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Almanac - Monday 11/23/20

14:15 - Coffee Lavazza Blue espresso and cashew nuts, by flickr user Daniel Panev

Today is both Cashew Day and Espresso Day!

Today is Monday, the 23rd of November of 2020

November 23 is the 328th day of the year

38 days remain until the end of the year.

28 days until winter begins

The sun rises at 6:59 am

and sunset will be at 4:53 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 54 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 11:56 am.

The first high tide will be at 7:20 am

and the next high tide at 6:46 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 1:13 pm.

The Moon is 63.0% visible

a Waxing Gibbous

We will have a Full Moon and a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

in 7 days on Monday the 30th of November of 2020 at 1:30 am

Today is…

Doctor Who Day

Eat a Cranberry Day

Fibonacci Day

National Cashew Day

National Espresso Day


Today is also…

Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Repudiation Day in Frederick County, Maryland,

Rudolf Maister Day in Slovenia

St George's Day in Georgia or Giorgoba

On this day in history…

534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character on stage.

1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.

1876 – Corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Magear Tweed (better known as Boss Tweed) is delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain.

1924 – Edwin Hubble's discovery, that the Andromeda "nebula" is actually another island galaxy far outside of our own Milky Way, is first published in The New York Times.

1963 – The BBC broadcasts An Unearthly Child (starring William Hartnell), the first episode of the first story from the first series of Doctor Who, which is now the world's longest running science fiction drama.

1976 – Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment.

1978 – The Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975 goes into effect, realigning many of Europe's longwave and mediumwave broadcasting frequencies.

1992 – The first smartphone, the IBM Simon, is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.

2015 – Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle became the first rocket to successfully fly to space and then return to Earth for a controlled, vertical landing.

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

1804 – Franklin Pierce, American general, lawyer, and politician, 14th President of the United States (d. 1869)

1883 – José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (d. 1949)

1887 – Boris Karloff, English actor (d. 1969)

1888 – Harpo Marx, American comedian and musician (d. 1964)

1892 – Erté, Russian-French illustrator and designer (d. 1990)

1920 – Paul Celan, Romanian-French poet and translator (d. 1970)

1924 – Colin Turnbull, English-American anthropologist and author (d. 1994)

1925 – José Napoleón Duarte, Salvadoran engineer and politician, President of El Salvador (d. 1990)

1925 – Johnny Mandel, American composer and conductor (d. 2020)

1992 – Miley Cyrus, American singer-songwriter and actress