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Almanac - Tuesday 12/29/20

Cold moon Full moon on the winter solstice 2018, by flickr user Bill Dickinson

It's a full cold moon today...

Today is Tuesday, the 29th of December of 2020...

December 29 is the 364th day of the year.

Two days remain until the end of the year.

81 days until spring begins

The sun rises at 7:25 am

and sunset will be at 5:00 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 35 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:13 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:12 am 

The next high tide will be at 10:22 am.

and the next low tide at 5:16 pm.

Moon: 99.7%

Waxing Gibbous

Full Moon today at 7:28 pm

Full Cold Moon

This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.

• Drift Clearing Moon
• Frost Exploding Trees Moon
• Hoar Frost Moon
• Little Spirit Moon
• Long Night Moon
• Mid-winter Moon
• Moon of the Popping Trees
• Moon When the Deer Shed Their Antlers
• Snow Moon
• Winter Maker Moon

Today is…

National Hero Day

National Pepper Pot Day

Still Need to Do Day

Tick Tock Day

Today is also…

Constitution Day in Ireland

Independence Day in Mongolia

The fifth day of Christmas  (Five Golden Rings)

The fourth day of Kwanzaa

Today’s principle is Ujamaa (Cooperative economics)

…on this day in history…

1911 – Sun Yat-sen becomes the provisional President of the Republic of China; he formally takes office on January 1, 1912.

1916 – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, was first published as a book by an American publishing house B. W. Huebschis after it had been serialized in The Egoist (1914–15).

1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.

1989 – Czech writer, philosopher and dissident Václav Havel is elected the first post-communist President of Czechoslovakia.

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

1766 – Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and the inventor of waterproof fabric (d. 1843)

1800 – Charles Goodyear, American chemist and engineer (d. 1860)

1808 – Andrew Johnson, American general and politician, 17th President of the United States (d. 1875)

1876 – Pablo Casals, Catalan cellist and conductor (d. 1973)

1914 – Billy Tipton, American pianist and saxophonist (d. 1989)

1917 – Tom Bradley, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 38th Mayor of Los Angeles (d. 1998)

1923 – Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian, anthropologist, and physicist (d. 1986)

1936 – Mary Tyler Moore, American actress and producer (d. 2017)

1938 – Jon Voight, American actor and producer

1943 – Molly Bang, American author and illustrator

1943 – Rick Danko, Canadian singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (d. 1999)

1946 – Marianne Faithfull, English singer-songwriter and actress

1947 – Ted Danson, American actor and producer

1959 – Paula Poundstone, American comedian and author

1972 – Jude Law, English actor