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KALW Almanac ~ Tuesday May 16, 2017

1866 3 Cent Nickel, PCGS PR-64, by flickr user Northern Lights Numismatics

Today Tuesday, 16th of May of 2017 is the 136th day of the year.
There are 229 days remaining until the end of the year. 
539 days until Congressional Elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018 (that's 1 year 5 months and 21 days from today); 
1267 days until the next Presidential Election on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (That'll be 3 years 5 months and 18 days from today).
The sun rose this morning at 5:58 am 
and the sun will set tonight  at 8:15 pm. 
Today we will have 14 hours and 17 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:03 am 

and the next high tide will be at 5:35 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 9:55 am 

and the next low tide at 10:26 pm.

The Moon is currently 74.2% illuminated; a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 170.72° S

Moon Altitude: 32.81°

Moon Distance: 248809 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 10:39 am

Today is…

Biographer's Day

Love a Tree Day

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day

National Mimosa Day

National Piercing Day

National Sea Monkey Day

National Wear Purple for Peace Day

Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day

Today is also...

Martyrs of Sudan (Episcopal Church (USA))

Mass Graves Day (Iraq)

National Day, declared by Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan)

Teachers' Day (Malaysia)

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

1804 – Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator who founded the first U.S. kindergarten (d. 1894)

1905 – Henry Fonda, American actor (d. 1982)

1906 – Margret Rey, German author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1912 – Studs Terkel, American historian and author (d. 2008)

1913 – Woody Herman, American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)

1919 – Liberace, American pianist and entertainer (d. 1987)

1928 – Billy Martin, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)

1929 – Betty Carter, American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1929 – John Conyers, American lawyer and politician

1929 – Adrienne Rich, American poet, essayist, and feminist (d. 2012)

1931 – Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., American soldier and politician, 85th Governor of Connecticut

1944 – Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American drummer, composer, and bandleader

1944 – Danny Trejo, American actor

1946 – Robert Fripp, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1951 – Jonathan Richman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952 – James Herndon, American psychologist and academic

1953 – Pierce Brosnan, Irish-American actor and producer

1955 – Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast

1955 – Debra Winger, American actress

1959 – Mare Winningham, American actress and singer-songwriter

1966 – Janet Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress

1973 – Tori Spelling, American actress, reality television personality, and author

1986 – Megan Fox, American actress

On this day in history…

1843 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.

1866 – The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.

1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.

1888 – Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.

1891 – The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world's first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electric current (the most common form today).

1916 – The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the French Third Republic sign the secret wartime Sykes-Picot Agreement partitioning former Ottoman territories such as Iraq and Syria.

1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government during wartime an imprisonable offense. It will be repealed less than two years later.

1920 – In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.

1929 – In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards ceremony takes place.

1943 – The Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.

1960 – Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

1961 – Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.

1966 – The Communist Party of China issues the "May 16 Notice", marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.

1974 – Josip Broz Tito is elected president for life of Yugoslavia.

1988 – A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.

1991 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.

1997 – Mobutu Sese Seko, the President of Zaire, flees the country.

2005 – Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35–23 National Assembly vote.