Almanac - Wednesday 5/5/21
Today is Wednesday May 5, 2021
It is the 125th day of the year
240 days remain until the end of the year.
This day marks the approximate midpoint of spring
in the Northern Hemisphere
and of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere
The sun rose at 6:08 am
and sunset will be at 8:06 pm
We will have 13 hours and 58 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.
The first low tide will be at 1:26 am
The first high tide will be at 6:40 am
The next low tide at 1:27 pm.
and the final high tide at Ocean Beach in San Francisco will be at 8:24 pm
New Moon in 6 days on Tuesday the 11th of May of 2021 at 12:00 pm
Hug a Shed and Take a Selfie Day
National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
National Silence the Shame Day
Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day
Today is also…
Children's Day in Japan, South Korea
Constitution Day in Kyrgyzstan
Feast of al-Khadr or Saint George in Palestinian territories
Liberation Day in both Denmark and The Netherlands
World Portuguese language and Lusophone Culture Day
Patriots' Victory Day in Ethiopia
1862 – Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day
1961 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.
1973 – Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:592⁄5, an as-yet unbeaten record.
1985 – Ronald Reagan visits the military cemetery at Bitburg and the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he makes a speech.
1987 – Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this special day with…
1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and author (d. 1855)
1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)
1864 – Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (d. 1922)
1882 – Sylvia Pankhurst, English women's suffrage movement leader and socialist activist (d. 1960)
1898 – Blind Willie McTell, American Piedmont blues singer and guitar player (d. 1959)
1903 – James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)
1914 – Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
1919 – Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek colonel and politician, 169th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1999)
1925 – Leo Ryan, American soldier, educator, and politician (d. 1978)
1936 – Sandy Baron, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)
1942 – Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
1943 – Michael Palin, English actor and screenwriter
1952 – Ed Lee, American politician and attorney, 43rd Mayor of San Francisco (d. 2017)