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Almanac - Thursday 5/16/19

Today is Thursday, the 16th of May of 2019. It is the 136th day of the year. 229 days remain until the end of the year. 36 days until summer begins. 537 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 5 months and 18 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:58 am 

and the sun sets at 8:15 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 17 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

the first low tide was at 4:21 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:06 pm.

The first high tide will be at 10:46 am 

and the next high tide at 10:44 pm.

The Moon is currently 92.7% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 263.07° W↑

Moon Altitude: 0.69°

Moon Distance: 230863 mi

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

It will be the Full Flower Moon.

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

Next New Moon: Jun 3, 2019 3:01 am

Next Moonset: Today 4:56 am

Today is…

Biographer's Day

Brown Bag It Thursday

Hummus Day

Love a Tree Day

National Apéritif Day

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day

National Mimosa Day

National Notebook Day

National Piercing Day

National Sea Monkey Day

National Wear Purple for Peace Day

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share birthday cake with…

1801 – William H. Seward, American lawyer and politician, 24th United States Secretary of State (d. 1872)

1804 – Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator who founded the first U.S. kindergarten (d. 1894)

1905 – Henry Fonda, American actor (d. 1982)

1912 – Studs Terkel, American historian and author (d. 2008)

1913 – Woody Herman, American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)

1919 – Liberace, American pianist and entertainer (d. 1987)

1928 – Billy Martin, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)

1929 – Betty Carter, American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1929 – Adrienne Rich, American poet, essayist, and feminist (d. 2012)

1944 – Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American drummer, composer, and bandleader

1944 – Danny Trejo, American actor

1946 – Robert Fripp, English guitarist, songwriter and producer

1951 – Jonathan Richman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953 – Pierce Brosnan, Irish-American actor and producer

1955 – Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast

1959 – Mare Winningham, American actress and singer-songwriter

1966 – Janet Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress

1969 – Tucker Carlson, American journalist, co-founded The Daily Caller

1973 – Tori Spelling, American actress, reality television personality, and author

1986 – Megan Fox, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1866 – The United States Congress establishes the nickel.

1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.

1888 – Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.

1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government during wartime an imprisonable offense. It will be repealed less than two years later.

1988 – A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.

1991 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.