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Almanac - Tuesday 5/5/20

twirling cinco de mayo dress workin' the lace and ribbons at the festival at dolores park, in san francisco, by flickr user Gail Williams

Today is Cinco De Mayo...

Today Tuesday, 5th of May of 2020

It is the 126th day of the year

240 days remain until the end of the year.

46 days until summer begins

182 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 29 days from today)

This day marks the approximate midpoint of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the March equinox).

The sun rises at 6:08 am 

and the sun will set at 8:06 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 58 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:26 am 

and the next low tide will be at 4:22 pm.

The first high tide will be at 10:51 am 

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate will be at 10:59 pm.

The Moon is 94.1%; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 259.27° W↑

Moon Altitude: 8.77°

Moon Distance: 223701 mi

Next Full Moon: Thursday May 7, 2020 at 3:45 am

The full moon is May is called the Full Flower Moon.  Flowers spring forth in abundance this month.  The moon is also called the Corn Planting Moon, the Milk Moon, the Mother’s Moon, and the Frog Moon.

Next New Moon: May 22, 2020 at 10:38 am

Next Moonset: Today at 5:19 am

Today is…

Cartoonists Day

Childhood Depression Awareness Day

Cinco de Mayo


Hug a Shed and Take a Selfie Day

International Midwives Day

Museum Lover's Day

Nail Day

National Concert Day

National Hoagie Day

National Silence the Shame Day

National Teacher Day

Oyster Day

Poem on Your Pillow Day

Revenge of the Fifth

Totally Chipotle Day

World Asthma Day

Today is also…

Children's Day in Japan and South Korea

Constitution Day in Kyrgyzstan

Europe Day

Feast of al-Khadr or Saint George for Palestinians

Indian Arrival Day in Guyana

International Midwives' Day

Liberation Day in Denmark, and the Netherlands

Lusophone Culture Day  among the Community of Portuguese Language Countries

Martyrs' Day in Albania

Patriots' Victory Day in Ethiopia

Senior Citizens Day in Palau

Tango no sekku in Japan

On this day in history…

1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

1835 – The first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.

1862 – Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.

1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.

1877 – Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue GroundsCy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.

1927 – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is first published.

1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day.

1961 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.

1973 – Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59​2⁄5, an as-yet unbeaten record.

1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.

And if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this special day with…

1800 – Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)

1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and author (d. 1855)

1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)

1898 – Blind Willie McTell, American Piedmont blues singer and guitar player (d. 1959)

1903 – James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)

1915 – Alice Faye, American actress and singer (d. 1998)

1925 – Leo Ryan, American soldier, educator, and politician (d. 1978)

1932 – Stan Goldberg, American illustrator (d. 2014)

1936 – Sandy Baron, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)

1942 – Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

1943 – Michael Palin, English actor and screenwriter

1944 – John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor and screenwriter

1988 – Adele, English singer-songwriter