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Almanac - Thursday 10/8/20

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Drunk octopus. By flickr user Howard J

Today is World Octopus Day... (don't let this one drive) ... 

Today is Thursday, the 8th of October of 2020...

Today is the 282nd day of the year

84 days remain until the end of the year.

74 days until winter begins

26 days until Election Day Tuesday November 3, 2020

The sun rises at 7:12 am 

and sunset will be at 6:41 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 26 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:56 pm.

The first high tide will be at 5:58 am 

and the next high tide at 4:09 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:18 am 

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at 11:04 pm.

The Moon is 65.4% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter Moon tomorrow Friday the 9th of October of 2020 at 5:39 pm

Today is…

American Touch Tag Day

International Lesbian Day

National Depression Screening Day

National Fluffernutter Day

National Pierogi Day

Ombuds Day

World Octopus Day

World Sight Day

Today is also…

World Space Week (October 4–10)

Air Force Day in India

Arbor Day in Namibia

Children's Day in Iran

Navy Day in Peru

1871 – Slash-and-burn land management, months of drought, and the passage of a strong cold front cause the Peshtigo Fire, the Great Chicago Fire and the Great Michigan Fires to break out.

1921 – KDKA in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.

1956 – The New York Yankees's Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in a World Series.

1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.

1969 – The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago.

1970 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize in literature.

1982 – After its London premiere, Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

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

1882 – Harry McClintock, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 1957)

1890 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1973)

1893 – Clarence Williams, American pianist and composer (d. 1965)

1895 – Juan Perón, Argentinian general and politician, 29th President of Argentina (d. 1974)

1910 – Gus Hall, American soldier and politician (d. 2000)

1920 – Frank Herbert, American journalist, photographer, and author (d. 1986)

1930 – Pepper Adams, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1986)

1930 – Faith Ringgold, American painter and activist

1941 – Jesse Jackson, American minister and activist

1943 – Chevy Chase, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1943 – R. L. Stine, American author, screenwriter, and producer

1946 – Dennis Kucinich, American journalist and politician, 53rd Mayor of Cleveland

1948 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2004)

1949 – Sigourney Weaver, American actress and producer

1970 – Matt Damon, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1970 – Sadiq Khan, English lawyer and politician, Minister of State for TransportMayor of London