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Almanac - Tuesday 12/22/20

Christmas cookie exchange, by flickr Ruth Hartnup

It is Cookie Exchange Day....

Today is Tuesday, 22nd of December of 2020...

It is the 357th day of the year.

Nine days remain until the end of the year.

The sun rises at 7:23 am 

and sunset will be at 4:55 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:09 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:21 am 

The next high tide at 6:12 pm.

The first low tide will be at 12:37 pm 

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at 11:53 pm.

Moon: 55.8%

First Quarter

We will have a Full Moon in 7 days on Tuesday the 29th of December of 2020 at 7:28 pm

Today is…

Abilities Day

National Cookie Exchange Day

National Date Nut Bread Day

Dongzhi Festival

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Vietnam

Mother's Day in Indonesia

National Mathematics Day in India

Teachers' Day in Cuba

Unity Day in Zimbabwe

1807 – The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.

1808 – Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth SymphonySixth SymphonyFourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy (with Beethoven at the piano).

1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.

1989 – Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.

1990 – Lech Wałęsa is elected President of Poland.

2010 – The repeal of the Don't ask, don't tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.

2016 – A study finds the VSV-EBOV vaccine against the Ebola virus between 70 and 100% effective, and thus making it the first proven vaccine against the disease.

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

1858 – Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer and educator (d. 1924)

1883 – Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (d. 1965)

1884 – St. Elmo Brady, African American chemist and educator (d. 1966)

1901 – Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor and composer (d. 1980)

1905 – Kenneth Rexroth, American poet, translator, and academic (d. 1982)

1907 – Peggy Ashcroft, English actress (d. 1991)

1912 – Lady Bird Johnson, American beautification activist; 38th First Lady of the United States (d. 2007)

1915 – Barbara Billingsley, American actress (d. 2010)

1917 – Gene Rayburn, American game show host and actor (d. 1999)

1936 – James Burke, Irish historian and author

1943 – Paul Wolfowitz, American banker and politician, 25th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense

1945 – Diane Sawyer, American journalist

1948 – Steve Garvey, American baseball player and sportscaster

1949 – Maurice Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2003)

1949 – Robin Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)

1962 – Ralph Fiennes, English actor

1970 – Ted Cruz, American lawyer and politician