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Almanac - Monday 5/11/20

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By flickr user Peter Owen. "On 21 July 2010, I finished reading this book today. The Diamond Sutra was printed dated AD 868. It is currently on display at the British Museum, and I saw it there earlier in the year."

The Diamond Sutra, the oldest book in the world, is printed on this day in 868 AD...

Today is Monday, the 11th of May of 2020,

is the 132st day of the year.

234 days remain until the end of the year.

40 days until summer begins

176 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 23 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:02 am 

and the sun will set at 8:11 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 9 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

the first high tide was at 2:23 am 

and the next high tide will be at 4:56 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:21 am 

and the next low tide at 9:32 pm.

The Moon is 79.7% visible

a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: 179.88° S↑

Moon Altitude: 27.44°

Moon Distance: 236545 mi

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

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

Next Moonset: Today 9:46 am

Today is…

Eat What You Want Day

Hostess CupCake Day

National Twilight Zone Day

National Women's Check-Up Day

World Ego Awareness Day

It’s also…

National Technology Day in India

Statehood Day in Minnesota

Vietnam Human Rights Day in Vietnam

On this day in history…

868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.

1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd state of the United States.

1894 – Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike.

1963 – Racist bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, disrupt nonviolence in the Birmingham campaign and precipitate a crisis involving federal troops.

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.

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

1888 – Irving Berlin, Belarusian-American pianist and composer (d. 1989)

1894 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1991)

1901 – Rose Ausländer, Ukrainian-English poet and author (d. 1988)

1901 – Gladys Rockmore Davis, American painter (d. 1967)

1902 – Edna Ernestine Kramer, American mathematician (d. 1984)

1904 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist (d. 1989)

1905 – Lise de Baissac, Mauritian-born SOE agent, war hero (d. 2004)

1905 – Catherine Bauer Wurster, American architect and public housing advocate (d. 1964)

1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (d. 1985)

1918 – Richard Feynman, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)

1921 – Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician (d. 2016)

1927 – Bernard Fox, British actor (d. 2016)

1933 – Louis Farrakhan, American religious leader

1941 – Eric Burdon, English musician

1943 – Nancy Greene, Canadian skier and politician

1978 – Laetitia Casta, French model and

1983 – Holly Valance, Australian actress, singer and model

1987 – Monica Roșu, Romanian gymnast

1999 – Sabrina Carpenter, American singer and actress

1999 – Kaitlyn Dias, American actress and voice artist