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Almanac - Wednesday 12/11/19

mountain, by flickr user barnyz

It's International Mountain Day...

Today is Wednesday, the 11th of December of 2019...

It is the 345th day of the year.

20 days remain until the end of the year.

10 days until winter begins

83 days until primaries

on Tuesday March 3, 2020

(2 months and 21 days from today)

328 days until presidential elections

on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(10 months and 23 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:16 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 35 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:03 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:54 am 

and the next low tide will be at 4:56 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 10:06 am.

The Moon is 99.4% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 277.28° W↑

Moon Altitude: 22.62°

Moon Distance: 239646 mi

Next Full Moon: Today at 9:12 pm

Next New Moon: Christmas Day Wednesday December 25, 2019 at 9:13 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 6:36 am

December is 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.

Today is…

Indiana Day

as it was on this day in 1816 – Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.

Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day

National App Day

National Have a Bagel Day

National Noodle Ring Day

Today is also…

Establishment of Kurdish Women's Union in Iraqi Kurdistan

International Mountain Day

National Tango Day in Argentina

Pampanga Day in Pampanga provincePhilippines

Republic Day, the day when Upper Volta became an autonomous republic in the French Community in 1958. (Burkina Faso)

On this day in history…

In 1844, the first experimental use of an inhaled anesthetic in dentistry took place as Dr. Horace Wells of Hartford, Connecticut, under the influence of nitrous oxide, had a colleague extract one of his teeth.

1905 – A workers' uprising occurs in KievUkraine (then part of the Russian Empire), and establishes the Shuliavka Republic.

1934 – Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the final time.

1936 – Abdication CrisisEdward VIII's abdication as King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India, becomes effective.

1964 – Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

1968 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, featuring the Rolling StonesJethro Tullthe WhoTaj MahalMarianne Faithfull, and the Dirty Mac with Yoko Ono, is filmed in Wembley, London.

1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and final Apollo mission to land on the Moon.

1980 – The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.

In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases.

In 2004, doctors in Austria said that Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko had been poisoned with dioxin, which caused the severe disfigurement and partial paralysis of his face.

2008 – Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

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

1803 – Hector Berlioz, French composer, conductor, and critic (d. 1869)

1856 – Georgi Plekhanov, Russian philosopher, theorist, and author (d. 1918)

1882 – Fiorello H. La Guardia, American lawyer and politician, 99th Mayor of New York City (d. 1947)

1889 – Walter Knott, American farmer and businessman, founded Knott's Berry Farm (d. 1981)

1908 – Elliott Carter, American composer and academic (d. 2012)

1911 – Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian author, playwright, and screenwriter, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)

1918 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1922 – Grace Paley, American short story writer and poet (d. 2007)

1923 – Morrie Turner, American comics creator (d. 2014)

1926 – Big Mama Thornton, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)

1931 – Rajneesh, Indian guru, mystic, and educator (d. 1990)

1931 – Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican-American actress, singer, and dancer

1938 – McCoy Tyner, American jazz musician

1939 – Tom Hayden, American activist and politician (d. 2016)

1943 – John Kerry, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 68th United States Secretary of State

1949 – Christina Onassis, American-born Greek/Argentine businesswoman, socialite, and heiress (d. 1988)

1954 – Jermaine Jackson, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer

1967 – Mo'Nique, American comedian, actress, and producer

1973 – Mos Def, American rapper

1978 – Roy Wood, Jr., American comedian, actor, and radio host