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Almanac - Monday 5/7/18

Russian military cryptomodem, taken by flickr user mashpriborintorg

Today, Monday, the 7th of May of 2018 is the 127th day of the year.

There are 238 days remaining until the end of the year.

45 days until summer begins...

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

(5 months and 30 days from today)

911 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 27 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:06 am 

and sunset will be at 8:07 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06pm.

The first high tide was at 4:48 am

and the next high tide will be at 7:34 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:50 am.

The Moon is 55.8% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 146.86° SSE

Moon Altitude: 26.75°

Moon Distance: 250484 mi

Next New Moon: May 15, 2018 at 4:47 am

Next Full Moon:May 29, 2018 at 7:19 am

Today is …

Great Lakes Awareness Day

Melanoma Monday

National Barrier Awareness Day

National Cosmopolitan Day

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

National Tourism Day

Paste Up Day

It’s also…
Defender of the Fatherland Day in Kazakhstan

Dien Bien Phu Victory Day in Vietnam

Radio Day, commemorating the work of Alexander Popov in Russia and Bulgaria

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

165 – Julia Maesa, Roman noblewoman (d. 224)

1711 – David Hume, Scottish economist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1776)

1812 – Robert Browning, English poet and playwright (d. 1889)

1833 – Johannes Brahms, German pianist and composer (d. 1897)

1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer and educator (d. 1893)

1845 – Mary Eliza Mahoney, African American nurse and activist (d. 1926)

1861 – Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1885 – George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (d. 1969)

1892 – Archibald MacLeish, American poet, playwright, and lawyer (d. 1982)

1892 – Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav field marshal and politician, 1st President of Yugoslavia (d. 1980)

1901 – Gary Cooper, American actor (d. 1961)

1919 – Eva Perón, Argentinian actress, 25th First Lady of Argentina (d. 1952)

1923 – Anne Baxter, American actress (d. 1985)

1927 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1930 – Totie Fields, American comedian and author (d. 1978)

1932 – Pete Domenici, American lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Albuquerque (d. 2017)

1933 – Johnny Unitas, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2002)

1936 – Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (d. 2014)

1943 – Terry Allen, American singer and painter

1943 – Peter Carey, Australian novelist and short story writer

1945 – Christy Moore, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946 – Thelma Houston, American R&B/disco singer and actress

1946 – Bill Kreutzmann, American drummer (The Grateful Dead)

1950 – Randall "Tex" Cobb, American boxer and actor

1950 – Tim Russert, American television journalist and lawyer (d. 2008)

1968 – Traci Lords, American actress and singer

…and on this day in history…

351 – The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus breaks out. After his arrival at Antioch, the Jews begin a rebellion in Palestine.

1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.

1794 – French RevolutionRobespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.

1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.

1832 – Greece's independence is recognized by the Treaty of London.

1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.

1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.

1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.

1954 – Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat and a Vietnamese victory (the battle began on March 13).

1960 – Cold WarU-2 Crisis of 1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.

1976 – Honda Accord officially launched.

1986 – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.

1992 – Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.

1992 – Space Shuttle program: The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, STS-49.

1994 – Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.

1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for US$40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.

1999 – Pope John Paul II travels to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

2000 – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.