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KALW Almanac - Thursday May 5, 2015


May 5 is the 126th day of the year
There are 240 days remaining until the end of the year

This day marks the approximate midpoint of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the March equinox).
the sun rose in San Francisco at 6:08 am and sunset will be at 8:05 pm. 
Today we will have 13 hours and 57 minutes of sun. 

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The moon is 2.5 per cent illuminated, a waning crescent

Moonrise Today: 5:37 AM

Moonset Today: 7:01 PM

The first low tide was at 4:57 am 

and the next low tide will be at 4:54 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 11:38 am 

and the next high tide at 11:23 pm.

Today is...

National Astronaut Day

World Password Day

National Hoagie Day


Cinco De Mayo



National Cartoonist Day

National Totally Chipotle Day

National Day Of Prayer


it's also….

Children's Day in Japan and South Korea

Constitution Day in Kyrgyzstan

Coronation Day in Thailand, commemorating the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950

Europe Day, celebrated by the Council of Europe

Palestinians celebrate the Feast of al-Khadr or Saint George 

Indian Arrival Day in Guyana

International Midwives' Day 

Liberation Day Denmark and The Netherlands

Lusophone Culture Day celebrated among the Community of Portuguese Language Countries

Martyrs' Day in Albania

Patriots' Victory Day in Ethiopia

Senior Citizens Day in Palau

Tango no sekku in Japan

On this day in history…

1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

1821 – Emperor Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

1862 – Cinco de Mayo: The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory against all odds over invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza

1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.

1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand 
opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.

1905 – The trial in the Stratton Brothers case begins in London, England; it marks the first time that fingerprint evidence is used to gain a conviction for murder.

1912 – Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg.



1920 – Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.

1925 – Scopes Trial: Serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching 
evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day.

1961 – The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.



1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.

1965 – The Warlocks, later known as The Grateful Dead, make their first public appearance in Menlo Park, California.



1973 – Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, an as-yet unbeaten record.


1977 – The first of The Nixon Interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon are broadcast.

1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.

1985 – Bitburg and Bergen-Belsen: Ronald Reagan visits the military cemetery at Bitburg, Germany, and the site of the Nazi concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen, where he makes a speech.

1987 – Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share your special day with...



1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and author (d. 1855)

1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)



1901 – Blind Willie McTell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)

1903 – James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)

1937 – Sandy Baron, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)

1942 – Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)



1943 – Michael Palin, English actor and screenwriter



1988 – Adele, English singer-songwriter