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Almanac - Thursday 5/3/18

Today is Two Different Color Shoes day. Image taken by flickr user Charlotte L

Today is Thursday, the 3rd of May of 2018.

It is the 123rd day of the year.

There are 242 days remaining until the end of the year.

49 days until summer begins...

187 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018

(6 months and 3 days from today)

915 days until Presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 31 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:11 am 

and sunset will be at 8:04 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 53 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:42 am

and the next high tide will be at 3:47 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:27 am 

and the next low tide at 8:26 pm.

The Moon is currently 88.1% visible

a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 204.56° SSW

Moon Altitude: 27.98°

Moon Distance: 249205 mi

Next Moonset: Today 8:56 am

Last Quarter Moon on the 7th of May of 2018 at 7:09 pm in 5 days

New Moon on the 15th of May of 2018 at 4:48 am in 12 days

First Quarter Moon on the 21st of May of 2018 at 8:49 pm in 19 days

Full Moon on the 29th of May of 2018 at 7:20 am in 26 days

Today is…

Garden Meditation Day

Lag B'omer

Martin Z. Mollusk Day

National Chocolate Custard Day

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Reason

National Lumpy Rug Day

National Raspberry Popover Day

National SAN Architect Day

National Specially-abled Pets Day

National Textiles Day

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Paranormal Day

Public Radio Day

Wordsmith Day

World Password Day

It’s also…
Constitution Memorial Day in Japan

Constitution Day in Poland

Fiesta de las Cruces in Spain and Hispanic America

Roodmas, or Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross, a Gallican Rite of the Catholic Church

Sun Day

World Press Freedom Day

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

490 – K'an Joy Chitam I, ruler of Palenque (d. 565)

1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and philosopher (d. 1527)

1481 – Juana de la Cruz Vázquez Gutiérrez, Spanish abbess of the Franciscan Third Order Regular (d. 1534)

1844 – Richard D'Oyly Carte, English talent agent and composer (d. 1901)

1898 – Golda Meir, Ukrainian-Israeli educator and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1978)

1903 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (d. 1977)

1910 – Norman Corwin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2011)

1912 – Virgil Fox, American organist and composer (d. 1980)

1912 – May Sarton, American poet, novelist and memoirist (d. 1995)

1913 – William Inge, American playwright and novelist (d. 1973)

1919 – Pete Seeger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist (The Weavers and Almanac Singers) (d. 2014)

1920 – John Lewis, American pianist and composer (d. 2001)

1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989)

1933 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Famous Flames and The J.B.'s) (d. 2006)

1938 – Napoleon XIV, American singer, songwriter and record producer

1940 – David Koch, American engineer, businessman, and philanthropist

1951 – Christopher Cross, American singer-songwriter and producer

1954 – Angela Bofill, American singer-songwriter

…and on this day in history…

752 – Mayan king Bird Jaguar IV of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico assumes the throne.

1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.

1808 – Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are executed near Príncipe Pío hill.  This event is immortalized in the Francisco De Goya painting

The Third of May 1808.

1830 – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened; it is the first steam-hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.

1913 – Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.

1937 – Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Shelley v. Kraemer that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.

1951 – The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.

1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.

1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.

1957 – Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

1960 – The Off-Broadway musical comedy The Fantasticks opens in New York City's Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.

1960 – The Anne Frank House museum opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1963 – The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the civil rights movement.

1973 – The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world's tallest building.

1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (which would later become known as "spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.