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Almanac - Tuesday 9/15/20

Albino Alligator, thanks to flickr user Travis

Happy Hatch Day!  Claude the Albino Alligator at the California Academy of the Sciences turns 25 today!

Today is Tuesday, the 15th of September of 2020...

It is the 259th day of the year

107 days remain until the end of the year.

7 days until autumn begins

49 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 month and 19 days from today)

the sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:53 am 

and sunset will be at 7:15 pm.

Solar Noon will be at 1:04 pm

The first low tide was at 4:31 am 

The first high tide will be at 11:37 am 

and the next low tide will be at 4:38 pm.

and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 10:47 pm.

Moon: 5.6%

Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:

74.77° ENE↑

Moon Altitude:


Moon Distance:

228,141 mi

Next New Moon:

Sep 17, 2020, 4:00 am

Next Full Moon:

Oct 1, 2020, 2:05 pm

Next Moonset:

Today, 6:44 pm

Today is…

Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie Day

Get Ready Day

Google.com Day

Greenpeace Day

International Day of Democracy

International Dot Day

Make a Hat Day

National Caregivers Day

National Cheese Toast Day

National Crème de Menthe Day

National Double Cheeseburger Day

National Felt Hat Day

National IT Professionals Day

National Linguine Day

National Online Learning Day

National Tackle Kids Cancer Day

National Thank You Day


and wishing a Happy “Hatchday:” to SF’s Albino Alligator “Claude” one of the California Academy of Science’s most famous residents, Turns 25

Today is also…

Battle of Britain Day (United Kingdom)

Cry of Dolores, celebrated on the eve of Independence Day (Mexico).

Prinsjesdag . (Netherlands)

Engineer's Day (India)

Independence Day, celebrates the independence from Spain in 1821 of Guatemala (a Patriotic Day), El SalvadorHondurasNicaragua, and Costa Rica.

International Day of Democracy

Knowledge Day (Azerbaijan)

Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day (Slovenia)

Silpa Bhirasri Day (Thailand).

The beginning of German American Heritage Month, celebrated until October 15 

The beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated until October 15 (United States)

World Lymphoma Awareness Day (International)

On this day in history…

1789 – The United States "Department of Foreign Affairs", established by law in July, is renamed the Department of State and given a variety of domestic duties.

1835 – HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands. The ship lands at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.

1952 – The United Nations cedes Eritrea to Ethiopia.

1959 – Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

1963 – Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed in the bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.

1971 – The first Greenpeace ship departs from Vancouver to protest against the upcoming Cannikin nuclear weapon test in Alaska.

1981 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

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

1830 – Porfirio Díaz, Mexican general and politician, 29th President of Mexico (d. 1915)

1857 – William Howard Taft, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 27th President of the United States (d. 1930)

1876 – Bruno Walter, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1962)

1890 – Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1976)

1894 – Jean Renoir, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1979)

1903 – Roy Acuff, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 1992)

1907 – Fay Wray, Canadian-American actress (d. 2004)

1913 – John N. Mitchell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 67th United States Attorney General (d. 1988)

1914 – Robert McCloskey, American author and illustrator (d. 2003)

1918 – Nipsey Russell, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)

1924 – Bobby Short, American singer and pianist (d. 2005)

1927 – Norm Crosby, American comedian and actor

1928 – Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1975)

1934 – Tomie dePaola, American author and illustrator

1945 – Jessye Norman, American soprano

1946 – Tommy Lee Jones, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1946 – Oliver Stone, American director, screenwriter, and producer