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Almanac - Thursday 11/21/19

Pumpkin Pie Slice, by flickr user TheCulinaryGeek

It's Pumpkin Pie Day...

Today is Thursday, 21st of November of 2019....

It is the 325th day of the year.

103 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(3 months and 11 days from today)

348 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(11 months and 13 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:57 am 

and sunset will be at 4:54 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 57 minutes of daylight.

The first low tide was at 12:02 am 

The first high tide will be at 7:17 am 

The solar transit will be at 11:55 am.

and the next low tide will be at 1:08 pm.

and the next high tide at 6:58 pm.

Moon: 31.4%

Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:121.40° ESE↑

Moon Altitude:44.23°

Moon Distance:228767 mi
Next New Moon: Tuesday November 26, 2019 at 7:05 am

Next Full Moon: Dec 11, 2019 9:12 pm

Next Moonset: Today 2:20 pm

Today is…

Alascattalo Day

False Confession Day

Great American Smokeout

National Gingerbread Day

National Red Mitten Day (Canada)

National Rural Health Day

National Stuffing Day

Nouveau Beaujolais Day

Pumpkin Pie Day

Social Enterprise Day

Use Less Stuff Day

World Hello Day

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

World Philosophy Day

World Television Day

Today is also…

Air Assault Forces Day (Ukraine)

Armed Forces Day (Bangladesh)

Armed Forces Day (Greece)

General Framework Agreement Day (Republika Srpska)

…on this day in history…

164 BC – Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

1620 – Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact (November 11O.S.)

1676 – The Danish astronomer Ole Rømer presents the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light.

1783 – In Paris, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

1789 – North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

1832 – Wabash College is founded in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

1877 – Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

1905 – Albert Einstein's paper that leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula, E = mc², is published in the journal Annalen der Physik.

1918 – The Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 is passed, allowing women to stand for Parliament in the UK.

1922 – Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.

1942 – The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway is not usable by standard road vehicles until 1943).

1953 – The Natural History Museum, London announces that the "Piltdown Manskull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, is a hoax.

1959 – American disc jockey Alan Freed, who had popularized the term "rock and roll" and music of that style, is fired from WABC-AM radio over allegations he had participated in the payola scandal.

1961 – The "La Ronde" opens in Honolulu, first revolving restaurant in the United States.

1964 – The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens to traffic. At the time it is the world's longest bridge span.

1969 – U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Satō agree on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. The U.S. retains rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.

1969 – The first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and SRI.

1977 – Minister of Internal Affairs Allan Highet announces that the national anthems of New Zealand shall be the traditional anthem "God Save the Queen" and "God Defend New Zealand".

1986 – National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents allegedly implicating them in the Iran–Contra affair.

1992 – A major tornado strikes the HoustonTexas area during the afternoon. Over the next two days the largest tornado outbreak ever to occur in the US during November spawns over 100 tornadoes.

1995 – The Dayton Agreement is initialed at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2004 – The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, giving rise to massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.

2013 – Massive protests start in Ukraine after President Viktor Yanukovych suspended signing the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement.

2017 – Robert Mugabe formally resigns as President of Zimbabwe, after thirty-seven years in office.

…and if today is your birthday, happy birthday to you!  You share this special day with…

1694 – Voltaire, French historian, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1778)

1840 – Victoria, Princess Royal of England (d. 1901)

1852 – Francisco Tárrega, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1909)

1898 – René Magritte, Belgian painter (d. 1967)

1902 – Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1904 – Coleman Hawkins, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1969)

1937 – Marlo Thomas, American actress, producer, and activist

1940 – Dr. John, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2019)

1944 – Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1945 – Goldie Hawn, American actress, singer, and producer

1948 – George Zimmer, American businessman, founded Men's Wearhouse

1950 – Livingston Taylor, American singer-songwriter and musician

1965 – Björk, Icelandic singer-songwriter

1969 – Ken Griffey Jr., American baseball player and actor