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Almanac - Tuesday 12/15/20


It's International Tea Day, and it's also Cupcake Day...

Today is Tuesday, the 15th of December of 2020,

December 15 is the 350th day of the year

16 days remain until the end of the year

6 days until winter solstice

The sun rises at 7:19 am

and sun sets at 4:52 pm this afternoon.

We will have 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:06 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:35 am

The first low tide was at 5:04 am

The next high tide at 11:04 am.

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at  6:01 pm.

The moon is 1.2% visible

The moon is now a waxing crescent.

First Quarter Moon in 6 days on Monday the 21st of December of 2020 at 3:41 pm

Today is…

Bill of Rights Day

Cat Herders' Day

International Tea Day

National Cupcake Day

National Lemon Cupcake Day

National Wear Your Pearls Day

Today is also…

2nd Amendment Day in South Carolina

Homecoming Day in Alderney

Kingdom Day in The Netherlands

Zamenhof Day among the International Esperanto Community

On this day in history…

1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1905 – The Pushkin House is established in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to preserve the cultural heritage of Alexander Pushkin.

1906 – The London Underground's Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.

1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.

1939 – Gone with the Wind (highest inflation adjusted grossing film) receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to stabilize it, without fixing its famous lean.

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

AD 37 – Nero, Roman emperor (d. 68)

1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)

1891 – A.P. Carter, American country singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1960)

1892 – J. Paul Getty, American-English businessman and art collector, founded Getty Oil (d. 1976)

1910 – John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)

1911 – Stan Kenton, American pianist and composer (d. 1979)

1913 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet, academic, and activist (d. 1980)

1919 – Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer and host of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (d. 1973)

1930 – Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer

1933 – Tim Conway, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2019)

1933 – Donald Woods, South African journalist and activist (d. 2001)

1944 – Chico Mendes, Brazilian trade union leader and activist (d. 1988)

1949 – Don Johnson, American actor

1950 – Melanie Chartoff, American actress and comedian