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KALW Almanac ~ Wednesday May 17, 2017

Homemade. Cherry. Cobbler. by flickr user jim hutchison

Today Wednesday, 17th of May of 2017 is the 137th day of the year.
There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year. 

539 days until Congressional Elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018
(That's 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 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 daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide will be at 3:55 am 

and the next high tide at 6:26 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 10:46 am 

and the next low tide at 11:40 pm.

The Moon is 65.2% illuminated; a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 157.15° SSE

Moon Altitude: 32.00°

Moon Distance: 246448 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 11:34 am

Today is...

National Cherry Cobbler Day

National Employee Health and Fitness Day

National Mushroom Hunting Day

National Pack Rat Day

National Walnut Day

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

World Hypertension Day

World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

It's also...

Birthday of the Raja in Perlis province in Malaysia

Children's Day in Norway

Constitution Day in Nauru

Norwegian Constitution Day

Feast of ‘Aẓamat  for followers of the Bahá'í Faith

Galician Literature Day or Día das Letras Galegas in Galicia in Spain

National Day Against Homophobia in Canada

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia aka IDAHO

Liberation Day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Navy Day in Argentina

World Hypertension Day

World Information Society Day 

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

1749 – Edward Jenner, English surgeon; helped develop smallpox vaccination

1866 – Erik Satie, French composer

1868 – Horace E. Dodge, American automobile manufacturer

1911 – Maureen O'Sullivan, the Irish-American movie actress who played "Jane" in the Tarzan movies

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

1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)

1939 – Gary Paulsen, American author

1942 – Taj Mahal, American blues singer-songwriter and musician

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

1946 – Udo Lindenberg, German singer-songwriter and drummer

1948 – Dick Gaughan, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer

1961 – Enya, Irish singer-songwriter and producer

On this day in history...

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

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

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

1971 – The musical "Godspell" opened off-Broadway.

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.

1954 – The Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, which declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.

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.

1990 – The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.

1997 – Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa. Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1998 – New 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 Twins.

2000 – Two 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.

2011 – Actor 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.