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Almanac - Wednesday 5/16/18

Today is Wear Purple For Peace Day. Purple C, taken by, maybe worn by flickr user Janine

May 16 is the 136th day of the year.

There are 229 days remaining until the end of the year.

36 days until summer begins...

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

(5 months and 21 days from today)

902 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 18 days from today)

Today Wednesday, 16th of May of 2018

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:58 am 

and sunset will be at 8:15 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 17 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:09am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:55 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:46 am 

and the next low tide at 6:36 pm.

TODAY’s pollen count is 6; considered medium

Top Allergens include Grasses, Oak, and  Mulberry

TOMORROW’s pollen count expected to be 5.9

The Moon is 1.6% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 43.05° NE

Moon Altitude: -23.26°

Moon Distance: 226868 mi

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

Next New Moon: Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Next Moonrise: Today 7:14 am

Today is…

Biographer's Day

Love a Tree Day

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day

National Mimosa Day

National Piercing Day

National Sea Monkey Day

National Wear Purple for Peace Day

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

It’s also…

Martyrs of Sudan in the Episcopal Church in the USA

Mass Graves Day in Iraq

National Day, declared by Salva Kiir Mayardit in South Sudan

Teachers' Day in Malaysia

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

1898 – Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-American painter (d. 1980)

1905 – Henry Fonda, American actor (d. 1982)

1906 – Margret Rey, German author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1912 – Studs Terkel, American historian and author (d. 2008)

1913 – Woody Herman, American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)

1919 – Liberace, American pianist and entertainer (d. 1987)

1928 – Billy Martin, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)

1929 – Betty Carter, American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1929 – John Conyers, American lawyer and politician

1929 – Adrienne Rich, American poet, essayist, and feminist (d. 2012)

1944 – Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American drummer, composer, and bandleader

1944 – Danny Trejo, American actor

1946 – Robert Fripp, English guitarist, songwriter and producer

1951 – Jonathan Richman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953 – Pierce Brosnan, Irish-American actor and producer

1955 – Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast

1959 – Mare Winningham, American actress and singer-songwriter

1966 – Janet Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress

1973 – Tori Spelling, American actress, reality television personality, and author

1986 – Megan Fox, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1866 – The United States Congress establishes the nickel.

1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.

1888 – Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.

1891 – The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world's first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electric current (the most common form today).

1929 – In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards ceremony takes place.

1988 – A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.

1991 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.

2005 – Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35–23 National Assembly vote.