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KALW Almanac ~ Thursday May 18, 2017

classic Cheese Souffle by flickr user zoyachubby

Today Thursday, 18th of May of 2017 is the 138th day of the year.
There are 227 days remaining until the end of the year.
There are 537 days until Congressional Elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018
(That'll be 1 year 5 months and 19 days from today)
and there are 1265 days until the next Presidential Election on Tuesday November 3, 2020
(That's 3 years 5 months and 16 days from today)

The sun will rise at 5:56 am 

and the sun will set will at 8:16 pm. 

We will have 14 hours and 20 minutes of daylight today. 

The solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide will be at 4:57 am 

and the next high tide at 7:14 pm. 

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:41 am.

The Moon is 55.3% illuminated; a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 151.14° SSE

Moon Altitude: 32.94°

Moon Distance: 243445 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 12:33 pm

Today is...

Brown Bag It Thursday

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Hummus Day

I Love Reese's Day

International Museum Day

Mother Whistler Day

National Apéritif Day

National Cheese Soufflé Day

National No Dirty Dishes Day

National Notebook Day

National Visit Your Relatives Day

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day

Today is also...

Baltic Fleet Day in Russia

Day of Remembrance of Crimean Tatar genocide in Ukraine

Battle of Las Piedras Day in Uruguay
1811 – Battle of Las Piedras: the first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by José Artigas.

Flag and Universities Day Haiti

Independence Day in Somaliland

International Museum Day

Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day for Sri Lankan Tamils
Victory Day in Sri Lanka
2009 – The LTTE, also known as The Tamil Tigers, are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day in Turkmenistan

Teacher's Day in Syria

If Today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share birthday cake with...

1048 – Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet (d. 1131)

1822 – Mathew Brady, American photographer and journalist (d. 1896)

1846 – Peter Carl Faberge, Russian goldsmith, designer and jeweler (d.1920)

1868 – Nicholas II of Russia (d. 1918)

1872 – Bertrand Russell, English philosopher, historian, activist, and logician; awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950 (d. 1970)

1883 – Walter Gropius, German-American architect, helped found the Bauhaus school and designed the John F. Kennedy Federal Building (d. 1969)

1892 – Ezio Pinza, Italian-American actor and operatic bass singer (d. 1957)

1895 – Augusto César Sandino, Nicaraguan rebel leader (d. 1934)

1897 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991)

1902 – Meredith Willson, American playwright and composer (d. 1984)

1904 – Shunryū Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator (d. 1971)

1904 – Jacob K. Javits, American colonel and politician, 58th New York Attorney General (d. 1986)

1911 – Big Joe Turner, American singer-songwriter (d. 1985)

1912 – Perry Como, American singer and television host (d. 2001)

1912 – Walter Sisulu, South African politician (d. 2003)

1920 – Pope John Paul II (d. 2005)

1922 – Bill Macy, American actor

1931 – Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)

1946 – Reggie Jackson, American baseball player and sportscaster

1950 – Mark Mothersbaugh, American singer-songwriter and painter (best known for his work with DEVO)

1970 – Tina Fey, American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1975 – Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

On This Day In History…

332 – Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.

1642 – The Canadian city of Montreal was founded.

1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.

1896 – The Supreme Court endorsed the concept of "separate but equal" racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson, a precedent that was overturned in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

1897 – A public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel "Dracula, or, The Un-dead" was staged in London.

1912 – The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, is released in Mumbai.

1926 – Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears in Venice, California.

1933 – New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1944 – Deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union government.

1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.

1969 – Apollo 10 was launched on a mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.

1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1980 – Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.  A massacre It occurred when General Chun Doo-hwan tried to eliminate any rebels by using military force.  May 18 is the name of a film made about the rally and the killings in 2007. 

1990 – In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).

1991 – Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.

1998 – The federal government filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.

2003 – "Les Miserables," the third-longest running show in Broadway history, closed after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances.

2004 – Randy Johnson, 40, became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0.

2005 – A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons, Nix and Hydra.