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Almanac - Monday 5/28/18

One of the first celebrations of Memorial Day in the United States was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated. Songs included John Brown’s Body, and The Star Spangled Banner.

Today is Monday, the 28th of May of 2018 .

It is the 148th day of the year.

There are 217 days remaining until the end of the year...

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

(5 months and 9 days from today)

890 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 6 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:51 am 

and sunset will be at 8:24 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will beat 1:07

The first low tide will be at 5:37am 

and the next low tide at 5:14 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:29 pm 

and the next high tide at 11:32 pm.

Pollen count this week will be medium between 6.5 and 5.5

The Moon is almost full,  98.7% visible; still a Waxing Gibbous

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

May's full moon is called the Full Flower Moon.  Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

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

Moon Direction:↑ 250.63° WSW

Moon Altitude:0.96°

Moon Distance:245874 mi

Next Moonset:Today5:34 am

Today is…

Amnesty International Day

International Hamburger Day

Memorial Day

National Brisket Day

Slugs Return From Capistrano Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day (Croatia)

Downfall of the Derg Day (Ethiopia)

Flag Day (Philippines)

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Republic Day (Nepal)

TDFR Republic Day, celebrates the declaration of independence of the First Republic of Armenia and the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic in 1918. (Azerbaijan and Armenia)

Youm-e-Takbir (Pakistan)

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

1884 – Edvard Beneš, Czech academic and politician, 2nd President of Czechoslovakia (d. 1948)

1888 – Jim Thorpe, American decathlete, football player, and coach (d. 1953)

1908 – Ian Fleming, English journalist and author, created James Bond (d. 1964)

1910 – T-Bone Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)

1917 – Barry Commoner, American biologist, academic, and politician (d. 2012)

1930 – Edward Seaga, American-Jamaican academic and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Jamaica

1936 – Betty Shabazz, American educator and activist (d. 1997)

1944 – Rudy Giuliani, American lawyer and politician, 107th mayor of New York City

1944 – Gladys Knight, American singer-songwriter and actress

1945 – Patch Adams, American physician and author, founded the Gesundheit! Institute

1945 – John Fogerty, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1946 – William Shawcross, English journalist and author

1947 – Lynn Johnston, Canadian author and illustrator

1949 – Wendy O. Williams, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress (d. 1998)

1956 – Jerry Douglas, American guitarist and producer

1968 – Kylie Minogue, Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1969 – Rob Ford, Canadian politician, 64th Mayor of Toronto (d. 2016)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is 47.

Pop singer Colbie Caillat (kal-LAY') is 33.

…and on this day in history…

585 BC – A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of Halys, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.

1892 – In San FranciscoJohn Muir organizes the Sierra Club.

In 1929, the first all-color talking picture, "On with the Show!" produced by Warner Bros., opened in New York.

In 1934, the Dionne quintuplets — Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne — were born to Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada.

1936 Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication.  In this landmark paper, the British computer pioneer described the Turing Machine and defined the inherent limits of computation.

1937 – Volkswagen (VW), the German automobile manufacturer is founded.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could begin crossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California. 

In 1957, National League owners gave permission for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

1961 – Peter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.

In 1968, "Creedence Clearwater Revival," the band's debut album, was released by Fantasy Records.

1987 – A West German pilot, Mathias Rust, who was 18 years old, evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. He is immediately detained and released on August 3, 1988.

1999 – In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display.