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Almanac - Friday 11/29/19

Amazing Maize, by flickr user David Spender

Today is Maize Day...

Today is Friday, the 29th of November of 2019.

It is the 333rd day of the year.

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

22 days until winter begins

95 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(3 months and 3 days from today)

340 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(11 months and 5 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:05 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 11:58 am.

The first high tide was at 2:01 am 

and the next high tide will be at 12:30 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:34 am 

and the next low tide at 7:23 pm.

The Moon is 9.7%; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 69.52° ENE↑

Moon Altitude: -60.62°

Moon Distance: 240122 mi

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

Next New Moon: Dec 25, 2019 at 9:13 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 10:04 am

Today is…

Black Friday

Buy Nothing Day

Customer is Wrong Day

Electronic Greeting Card Day

Fur Free Friday

International Systems Engineer Day

Maize Day

National Chocolates Day

National Day of Listening

National Flossing Day

National Leftovers Day

National Lemon Creme Pie Day

National Native American Heritage Day

National Square Dance Day

Sinkie Day

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

You're Welcome-giving Day

It’s also…

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

1947 – Partition Plan: The United Nations General Assembly approves a plan for the partition of Palestine.

Liberation Day or Dita e Çlirimit in Albania

1944 – World War II: Albania is liberated by the Partisans

Republic Day in Yugoslavia

1945 – The Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia is declared.

Unity Day in Vanuatu

William Tubman's Birthday in Liberia

1895 – William Tubman, Liberian lawyer and politician, 19th President of Liberia (d. 1971)

…on this day in history…

1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga. It is the first Spanish civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

1890 – The Meiji Constitution goes into effect in Japan, and the first Diet convenes.

1899 – FC Barcelona is founded by Catalan, Spanish and Englishmen. It later develops into one of Spanish football's most iconic and strongest teams.

1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard E. Byrd leads the first expedition to fly over the South Pole.

1963 – "I Want to Hold Your Hand", recorded on October 17, 1963, is released by the Beatles in the United Kingdom.

1972 – Atari releases Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

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

1797 – Gaetano Donizetti, Italian composer (d. 1848)

1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist and poet (d. 1888)

1895 – Busby Berkeley, American director and choreographer (d. 1976)

1898 – C. S. Lewis, British novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1963)

1900 – Mildred Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally”, American broadcaster, employed by Nazi Germany to disseminate propaganda during WWII (d. 1988) 

1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., American pastor and politician (d. 1972)

1917 – Merle Travis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983)

1918 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author and poet (d. 2007)

1927 – Vin Scully, American sportscaster and game show host

1928 – Paul Simon, American soldier and politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (d. 2003)

1932 – Jacques Chirac, French soldier and politician, 22nd President of France (d. 2019)

1933 – John Mayall, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1935 – Diane Ladd, American actress

1939 – Peter Bergman, American comedian, actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1940 – Chuck Mangione, American horn player and composer

1942 – Ann Dunham, American anthropologist and academic (d. 1995)

1946 – Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Petra Kelly, German activist and politician (d. 1992)

1947 – Ronnie Montrose, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012)

1949 – Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016)

1954 – Joel Coen, American director, producer, and screenwriter

1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian, actor, and television host

1957 – Janet Napolitano, American lawyer, academic, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security

1959 – Rahm Emanuel, American businessman and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago

1964 – Don Cheadle, American actor and producer