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Almanac - Thursday 5/23/19

Today is Thursday, the 23rd of May of 2019. It is the 143rd day of the year. 222 days remain until the end of the year. 29 days until summer begins and 530 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 5 months and 11 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:54 am 

and sunset will be at 8:21 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:29 am

and the next high tide will be at 5:13 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:29 am 

and the next low tide at 9:57 pm.

The Moon is 78.9% visible

a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 173.63° S↑

Moon Altitude: 29.68°

Moon Distance: 247571 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Monday June 17, 2019 at 1:30 am

Next Moonset: Today at 10:03 am

Today is…

Declaration of the Bab Day, in the Bahá'í Faith

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Lag B'omer

Lucky Penny Day

National Taffy Day

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

World Turtle Day

It’s also…
Constitution Day in Germany

Labour Day in Jamaica

Students' Day in Mexico

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

1810 – Margaret Fuller, American journalist and critic (d. 1850)

1883 – Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)

1891 – Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish novelist, playwright, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1910 – Margaret Wise Brown, American author and educator (d. 1952)

1910 – Scatman Crothers, American actor and comedian (d. 1986)

1910 – Artie Shaw, American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2004)

1923 – Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan-Spanish pianist (d. 2009)

1926 – Joe Slovo, Lithuanian-South African activist and politician (d. 1995)

1928 – Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)

1933 – Joan Collins, English actress

1934 – Robert Moog, electronic engineer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer (d. 2005)

1950 – Martin McGuinness, Irish republican and Sinn Féin politician, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (d. 2017)

1955 – Luka Bloom, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958 – Mitch Albom, American journalist, author, and screenwriter

1958 – Drew Carey, American actor, game show host, and entrepreneur

1974 – Jewel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

…and on this day in history…

1788 – South Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution as the eighth American state.

1844 – Declaration of the Báb the evening before the 23rd: A merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith; Bahá'ís celebrate the day as a holy day.

1873 – The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

1911 – The New York Public Library is dedicated.

1934 – Infamous American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

1995 – The first version of the Java programming language is released.

1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with roughly 75% voting yes.

2002 – The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto Protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.