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Almanac - Friday 5/25/18

Geek Pride Shot on Kodak Ektar 100 with Nikon F65 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D by flickr user Jonnie

Today is Friday, the 25th of May of 2018, the 145th day of the year.

There are 220 days remaining until the end of the year.

27 days until summer begins...

165 days until mid-term elections onTuesday November 6, 2018 (5 months and 12 days from today)

893 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020  (2 years 5 months and 9 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:52 am 

and sunset will be at 8:22 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 30 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

Pollen count will be up and down and up again the next few days. A medium low of 2.7 today, a medium count of 5.3 on Saturday. Down to 4.3 on Sunday, and back up again to 7 and 7.2 Monday and Tuesday.

The first low tide was at 3:28 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:05 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:38 am

and the next high tide at 9:51 pm.

The Moon is 83.4% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 279.58° W

Moon Altitude: -16.29°

Moon Distance: 239557 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 4:39 pm

Today is…

Don't Fry Day

European Neighbours' Day

Geek Pride Day

National Brown-Bag-It Day

National Death Busters Day

National Heat Awareness Day

International Missing Children's Day

National Tap Dance Day

National Title Track Day

National Wig Out Day

National Wine Day

Towel Day

It’s also…

Africa Day in the African Union

African Liberation Day in African Union, and for followers of Rastafari

Day of Youth, celebrated on Josip Broz Tito's birthday in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

First National Government / National Day in Argentina

Geek Pride Day in geek culture

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Jordan from the United Kingdom in 1946.

Last bell in Russia, post-Soviet countries

Liberation Day in Lebanon

National Tap Dance Day (United States)

Towel Day in honour of the work of the writer Douglas Adams

(author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Universe books)

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

1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher (d. 1882)

1889 – Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aircraft designer, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (d. 1972)

1897 – Gene Tunney, American boxer and soldier (d. 1978)

1898 – Bennett Cerf, American publisher and television game show panelist; co-founded Random House (d. 1971)

1908 – Theodore Roethke, American poet (d. 1963)

1929 – Beverly Sills, American soprano and actress (d. 2007)

1935 – W. P. Kinsella, Canadian novelist and short story writer (d. 2016)

1936 – Tom T. Hall, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1938 – Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet(d. 1988)

1943 – Jessi Colter, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1943 – Leslie Uggams, American actress and singer

1944 – Frank Oz, English-born American puppeteer, filmmaker, and actor

1947 – Karen Valentine, American actress

1953 – Eve Ensler, American playwright and producer

1963 – Mike Myers, Canadian-American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1969 – Anne Heche, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London.

1895 – Playwright, poet, novelist and aesthete Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.

1925 – Scopes TrialJohn T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee.

1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.

1968 – The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis is dedicated.

1977 – Star Wars is released in theaters.

1977 – Chinese government removes a decade old ban on William Shakespeare's work, effectively ending the Cultural Revolution started in 1966.

1986 – Hands Across America takes place.