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Almanac - Thursday 11/12/20

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San Francisco Bay Bridge, by flickr user Jitze Couperus

on this day in 1936 – The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic...

Today is Thursday, the 12th of November of 2020,

November 12 is the 317th day of the year

49 days remain until the end of the year.

39 days until winter begins

The sun rises at 6:47 am 

and sunset will be at 5:00 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 13 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 11:53 am.

The first low tide was at 2:14 am 

The first high tide will be at 9:06 am 

The next low tide will be at 3:01 pm.

and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 9:35 pm.

The Moon is 10.7% visible; a Waning Crescent

New Moon in 3 days on Saturday the 14th of November of 2020 at 9:07 pm

Today is…

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day

Fancy Rat & Mouse Day

Happy Hour Day

International Guinness World Records Day

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

World Quality Day

World Usability Day          

Today is also…

Birth of Sun Yat-Sen, also Doctors' Day and Cultural Renaissance Day. in Republic of China

Constitution Day in Azerbaijan

Father's Day in Indonesia

National Health Day also in Indonesia

National Youth Day in East Timor

World Pneumonia Day

On this day in history…

1936 – The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.

1954 – Ellis Island ceased operations.

1958 – A team of rock climbers led by Warren Harding completes the first ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

1969 – Vietnam War: Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the story of the My Lai Massacre.

1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous "exploding whale" incident.

1982 – USSRYuri Andropov becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party's Central Committee, succeeding Leonid I. Brezhnev.

1990 – Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.

1990 – Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.

2003 – Shanghai Transrapid sets a new world speed record (501 kilometres per hour (311 mph)) for commercial railway systems, which remains the fastest for unmodified commercial rail vehicles.

2011 – Silvio Berlusconi tenders his resignation as Prime Minister of Italy, effective November 16, due in large part to the European sovereign debt crisis.

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

1651 – Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican nun, poet, and scholar (d. 1695)

1815 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American activist (d. 1902)

1817 – Bahá'u'lláh, Persian spiritual leader, founded the Baháʼí Faith (d. 1892)

1833 – Alexander Borodin, Russian composer and chemist (d. 1887)

1840 – Auguste Rodin, French sculptor and illustrator, created The Thinker (d. 1917)

1866 – Sun Yat-sen, Chinese physician and politician, 1st President of the Republic of China (d. 1925)

1911 – Buck Clayton, American trumpet player and academic (d. 1991)

1915 – Roland Barthes, French philosopher, theorist, and critic (d. 1980)

1917 – Jo Stafford, American singer (d. 2008)

1929 – Grace Kelly, American actress, later Princess Grace of Monaco (d. 1982)

1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader (d. 2017)

1940 – Amjad Khan, Indian actor & director (d. 1992)

1944 – Booker T. Jones, American pianist, saxophonist, songwriter, and producer

1945 – Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1948 – Hassan Rouhani, Iranian lawyer and politician; 7th President of Iran

1953 – Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer-songwriter and guitarist

1962 – Naomi Wolf, American author and activist

1964 – Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)

1970 – Tonya Harding, American figure skater

1982 – Anne Hathaway, American actress