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KALW Almanac ~ Thursday May 11, 2017

Salvador Dali by flickr user Hans Olofsson

Today, Thursday, 11th of May of 2017 is the 131st day of the year. 
There are 234 days remaining until the end of the year. 
544 days until Congressional Elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018
1272 days until the next Presidential Election on Tuesday November 3, 2020
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:02 am 
and sunset will be at 8:10 pm. 
Today we will have 14 hours and 8 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:09 am 

and the next high tide at 1:40 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 6:41 am 

and the next low tide at 6:30 pm.

The Moon is 99.5% illuminated

It's a Near Full Moon, now a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 234.40° SW

Moon Altitude: 16.69°

Moon Distance: 252020 mi

Next New Moon: May 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Next Full Moon: Jun 9, 2017 at 6:09 am

Next Moonset: Today at 6:52 am

Today, it's…

Eat What You Want Day

Hostess Cupcake Day

Make-A-Book Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

National Twilight Zone Day

It's also…

Nisga'a (Nishga) Day, celebration of the effective date of the Nisga'a Final Agreement. (Nisga'a Nation)

( Nisg̱a’a, are an Indigenous people of the western coast of Canada. They live in the Nass River valley of northwestern British Columbia. )

National Technology Day in India

Statehood Day in Minnesota

Vietnam Human Rights Day in Vietnam

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share this day with...

1720 – Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Münchhausen, the historical Baron Munchausen

1811 – Chang and Eng Bunker, Thai-American conjoined twins (d. 1874)

1888 – Irving Berlin, Belarusian-American pianist and composer (d. 1989)

1894 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1991)

1904 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter and illustrator (d. 1989)

1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (d. 1985)

1918 – Richard Feynman, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)

1927 – Mort Sahl, Canadian-American comedian and actor

1933 – Louis Farrakhan, American religious leader

1936 – Carla Bley, American pianist, composer, and bandleader

1941 – Eric Burdon, English singer-songwriter, actor, and painter

On this day in history...

330 – Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.

868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.

1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City.

1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. State.

1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.

1942 – William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.

1949 – Siam officially changes its name to Thailand for the second time. The name had been in use since 1939 but was reverted in 1945.

1960 – In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann who is living under the alias of Ricardo Klement.

1963 – Racist bombings in Birmingham, Alabama disrupt nonviolence in the Birmingham campaign and precipitate a crisis involving federal troops.

1973 – Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg's charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times are dismissed.

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.