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Almanac - Monday 5/18/20

By Flickr user Cheryl: I'm getting that sinking feeling again Taking photos again when I should be washing these! Now the water is cold and I won't hand wash in cold water. Laundry yes, dirty greasy dishes, NO.

Today is No Dirty Dishes Day...

Today is Monday, the 18th of May of 2020.

It is the 139th day of the year.

227 days remain until the end of the year.

34 days until summer begins

169 days until Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 16 days from today)

The sun will at 5:56 am 

and sunset will be at 8:17 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 21 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

the first low tide was at 3:55 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:28 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:59 am 

and the next high tide at 10:06 pm.

The Moon is 16.2% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:93.76° E↑

Moon Altitude:3.51°

Moon Distance:252010 mi

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

Today is…

I Love Reese's Day

International Museum Day

Mother Whistler Day

National Cheese Soufflé Day

National No Dirty Dishes Day

National Visit Your Relatives Day

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day

May 18 is the name of a 2007 film, made in south Korea about the Gwangju massacre of 1980 that started when Students in Gwangju began demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.

World HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Victoria Day (Canada)

Baltic Fleet Day (Russia)

Battle of Las Piedras Day (Uruguay)

Day of Remembrance of Crimean Tatar genocide (Ukraine)

Flag and Universities Day (Haiti)

Independence Day (Somaliland) (unrecognized)

International Museum Day

Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day (Sri Lankan Tamils)

Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day (Turkmenistan)

Teacher's Day (Syria)

Victory Day (Sri Lanka)

On this day in history...

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.

1912 – The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, is released in Mumbai.

1926 – Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears in Venice, California.

1933 – New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.

1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1990 – In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph).

1991 – Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.

2005 – A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons, Nix and Hydra.

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

1048 – Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet (d. 1131)

1822 – Mathew Brady, American photographer and journalist (d. 1896)

1872 – Bertrand Russell, British mathematician, historian, and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

1883 – Walter Gropius, German-American architect, designed the John F. Kennedy Federal Building (d. 1969)

1892 – Ezio Pinza, Italian-American actor and singer (d. 1957)

1895 – Augusto César Sandino, Nicaraguan rebel leader (d. 1934)

1897 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991)

1902 – Meredith Willson, American playwright and composer (d. 1984)

1904 – Jacob K. Javits, American colonel and politician, 58th New York Attorney General (d. 1986)

1905 – Ruth Alexander, pioneering American pilot (d. 1930)

1907 – Irene Hunt, American author and educator (d. 2001)

1911 – Big Joe Turner, American blues/R&B singer (d. 1985)

1912 – Perry Como, American singer and television host (d. 2001)

1912 – Walter Sisulu, South African politician (d. 2003)

1919 – Margot Fonteyn, British ballerina (d. 1991)

1930 – Warren Rudman, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)

1946 – Reggie Jackson, American baseball player and sportscaster

1948 – Tom Udall, American lawyer and politician, 28th New Mexico Attorney GeneralUnited States Senator from New Mexico

1950 – Mark Mothersbaugh, American singer-songwriter and painter

1952 – George Strait, American singer, guitarist and producer

1952 – Jeana Yeager, American pilot

1970 – Tina Fey, American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1975 – Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist