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Almanac - Wednesday 11/11/20

Today is Wednesday, the 11th of November of 2020...

November 11 is the 316th day of the year

50 days remain until the end of the year.

40 days until winter begins

The sun rises at 6:46 am 

and the sun sets at 5:01 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 15 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 11:53 am.

The first low tide was at 1:25 am 

The first high tide will be at 8:31 am 

The next low tide will be at 2:20 pm.

and the next high tide at 8:29 pm.

The Moon is currently 19.0% visible

Waning Crescent

We’ll have a New Moon in 4 days the Saturday the 14th of November of 2020 at 9:07 pm

Today is…

Air Day

Death/Duty Day

Geographic Information Systems Day

National Metal Day

National Sundae Day

Origami Day

Singles' Day

Veterans Day

Today is also…

Birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Bhutan)

Children's Day (Croatia)

End of World War I-related observances:

Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia)

National Independence Day (Poland), commemorates the anniversary of Poland's assumption of independent statehood in 1918

Remembrance Day (United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia and Canada)

Veterans Day, called Armistice Day until 1954, when it was rededicated to honor American military (Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force) veterans. (United States)

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Angola from Portugal in 1975.

Independence of Cartagena (Colombia)

Lāčplēsis Day, celebrates the victory over the Bermontians at the Battle of Riga in 1919. (Latvia)

Opening of carnival ("Karneval"/"Fasching"), on 11-11, at 11:11. (Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries)

National Education Day (India)

Pepero Day (South Korea)

Pocky & Pretz Day (Japan)

Republic Day (Maldives)

Singles Day (China)

St. Martin's Day (Sint MaartenKingdom of the Netherlands)

Women's Day (Belgium)

On this day in history…

1889 – The State of Washington is admitted as the 42nd state of the United States.

1926 – The United States Numbered Highway System is established.

1967 – Vietnam War: In a propaganda ceremony in Phnom PenhCambodia, three American prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong and turned over to "new left" antiwar activist Tom Hayden.

1992 – The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests.

1993 – A sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War is dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C

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

1821 – Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and philosopher (d. 1881)

1899 – Pat O'Brien, American actor (d. 1983)

1904 – Alger Hiss, American lawyer and convicted spy (d. 1996)

1909 – Robert Ryan, American actor (d. 1973)

1915 – William Proxmire, American soldier, journalist, and politician (d. 2005)

1922 – Kurt Vonnegut, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2007)

1925 – Jonathan Winters, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1927 – Mose Allison, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2016)

1928 – Carlos Fuentes, Mexican novelist and essayist (d. 2012)

1929 – LaVern Baker, American singer (d. 1997)

1940 – Barbara Boxer, American journalist and politician

1945 – Daniel Ortega, Nicaraguan politician, President of Nicaragua

1953 – Marshall Crenshaw, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954 – Mary Gaitskill, American novelist, essayist, and short story writer.

1955 – Dave Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1960 – Stanley Tucci, American actor and director

1962 – Demi Moore, American actress, director, and producer

1974 – Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor and producer

1986 – Jon Batiste, American singer and pianist