Almanac - Wednesday 12/6/17

Dec 6, 2017

Today Wednesday, 6th of December of 2017 is the 340th day of the year

There are 25 days remaining until the end of the year.

15 days until winter begins...

335 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

(10 months and 31 days from today)

1063 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 10 months and 28 days from today)

The sun will rise at 7:12 am 

and the sun will set at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 39 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:01 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:59 am

and the next high tide will be at 12:47 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:41 am 

and the next low tide at 7:32 pm.

The Moon is 88.0% illuminated; A Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction :  241.08° WSW

Moon Altitude: 58.60°

Moon Distance: 224809 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 10:08 am

December 6 is the name of a novel written by Martin Cruz Smith.

Today is…

Miners' Day

 Mitten Tree Day

 National Gazpacho Day

 National Microwave Oven Day

 National Pawnbrokers Day

 Put on Your Own Shoes Day

 Special Kids Day

 St. Nicholas Day

Today is also…

Anniversary of the Founding of Quito in Ecuador

Armed Forces Day in Ukraine

Constitution Day in Spain

Day of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Finland from Russia in 1917.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You celebrate with…

1642 – Johann Christoph Bach, German organist and composer (d. 1703)

1886 – Joyce Kilmer, American soldier, author, and poet (d. 1918)

1893 – Sylvia Townsend Warner, English author and poet (d. 1978)

1896 – Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)

1898 – Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995)

1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)

1908 – Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (d. 1934)

1917 – Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese lawyer and politician (d. 1977)

1917 – Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 2008)

1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)

1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)

1929 – Nikolaus Harnoncourt, German-Austrian cellist and conductor (d. 2016)

1967 – Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter

On this day in history….

1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.

1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia.

1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.

1877 – The first edition of The Washington Post is published.

1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.

1897 – London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs

1917 – Halifax Explosion: A munitions explosion near Halifax, Nova Scotia kills more than 1,900 people in the largest artificial explosion up to that time.

1917 – Finland declares independence from Russia.

1947 – The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.

1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita.

1969 – Altamont Free Concert: At a free concert performed by the Rolling Stones, eighteen-year old Meredith Hunter is beaten to death by Hells Angels security guards.

1971 – Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India, initiating the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

1973 – The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387 to 35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92 to 3.)

1998 – in VenezuelaHugo Chavez is victorious in presidential elections.

2006 – NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars