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Almanac - Wednesday 5/2/18

mmmm ukulele, taken by flickr user Emma Nagle

Today is Wednesday, the 2nd of May of 2018.

It is the 122nd day of the year.

There are 243 days remaining until the end of the year.

50 days until summer begins...

188 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 06 2018

(6 months and 4 days from today)

916 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020

(2 years 6 months and 1 day from today)

The sun rises at 6:12 am 

and sunset will be at 8:03 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 51 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:10 am

and the next high tide will be at 2:55 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:47 am 

and the next low tide at 7:41 pm.

The Moon is currently --% visible

A Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 208.96° SSW

Moon Altitude: 28.40°

Moon Distance: 247383 mi

Next Moonset:Today8:14 am

Last Quarter Moon in 6 days on Monday the 7th of May of 2018 at 7:09 pm

New Moon in 13 days on Tuesday the 15th of May of 2018 at 4:48 am

First Quarter Moon in 20 days Monday the 21st of May of 2018 at 8:49 pm

Full Moon in 27 days on Tuesday the 29th of May of 2018 at 7:20 am

There is a Romanian village called 2 Mai.

Today is Baby Day

Brothers and Sisters Day

Also known as Sibling Appreciation Day

Great American Grump Out

International Scurvy Awareness Day

National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

National Fire Day

National Life Insurance Day

National Play Your Ukulele Day

National Truffle Day

Take a Baby to Lunch Day

World Tuna Day

The last day of the Festival of Ridván (Bahá'í Faith)

Anniversary of the Dos de Mayo Uprising (Community of MadridSpain)

Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo (Bhutan)

Flag Day (Poland)

Indonesia National Education Day

Teachers' Day (Iran)

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

1660 – Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)

1729 – Catherine the Great of Russia (d. 1796)

1860 – Theodor Herzl, Austro-Hungarian zionist philosopher, journalist and author (d. 1904)

1881 – Alexander Kerensky, Russian lawyer and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Russia (d. 1970)

1885 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and gossip columnist (d. 1966)

1892 – Manfred von Richthofen, German captain and pilot (d. 1918)

1895 – Lorenz Hart, American playwright and lyricist (d. 1943)

1903 – Benjamin Spock, American rower, pediatrician, and author (d. 1998)

1921 – Satyajit Ray, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1924 – Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2015)

1929 – Link Wray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1936 – Engelbert Humperdinck, English singer and pianist

1937 – Lorenzo Music, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1945 – Judge Dread, English singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1945 – Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan-American model, actress, and activist

1946 – Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

1972 – Dwayne Johnson, American-Canadian wrestler, actor, and producer

1975 – David Beckham, English footballer, coach, and model

…and on this day in history….

1536 – Anne BoleynQueen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adulteryincesttreason and witchcraft.

1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.

1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.

1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.

1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.

1945 – World War II: A death march from Dachau to the Austrian border is halted by the segregated, all-Nisei 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army in southern Bavaria, saving several hundred prisoners.

1955 – Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

1999 – Panamanian general election, 1999Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.

2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.

2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.