this morning's almanac and school lunch menu
Today is Tuesday, the 4th of May of 2021,
It is the 124th day of the year
241 days remain until the end of the year.
48 days until summer begins
The sun rose at 6:09 am
and the sun sets at 8:05 pm.
Today we will have 13 hours and 56 minutes of daylight.
Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.
The first low tide will be at 12:15 am
The first high tide will be at 5:21 am
The next low tide at 12:30 pm.
and the final high tide at Ocean Beach in San Francisco at 7:42 pm.
The Moon is 43.1% visible
It the Third Quarter Moon
We’ll have a New Moon in 7 days on Tuesday the 11th of May of 2021 at 12:00 pm
Childhood Depression Awareness Day
International Firefighters' Day
International Respect for Chickens Day
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Concert Day
National Kids Fitness Day
National Orange Juice Day
National Teacher Day
National Weather Observers Day
Petite and Proud Day
Poem on Your Pillow Day
Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You”)
World Asthma Day
World Give Day
Today is also…
Cassinga Day in Namibia
Coal Miners Day in India
Dave Brubeck Day
Death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik Day in Slovakia
Greenery Day in Japan
May Fourth Movement commemorations:
Literary Day in Taiwan
Youth Day in China
Remembrance Day for Martyrs and Disabled in Afghanistan
Remembrance of the Dead in The Netherlands
Restoration of Independence Day in Latvia
World Naked Gardening Day
Youth Day in Fiji
On this day in history…
1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1871 – The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886 – Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
1919 – May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
1926 – The United Kingdom general strike begins.
1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is incorporated.
1932 – In Atlanta, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
1946 – In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Five people are killed in the riot.
1953 – Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
1959 – The 1st Annual Grammy Awards are held.
1961 – American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.
1970 – Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam.
1972 – The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
1973 – The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world's tallest building.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1989 – Iran–Contra affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges; the convictions are later overturned on appeal.
1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord, granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this special day with….
1796 – Horace Mann, American educator and politician (d. 1859)
1855 – Greyfriars Bobby, faithful dog (d. 1872)
1889 – Francis Spellman, American cardinal (d. 1967)
1905 – Al Dexter, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)
1918 – Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese soldier and politician, 64th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1993) 1928 – Maynard Ferguson, Canadian trumpet player and bandleader (d. 2006)
1928 – Thomas Kinsella, Irish poet, translator, and publisher
1928 – Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian air marshal and politician, 4th President of Egypt (d. 2020)
1929 – Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-British actress and humanitarian (d. 1993)
1931 – Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor and educator (d. 2018)
1937 – Ron Carter, American bassist and educator
1937 – Dick Dale, American surf-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (d. 2019)
1939 – Amos Oz, Israeli journalist and author (d. 2018)
1941 – George Will, American journalist and author
1946 – Gary Bauer, American political activist
1949 – Graham Swift, English novelist and short story writer
1953 – Pia Zadora, American actress and singer
1958 – Keith Haring, American painter (d. 1990)
1959 – Randy Travis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor