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Almanac - Tuesday 5/14/19

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Mmm... Buttermilk biscuits

Today is Tuesday, the 14th of May of 2019.  It is the 134th day of the year.  231 days remain until the end of the year.  38 days until summer begins.  539 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 5 months and 20 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:00 am 

and sunset will be at 8:13 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 13 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:38 am

and the next low tide will be at 2:31 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:32 am 

and the next high tide at 9:29 pm.

The Moon is 76.8% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Next Moonrise: Today at 3:46 pm

Moon Direction:286.29° WNW↑

Moon Altitude:-11.69°

Moon Distance:229364 mi

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

This coming full moon is a Full Flower Moon.

Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. This has also been called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

Last Quarter Moon in 12 days on Sunday the 26th of May of 2019 at 9:33 am

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

First Quarter Moon in 26 days Sunday the 9th of June of 2019 at 10:59 pm

Today is…

"The Stars and Stripes Forever" Day

Dance Like a Chicken Day

International Dylan Thomas Day

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

National Underground America Day

Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day

Today is also…

Israel Independence Day

Flag Day (Paraguay)

Hastings Banda's Birthday (Malawi)

National Unification Day (Liberia)

The first day of Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival. (Izumo-taisha)

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

1885 – Otto Klemperer, German composer and conductor (d. 1973)

1897 – Sidney Bechet, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 1959)

1905 – Herbert Morrison, American soldier and journalist (d. 1989)

1917 – Lou Harrison, American composer and critic (d. 2003)

1917 – Norman Luboff, American composer and conductor (d. 1987)

1921 – Richard Deacon, American actor and singer (d. 1984)

1936 – Bobby Darin, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1973)

1943 – Jack Bruce, Scottish-English singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2014)

1952 – David Byrne, Scottish singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1955 – Alasdair Fraser, Scottish fiddler

1966 – Raphael Saadiq, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1972 – Kirstjen Nielsen, American attorney, 6th United States Secretary of Homeland Security

1983 – Amber Tamblyn, American actress, author, model, director

1984 – Mark Zuckerberg, American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Facebook

…and on this day in history…

1607 – Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.

1787 – In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.

1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.

1800 – The process of the U.S. Government moving the United States capital city from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.

1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.

1811 – ParaguayPedro Juan CaballeroFulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor

1878 – The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown, an adherent of Christian Science, accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.

1925 – Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway is published.

1948 – Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

1961 – Civil rights movement: The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob.

1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.