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KALW Almanac ~ Tuesday May 30, 2017

The Great Mel Blanc taken by flickr user forman 47

Today Tuesday, 30th of May of 2017 is the 150th day of the year. There are 215 days remaining until the end of the year. 525 days until Congressional Elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018(that's 1 year 5 months and 7 days from today) 1253 days until the next Presidential Election on Tuesday November 3, 2020(that'll be 3 years 5 months and 4 days from today). 

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:50 am 

and sunset will be at 8:26 pm. 

Today we will have 14 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:08 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:17 am 

The first low tide will be at 10:02 am 

The next high tide will be at 5:30 pm. 

and the next low tide at 10:41 pm.

The Moon is 28.7% illuminated,

a Waxing Crescent moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 348.46° NNW

Moon Altitude: -36.75°

Moon Distance: 231851 mi

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

Next New Moon: Jun 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 11:08 am

Today is…

Loomis Day

My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Day

National Mint Julep Day

Water a Flower Day

It's also…

Anguilla Day, commemorates the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution in 1967.

Canary Islands Day in Spain

Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago

Lod Massacre Remembrance Day in Puerto Rico

Mother's Day in Nicaragua

Parliament Day in Croatia

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

1902 – Stepin Fetchit, American actor and dancer (d. 1985)

1908 – Mel Blanc, American voice actor (d. 1989)

1909 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1986)

1932 – Pauline Oliveros, American accordion player and composer (d. 2016)

1943 – Gale Sayers, American football player and philanthropist

1955 – Colm Tóibín, Irish novelist, poet, playwright, and critic

1964 – Wynonna Judd, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1964 – Tom Morello, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1971 – Idina Menzel, American singer-songwriter and actress

1981 – Devendra Banhart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

On this day in history…

AD 70 – Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall. The Romans build a circumvallation, cutting down all trees within fifteen kilometres.

1381 – Beginning of the Peasants' Revolt in England.

1431 – Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.

1539 – In Florida, Hernando de Soto lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.

1806 – Future U.S. President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel.

1854 – The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

1868 – Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") is observed in the United States for the first time (by "Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic" John A. Logan's proclamation on May 5).

1911 – The Indianapolis 500 was run for the first time.

1922 – The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C..

1958 – Memorial Day: The remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the 
Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

1971 – Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.

1975 – European Space Agency is established.

1982 – Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in the first of a record 2,632 consecutive major league baseball games.

2005 – Vice President Dick Cheney predicted the Iraq war would end before the Bush administration left office, saying "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency," on CNN's "Larry King Live.".

2011 – Germany announced plans to abandon nuclear power over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.