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Almanac - Tuesday 5/8/2018

The War in Europe ended on this day in 1945

Today is Tuesday, the 8th of May of 2018 is the 128th day of the year.

There are 237 days remaining until the end of the year.

44 days until summer begins...

182 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 06 2018

(5 months and 29 days from today)

910 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 03 2020

(2 years 5 months and 26 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:05 am 

and sunset will be at 8:08 pm.

In the high tide and low tide chart, we can see that

the first low tide will be at 1:02 am 

and the next low tide at 12:48 pm.

The first high tide will be at 5:59 am 

and the next high tide at 8:16 pm.

The Moon is currently  45.9 % visible

A Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:↑ 138.75° SE

Moon Altitude: 25.60°

Moon Distance: 248943 mi

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

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

Next Moonset: Today at 1:14 pm

Today is…

Childhood Depression Awareness Day

Free Trade Day

Iris Day

National Coconut Cream Pie Day

National Have a Coke Day

National Student Nurses Day

National Teacher Day

No Socks Day

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

Victory in Europe Day

World Ovarian Cancer Day

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

(and international holidays from Wikipedia)

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

1846 – Oscar Hammerstein I, American businessman and composer (d. 1919)

1884 – Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (d. 1972)

1895 – Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop (d. 1979)

1895 – Edmund Wilson, American critic, essayist, and editor (d. 1972)

1906 – Roberto Rossellini, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1977)

1910 – Mary Lou Williams, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)

1911 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1938)

1913 – Bob Clampett, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1984)

1920 – Tom of Finland, Finnish illustrator (d. 1991)

1926 – David Attenborough, English environmentalist and television host

1926 – Don Rickles, American comedian and actor (d. 2017)

1930 – Gary Snyder, American poet, essayist, and translator

1937 – Thomas Pynchon, American novelist

1940 – Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1985)

1940 – Toni Tennille, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1941 – Bill Lockyer, American academic and politician, 30th Attorney General of California

1944 – Gary Glitter, English singer-songwriter

1945 – Keith Jarrett, American pianist and composer

1958 – Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter

1970 – Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist

1975 – Enrique Iglesias, Spanish-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1976 – Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

453 BC – Spring and Autumn period: The house of Zhao defeats the house of Zhi, ending the Battle of Jinyang, a military conflict between the elite families of the State of Jin.

1429 – Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orléans, turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War.

1541 – Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo.

1877 – At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.

1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.

1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded.

1972 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his order to place naval mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.

1973 – A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.

1978 – The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.

1980 – The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.

The Mellow Dudes

Pat Smith, Tim Hagan, and Joe Burke

next Saturday May 12 at 8:30 PM

Java Beach Café

La Playa and Judah

at the end of the N-Judah Line

a block inland from the ocean