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Almanac - Thursday 5/17/18

Homemade. Cherry. Cobbler. by flickr user jim hutchison

Today is Thursday, the 17th of May, 2018.  It is the 137th day of the year.

There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year.

35 days until summer begins...

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

(5 months and 20 days from today)

901 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 17 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:57 am 

and sunset will be at 8:16 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 19 minutes of daylight.

Solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:50am

and the next high tide will be at 2:51 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:33 am 

and the next low tide at 7:26 pm.

Pollen count is medium today at 5.9 and 5.7 tomorrow. 

Then up to a medium-high count of 7.3 over the weekend

The Moon is 5.7% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 27.65° NNE

Moon Altitude: -28.40°

Moon Distance: 226104 mi

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

Next New Moon: Jun 13, 2018 12:43 pm

Next Moonrise: Today 8:06 am

Today is…

Brown Bag It Thursday

Hummus Day

National Apéritif Day

National Cherry Cobbler Day

National Mushroom Hunting Day

National Notebook Day

National Pack Rat Day

National Walnut Day

World Hypertension Day

World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

It’s also…

Birthday of the Raja (Perlis)

Children's Day (Norway)

Constitution Day (Nauru)

Norwegian Constitution Day

Feast of ‘Aẓamat (Bahá'í Faith)

Galician Literature Day or Día das Letras Galegas (Galicia)

National Day Against Homophobia (Canada)

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia aka IDAHO

Liberation Day (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Navy Day (Argentina)

World Hypertension Day

World Information Society Day (International)

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

1866 – Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (d. 1925)

1912 – Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician, 31st United States Solicitor General (d. 2004)

1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (d. 2010)

1937 – Hazel R. O'Leary, American lawyer and politician, 7th United States Secretary of Energy

1939 – Gary Paulsen, American author

1942 – Taj Mahal, American blues singer-songwriter and musician

1944 – Jesse Winchester, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2014)

1946 – Udo Lindenberg, German singer-songwriter and drummer

1948 – Dick Gaughan, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer

1961 – Enya, Irish singer-songwriter and producer

…and on this day in history…

1536 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's marriage is annulled.

1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established in Paris.

1939 – The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States' first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.

1973 – Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

1974 – Police in Los Angeles raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.

1983 – The U.S. Department of Energy declassifies documents showing world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (ultimately found to be 4.2 million pounds), in response to the Appalachian Observer's Freedom of Information Act request.

1990 – The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.

1997 – Troops of Laurent Kabila march into KinshasaZaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo.

2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.

2007 – Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.