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Almanac - Thursday 5/2/19

credit: Flickr user Rakesh A
Ukulele playing contest The contest attracted locals and visitors alike to the stage. The player's name is Kawai and she is a really great singer and ukulele player and the manager of the 2008-2009 lady menehune jv basketball team

Today is Thursday, the 2nd of May of 2019.  It is the 122nd day of the year.  243 days remain until the end of the year.  There are 50 days until summer begins, and 551 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 6 months and 1 day from today)

The sun rises this morning at 6:12 am 

and sunset will be at 8:02 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 50 minutes of daylight today.

The solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide will be at 4:50 am 

and the next low tide at 4:36 pm.

The first high tide will be at 11:05 am 

and the next high tide at 11:07 pm.

The Moon is 6.4% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 84.48° E↑

Moon Altitude: -7.11°

Moon Distance: 246908 mi

Next New Moon: Saturday May 4, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Next Full Moon: Saturday May 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 5:24 am

Today is…

Baby Day

Brothers and Sisters Day

International Scurvy Awareness Day

National Day of Reason

National Fire Day

National Life Insurance Day

National Play Your Ukulele Day

National Truffle Day

Take a Baby to Lunch Day

World Password Day

World Tuna Day

"2 May" is (the name in English) for a Romanian village

Today is also…

Anniversary of the Dos de Mayo Uprising in Spain

Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo in Bhutan

Flag Day in Poland

Indonesia National Education Day

Teachers' Day in Iran

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

1660 – Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)

1729 – Catherine the Great of Russia (d. 1796)

1860 – Theodor Herzl, Austro-Hungarian zionist philosopher, journalist and author (d. 1904)

1885 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and gossip columnist (d. 1966)

1892 – Manfred von Richthofen, German captain and pilot (d. 1918)

1895 – Lorenz Hart, American playwright and lyricist (d. 1943)

1903 – Benjamin Spock, American rower, pediatrician, and author (d. 1998)

1921 – Satyajit Ray, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1924 – Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2015)

1929 – Link Wray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1936 – Engelbert Humperdinck, English singer and pianist

1937 – Lorenzo Music, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1945 – Judge Dread, English singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1945 – Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan-American model, actress, and activist

1946 – Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

1948 – Larry Gatlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1955 – Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer

1972 – Dwayne Johnson, American-Canadian wrestler, actor, and producer

1975 – David Beckham, English footballer, coach, and model

2015 – Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, British royal, and fourth in line to the British throne

…and on this day in history….

1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.

1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.

1808 – Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808.

1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.

1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.

1945 – World War II: A death march from Dachau to the Austrian border is halted by the segregated, all-Nisei 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army in southern Bavaria, saving several hundred prisoners.

1955 – Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

1986 – Chernobyl disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster.

1999 – Panamanian general election, 1999Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.

2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.

2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

2012 – A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction.