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Almanac - Friday 12/13/19

Ice Cream, by flickr user J Lippold

Today is Ice Cream Day! (brrr...)

Today is Friday, the 13th of December of 2019.

It is the 347th day of the year.

18 days remain until the end of the year.

8 days until winter begins

81 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(2 months and 19 days from today)

326 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(10 months and 21 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:17 am 

and sunset will be at 4:52 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 35 minutes of daylight, today.

The solar transit will be at 12:04 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:55 am 

The first low tide was at 5:15 am 

and the next high tide at 11:22 am.

and the next low tide at 6:14 pm.

The Moon is 98.0% visible

A Waning Gibbous


Yesterday’s December Moon was 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.

Moon Direction: 268.44° W↑

Moon Altitude: 41.19°

Moon Distance: 234977 mi

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

Next Moonset: Today 8:40 am

Last Quarter Moon in 5 days next Wednesday 18th of December of 2019 at 8:57 pm

New Moon in 12 days on Christmas Day, Wednesday, 25th of December of 2019 at 9:13 pm

Annular Solar Eclipse

First Quarter Moon of the year will fall on a Thursday, the 2nd of January of 2020 at 8:45 pm

and the next Full Moon appears in 27 days on A Friday 10th of January of 2020 at 11:21 am

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse also occurs on this day

Today is…

Ice Cream Day

National Cocoa Day

National Day of the Horse

National Salesperson's Day

National Violin Day

Official Lost and Found Day

and Pick a Pathologist Pal Day

Today is also…

Acadian Remembrance Day  among the Acadians

Martial Law Victims Remembrance Day in Poland

Nanking Massacre Memorial Day in China

Nusantara Day in Indonesia

Republic Day in Malta

and Sailor's Day in Brazil

On this day in history…

1928 – George Gershwin's An American in Paris is first performed.

1962 – NASA launches Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit.

1967 – Constantine II of Greece attempts an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels.

1968 – Brazilian President Artur da Costa e Silva issues AI-5 (Institutional Act No. 5), enabling government by decree and suspending habeas corpus.

1972 – Apollo programEugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.

2002 – European Union enlargement: The EU announces that Cyprus, the Czech RepublicEstoniaHungaryLatviaLithuaniaMaltaPoalndSlovakia, and Slovenia will become members on May 1, 2004.

2003 – Iraq WarOperation Red Dawn: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.

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

2006 – Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is adopted by United Nations General Assembly.

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

1816 – Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded Siemens (d. 1892)

1818 – Mary Todd Lincoln, 16th First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)

1897 – Drew Pearson, American journalist and author (d. 1969)

1903 – Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986)

1903 – Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1993)

1906 – Laurens van der Post, South African-English soldier and author (d. 1996)

1911 – Kenneth Patchen, American poet and painter (d. 1972)

1920 – George P. Shultz, American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State

1925 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer

1927 – James Wright, American poet and academic (d. 1980)

1929 – Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor and producer

1941 – John Davidson, American actor and game show host

1945 – Herman Cain, American businessman and political activist

1948 – Jeff Baxter, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1948 – Ted Nugent, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1952 – Junkyard Dog, American football player and wrestler (d. 1998)

1954 – Steve Forbert, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1957 – Steve Buscemi, American actor and director

1967 – Jamie Foxx, American actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and comedian

1989 – Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress