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Almanac - Wednesday 12/2/20

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Mutt. By flickr user Howard J

Today is National Mutt Day...

Today is Wednesday, the 2nd of December of 2020...

December 2 is the 337th day of the year

29 days remain until the end of the year.

19 days until winter begins

The sun rises at 7:08 am

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:00 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:43 am

The first low tide will be at 6:00 am

The next high tide will be at 11:55 am.

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at 6:42 pm.

The Moon is 95.7% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter Moon in 5 days on Monday the 7th of December of 2020 at 4:37 pm

Today is…

Business of Popping Corn Day

Choose Women Wednesday

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

National Fritters Day

National Mutt Day

National Package Protection Day

Play Basketball Day

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Safety Razor Day

Special Education Day

Special Kids Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Cuba

Lao National Day

National Day in United Arab Emirates

On this day in history…

1766 – Swedish parliament approves the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act and implements it as a ground law, thus being first in the world with freedom of speech.

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French.

1823 – Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warns European powers not to interfere in the Americas.

1865 – Alabama ratifies the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed by North Carolina, then Georgia; U.S. slaves were legally free within two weeks.

1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.

1908 – Puyi becomes Emperor of China at the age of two.

1927 – Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
1939 – New York City's LaGuardia Airport opens.

1942 – World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

1954 – Cold War: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute".

1956 – The Granma reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente Province. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.

1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.

1982 – At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.

1988 – Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.

2001 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2016 – Thirty-six people die in a fire at a converted Oakland, California, warehouse serving as an artist collective.

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

1859 – Georges Seurat, French painter (d. 1891)

1863 – Charles Edward Ringling, American businessman, co-founded the Ringling Brothers Circus (d. 1926)

1923 – Maria Callas, American-Greek soprano and actress (d. 1977)

1924 – Alexander Haig, American general and politician, 59th United States Secretary of State (d. 2010)

1931 – Wynton Kelly, American pianist and composer (d. 1971)

1931 – Edwin Meese, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 75th United States Attorney General

1939 – Harry Reid, American lawyer and politician, 25th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada

1946 – David Macaulay, English-American author and illustrator

1948 – T. Coraghessan Boyle, American novelist and short story writer

1968 – Lucy Liu, American actress and producer

1978 – Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1981 – Britney Spears, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress