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Almanac - Wednesday 5/23/18

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Today is Wednesday, the 23rd of May of 2018.

It is the 143rd day of the year.

There are 222 days remaining until the end of the year.

29 days until summer begins...

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

(5 months and 14 days from today)

895 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 11 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:53 am 

and sunset will be at 8:21 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 28 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 1:31 am

and the next low tide will be at 1:22 pm.

The first high tide will be at 7:09 am 

and the next high tide at 8:30 pm.

The Moon is 65.0% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 306.12° NW

Moon Altitude:-28.77°

Moon Distance: 234965 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 2:34 pm

Pollen count is 6.2 today.

Expect a medium level of allergens and a low-medium count this weekend.

Today is…

Declaration of the Bab Day

1844 – Declaration of the Báb the evening before the 23rd: A merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith; Bahá'ís celebrate the day as a holy day.

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Lucky Penny Day

National Taffy Day

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

It’s also…

Constitution Day in Germany

Labour Day in Jamaica

Students' Day in Mexico

World Turtle Day

if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share this day with…

1875 – Alfred P. Sloan, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1966)

1883 – Douglas Fairbanks (Senior), American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)

1891 – Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish novelist, playwright, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1910 – Margaret Wise Brown, American author and educator (d. 1952)

1910 – Scatman Crothers, American actor and comedian (d. 1986)

1910 – Artie Shaw, American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2004)

1923 – Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan-Spanish pianist (d. 2009)

1926 – Joe Slovo, Lithuanian-born South African activist and politician (d. 1995)

1928 – Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)

1933 – Joan Collins, English actress

1934 – Robert Moog, electronic engineer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer (d. 2005)

1950 – Martin McGuinness, Irish republican and Sinn Féin politician, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (d. 2017)

1951 – Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player

1958 – Drew Carey, American actor, game show host, and entrepreneur

1974 – Jewel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

…and on this day in history…

1829 – Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in ViennaAustrian Empire.

1911 – The New York Public Library is dedicated.

1934 – Infamous American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

1995 – The first version of the Java programming language is released.

1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with roughly 75% voting yes.

2002 – The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto Protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.