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Almanac - Friday 12/18/20

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, by flickr user paperladyinvites

It's National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

Today is Friday, the 18th of December of 2020...

December 18 is the 353rd day of the year

13 days remain until the end of the year.

3 days until Winter Solstice

The sun rises at 7:20 am 

and sunset will be at 4:53 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 12:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:11 am 

The first low tide will be at 7:56 am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:42 pm

and the next low tide at 8:26 pm

Moon: 18.0% visible

Waxing Crescent

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

Today is…

Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day

Arabic Language Day

Bake Cookies Day

Flake Appreciation Day

International Migrants Day

National Ham Salad Day

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

National Twin Day

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day

Today is also…

International Migrants Day

National Day in Qatar

Republic Day in Niger

UN Arabic Language Day

On this day in history….

1787 – New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1865 – US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA.

1892 – Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

1958 – Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.

2002 – California gubernatorial recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.

2019 – The United States House of Representatives votes in support of the impeachment of Donald Trump.

And if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share birthday cake with…

1878 – Joseph Stalin, Georgian-Russian marshal and politician, 4th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)

1879 – Paul Klee, Swiss-German painter and educator (d. 1940)

1886 – Ty Cobb, American baseball player and manager (d. 1961)

1888 – Robert Moses, American urban planner (d. 1981)

1890 – Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio (d. 1954)

1897 – Fletcher Henderson, American pianist and composer (d. 1952)

1912 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general and pilot (d. 2002)

1913 – Willy Brandt, German politician, 4th Chancellor of GermanyNobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

1916 – Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1973)

1917 – Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)

1927 – Ramsey Clark, American lawyer and politician, 66th United States Attorney General

1941 – Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpet player and composer

1943 – Keith Richards, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer

1946 – Steve Biko, South African activist, founded the Black Consciousness Movement (d. 1977)

1946 – Steven Spielberg, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded DreamWorks

1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor and producer

1970 – DMX, American rapper and actor

1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

2001 – Billie Eilish, American singer