Almanac Mon 12/21/20
It's Kiwi Fruit Day...
Today is Monday, the 21st of December of 2020,
It is the 356th day of the year
10 days remain until the end of the year.
In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is often the shortest day of the year and is sometimes regarded as the first day of winter.
In the Southern Hemisphere, December 21 is often the longest day of the year and occurs during the southern summer.
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:22 am
and sunset will be at 4:54 pm.
Today we will have 9 hours and 32 minutes of sun.
The solar transit will be at 12:08 pm.
The first high tide was at 5:39 am
The first low tide will be at 11:31 am
The next high tide at 4:50 pm.
and the final low tide at Aquatic Park at 11:01 pm.
The Moon is 45.9% visible
It’s a Waxing Crescent moon
First Quarter Moon Today at 3:41 pm
International Dalek Remembrance Day
National French Fried Shrimp Day
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
National Look at the Bright Side Day
Today is also…
Armed Forces Day (Philippines)
Blue Christmas (some modern American liberal Protestant groups)
Dongzhi Festival (Asia)
Sanghamitta Day (Theravada Buddhism)
Yule in the Northern Hemisphere (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)
Ziemassvētki (ancient Latvia)
Forefathers' Day (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
São Tomé Day (São Tomé and Príncipe)
The first day of Pancha Ganapati, celebrated until December 25 (Saiva Siddhanta Church)
On this day in history…
1844 – The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers commences business at its cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
1879 – World premiere of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1913 – Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
1965 – International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is adopted.
1995 – The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this day with…
1615 – Benedict Arnold, Rhode Island colonial governor (d. 1678)
1795 – Jack Russell, English priest, hunter, and dog breeder (d. 1883)
1804 – Benjamin Disraeli, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1881)
1915 – Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 2007)
1917 – Heinrich Böll, German novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)
1918 – Donald Regan, American colonel and politician, 11th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2003)
1918 – Kurt Waldheim, Austrian colonel, war criminal, and politician; 9th President of Austria (d. 2007)
1922 – Paul Winchell, American actor, voice artist, and ventriloquist (d. 2005)
1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host and producer
1937 – Jane Fonda, American actress, producer, and activist
1940 – Frank Zappa, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1993)
1942 – Hu Jintao, Chinese engineer and politician, 5th Paramount leader of China
1944 – Michael Tilson Thomas, American pianist, composer, and conductor
1947 – Paco de Lucía, Spanish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2014)
1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, American actor and producer
1949 – Thomas Sankara, Burkinabé captain and politician, 5th President of Burkina Faso (d. 1987)
1950 – Jeffrey Katzenberg, American screenwriter and producer, co-founded DreamWorks Animation
1953 – András Schiff, Hungarian-English pianist and conductor
1953 – Betty Wright, American singer-songwriter
1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, British-Canadian actor, director, and producer