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KALW Almanac - Tuesday May 17, 2016


May 17 is the 138th day of the year.

There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year.

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:57 am 

and sunset will be at 8:16 pm. 

Today we will have 14 hours and 19 minutes of sun. The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:48 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:25 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 10:02 am 

and the next high tide at 10:05 pm.

The moon is a waxing gibbous moon, at 84 per cent illumination

Next Full Moon: May 21, 20162:14 PM

Next New Moon: Jun 4, 20167:59 PM

Today is …



Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

National Cherry Cobbler Day

National Pack Rat Day

National Walnut Day

It's also...

Children's Day in Norway

Constitution Day in Nauru

Feast of ‘Aẓamat  for the Bahá'í Faith

Galician Literature Day or Día das Letras Galegas in Galicia

National Day Against Homophobia in Canada

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia aka IDAHO

Liberation Day in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Navy Day in Argentina

World Hypertension Day

World Information Society Day

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

1823Edward Jenner, English surgeon; helped develop smallpox vaccination

1866 – Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (d. 1925)

1911Maureen O'Sullivan, American movie actress.

1912 – Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician, 31st United States Solicitor General (d. 2004)

1920Horace E. DodgeAmerican automobile manufacturer

1925Erik Satie, French composer

Happy Birthday to the great blues musician Taj Mahal


1942 – Taj Mahal, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rising Sons)

1944 – Jesse Winchester, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2014)

1948 – Dick Gaughan, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Boys of the Lough)

1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer and actor

1961 – Enya, Irish singer-songwriter and producer (Clannad)

On this day in history...

1792The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree on what is now Wall Street, the Buttonwood agreement.

1849 – A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.

1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.

1875The first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides.

1939 – The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States' first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.

1940The Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War II.

1946President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.

1954 – The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas ruling, which declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.

1970 – Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.

1971The musical "Godspell" opened off-Broadway.

Senator Sam Ervin (D-NC) (center) chaired the Senate Select Committee to Investigate Campaign Practices, also known as the Senate Watergate Committee


1973 – Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

1974 – Police in Los Angeles raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.

1980Rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating a 
black man.

1987An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.

1996President Bill Clinton signed "Megan's Law," a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.

1998New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game in a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota 

1999Labor Party leader Ehud Barak unseated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli elections.

2000Two former Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four black girls.

2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.

2011Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement confirming a Los Angeles Times report that he had fathered a child with a woman on his 
household staff more than a decade earlier.

2015 – At least nine people are killed and 18 injured, some by law enforcement and others in gunfire exchanges, in a shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas.