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Almanac - Monday 5/14/18

Chicken Dance, taken by flickr user Jim

Today is Monday, 14th of May of 2018. It is the 134th day of the year.

There are 231 days remaining until the end of the year.

38 days until summer begins...

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

(5 months and 23 days from today)

904 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 20 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:00 am 

and sunset will be at 8:13 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 13 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:21am

and the next low tide at 5:08 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:07 pm 

and the next high tide at 11:32 pm

Pollen count this week in the bay area ranges from 5.7 to 6.4, considered medium range, likely to cause allergic reactions to the predominant pollen.

The Moon is 1.4 % visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 74.66° ENE

Moon Altitude: -3.72°

Moon Distance: 230820 mi

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

The beginning of the Muslim holy month celebration of Ramadan occurs when the first light appears as the moon waxes with light.

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 5:49 am

Today is…

Dance Like a Chicken Day

International Dylan Thomas Day

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

National Underground America Day

National Women's Check-Up Day

The Stars and Stripes Forever Day

It’s also…

Flag Day in Paraguay

Hastings Banda's Birthday in Malawi

National Unification Day in Liberia

The first day of Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival in Japan.

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

1885 – Otto Klemperer, German composer and conductor (d. 1973)

1910 – Ne Win, Prime Minister of Burma (1958–60, 1962–74)(d. 2002)

1917 – Lou Harrison, American composer and critic (d. 2003)

1917 – Norman Luboff, American composer and conductor (d. 1987)

1921 – Richard Deacon, American actor and singer (d. 1984)

1936 – Bobby Darin, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1973)

1943 – Jack Bruce, Scottish-English singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2014)

1944 – George Lucas, American director, producer, and screenwriter, founded Lucasfilm

1952 – David Byrne, Scottish singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1966 – Raphael Saadiq, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1969 – Cate Blanchett, Australian actress

And on this day in history…

1787 – In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.

1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.

1800 – The process of the U.S. Government moving the United States capital city from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.

1925 – Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway is published.

1948 – Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

1955 – Cold War: Eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.

1961 – Civil rights movement: The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob.

1970 – Andreas Baader is freed from custody by Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensslin and others, a pivotal moment in the formation of the Red Army Faction.

1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space sta