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Almanac - Monday 11/2/20

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It's Cookie Monster Day...

Today is Monday, the 2nd of November of 2020,

November 2 is the 307th day of the year

59 days remain until the end of the year.

49 days until winter begins

1 day until Tuesday November 03 2020

The sun rises at 6:37 am 

and the sun sets at 5:09 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.

The solar noon will be at 11:53 am.

The first high tide was at 12:59 am 

The first low tide was at 5:46 am 

and the next high tide will be at 11:50 am.

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at 6:25 pm.

The Moon is 96.7% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter Moon in 6 days on Sunday the 8th of November of 2020 at 5:46 am

Today is…

All Souls' Day

Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day

Cookie Monster Day

Dynamic Harmlessness Day

Job Action Day

Look for Circles Day

National Deviled Egg Day

Plan Your Epitaph Day

Practice Being Psychic Day

Today is also…

Coronation of Haile Selassie (Rastafari)

Day of the Dead, the second day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration (Mexico)

Dziady (Belarus)

Indian Arrival Day (Mauritius)

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (United Nations)

Statehood Day (North Dakota and South DakotaUnited States)

1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.

On this day in history…

1917 – The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" with the clear understanding "that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities".

1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the 1920 United States presidential election.

1936 – The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world's first regular, "high-definition" (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day.

1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose"), the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

1959 – Quiz show scandalsTwenty-One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance.

1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, the Lady Chatterley's Lover case.

1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

1988 – The Morris worm, the first Internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.

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

1734 – Daniel Boone, American hunter and explorer (d. 1820)

1755 – Marie Antoinette, Austrian-French queen consort of Louis XVI of France (d. 1793)

1795 – James K. Polk, American lawyer and politician, 11th President of the United States (d. 1849)

1865 – Warren G. Harding, American journalist and politician, 29th President of the United States (d. 1923)

1906 – Luchino Visconti, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1908 – Bunny Berigan, American trumpet player (d. 1942)

1913 – Burt Lancaster, American actor (d. 1994)

1924 – Rudy Van Gelder, American record producer and engineer (d. 2016)

1926 – Charlie Walker, American country music singer-songwriter, guitarist, and DJ (d. 2008)

1927 – Steve Ditko, American author and illustrator (d. 2018)

1936 – Rose Bird, American lawyer and judge, 25th Chief Justice of California (d. 1999)

1938 – Pat Buchanan, American journalist and politician

1942 – Shere Hite, German sexologist, author, and educator

1944 – Keith Emerson, English pianist, keyboard player, and composer (d. 2016)

1945 – J. D. Souther, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1947 – Dave Pegg, English bass player and producer

1961 – k.d. lang, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1965 – Shah Rukh Khan, Indian film actor, producer and television host

1974 – Prodigy, American rapper (d. 2017)