Almanac - Wednesday 5/1/19
Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2019. There are 244 days left in the year. 51 days until summer begins and 552 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020...
(1 year 6 months and 2 days from today)
The sun rises at 6:13 am
and the sun will set will be at 8:01 pm.
We will have 13 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.
Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.
The first high tide will be at 10:17 am
and the next low tide at 4:03 pm.
and the next high tide at 10:41 pm.
The Moon is 11.9% visible; a Waning Crescent
Moon Direction: 94.95° E↑
Moon Altitude: -0.46°
Moon Distance: 248834 mi
Next Moonrise: Today 4:56 am
New Moon in 3 days Saturday 4th of May of 2019 at 3:45 pm
First Quarter Moon in 10 days on Saturday the 11th of May of 2019 at 6:12 pm
Full Moon in 17 days on Saturday the 18th of May of 2019 at 2:11 pm
Last Quarter Moon in 24 days on Sunday the 26th of May of 2019 at 9:33 am
Today is also…
If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this day with…
1907 – Kate Smith, American singer and actress (d. 1986)
1910 – Raya Dunayevskaya, Ukrainian-American philosopher and activist (d. 1987)
1918 – Jack Paar, American comedian, author and talk show host (d. 2004)
1924 – Terry Southern, American novelist, essayist, and screenwriter (d. 1995)
1925 – Scott Carpenter, American commander, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2013)
1946 – John Woo, Hong Kong director, producer, and screenwriter
1951 – Sally Mann, American photographer
…and on this day in history…
1884 – Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.
1886 – Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day, culminating in the Haymarket affair in Chicago, in commemoration of which May 1 is celebrated as International Workers' Day in many countries.
2003 – Invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 1, 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.
On this date:
In 1786, Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna.
In 1931, New York's 102-story Empire State Building was dedicated. Singer Kate Smith made her debut on CBS Radio on her 24th birthday.
In 1941, the Orson Welles motion picture "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.
In 1964, the computer programming language BASIC (Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) was created by Dartmouth College professors John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz.
In 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. (They divorced in 1973.)
In 1975, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Brewers broke baseball's all-time RBI record previously held by Babe Ruth during a game against the Detroit Tigers (Milwaukee won, 17-3).
In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, a visibly shaken Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, pleading, "Can we all get along?"
In 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. commando operation (because of the time difference, it was early May 2 in Pakistan, where the al-Qaida leader met his end).