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Almanac - Monday 12/7/20

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Today is Monday, the 7th of December of 2020...

It is the 342nd day of the year

24 days remain until the end of the year.

14 days until Winter Solstice.

The sun rises this morning at 7:13 am

and the sun sets at 4:50 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:02 pm.

The first high tide was at 5:41 am early this morning

The first low tide will be at 11:02 am this morning

and the next high tide at 4:23 pm this afternoon

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park  will be at 10:52 pm this evening.

The moon is currently 62 percent visible;

it is a Waning Gibbous moon.

It will be the Last Quarter Moon later today at 4:37 pm 

Today is...

International Civil Aviation Day

Letter Writing Day

National Cotton Candy Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Walt Disney Day

Today is also...

Armed Forces Flag Day in India

Day of the Little Candles, begins after sunset in Colombia

Flag Base Day in Scientology

National Heroes Day in East Timor

Spitak Remembrance Day in Armenia

On this day in history...

1732 – The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, England.

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1842 – First concert of the New York Philharmonic, founded by Ureli Corelli Hill.

1869 – American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.

1930 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The telecast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.

1932 – German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.

1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (For Japan's near-simultaneous attacks on Eastern Hemisphere targets, see December 8.)

1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.

   1979 – The transition of the landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek to the "big screen" premieres with the United States' release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

2017 – The Marriage Amendment Bill to legally recognize same-sex marriages is passed in Australia's parliament.

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

521 – Columba, Irish missionary, monk, and saint (d. 597)

1863 – Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1945)

1863 – Richard Warren Sears, American businessman, co-founded Sears (d. 1914)

1873 – Willa Cather, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1947)

1879 – Rudolf Friml, Czech-American pianist, composer, and academic (d. 1972)

1910 – Louis Prima, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor (d. 1978)

1915 – Eli Wallach, American actor (d. 2014)

1923 – Ted Knight, American actor and comedian (d. 1986)

1924 – Mário Soares, Portuguese historian, lawyer, and politician, 17th President of Portugal (d. 2017)

1928 – Noam Chomsky, American linguist and philosopher

1931 – Bobby Osborne, American bluegrass singer and musician

1932 – Ellen Burstyn, American actress

1942 – Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)

1949 – Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1952 – Susan Collins, American politician, senior senator of Maine

1973 – Damien Rice, Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer