Almanac – Thursday 10/31/19 | KALW

It is Thursday 31 October 2019 …

It is the 304th day of the year.

61 days left until the end of the year …


5 days until the San Francisco municipal elections, Tuesday November 5, 2019

124 days until primary Tuesday 3 March 2020

(4 months and 3 days from today)

369 days until the presidential election on Tuesday 03 November 2020

(1 year and 3 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:35

and the sunset will be at 18:11.

Today we will have 10 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will take place at 12:53 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:08

and the next high tide will be at 14:02.

The first low tide will be at 7:54

and the next low tide at 8:48 pm.

The Moon is visible at 14.0%; a waxed crescent

Direction of the moon: 28.07 ° NNE ↑

Lunar altitude: -72.29 °

Moon Distance: 235750 mi

Next Full Moon: Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 5:34 am

Next New Moon: Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 7:05 am

Next moonrise: today 11:24

Today is…

Books for Treats Day

Carve a day of pumpkin

Girl Scout Founder’s Day


National holiday of caramel apples

National Doorbell Day

National Increase your psychic powers day

National day of jokes

National magic day

Reformation day


Scare a Friend Day

Drop in on some candy before the kids start knocking on the day

Trick or treat for UNICEF Day

World Savings Day

1924 – World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy, by the members of the Association at the 1st International Congress of the Savings Bank (World Society of Savings Banks).

Today is also …

Día de la Canción Criolla (Peru)

Allantide (Cornwall)

Halloween (Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and other places)

Hop-tu-Naa (Isle of Man)

Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere,

and Beltane in the southern hemisphere; starts at sunset on October 31st (Gaels, Welsh people and Neopagan Wheel of the Year)

The first day of the day of the dead, celebrated until November 2nd (Mexico)

Girl Scouts Founders Day (United States)

King Father’s Birthday (Cambodia)

National Unity Day (India)

Reformation Day (Slovenia, parts of Germany, Chile, various Protestant churches with particular attention to Lutheran and Reformed ones)

1517 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther publishes his 95 theses on the door of the church of the castle of Wittenberg.

Saci Day (Brazil)

If today is your birthday, happy birthday to you! Share this special day with …

1445 – Hedwig, abbess of Quedlinburg, princess-abbess of Quedlinburg (d. 1511)

1887 – Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese general and politician, 1st President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (m. 1975)

1896 – Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (m. 1977)

1912 – Dale Evans, American singer-songwriter and actress (m. 2001)

1915 – Jane Jarvis, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)

1920 – Dick Francis, Welsh-Cayman jockey and author (d. 2010)

1920 – Helmut Newton, German-Australian photographer (d. 2004)

1922 – Illinois Jacquet, American saxophonist and composer (died 2004)

1922 – Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Cambodia (d. 2012)

1930 – Michael Collins, American general, pilot and astronaut

1931 – Dan Rather, American journalist

1936 – Michael Landon, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter (m. 1991)

1937 – Tom Paxton, singer-songwriter and guitarist of American folk music

1939 – Ali Farka Touré, singer-songwriter and Malian guitarist (m. 2006)

1942 – David Ogden Stiers, American actor (d. 2018)


1950 – John Candy, Canadian actor, producer and screenwriter (died 1994)

1950 – Jane Pauley, American journalist

1959 – Neal Stephenson, American author

1961 – Kate Campbell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1967 – Vanilla Ice, American rapper, TV personality and real estate investor

1973 – Christopher Bevins, American voice actor, director, producer and screenwriter

… and on this day in history …

1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th state of the United States.

1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first highway across the United States

1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.

1941 – World War II: USS Reuben James destroyer is torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 U.S. Navy sailors. It is the first U.S. Navy ship to be sunk by enemy action during World War II.

1961 – In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s tomb.

1973 – Mountjoy prison helicopter escape. Three temporary members of the Irish Republican Army flee Mountjoy, Dublin, aboard a hijacked helicopter that has landed in the courtyard of the exercises.

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security guards. The riots broke out in New Delhi and other cities and around 3,000 Sikhs were killed.


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