Almanac - Friday Dec 17, 2021
Today is Friday, the 17th of December of 2021,
December 17 is the 351st day of the year
14 days remain until the end of the year.
4 days until winter begins
Winter solstice 2021 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 7:58 AM on Tuesday December 21
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:19:38 am
and sunset will be at 4:53:12 pm.
We will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 12:06:25 pm.
The first low tide will be at 2:58 am at 2.91 feet
The first high tide will be at 8:49 am at 6.21 feet
The next low tide at 4:05 pm at -0.38 feet
and the final high tide Ocean Beach tonight will be at 11:07 pm at 4.72 feet
the Moon is currently 97.6% visible
It’s still considered a Waxing Gibbous moon
We can call it a Full Moon tomorrow Saturday the 18th of December of 2021 at 8:36 pm
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Today is also…
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Kurdish Flag Day for the Global Kurdish population
On this day in history…
497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.
1538 – Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.
1777 – American Revolution: France formally recognizes the United States.
1790 – The Aztec calendar stone is discovered at El Zócalo, Mexico City.
1819 – Simón Bolívar declares the independence of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
1865 – First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.
1892 – First issue of Vogue is published.
1903 – The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1943 – All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States upon the repeal of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.
1989 – The Simpsons premieres on television with the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
2014 – The United States and Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations after severing them in 1961.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You get to share birthday cake with…
1807 – John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and activist (d. 1892)
1873 – Ford Madox Ford, English novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1939)
1874 – William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canadian economist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1950)
1894 – Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)
1903 – Erskine Caldwell, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1987)
1929 – William Safire, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
1930 – Bob Guccione, American photographer and publisher, founded Penthouse (d. 2010)
1931 – Dave Madden, Canadian-American actor (d. 2014)
1935 – Cal Ripken Sr., American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1999)
1942 – Paul Butterfield, American singer and harmonica player (d. 1987)
1946 – Eugene Levy, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter