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Almanac - Thursday 9/24

Jim Henson Memorial Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog) memorial statue, on the campus of the University of Maryland (College Park) in front of the Stamp Student Union building, by flickr user Mark Zimmermann

Today is Jim Henson's Birthday...

Today is Thursday, the 24th of September of 2020...

It is the 267th day of the year

98 days remain until the end of the year

88 days until winter begins

40 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

1 month and 11 days from today

The sun rises at 7:00 am 

and sunset will be at 7:03 pm.

We will have 12 hours  and 3 minutes of daylight

The solar transit will be at 1:00 pm

The first low tide was at 12:19 pm at zero point zero 3 feet

The first high tide will be at 7:36 am at 4.79 feet

the next low tide at 12:07 pm at 3.08 feet

and the next high tide at 6:16 pm at 5.94 feet

The Moon is currently 54.4% visible; it’s in the First Quarter phase

Moon Direction:

276.62° W↑

Moon Altitude:


Moon Distance:

236,46 mi

Next Full Moon:

Oct 1, 2020, 2:05 pm

Next New Moon:

Oct 16, 2020, 12:31 pm

Next Moonrise:

Today, 3:12 pm

Today is…

Festival of Latest Novelties

Gallbladder Good Health Day

Kiss Day

Lash Stylists' Day

National Bluebird of Happiness Day

National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Horchata Day

National Punctuation Day

Remember Me Thursday

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving

World Maritime Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Peru

Constitution Day in Cambodia

Heritage Day in South Africa

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Guinea-Bissau from Portugal in 1973.

Mahidol Day in Thailand

New Caledonia Day

Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago

On this day in history…

1789 – The United States Congress passes the Judiciary Act, creating the office of the Attorney General and federal judiciary system and ordering the composition of the Supreme Court.

1852 – The first airship powered by (a steam) engine, created by Henri Giffard, travels 17 miles (27 km) from Paris to Trappes.

1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument.

1950 – The eastern United States is covered by a thick haze from the Chinchaga fire in western Canada.

1957 – President Eisenhower sends the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.

1960 – USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.

1968 – First episode of 60 Minutes airs on television.

2019 – An impeachment inquiry is initiated by the United States House of Representatives against President Donald Trump.

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

1418 – Anne of Cyprus, Duchess of Savoy  (d. 1462)

1534 – Guru Ram Das, fourth Sikh Guru (d. 1581)

1717 – Horace Walpole, English historian, author, and politician (d. 1797)

1812 – Mary Ann Browne, British poet and writer of musical scores (d. 1845)

1871 – Lottie Dod, English tennis player, golfer, and archer (d. 1960)

1873 – María de las Mercedes Adam de Aróstegui, Cuban pianist and composer (d. 1957)

1880 – Sarah Knauss, American super-centenarian, oldest verified American person ever (d. 1999)

1893 – Blind Lemon Jefferson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1929)

1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1940)

1898 – Charlotte Moore Sitterly, American astronomer (d. 1990)

1901 – Alexandra Adler, Austrian neurologist and psychologist (d.2001)

1902 – Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader and politician, 1st Supreme Leader of Iran (d. 1989)

1911 – Konstantin Chernenko, Soviet politician (d. 1985)

1914 – Esther Eng, Chinese-American film director (d. 1970)

1916 – Ruth Leach Amonette, American businesswoman and author (d. 2004)

1918 – Audra Lindley, American actress (d. 1997)

1922 – Theresa Merritt, American actress and singer (d. 1998)

1923 – Fats Navarro, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1950)

1924 – Nina Bocharova, Ukrainian gymnast (d. 2020)

1924 – Voula Zouboulaki, Egyptian-Greek actress (d. 2015)

1931 – Elizabeth Blackadder, Scottish painter and educator

1936 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer, director, producer and screenwriter, created The Muppets (d. 1990)

1941 – Linda McCartney, American singer, photographer, and activist (d. 1998)

1945 – Lou Dobbs, American journalist and author

1946 – Jerry Donahue, American guitarist and producer

1944 – Victoria Vetri, Playboy's 1967 Miss September & 1968 Playmate of the Year.

1946 – María Teresa Ruiz, Chilean astronomer

1948 – Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter (d. 1998)

1950 – Harriet Walter, English actress

1960 – Amy Sky, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1962 – Nia Vardalos, Canadian-American actress and screenwriter

1965 – Janet Weiss, American drummer

1969 – Megan Ward, American actress

1972 – Kate Fleetwood, English actress

1976 – Stephanie McMahon, American wrestler and businesswoman

1980 – Victoria Pendleton, English cyclist

1989 – Pia Wurtzbach, Filipina actress, model, and Miss Universe 2015 titleholder