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Almanac - Wednesday 10/7/20

Kale by flickr user Mike Licht

Today is National Kale Day...

It's Wednesday, the 7th of October of 2020...

It is the 281st day of the year

85 days remain until the end of the year.

75 days until winter begins

27 days until Election Day

(Tuesday November 3, 2020)

The sun rises in San Francisco at 7:11 am 

and sunset will be at 6:43 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 29 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:56 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:40 am 

The first low tide will be at 9:15 am 

and the next high tide will be at 3:19 pm.

and the next low tide at 10:03 pm.

The Moon is 74.0% visible; a Waning Gibbous

We’ll have Last Quarter Moon in 3 days on Friday the 9th of October of 2020 at 5:39 pm

Today is…

Balloons Around the World Day

Bathtub Day

International Walk to School Day

National Flower Day

National Forgiveness & Happiness Day

National Frappé Day

National Inner Beauty Day

National Kale Day

National LED Light Day

National Pumpkin Seed Day

Random Acts of Poetry Day

Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Registration Day

You Matter to Me Day

Today is also…

Teachers' Day in Laos

on this day in history…

3761 BC – The epoch reference date epoch (origin) of the modern Hebrew calendar.

1763 – King George III issues the Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing Indigenous lands in North America north and west of the Alleghenies to white settlements.

1826 – The Granite Railway begins operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S.

1868 – Cornell University holds opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment is 412, the highest at any American university to that date.

1916 – Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222–0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.

1950 – Mother Teresa establishes the Missionaries of Charity.

1988 – A hunter discovers three gray whales trapped under the ice near Alaska; the situation becomes a multinational effort to free the whales.

1996 – Fox News Channel begins broadcasting.

1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming. He died five days later.

1870 – Uncle Dave Macon, American old-time country banjo player, singer-songwriter, and comedian (d. 1952)

1879 – Joe Hill, Swedish-born American labor activist and poet (d. 1915)

1885 – Niels Bohr, Danish physicist and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)

1888 – Henry A. Wallace, American agronomist and politician, 33rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1965)

1897 – Elijah Muhammad, American religious leader (d. 1975)

1900 – Heinrich Himmler, German commander and politician (d. 1945)

1927 – R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist and author (d. 1989)

1931 – Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and activist, Nobel Prize laureate

1934 – Amiri Baraka, American poet, playwright, and academic (d. 2014)

1934 – Ulrike Meinhof, German far-left terrorist, co-founder of the Red Army Faction, journalist (d. 1976)

1939 – Clive James, Australian television host, author, and critic (d. 2019)

1943 – Oliver North, American colonel, journalist, and author

1946 – Catharine MacKinnon, American lawyer, activist, and author

1951 – John Mellencamp, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1952 – Vladimir Putin, Russian colonel and politician, 4th President of Russia

1955 – Yo-Yo Ma, French-American cellist and educator

1964 – Dan Savage, American LGBT rights activist, journalist and television producer

1966 – Sherman Alexie, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker

1967 – Michelle Alexander, American law professor, author and activist