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Almanac - Friday 12/25/20

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Borana Girls Sth Ethiopia by flickr user Rod Waddington

It's Children's Day in many countries in Africa...

Today is Friday, the 25th of December of 2020

December 25 is the 360th day of the year

Six days remain until the end of the year.

85 days until spring begins

The sun rises at 7:24 am 

and sunset will be at 4:57 pm.

Today, we will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.

Solar Noon will be at 12:11 pm.

The first low tide will be at 1:33 am 

The first high tide will be at 8:05 am 

The next low tide at 3:01 pm.

and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 9:50 pm.

The Moon is 81.3% visible

Full Moon in 4 days on Tuesday the 29th of December of 2020 at 7:28 pm

Today is…

Christmas Day

National Pumpkin Pie Day

No "L" Day

Today is also…

Asara B'Tevet, a Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem

Children's Day in CameroonCentral African RepublicChadEquatorial GuineaDemocratic Republic of the CongoGabonRepublic of Congo

Tulsi Pujan Diwas in India

and Good Governance Day in India

Constitution Day in Taiwan

Malkh-Festival for the Nakh peoples of Chechnya and Ingushetia

Quaid-e-Azam's Day in Pakistan

Takanakuy in Chumbivilcas ProvincePeru

On this day in history…

274 – A temple to Sol Invictus is dedicated in Rome by Emperor Aurelian.

336 – First documentary sign of Christmas celebration in Rome.

1758 – Halley's Comet is sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch, confirming Edmund Halley's prediction of its passage. This was the first passage of a comet predicted ahead of time.

1776 – George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River at night to attack Hessian forces serving Great Britain at Trenton, New Jersey, the next day.

1815 – The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continually performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.

1868 – Pardons for ex-Confederates: United States President Andrew Johnson grants an unconditional pardon to all Confederate veterans.

1914 – A series of unofficial truces occur across the Western Front to celebrate Christmas.

1977 – Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with its president Anwar Sadat.

1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day). Ukraine's referendum is finalized and Ukraine officially leaves the Soviet Union.

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

1583 – Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (d. 1625)

1642 (OS) – Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician (d. 1726/1727)

1821 – Clara Barton, American nurse and humanitarian, founder of the American Red Cross (d. 1912)

1870 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American businesswoman and philanthropist (d. 1965)

1876 – Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 1st Governor-General of Pakistan (d. 1948)

1878 – Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and businessman, co-founded Chevrolet (d. 1941)

1886 – Kid Ory, American trombonist and bandleader (d. 1973)

1887 – Conrad Hilton, American entrepreneur (d. 1979)

1899 – Humphrey Bogart, American actor (d. 1957)

1907 – Cab Calloway, American singer-songwriter and bandleader (d. 1994)

1908 – Quentin Crisp, English author and illustrator (d. 1999)

1918 – Anwar Sadat, Egyptian lieutenant and politician, 3rd President of EgyptNobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

1924 – Rod Serling, American screenwriter and producer, created The Twilight Zone (d. 1975)

1924 – Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian poet and politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (d. 2018)

1925 – Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American anthropologist and author (d. 1998)

1945 – Noel Redding, English singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)

1946 – Jimmy Buffett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1946 – Larry Csonka, American football player and sportscaster

1948 – Merry Clayton, American singer and actress

1948 – Barbara Mandrell, American singer-songwriter and actress

1949 – Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan

1949 – Sissy Spacek, American actress

1950 – Karl Rove, American political strategist and activist

1954 – Annie Lennox, Scottish singer-songwriter and pianist

1957 – Shane MacGowan, English-Irish singer-songwriter

1958 – Rickey Henderson, American baseball player and coach

1961 – Íngrid Betancourt, Colombian political scientist and politician

1971 – Justin Trudeau, Canadian educator and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada