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Almanac - Monday 5/4/20

Tuttomondo, Pisa Keith Haring murale, 1989, chiesa di Sant'Antonio abate, by flickr user Pom'

Today is Monday, the 4th of May of 2020...

It is the 125th day of the year.

241 days remain until the end of the year.

47 days until summer begins

183 days until election day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 30 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:09 am 

and the sun sets at 8:05 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 56 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:37 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:37 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:48 am 

and the next high tide at 10:23 pm.

The Moon is 87.3% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 274.70° W↑

Moon Altitude: -0.57°

Moon Distance: 224844 mi

Next Moonrise: Today at 5:02 pm

Full Moon 7th of May of 2020 at 3:45 am in 3 days

Last Quarter Moon 14th of May of 2020 at 7:03 am in 10 days

New Moon 22nd of May of 2020 at 10:39 am in 18 days

First Quarter Moon 29th of May of 2020 at 8:30 pm in 25 days

Today is…

Anti-Bullying Day

Bird Day

Great Lakes Awareness Day

International Firefighters Day

International Respect for Chickens Day

K.I.N.D. Day

Melanoma Monday

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Kids Fitness Day

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day

National Orange Juice Day

National Weather Observers Day

Petite and Proud Day

Renewal Day

Star Wars Day

World Give Day (‘may the fourth be with you…’)

Today is also…

Cassinga Day (Namibia)

Dave Brubeck Day (Take Five is in 5/4 time)

Death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik Day (Slovakia)

Greenery Day (Japan)

International Firefighters' Day

Literary Day (Republic of China)

Youth Day (China and Fiji)

Remembrance Day for Martyrs and Disabled (Afghanistan)

Remembrance of the Dead (Netherlands)

Restoration of Independence day (Latvia)

World Give Day

World Naked Gardening Day

On this day in history…

1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.

1871 – The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1886 – Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.

1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.

1910 – The Royal Canadian Navy is created..

1919 – May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.

1926 – The United Kingdom general strike begins.

1932 – In Atlantamobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.

1946 – In San Francisco BayU.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary; 5 people are killed in the riot.

1953 – Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.

1959 – The 1st Annual Grammy Awards are held.

1961 – American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.

1961 – Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather attain a new altitude record for manned balloon flight ascending in the Strato-Lab V open gondola to 113,740 feet (34.67 km).

1970 – Vietnam WarKent State shootings: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam.

1972 – The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".

1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1989 – Iran–Contra affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges; the convictions are later overturned on appeal.

1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord, granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.

1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "UnabomberTheodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.

…and if today is your birthday, happy birthday to you!  You share this special day with…

1796 – Horace Mann, American educator and politician (d. 1859)

1889 – Francis Spellman, American cardinal (d. 1967)

1905 – Al Dexter, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)

1916 – Richard Proenneke, American soldier, carpenter, and meteorologist (d. 2003)

1928 – Maynard Ferguson, Canadian trumpet player and bandleader (d. 2006)

1928 – Thomas Kinsella, Irish poet, translator, and publisher

1928 – Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian air marshal and politician, 4th President of Egypt (d.2020)

1929 – Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-British actress and humanitarian (d. 1993)

1931 – Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor and educator (d. 2018)

1937 – Ron Carter, American bassist and educator

1937 – Dick Dale, American surf-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (d. 2019)

1939 – Amos Oz, Israeli journalist and author (d. 2018)

1941 – George Will, American journalist and author

1953 – Pia Zadora, American actress and singer

1958 – Keith Haring, American painter (d. 1990)