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Almanac - Wednesday 5/30/18

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Nymphaeaceae (Water Lily) Seen at The Leela, Goa, taken by flickr user Thangaraj Kumaravel

Today Wednesday, the 30th of May of 2018, is the 150th day of the year.

There are 215 days remaining until the end of the year.

22 days until summer begins...

160 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 06 2018

(5 months and 8 days from today)

888 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 03 2020

(2 years 5 months and 5 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:50 am 

and sunset will be at 8:26 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:08 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:03 am 

and the next high tide at 2:03 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:49 am 

and the next low tide at 6:35 pm.

The pollen count is considered medium this week, from 5.9 to 7.2

The Moon is 99.1% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 229.04° SW

Moon Altitude: 15.17°

Moon Distance: 249268 mi

Last Quarter Moon 6th of June of 2018 at 11:32 am in 7 days

New Moon 13th of June of 2018 at 12:43 pm in 14 days

First Quarter Moon 20th of June of 2018 at 3:51 am in 21 days

Full Moon 27th of June of 2018 at 9:53 pm in 28 days

Next Moonset: Today 6:52 am

Today is…

Loomis Day

My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Day

National Creativity Day

National Mint Julep Day

National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Water a Flower Day

World MS Day

Today's Birthdays:

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

1814 – Mikhail Bakunin, Russian philosopher and theorist (d. 1876)

1902 – Stepin Fetchit, American actor and dancer (d. 1985)

1908 – Mel Blanc, American voice actor (d. 1989)

1909 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1986)

1926 – Johnny Gimble, American country/western swing musician (Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys) (d. 2015)

1932 – Pauline Oliveros, American accordion player and composer (d. 2016)

1943 – Gale Sayers, American football player and philanthropist

1953 – Colm Meaney, Irish actor

1955 – Topper Headon, English drummer and songwriter (The Clash)

1955 – Colm Tóibín, Irish novelist, poet, playwright, and critic

1964 – Wynonna Judd, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1968 – Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen, sentenced to life in prison related to September 11 attacks

1971 – Idina Menzel, American singer-songwriter and actress

1981 – Devendra Banhart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

... and on this day in history…

1381 – Beginning of the Peasants' Revolt in England.

In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN'), France.

1806 – Future U.S. President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel.

In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln.

In 1968, the Beatles began recording their "White Album" at EMI Recording Studios in London, starting with the original version of "Revolution 1."

1975 – European Space Agency is established.

1989 – Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: The 33-foot high "Goddess of Democracystatue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

Ten years ago in 2007:    Diplomats from 111 nations meeting in Dublin, Ireland, formally adopted a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs. (The United States and other leading cluster bomb makers — Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan — boycotted the talks

Five years ago, in 2013:  Arvind Mahankali (AHR'-vihnd MAH'-hahn-KAHL'-ee), a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling "knaidel," a small mass of leavened dough, to win the 86th version of the competition.

2013 – Nigeria passes a law banning same-sex marriage.

One year ago in 2017:     Kathy Griffin appeared in a brief video holding what looked like President Trump's bloody, severed head; the comic ended up apologizing, saying she had gone way too far.