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
National Pumpkin Pie Day
No "L" Day
Today is also…
Asara B'Tevet, a Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Children's Day in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Republic 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 Province, Peru
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 Egypt, Nobel 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