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Almanac - Thursday 12/12/19

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Poinsetta, by flickr user Alice Harold

It's Poinsetta Day...

Today is Thursday, the 12th of December of 2019...

It is the 346th day of the year.

19 days remain until the end of the year.

9 days until winter begins

82 days until primaries

(Tuesday March 03 2020

2 months and 20 days from today)

327 days until presidential elections

(Tuesday November 03 2020

10 months and 22 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:16 am 

and sunset will be at 4:52 pm.

In the high tide and low tide chart, we can see that t

The first high tide was at 12:09 am 

and the next high tide will be at 10:43 am.

The first low tide was at 4:34 am 

and the next low tide will be at 5:33 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

The solar noon will be at 12:04 pm.

The Moon is 99.8% visible

It is a 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.

Moon Direction: 278.00° W↑

Moon Altitude: 26.05°

Moon Distance: 237111 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Jan 10, 2020 11:21 am

Next Moonset: Today 7:39 am

Today is…

Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts

Gingerbread House Day

National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day

National Ambrosia Day

National Ding-a-Ling Day

National Poinsettia Day

Today is also…

Constitution Day in Russia

Croatian Air Force Day in Croatia

Feast of Masá'il ("Questions"), the first day of the 15th month of the Bahá'í calendar

Ground Forces Day in Ukraine

Jamhuri Day, celebrates the independence of Kenya from Britain in 1963.

Kanji Day in Japan

Neutrality Day in Turkmenistan

On this day in history…

1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.

1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.

1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.

1950 – Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.

1991 – The Russian Federation withdraws from the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR.

2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.

2015 – The Paris Agreement relating to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is adopted.

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

1805 – Henry Wells, American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1878)

1821 – Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (d. 1880)

1863 – Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1944)

1893 – Edward G. Robinson, American actor (d. 1973)

1900 – Sammy Davis, Sr., American actor and dancer (d. 1988)

1915 – Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1998)

1918 – Joe Williams, American singer and pianist (d. 1999)

1923 – Bob Barker, American game show host and producer

1924 – Ed Koch, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (d. 2013)

1929 – Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese pianist and composer

1940 – Dionne Warwick, American singer and television personality

1943 – Dickey Betts, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943 – Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (d. 1999)

1945 – Tony Williams, American drummer, composer, and producer (d. 1997)

1957 – Sheila E., American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actress

1969 – Sophie Kinsella, English author and educator

1970 – Regina Hall, American actress

1972 – Hank Williams III, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1994 – Otto Warmbier, American student imprisoned in North Korea (d. 2017)

And today is the 103rd year plus three days birthday for actor Kirk Douglas.