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Almanac - Wednesday 5/13/20

One packed apple pie Oak Glen brunch (@Annies?) ... by flickr user bjornman

It's Apple Pie Day...

Today is Wednesday, the 13th of May of 2020

It is the 134rd day of the year

232 days remain until the end of the year.

38 days until summer begins

174 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 21 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:00 am 

and the sun sets at 8:13 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 13 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:14 am 

and the next high tide will be at 7:03 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:19 am.

The Moon is 61.0% visible; a Waning Gibbous
We’ll have a Quarter Moon tomorrow at 7:03 am

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

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

Moon Direction: 148.72° SSE↑

Moon Altitude: 24.00°

Moon Distance: 243769 mi

Next Moonset: Today 11:47 am

Today is…

Cough Drop Day

Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day

Frog Jumping Day

International Hummus Day

International Receptionists' Day

National Apple Pie Day

National Fruit Cocktail Day

National Leprechaun Day

National Numeracy Day (UK)

National Root Canal Appreciation Day

National Third Shift Workers Day

Top Gun Day

Tulip Day

World Cocktail Day

World Facilities Management Day

Today is also…

Abbotsbury Garland Day in Dorset, England

Rotuma Day for the Rotuma people in Fiji

On this day in history…

1880 – In Menlo Park, New JerseyThomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.

1888 – With the passage of the Lei Áurea ("Golden Law"), Empire of Brazil abolishes slavery.

1950 – The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone.

1958 – During a visit to CaracasVenezuelaVice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.

1958 – Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle,  (a Ford GPA {G: Government, P: 80" wheelbase, A: Amphibian} “sea jeep”, or “’Seep, part boat, part car) having travelled over 11,000 mi by sea and 39,000 mi by land during a ten-year journey.

1960 – Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

1995 – Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

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

1221 – Alexander Nevsky, Russian prince and saint (d. 1263)

1453 – Mary Stewart, Countess of Arran, Scottish princess (d. 1488)

1830 – Zebulon Baird Vance, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of North Carolina (d. 1894)

1907 – Daphne du Maurier, English novelist and playwright (d. 1989)

1911 – Maxine Sullivan, American singer and actress (d. 1987)

1912 – Gil Evans, Canadian-American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1988)

1914 – Joe Louis, American boxer (d. 1981)

1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (d. 2009)

1927 – Fred Hellerman, American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2016)

1937 – Roger Zelazny, American author and poet (d. 1995)

1941 – Ritchie Valens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)

1943 – Mary Wells, American singer-songwriter (d. 1992)

1944 – Armistead Maupin, American author, screenwriter, and actor

1950 – Manning Marable, American author and academic (d. 2011)

1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1961 – Dennis Rodman, American basketball player, wrestler, and actor

1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and talk show host

1969 – Buckethead, American guitarist and songwriter

1976 – Ana Popović, Serbian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1978 – Barry Zito, American baseball player

1986 – Lena Dunham, American actress, director, and screenwriter

1987 – Laura Izibor, Irish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer