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Almanac - Wednesday 9/23


Happy Birthday to both John Coltrane and Bruce Springsteen!

Today is Wednesday, the 23rd of September of 2020,

It is the 267th day of the year

99 days remain until the end of the year.

It is frequently the day of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the day of the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

The sun will rise in at 6:59 am 

and sunset will be at 7:04 pm.

We will have 12 hours and 5 minutes of daylight today.

The solar transit will be at 1:01 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:10 am 

The only low tide of the day will be at 10:55 am.

and the next high tide at 5:09 pm.

The Moon is 43.5% visible; a Waxing Crescent

First Quarter Moon later today at 6:55 pm

Next Full Moon:

Oct 1, 2020, 2:05 pm

Next New Moon:

Oct 16, 2020, 12:31 pm

Moon Direction:

288.38° WNW↑

Moon Altitude:


Moon Distance:

233,244 mi

Next Moonrise:

Today, 2:12 pm

Today is…

Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Innergize Day

International Day of Sign Languages

National Checkers Day

National Dogs in Politics Day

National Great American Pot Pie Day

National Snack Stick Day

Restless Legs Awareness Day

See You at the Pole

Teal Talk Day

Today is also…

Grito de Lares in Puerto Rico

On this day 1868 – Grito de Lares ("Lares Revolt") occurs in Puerto Rico against Spanish rule.

Holocaust Memorial Day in Lithuania

Kyrgyz Language Day in Kyrgyzstan

National Day in Saudi Arabia

on this day in 1932 – The unification of Saudi Arabia is completed.

Teachers' Day in Brunei

On this day in history…

1642 – The first commencement exercises occur at Harvard College.

1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

1845 – The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York.

1889 – Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.

1911 – Pilot Earle Ovington makes the first official airmail delivery in America under the authority of the United States Post Office Department

1913 – Roland Garros of France becomes the first to fly in an airplane across the Mediterranean (from St. Raphael in France to Bizerte, Tunisia).

1962 – The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opens in New York City.

1973 – Argentine general election: Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina.

1986 – Houston Astros' Jim Deshaies sets a record, striking out the first eight batters he faces against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released.

2019 – The British travel company, Thomas Cook Group, declares bankruptcy, leaving employees without jobs and 600,000 customers stranded abroad. Hotels throughout the world are stuck with £3.5 million (U.S. $4.3 million) in unpaid bills.

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

1215 – Kublai Khan, Mongolian emperor (d. 1294)

1867 – John Lomax, American teacher, musicologist, and folklorist (d. 1948)

1889 – Walter Lippmann, American journalist and publisher, co-founded The New Republic (d. 1974)

1897 – Walter Pidgeon, Canadian-American actor and singer (d. 1984)

1916 – Aldo Moro, Italian academic and politician, 39th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1978)

1920 – Mickey Rooney, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1924 – Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan journalist and publisher (d. 1978)

1926 – John Coltrane, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1967)

1930 – Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 2004)

1935 – Les McCann, American soul-jazz singer and pianist

1939 – Roy Buchanan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1988)

1941 – George Jackson, American activist and author, co-founded the Black Guerrilla Family (d. 1971)

1943 – Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter

1944 – Eric Bogle, Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Mary Kay Place, American actress

1949 – Bruce Springsteen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1959 – Jason Alexander, American actor, singer, and voice artist

1970 – Ani DiFranco, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1971 – Sean Spicer, 30th White House Press Secretary