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Almanac - Tuesday 12/10/19

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Stored Knowledge, by flickr user Michael Coghlan

on this day in 1768, The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.

Today is Tuesday, the 10th of December of 2019...

It is the 344th day of the year.

21 days remain until the end of the year.

11 days until winter begins

84 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(2 months and 22 days from today)

329 days until Election Day

The sun rises at 7:15 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:03 pm.

The first low tide will be at 3:16 am 

and the next low tide at 4:20 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:33 am 

and the next high tide at 11:24 pm.

The Moon is currently 97.0% visible; a Waxing Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: 293.05° WNW↑

Moon Altitude: -2.68°

Moon Distance: 242121 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today 4:04 pm

Full Moon tomorrow Wednesday 11th of December of 2019 at 9:12 pm

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the December full moon is called the Full Cold Moon.  This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon has also been called the Long Nights Moon.

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

New Moon in 15 days on Christmas Day, Wednesday the 25th of December of 2019 at 9:13 pm

Annular Solar Eclipse

First Quarter Moon in 23 days on a Thursday, the 2nd of January of 2020 at 8:45 pm

For the computer known as the "DEC 10", see PDP-10.

Today is…

Dewey Decimal System Day

born on this day in 1851 – Melvil Dewey, American librarian, created the Dewey Decimal System (d. 1931)

Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales

Human Rights Day

National Lager Day

Nobel Prize Day

as it was on this day in 1901 – The first Nobel Prize ceremony is held in Stockholm on the fifth anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.

It is also…

Constitution Day in Thailand

Victory Day in Iraq

as it was in 2017 – ISIL is defeated in Iraq.

On this day in History…

1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.

1799 – France adopts the metre as its official unit of length.

1817 – Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.

1868 – The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

In 1869, women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory.

1884 – Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.

1896 – Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi premieres in Paris. A riot breaks out at the end of the performance.

1907 – The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals that have been vivisected.

In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it "with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind."

1978 – Arab–Israeli conflictPrime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin and President of Egypt Anwar Sadat are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1983 – Democracy is restored in Argentina with the inauguration of President Raúl Alfonsín.

1984 – United Nations General Assembly recognizes the Convention against Torture.

On Dec. 10, 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle East.

In 1996, South African President Nelson Mandela signed the country's new constitution into law during a ceremony in Sharpeville.

In 2007, Former Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment.

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

1787 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American educator, founded the American School for the Deaf (d. 1851)

1815 – Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and computer scientist (d. 1852)

1822 – César Franck, Belgian organist and composer (d. 1890)

1830 – Emily Dickinson, American poet (d. 1886)

1908 – Olivier Messiaen, French composer and ornithologist (d. 1992)

1911 – Chet Huntley, American journalist (d. 1974)

1913 – Morton Gould, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1996)

1914 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress and singer (d. 1996)

1924 – Michael Manley, Jamaican pilot and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Jamaica (d. 1997)[15]

1925 – Carolyn Kizer, American poet and academic (d. 2014)

1926 – Guitar Slim, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)

1952 – Susan Dey, American actress

1956 – Rod Blagojevich, American lawyer and politician, 40th Governor of Illinois

1959 – Mark Aguirre, American basketball player and coach

1960 – Kenneth Branagh, Northern Ireland-born English actor director, producer, and screenwriter

1985 – Raven-Symoné, American actress, singer, and dancer