Almanac - Thursday 12/7/17

Dec 7, 2017

Today, Thursday, the 7th of December of 2017 is the 341st day of the year.

There are 24 days remaining until the end of the year.

14 days until winter begins

334 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 10 months and 27 days from today)

1062  days until presidential elections Tuesday November 6, 2018

(10 months and 30 days from today)

The sun will rise at 7:13 am 

and the sun will set at 4:51 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 38 minutes of daylight today.

Solar noon will be at 12:02 pm.

The first high tide will be at 2:54 am

and the next high tide at 1:42 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:45 am 

and the next low tide at 8:26 pm.

The Moon is 79.3 % illuminated; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 215.25° SW

Moon Altitude: 65.48°

Moon Distance: 227514 mi

Next New Moon: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Next Full Moon: Monday January 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 10:58 am

Today is…Letter Writing Day

 National Cotton Candy Day

 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

It’s also…

Armed Forces Flag Day in India

Eve of the Immaculate Conception-related observances:

Day of the Little Candles, begins after sunset in Colombia

Flag Base Day for followers of Scientology

International Civil Aviation Day

National Heroes Day in East Timor

Spitak Remembrance Day in Armenia

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

521 – Columba, Irish missionary, monk, and saint (d. 597)

1863 – Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1945)

1873 – Willa Cather, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1947)

1910 – Louis Prima, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor (d. 1978)

1915 – Eli Wallach, American actor (d. 2014)

1923 – Ted Knight, American actor and comedian (d. 1986)

1924 – Mário Soares, Portuguese historian, lawyer, and politician, 17th President of Portugal (d. 2017)

1928 – Noam Chomsky, American linguist and philosopher

1942 – Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)

1949 – Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

And on this day in history….

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1842 – First concert of the New York Philharmonic, founded by Ureli Corelli Hill.

1869 – American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.

1930 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The telecast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.

1941 – World War IIAttack on Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (For Japan's near-simultaneous attacks on Eastern Hemisphere targets, see December 8.)

1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.

1995 – The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.

1999 – A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.: The Recording Industry Association of America sues the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster,  alleging copyright infringement