Today is Thursday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2011.
EVENTS & REMINDERS
- "Best Toys of the Year,": 9:30 a.m., a "Community Coffee" with Bill Jensen, owner of , in the Community Room at the , 49 Old Kings Hwy. Free and open to the community.
- Annual luncheon of the Darien Community Association and Aging in Place+Gallavant: Dr. Danilo de la Pena speaks on "Sustain[ing] a Healthy Brain" (see attached photo for more information)
- Meet the "fabulous Beekman Boys": At 7 p.m., the authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook visit the Darien Library, for a book signing. Refreshments are served and books are available for purchase. It's all part of the library's 2011 Fall Author Series.
- At the Darien Depot: A bake sale today.
DARIEN PLAYHOUSE SHOWTIMES
- Jack and Jill: 7:00 p.m. (1 hr. 31 min.) — IMDb—trailer—Rotten Tomatoes
- Puss in Boots: 7:00 p.m. (1 hr. 30 min.)— IMDb—trailer—Rotten Tomatoes—"Fear me—if you dare!"
- 8 a.m.: Budget Committee of the Board of Education: Darien Public Schools administrative offices Board Meeting Room — agenda: Election of committee chairman, 2011-12 budget review, five-year projections
Thursday: Rain or drizzle likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 47. North wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday night: Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 30. Northwest wind between 9 and 11 mph.
TIDES & TIMES
- High tide: 3:27 a.m. (6.7')
- Sunrise: 6:44 a.m.
- Low tide: 9:42 a.m. (0.9')
- High tide: 3:40 p.m. (7.0')
- Sunset: 4:34 p.m.
- Low tide: 10:17 p.m. (0.4')
TODAY IN HISTORY
- 1558: Elizabethan era begins: Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.
- 1603: English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
- 1827: The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, is founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
- 1855: David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.
- 1911: The Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the first African-American fraternity at an historically black college or university, is founded at Howard University in Washington, DC.
- 1970: Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.
- 1973: Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, US President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook".
- 1989: Velvet Revolution begins: In Czechoslovakia, a student demonstration in Prague is quelled by riot police. This sparks an uprising aimed at overthrowing the communist government (it succeeds on December 29).
- 1997: In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).
- 2009: Administrators at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia discover their servers had been hacked and thousands of emails and files on climate change had been stolen, which would serve as the basis of the "Climategate" controversy.
Forecast obtained from the National Weather Service; tide information obtained from saltwatertides.com (calibrated to Long Neck Point); 'Today in History' items compiled from Wikipedia and other sources.