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Almanac - Wednesday 12/4/19

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Cheetah, by flickr user Ulrika

Today is Cheetah Day!

It is the 337th day of the year 

27 days remain until the end of the year.

17 days until winter begins

90 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(Tuesday 2 months and 28 days from today)

335 days presidential elections

until Tuesday November 3, 2020

(10 months and 31 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:10 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 41 minutes of daylight today.

The first high tide will be at 6:20 am 

The first low tide will be at 12:14 pm 

the next high tide at 5:18 pm.

and the final low tide at the Golden Gate occurs at 11:42 pm.

Moon: 52.7%

First Quarter

Moon Direction:332.97° NNW↑

Moon Altitude:-60.45°

Moon Distance:251161 mi

Next Moonrise: T oday 1:11 pm

We will have a Full Moon in 7 days, Wednesday the 11th of December of 2019 at 9:12 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 14 days on Wednesday the 18th of December of 2019 at 8:57 pm

New Moon in 21 days on Christmas Day, Wednesday, the 25th of December of 2019 at 9:13 pm

Also the Annular Solar Eclipse takes place

and the First Quarter Moon of the year will be in 29 days, on a Thursday, the 2nd of January of 2020 at 8:45 pm

Today is…

Cabernet Franc Day

Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day

International Cheetah Day

National Cookie Day

National Dice Day

National Package Protection Day

National Sock Day

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Santa's List Day

Special Kids Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

Wildlife Conservation Day

Women Wednesday

Today is also…

Navy Day in India

Thai Environment Day in Thailand

Tupou I Day in Tonga

On this day in history…

771 – Austrasian king Carloman I dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frankish Kingdom.

1783 – At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, U.S. General George Washington bids farewell to his officers.

1791 – The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published.

1865 – North Carolina ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed soon by Georgia, and U.S. slaves were legally free within 2 weeks

1875 – Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison; he is later recaptured in Spain.

1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

1918 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.

1954 – The first Burger King is opened in MiamiFlorida.

1956 – The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis PresleyJerry Lee LewisCarl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.

1964 – Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest of the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property.

1965 – The Grateful Dead's first concert performance under this new name.

1965 – Launch of Gemini 7 with crew members Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. The Gemini 7 spacecraft was the passive target for the first crewed space rendezvous performed by the crew of Gemini 6A.

1969 – Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

1978 – Following the murder of Mayor George MosconeDianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco's first female mayor.

In 1980, the bodies of four American churchwomen slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed. (Five Salvadoran national guardsmen were later convicted of murdering nuns Ita Ford, Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel, and lay worker Jean Donovan.)

In 1986, both houses of Congress moved to establish special committees to conduct their own investigations of the Iran-Contra affair.

In 2000, in a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refused to overturn George W. Bush's certified victory in Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts.

2005 – Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the government to allow universal and equal suffrage

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

1835 – Samuel Butler, English author and critic (d. 1902)

1875 – Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian-Swiss poet and author (d. 1926)

1892 – Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator, Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1975)

1910 – Alex North, American composer and conductor (d. 1991)

1914 – Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (d. 1993)

1920 – Jeanne Manford, American educator and activist, co-founded PFLAG (d. 2013)

1921 – Deanna Durbin, Canadian actress and singer (d. 2013)

1923 – Charles Keating, American lawyer and financier (d. 2014)

1937 – Max Baer, Jr., American actor, director, and producer

1940 – Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)

1944 – Chris Hillman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 – Anna McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter

1948 – Southside Johnny, American singer-songwriter

1949 – Jeff Bridges, American actor

1955 – Cassandra Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer

1966 – Fred Armisen, Actor-comedian

1964 – Marisa Tomei, American actress

1969 – Jay Z, American rapper, producer, and actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records

1973 – Tyra Banks, American model, actress, and producer

1973 – Kate Rusby, English singer-songwriter and guitarist