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KALW Almanac - Monday May 23, 2016


May 23 is the 144rd day of the year.  
There are 222 days remaining until the end of the year, 2016.
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:53 am 
and sunset will be at 8:21 pm. 
Today we will have 14 hours and 28 minutes of sun. 

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:34 am 

and the next high tide will be at 2:30 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 7:15 am 

and the next low tide at 7:04 pm.

The Moon will be 97, going on 96% illuminated, a waning gibbous moon.

It’s National Taffy Day! 


National Lucky Penny Day

it's also...

Constitution Day in Germany

Declaration of the Báb in the Bahá'í Faith

Labour Day in Jamaica

Students' Day in Mexico

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

It is World Turtle Day!


World Turtle Day

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  Happy Birthday also to...

1824Ambrose BurnsideAmerican Union general

1875Alfred P. Sloan, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1966)

1883Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)

1891Par LagerkvistSwedish novelist, poet and dramatist; won Nobel Prize in 1951

Goodnight, Moon, and Happy Birthday children's book author Margaret Wise Brown.


1910Margaret Wise Brown, American children's book author and educator (d. 1952)

1923Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan-Spanish pianist (d. 2009)

1925Mac Wiseman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foggy Mountain Boys)

1926Joe Slovo, Lithuanian-South African politician (d. 1995)

Happy Birthday to singing star (and George Clooney's Aunt) Rosemary Clooney!

1928Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)

1933Joan Collins, English actress

1934Robert Moog, American businessman, invented the Moog synthesizer (d. 2005)

1955Luka Bloom, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958 Mitch Albom, American journalist, author, and screenwriter

1958Drew Carey, American actor and game show host

1974Jewel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

On this day in history…

1430Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to raise the Siege of Compiègne.

1533The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

1701After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London, England.

1788South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

The Accordian, as we know it, was patented on this day in 1829 in Vienna.

1829Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna, Austrian Empire.

1873Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established.

1911The New York Public Library is dedicated.

O.G.s Bonnie and Clyde were caught today in 1934


1934bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, La.

1969The Who's rock-opera album "Tommy" was released.

1995The first version of the Java programming language is released.

1997Iranians elected a moderate president, Mohammad Khatami, over hard-liners in the ruling Muslim clergy.

1998The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.

2002The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto Protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.

2003Congress sent President George W. Bush a $330 billion package of tax cuts - the third of his presidency.

2004Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.

2006 Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.

2012Adam Lambert became the first openly gay artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts, with his album Trespassing.

2012Egypt held the Arab world's first competitive presidential vote. (Islamist Mohammed Morsi was ultimately named the winner following a runoff)

2013The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapses in Mount Vernon, Washington.

2014 Seven people, including the perpetrator, are killed and another 14 injured in a killing spree near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara.