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Almanac - Friday 11/20/20

Nov 20, 2020

It's Peanut Butter Fudge Day...

  

Today is Friday, the 20th of November of 2020...

November 20 is the 325th day of the year

41 days remain until the end of the year.

31 days until winter begins

The sun rises at 6:56 am

and sunset will be at 4:55 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 59 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 11:55 am.

The first high tide will be at 4:41 am

The first low tide will be at 9:35 am

and the next high tide at 3:06 pm.

and the next low tide at 9:56 pm.

The Moon is 33.4% visible; a Waxing Crescent

First Quarter Moon tomorrow Saturday the 21st of November of 2020 at 8:45 pm

Today is…

Africa Industrialization Day

Beautiful Day

Future Teachers of America Day

Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day

International STAND UP to Bullying Day

Name Your PC Day
(I call mine “POS”, and that doesn’t mean “point of sale”)

National Absurdity Day

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Universal Children's Day

Today is also…

20-N in Spain

Black Awareness Day in Brazil

National Sovereignty Day in Argentina

Revolution Day in Mexico

Royal Thai Navy Day in Thailand

Teachers' Day or Ngày nhà giáo Việt Nam in Vietnam

Transgender Day of Remembrance in LGBT community

On this day in history…

1695 – Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil, is executed by the forces of Portuguese bandeirante Domingos Jorge Velho.

1789 – New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

1805 – Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, premieres in Vienna.

1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. (Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story.)

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.

1969 – Occupation of Alcatraz: Native American activists seize control of Alcatraz Island until being ousted by the U.S. Government on June 11, 1971.

1974 – The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T Corporation. This suit later leads to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System.

1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

1985 – Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

1989 – Velvet Revolution: The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.

1993 – Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.

1994 – The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war. (Localized fighting resumes the next year.)

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

1900 – Chester Gould, American cartoonist and author, created Dick Tracy (d. 1985)

1908 – Alistair Cooke, British-American journalist and author (d. 2004)

1913 – Charles Berlitz, American linguist (d. 2003)

1917 – Robert Byrd, American lawyer and politician (d. 2010)

1921 – Jim Garrison, American lawyer and judge (d. 1992)

1923 – Nadine Gordimer, South African novelist, short story writer, and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1925 – June Christy, American singer (d. 1990)

1925 – Robert F. Kennedy, American soldier,

1926 – John Gardner, English soldier and author (d. 2007)

1932 – Richard Dawson, English-American actor and game show host (d. 2012)

1939 – Dick Smothers, American actor and comedian

1941 – Dr. John, American singer and songwriter (d. 2019)

1942 – Joe Biden, American politician, 47th Vice President of the United States, current President-elect of the United States

1942 – Meredith Monk, American composer and choreographer

1943 – Suze Rotolo, American artist, and former girlfriend of Bob Dylan

1946 – Duane Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1971)

1947 – Joe Walsh, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1948 – John R. Bolton, American lawyer and diplomat, 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1956 – Bo Derek, American actress and producer

1957 – Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeriaria