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Almanac - Thursday 5/7/20

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Full moon on Christmas day, by flickr user Jamie Wang

It's a Full Flower Moon...

Today is Thursday May 7, 2020.

It is the 128th day of the year.

238 days remain until the end of the year.

44 days until summer begins

180 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 27 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:06 am 

and sunset will be at 8:08 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 2 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:01 am 

and the next low tide at 5:51 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 12:51 pm.

The Moon is 99.9% visible; a Full Moon

Moon Direction: 233.63° SW↑

Moon Altitude: 18.42°

Moon Distance: 224482 mi

Next New Moon:  May 22, 2020 10:38 am

Next Full Moon: Jun 5, 2020 12:12 pm

Next Moonset: Today 6:30 am

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

Today is…

Make-A-Book Day

National Barrier Awareness Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

National Cosmopolitan Day

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Reason

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

National Tourism Day

Paste Up Day

World Password Day

Today is also…

Defender of the Fatherland Day in Kazakhstan

Dien Bien Phu Victory Day in Vietnam

1954 – Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat and a Viet Minh victory (the battle began on March 13).

Radio Day, commemorating the work of Alexander Popov in Russia, and Bulgaria

1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.

On this day in history…

1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.

1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.

1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded.

1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.

1994 – Edvard Munch's painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.

1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for US$40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.

2000 – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.

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

1711 – David Hume, Scottish economist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1776)

1812 – Robert Browning, English poet and playwright (d. 1889)

1833 – Johannes Brahms, German pianist and composer (d. 1897)

1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer and educator (d. 1893)

1861 – Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1885 – George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (d. 1969)

1892 – Archibald MacLeish, American poet, playwright, and lawyer (d. 1982)

1892 – Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav field marshal and politician, 1st President of Yugoslavia (d. 1980)

1919 – Eva Perón, Argentinian actress, 25th First Lady of Argentina (d. 1952)

1923 – Anne Baxter, American actress (d. 1985)

1927 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1930 – Totie Fields, American comedian and author (d. 1978)

1931 – Teresa Brewer, American singer (d. 2007)

1933 – Johnny Unitas, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2002)

1943 – Terry Allen, American singer and painter

1945 – Christy Moore, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946 – Bill Kreutzmann, American drummer