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Almanac - Thursday 5/21/20

Dessert Strawberries and Cream. Delicious. By flickr user Bob Cotter

It's Strawberries And Cream Day...

Today is Thursday, the 21st of May of 2020

It is the 142nd day of the year.

224 days remain until the end of the year.

30 days until summer begins

166 days until election day

(Tuesday November 03 2020,

5 months and 13 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:54 am 

and sunset will be at 8:20 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 26 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:38 am 

and the next low tide at 5:10 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:28 pm 

and the next high tide at 11:25 pm.

The Moon is 1.6% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 66.23° ENE↑

Moon Altitude: -8.61°

Moon Distance: 249285 mi

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

Next Moonrise: Today 5:31 am

Today is…

American Red Cross Founder's Day


Brown Bag It Thursday

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Hummus Day

I Need a Patch for That Day

National Apéritif Day

National Memo Day

National Notebook Day

National Strawberries and Cream Day

National Waiters and Waitresses Day

Rapture Party Day

Sister Maria Hummel Day

Today is also…

Afro-Colombian Day (Colombia)

Circassian Day of Mourning (Circassians, North Caucasus people, many settled in Turkey) 1864 – Russia declares an end to the Russo-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated the Circassian Day of Mourning.

Day of Patriots and Military (Hungary)

Independence Day, celebrates the Montenegrin independence referendum in 2006, celebrated until the next day. (Montenegro)

Navy Day (Chile)

Saint Helena Day, celebrates the discovery of Saint Helena in 1502. (Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha)

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

On this day in history…

1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.

1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in DerryNorthern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1951 – The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition: A gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.

1972 – Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.

1979 – White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.

1981 – Transamerica Corporation agrees to sell United Artists to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $380 million after the box office failure of the 1980 film Heaven's Gate.

2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

2010 – JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket. The vessel would make a Venus flyby late in the year.

2011 – Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date.

2017 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed their final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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

1471 – Albrecht Dürer, German painter, engraver, and mathematician (d. 1528)

1844 – Henri Rousseau, French painter (d. 1910)

1898 – Armand Hammer, American physician and businessman, founded Occidental Petroleum (d. 1990)

1903 – Manly Wade Wellman, American author (d. 1986)

1904 – Fats Waller, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1943)

1916 – Harold Robbins, American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1917 – Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1993)

1921 – Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1924 – Peggy Cass, American actress, comedian, and game show panelist (d. 1999)

1928 – Tom Donahue, American radio host and producer (d. 1975)

1940 – Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1941 – Martin Carthy, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1944 – Mary Robinson, Irish lawyer and politician, 7th President of Ireland

1948 – Leo Sayer, English-Australian singer-songwriter and musician

1951 – Al Franken, American actor, screenwriter, and politician

1952 – Mr. T, American actor and wrestler

1954 – Marc Ribot, American guitarist and composer

1959 – Nick Cassavetes, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (d. 1997)