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Almanac - Monday 5/25/20

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towel; an homage to the hitchikers guide to the galaxy, by flickr user Marco / Zak

Today is Towel Day...

Today is Monday, the 25th of May of 2020.

It is the 146th day of the year.

220 days remain until the end of the year.

162 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(5 months and 9 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:52 am 

and sunset will be at 8:23 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:02 am 

and the next high tide will be at 3:35 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:58 am 

and the final low tide at 7:43 pm.

Moon: 7.6%

Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 20.53° NNE↑

Moon Altitude: -26.23°

Moon Distance: 241518 mi

First Quarter Moon in 5 days on Friday, the 29th of May of 2020 at 8:30 pm

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

Next New Moon: Jun 20, 2020 11:41 pm

Next Moonrise: Today 8:12 am

Today is…

Geek Pride Day

Memorial Day

National Brown-Bag-It Day

National Missing Children's Day

National Tap Dance Day

National Wine Day

Towel Day

Today is also…

Africa Day

African Liberation Day

First National Government / National Day in Argentina

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Jordan from the United Kingdom in 1946.

Last bell in Russia, post-Soviet countries

Liberation Day in Lebanon

Towel Day in honour of the work of the writer Douglas Adams

on this day in history…

1787 – After a delay of 11 days, the United States Constitutional Convention formally convenes in Philadelphia after a quorum of seven states is secured.

1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London.

1895 – Playwright, poet, novelist and aesthete Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.

1914 – The House of Commons of the United Kingdom passes the Home Rule Bill for devolution in Ireland.

1925 – Scopes TrialJohn T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee.

1935 – Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.

1961 – Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade.

1963 – In Addis AbabaEthiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established.

1968 – The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis is dedicated.

1977 – Star Wars is released in theaters.

1977 – Chinese government removes a decade old ban on William Shakespeare's work, effectively ending the Cultural Revolution started in 1966.

1986 – Hands Across America takes place.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty-five-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

2012 – The SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station.

2018 – Ireland votes to repeal the Eight Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, prohibiting abortion in all but a few cases, choosing to replace it with the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland.

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

1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher (d. 1882)

1889 – Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aircraft designer, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (d. 1972)

1897 – Gene Tunney, American boxer and soldier (d. 1978)

1898 – Bennett Cerf, American publisher and television game show panelist; co-founded Random House (d. 1971)

1929 – Beverly Sills, American soprano and actress (d. 2007)

1935 – W. P. Kinsella, Canadian novelist and short story writer (d. 2016)

1936 – Tom T. Hall, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1938 – Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet (d. 1988)

1943 – Leslie Uggams, American actress and singer

1944 – Frank Oz, English-born American puppeteer, filmmaker, and actor

1947 – Karen Valentine, American actress

1949 – Jamaica Kincaid, Antiguan-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist

1953 – Eve Ensler, American playwright and producer

1960 – Amy Klobuchar, American lawyer and politician

1963 – Mike Myers, Canadian-American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1969 – Anne Heche, American actress