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Almanac - Monday 5/21/18

Dessert Strawberries and Cream. Delicious. Taken and probably eaten by flickr user Bob Cotter

Today is Monday, the 21st  of May of 2018,

It is the 141st day of the year.

There are 224 days remaining until the end of the year.

31 days until summer begins

169 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 06 2018

(5 months and 16 days from today)

897 days until presidential election Tuesday November 03 2020

(2 years 5 months and 13 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:55 am 

and sunset will be at 8:19 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 24 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:31 am

and the next high tide will be at 6:50 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:19 am.

A medium Pollen count this week between 6.1 and 7.1

The Moon is currently 42.8% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 332.31° NNW

Moon Altitude: -33.13°

Moon Distance: 230465 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today 12:23 pm

Today is…

American Red Cross Founder's Day

I Need a Patch for That Day

National Memo Day

National Strawberries and Cream Day

National Waiters and Waitresses Day

Rapture Party Day

Sister Maria Hummel Day

It’s also…

Afro-Colombian Day in Colombia

Circassian Day of Mourning

Day of Patriots and Military in Hungary

Independence Day in Montenegro

Navy Day in Chile

Saint Helena Day, celebrates the discovery of Saint Helena in 1502.  cSaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha)

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Anti-Terrorism Day in India

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

120 BC – Aurelia Cotta, mother of Gaius Julius Caesar (d. 54 BC)

1471 – Albrecht Dürer, German painter, engraver, and mathematician (d. 1528)

1898 – Armand Hammer, American physician and businessman, founded Occidental Petroleum (d. 1990)

1901 – Sam Jaffe, American film producer and agent (d. 2000)

1904 – Fats Waller, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1943)

1916 – Dennis Day, American singer and actor (d. 1988)

1917 – Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1993)

1921 – Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1923 – Dorothy Hewett, Australian feminist poet, novelist and playwright (d. 2002)

1924 – Peggy Cass, American actress, comedian, and game show panelist (d. 1999)

1933 – Maurice André, French trumpet player (d. 2012)

1940 – Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1941 – Martin Carthy, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1944 – Mary Robinson, Irish lawyer and politician, 7th President of Ireland

1951 – Al Franken, American actor, screenwriter, and politician

1952 – Mr. T, American actor and wrestler

1959 – Nick Cassavetes, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1960 – Jeffrey Toobin, American lawyer and essayist

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (d. 1997)

…and on this day in history…

1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in DerryNorthern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1979 – White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.

1991 – Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.

1991 – Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.

1992 – After 30 seasons Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.

1998 – President Suharto of Indonesia resigns following the killing of students from Trisakti University earlier that week by security forces and growing mass protests in Jakarta against his ongoing corrupt rule.

2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

2010 – JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket. The vessel would make a Venus flyby late in the year.

2011 – Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date.