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Almanac - Thursday 5/24/18

Asparagus Notice the sign with the cute little asparagus tie...taken by flickr user Pablo Englebienne

Today Thursday, the 24th of May of 2018 is the 144th day of the year.

There are 221 days remaining until the end of the year.

28 days until summer begins...

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

(5 months and 13 days from today)

894 days until Presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 10 days from today)

The sun rises today at 5:53 am 

and the sun will set tonight at 8:22 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 29 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:34 am

and the next low tide will be at 2:16 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:27 am 

and the next high tide at 9:13 pm.

The Moon is  75.0% visible; a Waxing Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 296.13° WNW

Moon Altitude: -26.88°

Moon Distance: 237316 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 at 3:37 pm

Pollen count today will be in the medium range, 6.3

Friday and Saturday will be a low-to-medium count

but Tuesday the pollen count will shoot up to a medium high number of 7.3

Today is …

Asparagus Day

Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Brother's Day

International Tiara Day

National Escargot Day

Scavenger Hunt Day

It’s also….

Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Roman Catholicism

Aldersgate Day/Wesley Day in Methodism

Battle of Pichincha Day in Ecuador

Bermuda Day

Commonwealth Day in Belize

Independence Day in Eritrea) celebrates the independence of Eritrea from Ethiopia in 1993.

Lubiri Memorial Day in Buganda, a kingdom within Uganda

Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day

Victoria Day in Canada

National Patriots' Day or Journée nationale des patriotes in Quebec

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

1686 – Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Polish-German physicist and engineer, developed the Fahrenheit scale (d. 1736)

1819 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1901)

1905 – Mikhail Sholokhov, Russian novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1933 – Jane Byrne, American lawyer and politician, 50th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2014)

1936 – Harold Budd, American composer and poet

1937 – Archie Shepp, American saxophonist and composer

1938 – Prince Buster, Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2016)

1938 – Tommy Chong, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1940 – Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1941 – Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, artist, writer, and producer; Nobel Prize laureate

1943 – Gary Burghoff, American actor

1944 – Patti LaBelle, American singer-songwriter and actress

1945 – Terry Callier, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1945 – Priscilla Presley, American actress and businesswoman

1955 – Rosanne Cash, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1963 – Michael Chabon, American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter

…and on this day In history…

1798 – The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.

1813 – South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator").

1830 – "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.

1844 – Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in BaltimoreMaryland, to inaugurate a commercial telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington D.C.

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.

1930 – Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).

1935 – The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field.

1940 – Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.

1958 – United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.

1961 – American civil rights movementFreedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.

1962 – Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.

1993 – Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.