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Almanac - Monday 11/18/19

vichysoisse courtesy of Anne-Marie, by flickr user bettinche

It's National Vichyssoise Day...

Today is Monday, the 18th of November of 2019...

It is the 322nd day of the year.

43 days remain until the end of the year.

33 days until winter begins

106 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(3 months and 14 days from today)

351 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(11 months and 16 days from today)

The sun will rise at 6:54 am 

and sunset will be at 4:56 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 2 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 11:55 am.

The first high tide was at 4:44 am 

and the next high tide will be at 2:58 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:18 am 

and the next low tide at 9:57 pm.

The Moon is 65.0% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 166.83° SSE↑

Moon Altitude: 72.13°

Moon Distance: 233009 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Wednesday December 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 12:27 pm

Today is…

Apple Cider Day

Married to a Scorpio Support Day

Mickey Mouse Day

National Princess Day

National Vichyssoise Day

Occult Day

Push-button Phone Day

William Tell Day

It’s also…

Day of Army and Victory in Haiti

Independence Day in Morocco, celebrates the independence of Morocco from France and Spain in 1956.

National Day in Oman

Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia celebrates the independence of Latvia from Russia in 1918.

Remembrance Day of the Sacrifice of Vukovar in 1991 in Croatia

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

1836 – W. S. Gilbert, English playwright, poet, and illustrator (d. 1911)

1861 – Dorothy Dix, American journalist and author (d. 1951)

1882 – Wyndham Lewis, English painter and critic (d. 1957)

1883 – Carl Vinson, American judge and politician (d. 1981)

1899 – Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1985)

1901 – George Gallup, American statistician and academic (d. 1984)

1907 – Compay Segundo, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)

1908 – Imogene Coca, American actress, comedian, and singer (d. 2001)

1909 – Johnny Mercer, American singer-songwriter and producer, co-founded Capitol Records (d. 1976)

1923 – Alan Shepard, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1998)

1927 – Hank Ballard, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2003)

1928 – Sheila Jordan, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1936 – Don Cherry, American trumpet player (Old and New DreamsNew York Contemporary Five, and Codona) (d. 1995)

1939 – Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist, poet, and critic

1942 – Linda Evans, American actress

1945 – Wilma Mankiller, American tribal chief (d. 2010)

1953 – Kevin Nealon, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1968 – Owen Wilson, American actor, producer, comedian and screenwriter

1970 – Megyn Kelly, American lawyer and journalist

1974 – Chloë Sevigny, American actress and fashion designer

1981 – Nasim Pedrad, Iranian-American actress

…and on this day in history…

1803 – The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1865 – Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is published in the New York Saturday Press.

1872 – Susan B. Anthony and 14 other women are arrested for voting illegally in the United States presidential election of 1872.

1883 – American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

1901 – Britain and the United States sign the Hay–Pauncefote Treaty, which nullifies the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty and withdraws British objections to an American-controlled canal in Panama.

1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday.

1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.

1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.

1978 – In Jonestown, GuyanaJim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

1991 – After an 87-day siege, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to the besieging Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.

1993 – In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approved by the House of Representatives.

1993 – In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution, expanding voting rights and ending white minority rule.

2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules 4–3 in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gives the state legislature 180 days to change the law making Massachusetts the first state in the United States to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.