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Almanac - Friday 12/27/19

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It's Cut-Out Snowflake Day!

Today is Friday, the 27th of December of 2019.

It is the 361st day of the year.

Four days remain until the end of the year.

83 days until spring begins

67 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(2 months and 5 days from today)

312 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(10 months and 7 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:24 am 

and sunset will be at 4:59 pm.

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

The solar transit will be at 12:11 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:59 am 

and the next high tide at 11:28 am.

The first low tide will be at 5:29 am a

nd the next low tide at 6:20 pm.

Moon: 2.0%

Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 94.24° E↑

Moon Altitude: -34.53°

Moon Distance: 242143 mi

Next Moonrise: Today8:44 am

First Quarter Moon in 6 days on Thursday, the 2nd of January of 2020 at 8:45 pm

Full Moon in 14 days on Friday, the 10th of January of 2020 at 11:21 am

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Last Quarter Moon in 21 days on Friday 17th of January of 2020 at 4:58 am

New Moon in 28 days on Friday the 24th of January of 2020 at 1:42 pm

Today is …

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

National Fruitcake Day

Visit the Zoo Day

Today is also…

Constitution Day in North Korea

Emergency Rescuer's Day in Russia

St. Stephen's Day in the Eastern Orthodox Church; also a public holiday in Romania

The third of the Twelve Days of Christmas

It’s the second day of Kwanzaa; Today’s principle is KOO-ji-cha-gu-LEE-a, or Self-Determination

and tonight is the sixth night of Hannukah.

On this day in history…

1831 – Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution.

1845 – Ether anesthetic is used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Long in Jefferson, Georgia.

1845 – Journalist John L. O'Sullivan, writing in his newspaper the New York Morning News, argues that the United States had the right to claim the entire Oregon Country "by the right of our manifest destiny".

1911 – "Jana Gana Mana", the national anthem of India, is first sung in the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress.

1927 – Kern and Hammerstein's musical play Show Boat, considered to be the first true American musical play, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway.

1935 – Regina Jonas is ordained as the first female rabbi in the history of Judaism.

1966 – The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in AquismónSan Luis Potosí, Mexico.

1978 – Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship.

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

1571 – Johannes Kepler, German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer (d. 1630)

1822 – Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist (d. 1895)

1879 – Sydney Greenstreet, English-American actor (d. 1954)

1901 – Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress and singer (d. 1992)

1905 – Cliff Arquette, American actor and comedian (d. 1974)

1906 – Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, and actor (d. 1972)

1911 – Anna Russell, English-Canadian singer and actress (d. 2006)

1915 – William Masters, American gynecologist, author, and academic (d. 2001)

1943 – Cokie Roberts, American journalist and author (d. 2019)

1944 – Mick Jones, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1946 – Lenny Kaye, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1948 – Gérard Depardieu, French-Russian actor

1955 – Barbara Olson, American journalist and author (d. 2001)

1969 – Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist