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Almanac - Thursday 12/5/19

The World-famous Sacher Torte, by flickr user Trent Strohm

It's Sacher Torte Day!

Today is Thursday, the 5th of December of 2019...

It is the 339th day of the year.

26 days remain until the end of the year.

16 days until winter begins

89 days until primaries

on Tuesday March 3, 2020

(2 months and 27 days from today)

334 days until presidential election day

on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(10 months and 29 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:11 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 40 minutes of daylight. The solar transit will be at 12:01 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:58 am 

and the next high tide at 6:37 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 1:10 pm.

The Moon is 61.7% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 304.86° NW↑

Moon Altitude: -45.02°

Moon Distance: 251259 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 1:37 pm

Today is…


Bathtub Party Day

Day of the Ninja

International Volunteer Day


National Blue Jeans Day

National Communicate With Your Kids Day

National Commute With Your Baby Day

National Sacher Torte Day

Repeal Day

World Soil Day

Today is also…

Children's Day in Suriname

Day of Military Honour - Battle of Moscow in Russia

Discovery Day in Haiti and Dominican Republic

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

Klozum in SchiermonnikoogNetherlands

Saint Nicholas' Eve in BelgiumCzech RepublicSlovakia, the NetherlandsHungaryRomaniaGermanyPoland and the UK

Krampusnacht in Austria

The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Birthday in Thailand

World Soil Day

On this day in history…

1848 – California Gold Rush: In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.

In 1932, German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.

In 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.

1935 – Mary McLeod Bethune founds the National Council of Negro Women in New York City.

1955 – The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL–CIO.

1955 – E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

1999 – Helen Clark is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, the second woman to hold the post and the first to be elected to the role.

2004 – The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.

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

1782 – Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1839 – George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)

1890 – Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1901 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)

1901 – Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)

1902 – Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)

1905 – Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)

1907 – Lin Biao, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1971)

1911 – Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)

1912 – Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)

1925 – Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)

1932 – Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

1934 – Joan Didion, American novelist and screenwriter

1935 – Calvin Trillin, American novelist, humorist, and journalist

1936 – James Lee Burke, American journalist, author, and academic

1938 – J. J. Cale, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1946 – José Carreras, Spanish tenor and actor

1947 – Jim Messina, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1947 – Jim Plunkett, American football player and radio host

1949 – John Altman, English composer and conductor

1963 – Doctor Dré, American television and radio host

1968 – Margaret Cho, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter

1968 – Lisa Marie, American model and actress

1980 – Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer