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Almanac - Monday 5/13/19

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Today is Frog Jumping Day

Today is Monday, the 13th of May of 2019

It is the 133rd day of the year.

232 days remain until the end of the year.

549 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020.

The sun rises at 6:01 am 

and sunset will be at 8:12 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 11 minutes of daylight

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

The first low tide was at 1:37 am 

The first high tide will be at 7:15 am 

and the next low tide at 1:38 pm. 

and the final high tide at 8:49 pm.

Full Moon in 5 days on the 18th of May of 2019 at 2:11 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 13 days the 26th of May of 2019 at 9:33 am

New Moon in 21 days the 3rd of June of 2019 at 3:02 am

First Quarter Moon in 27 days the 9th of June of 2019 at 10:59 pm

Today is...

National Apple Pie Day

National Frog Jumping Day

National Fruit Cocktail Day

National Crouton Day

National Women's Checkup Day

Today is also...

Abbotsbury Garland Day in Dorset, England

Rotuma Day in Rotuma, a Fijian dependency

Gospel Day in Tuvalu

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

1221 – Alexander Nevsky, Russian prince and saint (d. 1263)

1453 – Mary Stewart, Countess of Arran, Scottish princess (d. 1488)

1830 – Zebulon Baird Vance, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of North Carolina (d. 1894)

1842 – Sir Arthur Sullivan, English composer; wrote operettas with W. S. Gilbert (d. 1900)

1912 – Gil Evans, Canadian-American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1988)

1914 – Joe Louis, American boxer, wrestler, and actor (d. 1981)

1920 – Gareth Morris, English flute player (d. 2007)

1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (d. 2009)

1927 – Fred Hellerman, American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Weavers) (d. 2016)

1931 – Jim Jones, American cult leader, founder of the Peoples Temple (d. 1978)

1937 – Roger Zelazny, American author and poet (d. 1995)

1939 – Harvey Keitel, American actor

1940 – Bruce Chatwin, English author (d. 1989)

1941 – Ritchie Valens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)

1943 – Mary Wells, American singer-songwriter (d. 1992)

1944 – Armistead Maupin, American author, screenwriter, and actor

1950 – Manning Marable, American author and academic (d. 2011)

1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1961 – Dennis Rodman, American basketball player, wrestler, and actor

1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and talk show host

1964 – Chris Maitland, English drummer

1976 – Ana Popović, Serbian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1978 – Barry Zito, American baseball player

1987 – Laura Izibor, Irish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

...and on this day in history...

1373 – Julian of Norwich has visions which are later transcribed in her Revelations of Divine Love.

1846 – Mexican–American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.

1880 – In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.

1888 – With the passage of the Lei Áurea ("Golden Law"), Empire of Brazil abolishes slavery.

1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later 

becomes WDRC-FM.

1954 – The original Broadway production of The Pajama Game opens and runs for another 1,063 performances. Later received 

three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Choreography.

1958 – During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.

1960 – Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the 

House Committee on Un-American Activities.

1985 – Police bombed MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing six adults and five children, and 

destroying the homes of 250 city residents.

1989 – Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.

1995 – Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the 

help of sherpas.