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Almanac - Thursday 5/9/19

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Graphic game : Vertigo

Today is Thursday, the 9th of May of 2019.  It is the 129th day of the year.  236 days remain until the end of the year.  43 days until summer begins, and 544 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 5 months and 25 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:05 am 

and sunset will be at 8:09 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 4 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:33 am

and the next high tide will be at 5:12 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:29 am 

and the next low tide at 9:34 pm.

The Moon is 22.7% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:358.86° N↑

Moon Altitude:-30.85°

Moon Distance:232524 mi

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

Next New Moon: Monday June 3, 2019 at 3:01 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 10:07 am

Today is…

Hurray for Buttons Day

Lost Sock Memorial Day

Make-A-Book Day

National Butterscotch Brownie Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

National Moscato Day

Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day

Anniversary of Dianetics (Church of Scientology)

Today is also…

Commemoration of the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands

Victory Day observances, celebration of the Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany

(Soviet UnionAzerbaijanBelarusBosnia and HerzegovinaGeorgiaIsraelKazakhstanKyrgyzstanMoldovaRussiaSerbiaTajikistanTurkmenistanUkraineUzbekistan)

Goku Day: Celebrated in Japan since May 9, 2015, the "Goku Day" honors the main character of the famous manga: "Dragon Ball".

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

1800 – John Brown, American activist (d. 1859)

1860 – J. M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (d. 1937)

1882 – Henry J. Kaiser, American shipbuilder and businessman, founded Kaiser Shipyards (d. 1967)

1883 – José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, author, and critic (d. 1955)

1914 – Hank Snow, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

(d. 2003)

1918 – Mike Wallace, American journalist, media personality and one-time game show host (d. 2012)

1921 – Daniel Berrigan, American priest, poet, and activist (d. 2016)

1924 – Bulat Okudzhava, Russian singer, poet, and author (d. 1997)

1936 – Albert Finney, English actor (d. 2019)

1936 – Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician

1942 – John Ashcroft, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General

1946 – Candice Bergen, American actress and producer

1949 – Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist

…and on this day in history…

1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England.

1941 – World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.

1945 – World War II: The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst.

1945 – World War II: The German occupation of the Channel Islands comes to an end.

1955 – Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.

1958 – Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo has world premiere in San Francisco.

1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.

1961 – FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow gives his Wasteland Speech.

1970 – Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.

1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.