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Almanac - Tuesday 12/8/20

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The Diego Rivera Court Detroit Institute of Arts taken by flickr user Mike Steele

It's the birthday of the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera...

Today is Tuesday, the 8th of December of 2020

It is the 343rd day of the year

23 days remain until the end of the year.

13 days until winter begins

The sun rises at 7:13 am

and sunset will be at 4:50 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:02 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:24 am

The first low tide will be at 12:03 pm

The next high tide at 5:45 pm.

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at 11:49 pm.

The Moon is currently 51% visible; a waning gibbous moon

Yesterday was the Last Quarter Moon.

We'll have a New Moon in 6 days on Monday the 14th of December of 2020 at 8:17 am

On that day there will also   be a Total Solar Eclipse visible mostly in Chile and western parts of Argentina

Today is...

National Brownie Day

National Christmas Tree Day

National Lard Day

Pretend To Be a Time Traveler Day

Take it in the Ear Day

Today is also...

Battle Day on the Falkland Islands

Bodhi Day in Japan

CARICOM–Cuba Day in the Caribbean Community and Cuba

Constitution Day in Romania

Constitution Day in Uzbekistan

Day of Finnish Music in Finland
   
Hari-Kuyō in Kansai region, Japan

National Youth Day in Albania

On this day in history...

877 – Louis the Stammerer (son of Charles the Bald) is crowned king of the West Frankish Kingdom at Compiègne.

1660 – A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello.

1941 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy", after which the U.S. declares war on Japan.

1980 – Former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in front of The Dakota in New York City.

2013 – Metallica performs a show in Antarctica, making them the first band to perform on all seven continents.

2019 – First confirmed case of COVID-19 in China

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

1542 – Mary, Queen of Scots, daughter of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise, at Linlithgow Palace (d. 1587)

1765 – Eli Whitney, American engineer, invented the cotton gin (d. 1825)

1865 – Jean Sibelius, Finnish violinist and composer (d. 1957)

1886 – Diego Rivera, Mexican painter and educator (d. 1957)

1894 – E. C. Segar, American cartoonist, created Popeye (d. 1938)

1894 – James Thurber, American humorist and cartoonist (d. 1961)

1911 – Lee J. Cobb, American actor (d. 1976)

1913 – Delmore Schwartz, American poet and short story writer (d. 1966)

1914 – Floyd Tillman, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)

1922 – Jean Ritchie, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  
1925 – Sammy Davis, Jr., American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1990)

1925 – Jimmy Smith, American organist (d. 2005)

1933 – Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (d. 1998)

1936 – David Carradine, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2009)

1939 – Jerry Butler, American singer-songwriter and producer

1939 – James Galway, Irish flute player

1943 – Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 1971)

1946 – Chava Alberstein, Polish-Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Gregg Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)

1953 – Kim Basinger, American actress

1953 – Norman Finkelstein, American author, academic, and activist

1953 – Sam Kinison, American comedian (d. 1992)

1966 – Sinéad O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter

1982 – Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper and actress