Almanac - Tuesday 12/8/20
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
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