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Almanac - Friday 5/8/20

Coconut Cream Pie (Golden Nugget) Too sweet. By flickr user Kim Scarborough

It's Coconut Cream Pie Day...

Today is Friday, the 8th of May of 2020...

It is the 129th day of the year.

237 days remain until the end of the year.

43 days until summer begins

179 days until election day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 26 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:05 am        

and sunset will be at 8:09 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 4 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:14 am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:50 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:49 am 

and the next low tide at 6:38 pm.

Moon: 98.4%

Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 219.78° SW↑

Moon Altitude: 22.42°

Moon Distance: 226454 mi

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

Next Full Moon: June 5, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 7:10 am

Today is…

Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice

Free Trade Day

Iris Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

National Coconut Cream Pie Day

National Give Someone a Cupcake Day

National Have a Coke Day

National Public Gardens Day

National Student Nurses Day

Pesach Sheni

Provider Appreciation Day

Victory in Europe Day

World Ovarian Cancer Day

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Today is also…

Emancipation Day in Columbus, Mississippi

Furry Dance in Helston, England

Liberation Day in the Czech Republic

Miguel Hidalgo's birthday in Mexico

Parents' Day in South Korea

Truman Day in Missouri

Veterans Day in Norway

Victory in Europe Day

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

White Lotus Day in Theosophy

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

On this day in history…

1429 – Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orléans, turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War.

1877 – At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.

1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.[5]

1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded.

1919 – Edward George Honey proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate the Armistice of 11 November 1918 which ended World War I.

1973 – A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.

1976 – The rollercoaster The New Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

1978 – The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.

1980 – The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.

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

1326 – Joan I, Countess of Auvergne (d. 1360)

1846 – Oscar Hammerstein I, American businessman and composer (d. 1919)

1867 – Margarete Böhme, German novelist (d. 1939)

1884 – Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (d. 1972)

1895 – Edmund Wilson, American critic, essayist, and editor (d. 1972)

1903 – Mary Stewart, Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch, British politician and educator (d. 1984)

1910 – Mary Lou Williams, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)

1911 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1938)

1913 – Bob Clampett, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1984)

1920 – Tom of Finland, Finnish illustrator (d. 1991)

1922 – Mary Q. Steele, American naturalist and author (d. 1992)

1926 – David Attenborough, English environmentalist and television host

1926 – Don Rickles, American comedian and actor (d. 2017)

1928 – Ted Sorensen, American lawyer, 8th White House Counsel (d. 2010)

1929 – Ethel D. Allen, American physician and politician (d. 1981)

1930 – Gary Snyder, American poet, essayist, and translator

1935 – Princess Elisabeth of Denmark (d. 2018)

1937 – Thomas Pynchon, American novelist

1940 – Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1985)

1940 – Toni Tennille, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1945 – Keith Jarrett, American pianist and composer

1954 – Pam Arciero, American puppeteer and voice actress

1958 – Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter

1958 – Simone Kleinsma, Dutch actress and singer

1961 – Bill de Blasio, American politician, 109th Mayor of New York City

1964 – Melissa Gilbert, American actress and director

1967 – Viviana Durante, Italian ballerina and actress

1968 – Nathalie Normandeau, Canadian politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec

1970 – Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist

1975 – Enrique Iglesias, Spanish-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1976 – Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1977 – Joe Bonamassa, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1977 – Kathrin Bringmann, German mathematician and academic

1980 – Michelle McManus, Scottish singer-songwriter and actress

1981 – Tatyana Dektyareva, Russian hurdler

1982 – Christina Cole, English actress

1983 – Vicky McClure, English actress

1985 – Silvia Stroescu, Romanian gymnast

1985 – Sarah Vaillancourt, Canadian ice hockey player

1996 – 6ix9ine, American rapper