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Almanac - Thursday 5/10/18

Sunset through the trees at Pacific Grove [photo taken on a Monday, May 10, 2010 by flickr user John 'K'}

Today is Thursday, May 10, the 130th day of 2018.

There are 235 days left in the year.

42 days until summer begins...

180 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

(5 months and 27 days from today)

908 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 24 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:04 am

and sunset will be at 8:10 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 6 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:47 am

and the next low tide will be at 2:26 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:21 am 

and the next high tide at 9:23 pm.

27.1% of the Moon is visible; Waning Crescent

May 15 New Moon

May 21 Waxing Half First Qtr

May 29 Full Moon

Jun 6      Waning Half Last Qtr

Pollen count will be 6.4 today, 6.5 tomorrow

Then higher, 8.5 Saturday and 8.6 Sunday

May 10, 2016:

National Liver and Onions Day;

Golden Spike Day;

One Day Without Shoes


Clean Up Your Room Day

Make-A-Book Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

National Shrimp Day

National Small Business Day

Trust Your Intuition Day

World Lupus Day

Children's Day (Maldives)

Confederate Memorial Day (South Carolina)

Constitution Day (Micronesia)

Flower Festival (Azerbaijan)

Independence Day or King's Day, celebrates the declaration of independence of Romania from the Ottoman Empire in 1877.

Mother's Day (El SalvadorGuatemala, and Mexico)

Today's Birthdays:


1899 – Fred Astaire, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1987)

(d. 2000)

1909 – Maybelle Carter, American autoharp player (d. 1978)

1918 – T. Berry Brazelton, American pediatrician and author (d. 2018)

1952 – Sly Dunbar, Jamaican drummer

Singer Donovan is 72.

Singer Dave Mason is 72.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is 60.

Rock singer Bono (BAH'-noh) (U2) is 58.

Actor Kenan Thompson is 40.

Today in History

On May 10, 1968, the "Night of the Barricades" began in Paris' Latin Quarter as tens of thousands of student protesters erected obstacles against riot police; in the pre-dawn hours of May 11, the police moved in, resulting in violent clashes that left hundreds of people injured. Preliminary peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam began in the French capital.

In 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (later known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI).

In 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

In 1984, the International Court of Justice said the United States should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua's ports (the U.S. had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue).

In 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa's first black president. The state of Illinois executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy, 52, for the murders of 33 young men and boys.

Ten years ago:

Presidential candidate Barack Obama erased Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-imposing lead among Democratic superdelegates as he added endorsements from Utah, Ohio, Arizona and the Virgin Islands.

A tornado in Picher, Oklahoma, killed eight people.

Jenna Bush married Henry Hager, the son of a Virginia Republican party official, at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Five years ago:

The Internal Revenue Service apologized for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

U.S government scientists said worldwide levels of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, had hit a milestone, reaching an amount never before encountered by humans.

One year ago:

All but ignoring the unfurling drama over Russia and the U.S. election, President Donald Trump sought to advance prospects for cooperation between the former Cold War foes in Syria and elsewhere in a rare Oval Office meeting with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (sir-GAY' lahv-RAWF').