© 2021 KALW
KALW Public Media / 91.7 FM Bay Area
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

KALW Almanac ~ Monday May 22, 2017


Today Monday, the 22nd of May of 2017 is the 142nd day of the year.
There are 223 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:54 am,
and sunset will be at 8:20 pm. 
Today we will have 14 hours and 26 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:28 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:11 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 9:48 am 

and the next high tide at 9:51 pm.

The Moon is 15.6% illuminated; a Waning Crescent 

Moon Direction: ↑ 97.94° E

Moon Altitude: 13.45°

Moon Distance: 228825 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 4:49 pm

Today is…

Accounting Day
Also known as Accounting Career Day

Canadian Immigrants Day

Harvey Milk Day

International Day for Biological Diversity

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day

National Maritime Day

National Vanilla Pudding Day

Sherlock Holmes Day

World Goth Day

Today is also….

Abolition Day in Martinique

International Day for Biological Diversity

National Sovereignty Day in Haiti

Republic Day in Sri Lanka

Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra to Bari in Ukraine

Unity Day in Yemen, celebrates the unification of North and South Yemen into the Republic of Yemen in 1990.

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

1813 – Richard Wagner, German composer (d. 1883)

1844 – Mary Cassatt, American painter and educator (d. 1926)

1859 – Arthur Conan Doyle, the Scottish writer best known for his creation of the detective Sherlock Holmes(d. 1930)

1907 – Hergé, Belgian author and illustrator (d. 1983)

1907 – Laurence Olivier, English actor, director, and producer (d. 1989)

1914 – Sun Ra, American pianist, composer, bandleader, poet (d. 1993)

1927 – Michael Constantine, American actor

1927 – Peter Matthiessen, American novelist, short story writer, editor, co-founded The Paris Review (d. 2014)

1928 – T. Boone Pickens, American businessman

1930 – Harvey Milk, American lieutenant and politician (d. 1978)

1937 – Facundo Cabral, Argentinian singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

1938 – Richard Benjamin, American actor and director

1938 – Susan Strasberg, American actress (d. 1999)

1940 – Bernard Shaw, American journalist

1942 – Ted Kaczynski, American academic and mathematician turned anarchist and serial murderer (Unabomber)

1950 – Bernie Taupin, English singer-songwriter and poet

1959 – Morrissey, English singer-songwriter and performer

1970 – Naomi Campbell, English model

On this day in history...

1176 – The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.

1570 – The first atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, is published with 70 maps.

1807 – A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1848 – Slavery is abolished in Martinique.

1849 – Future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats, making him the only U.S. President to ever hold a patent.

1868 – The Great Train Robbery took place near Marshfield, Ind., as seven members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds.

1900 – The Associated Press is formed in New York City as a non-profit news cooperative.

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine".

1915 – Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, the only volcano other than Mount St. Helens to erupt in the contiguous U.S. during the 20th century.

1947 – The Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.

1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up.

1990 – North Yemen and South Yemen merged to form the Republic of Yemen.

1992 – Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time after nearly 30 years in the job.

1998 – Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland cast ballots giving resounding approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord.

2012 – Tokyo Skytree opens to the public. It is the tallest tower in the world (634 m), and the second tallest man-made structure on Earth, after Burj Khalifa (829.8 m).

2015 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.