after Treaty of the Pyrenees in Northern CataloniaFrance

National Revolution and Solidarity Day in Bangladesh

October Revolution Day, still celebrated in Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan

Tokhu Emong for the Lotha Naga people of India

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

1867 – Marie Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934)

1879 – Leon Trotsky, Russian theorist and politician, founded the Red Army (d. 1940)

1913 – Albert Camus, French novelist, philosopher, and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1960)

1918 – Billy Graham, American minister and author (d. 2018)

1922 – Al Hirt, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1999)

1926 – Joan Sutherland, Australian soprano (d. 2010)

1942 – Johnny Rivers, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1943 – Stephen Greenblatt, American theorist, scholar, and critic

1943 – Joni Mitchell, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1951 – Lawrence O'Donnell, American journalist and talk show host

1952 – David Petraeus, American general, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

1956 – Judy Tenuta, American actress, producer, screenwriter, and accordion player

1969 – Hélène Grimaud, French pianist

1970 – Morgan Spurlock, American director, producer, and screenwriter

…and on this day in history…

1492 – The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the Earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of EnsisheimAlsace, France.

1665 – The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published.

1775 – John Murray, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, starts the first mass emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmore's Offer of Emancipation, which offers freedom to slaves who abandoned their colonial masters to fight with Murray and the British.

1874 – A cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly, is considered the first important use of an elephant as a symbol for the United States Republican Party.

1885 – The completion of Canada's first transcontinental railway is symbolized by the Last Spike ceremony at Craigellachie, British Columbia.

1893 – Women's suffrage: Women in the U.S. state of Colorado are granted the right to vote, the second state to do so.

1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente Canton, Bolivia.

1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.

1914 – The first issue of The New Republic is published.

1916 – Jeannette Rankin is the first woman elected to the United States Congress.

1917 – The Gregorian calendar date of the October Revolution, which gets its name from the Julian calendar date of 25 October. On this date in 1917, the Bolsheviks storm the Winter Palace.

1919 – The first Palmer Raid is conducted on the second anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Over 10,000 suspected communists and anarchists are arrested in 23 U.S. cities.

1929 – In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art opens to the public.

1931 – The Chinese Soviet Republic is proclaimed on the anniversary of the October Revolution.

1933 – Fiorello H. La Guardia is elected the 99th mayor of New York City.

1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America.

1954 – In the US, Armistice Day becomes Veterans Day.

1967 – Carl B. Stokes is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major American city.

1967 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

1973 – The United States Congress overrides President Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution, which limits presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.

1989 – Douglas Wilder wins the governor's seat in Virginia, becoming the first elected African American governor in the United States.

1989 – David Dinkins becomes the first African American to be elected Mayor of New York City.

1990 – Mary Robinson becomes the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland.

1991 – Magic Johnson announces that he is HIV-positive and retires from the NBA.

1994 – WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world's first internet radio broadcast.

1996 – NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor.