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Almanac - Tuesday 6/5/18

gingerbread men, taken by flickr user mojocoffee

Today Tuesday, the 5th of June of 2018 is the 156th day of the year

There are 209 days remaining until the end of the year.

16 days until summer begins ...

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

(5 months and 1 day from today)

882 days until Presidential Elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 4 months and 29 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:48 am 

and the sun sets at 8:30 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:09 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:04 am

and the next high tide will be at 6:29 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 10:55 am.

The Moon is 62.3% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 156.70° SSE

Moon Altitude: 35.25°

Moon Distance: 249193 mi

Next New Moon: Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Next Full Moon: Wednesay June 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 12:01 pm

Today is…

Apple II Day

Festival of Popular Delusions Day

Hot Air Balloon Day

National Attitude Day

National Gingerbread Day

It’s also

Arbor Day in New Zealand

Constitution Day in Denmark

Father's Day in Denmark

Feast of Núr, the first day of the fifth month of the Bahá'í calendar (Bahá'í Faith)

Indian Arrival Day in Suriname

Khordad Movement Anniversary in Iran

Liberation Day in Seychelles

President's Day in Equatorial Guinea

Reclamation Day in Azerbaijan

World Day Against Speciesism

World Environment Day

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

Author Ken Follett is 69.

1850 – Pat Garrett, American sheriff (d. 1908)

1868 – James Connolly, Scottish-born Irish rebel leader (d. 1916)

1878 – Pancho Villa, Mexican general and politician, Governor of Chihuahua (d. 1923)

1883 – John Maynard Keynes, English economist, philosopher, and academic (d. 1946)

1919 – Richard Scarry, American-Swiss author and illustrator (d. 1994)

1934 – Bill Moyers, American journalist, 13th White House Press Secretary

1937 – Hélène Cixous, French author, poet, and critic

1939 – Joe Clark, Canadian journalist and politician, 16th Prime Minister of Canada

1939 – Margaret Drabble, English novelist, biographer, and critic

1941 – Spalding Gray, American writer, actor, and monologist (d. 2004)

1947 – Laurie Anderson, American singer-songwriter and violinist

1951 – Suze Orman, American financial adviser, author, and television host

1956 – Kenny G, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer

1971 – Mark Wahlberg, American model, actor, producer, and rapper

1996 – William Leo Lindner-Vance, son of this announcer

…and on this day in history…

In 1794, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that was at peace with the United States.

In 1884, Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."

1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.

1916 – Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court; he is the first American Jew to hold such a position.

1947 – Cold WarMarshall Plan: In a speech at Harvard University, the United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe.

1949 – Thailand elects Orapin Chaiyakan, the first female member of Thailand's Parliament.

In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Henderson v. United States, struck down racially segregated railroad dining cars.

1956 – Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

1963 – Movement of 15 Khordad: Protests against the arrest of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini by the Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi. In several cities, masses of angry demonstrators are confronted by tanks and paratroopers.

1967 – The Six-Day War begins: Israel launches surprise strikes against Egyptian air-fields in response to the mobilization of Egyptian forces on the Israeli border.

On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was arrested at the scene.

1975 – The Suez Canal opens for the first time since the Six-Day War.

1989 – The Tank Man halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

2004 – Noël Mamère, Mayor of Bordeaux, celebrates marriage for two men for the first time in France.

Ten years ago:

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton met privately at the Washington home of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn), the first such get-together since Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.

Five years ago: The British newspaper The Guardian reported the National Security Agency was collecting the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon under a top secret court order.