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Almanac - Tuesday 11/24/20

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Ragtime music, Scott Joplin and Sedalia, Missouri, by flickr user Judy Breck

Today is the birthday of Scott Joplin...

Today is Tuesday, the 24th of November of 2020...
November 24 is the 329th day of the year
37 days remain until the end of the year.
27 days until winter begins
The sun rises at 7:00 am
and sunset will be at 4:53 pm.
Today we will have 9 hours and 53 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 11:57 am.
The first low tide will be at 12:48 am
The next low tide at 1:58 pm.
The first high tide will be at 7:59 am
and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 7:57 pm.
The moon is currently 72.4% visible
a Waxing Gibbous
We’ll have a Full Moon, also Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, in 6 days on Monday the 30th of November of 2020 at 1:30 am
Today is…
Brownielocks Day
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
D.B. Cooper Day
National Sardines Day
National Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day
Today is also…
Evolution Day
Lachit Divas in Assam
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur in India
Teachers' Day in Turkey
On this day in history….
1835 – The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety).
1859 – Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.
1877 – Anna Sewell's animal welfare novel Black Beauty is published.
1962 – The influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was is first broadcast.
1971 – During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.
1973 – A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasts only four months.
1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
2013 – Iran signs an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions.
2016 – The government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army sign a revised peace deal, bringing an end to the country's more than 50-year-long civil war.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share your special day with…
1632 – Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher and scholar (d. 1677)
1713 – Junípero Serra, Spanish priest and missionary (d. 1784)
1784 – Zachary Taylor, American general and politician, 12th President of the United States (d. 1850)
1864 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter and illustrator (d. 1901)
1868 – Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (d. 1917)
1877 – Alben W. Barkley, American lawyer and politician, 35th Vice President of the United States (d. 1956)
1888 – Dale Carnegie, American author and educator (d. 1955)
1897 – Lucky Luciano, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1962)
1912 – Teddy Wilson, American pianist and educator (d. 1986)
1921 – John Lindsay, American lawyer and politician, 103rd Mayor of New York City (d. 2000)
1925 – William F. Buckley, Jr., American publisher and author, founded the National Review (d. 2008)
1929 – George Moscone, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 37th Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1978)
1935 – Ron Dellums, American soldier and politician, 48th Mayor of Oakland (d. 2018)
1938 – Charles Starkweather, American spree killer (d. 1959)
1941 – Pete Best, Indian-English drummer and songwriter
1941 – Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (d. 2012)
1942 – Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian and actor
1943 – Robin Williamson, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1946 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)
1960 – Edgar Meyer, American bassist and composer
1961 – Arundhati Roy, Indian writer and activist, recipient of Booker Prize