Almanac - Monday 12/14/20
It's Roasted Chestnuts day...
Today is Monday December 14, 2020
It is the 349th day of the year
17 days remain until the end of the year.
7 days until winter begins
The sun rises at 7:18 am
and sunset will be at 4:52 pm.
Today we will have 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 12:05 pm
The first low tide was at 4:13 am
The only high tide of the day will be at 10:32 am.
and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at 5:15 pm.
New Moon this morning at 8:17 am
There will be Total Solar Eclipse this morning
Best visible in central Chile and Argentina from 5:33 am SF time to 10:53 am PST
You can watch it on space.com
Free Shipping Day
National Bouillabaisse Day
Roast Chestnuts Day
Today is also…
Alabama Day (Alabama)
1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
Forty-seven Ronin Remembrance Day in Sengaku-ji, Tokyo
Martyred Intellectuals Day in Bangladesh
On this day in history…
1896 – The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
1900 – Quantum mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.
1902 – The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1911 – Roald Amundsen's team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.
1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.
1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final extravehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.
1985 – Wilma Mankiller takes office as the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
2008 – Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq.
2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Newtown, Connecticut.
2017 – The Walt Disney Company announces that it would acquire 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox movie studio, for $52.4 billion.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You get to share birthday cake with…
1852 – Daniel De Leon, Curaçaoan-American journalist and politician (d. 1914)
1895 – George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952)
1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
1897 – Margaret Chase Smith, American educator and politician (d. 1995)
1904 – Virginia Coffey, American civil rights activist (d. 2003)
1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)
1911 – Spike Jones, American singer and bandleader (d. 1965)
1916 – Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1965)
1917 – June Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2004)
1918 – James T. Aubrey, American broadcaster (d. 1994)
1918 – B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (d. 2014)
1920 – Clark Terry, American trumpet player, composer, and educator (d. 2015)
1922 – Don Hewitt, American journalist and producer, created 60 Minutes (d. 2009)
1932 – Charlie Rich, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
1935 – Lee Remick, American actress (d. 1991)
1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)
1947 – Christopher Parkening, American guitarist and educator
1947 – Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian economist and politician, 36th President of Brazil
1948 – Lester Bangs, American journalist and author (d. 1982)
1960 – James Comey, 7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
1965 – Ted Raimi, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1970 – Beth Orton, English singer-songwriter and guitarist