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Almanac - Wednesday 5/15/19

May 15, 2019

Today is Wednesday, the 15th of May of 2019.  It is the 135th day of the year.  230 days remain until the end of the year.  37 days until summer begins and 538 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 5 months and 19 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:59 am 

and sunset will be at 8:14 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 15 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:32 am

and the next low tide will be at 3:20 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:42 am 

and the next high tide at 10:07 pm.

The Moon is 85.7% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 274.17° W↑

Moon Altitude:-5.31°

Moon Distance: 229855 mi

Full Moon in 3 days Saturday the18th of May of 2019 at 2:11 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 11 days on a Sunday the 26th of May of 2019 at 9:33 am

New Moon in 19 days on a Monday the 3rd of June of 2019 at 3:02 am

First Quarter Moon in 25 days on a Sunday the 9th of June of 2019 at 10:59 pm

Next Moonrise: Today 4:54 pm

This weekend’s moon will be called the Full Flower Moon.  Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. This has also been called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

Today is…

HG Awareness Day

(Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day)

International Conscientious Objectors Day

International Day of Families

International MPS Awareness Day

(International Mucopolysaccharidoses Awareness Day)

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Safety Dose Day

National Tuberous Sclerosis Day

Nylon Stockings Day

Peace Officers Memorial Day

Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day

Straw Hat Day

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

Today is also…

Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto, Japan

Army Day in Slovenia

Constituent Assembly Day in Lithuania

Independence Day in Paraguay

International Conscientious Objectors Day

International Day of Families

La Corsa dei Ceri begins on the eve of the feast day of Saint Ubaldo. Gubbio, Italy

Mother's Day in Paraguay

Nakba Day in Palestinian communities

Republic Day in Lithuania

Teachers' Day in ColombiaMexico and South Korea

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share birthday cake with…

1567 – Claudio Monteverdi, Italian priest and composer (d. 1643)

1817 – De-ben-dra-nath Tagore, Indian philosopher and author (d. 1905)

1856 – L. Frank Baum, American novelist (d. 1919)

1891 – Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian novelist and playwright (d. 1940)

1895 – Prescott Bush, American captain, banker, and politician (d. 1972)

1902 – Richard J. Daley, American lawyer and politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1976)

1905 – Abraham Zapruder, American businessman and amateur photographer, filmed the Zapruder film (d. 1970)

1918 – Eddy Arnold, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2008)

1923 – Richard Avedon, American sailor and photographer (d. 2004)

1935 – Utah Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1936 – Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian-American actress and singer

1936 – Ralph Steadman, English painter and illustrator

1937 – Madeleine Albright, Czech-American politician and diplomat, 64th United States Secretary of State

1948 – Kate Bornstein, American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist

1948 – Brian Eno, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer

1953 – Mike Oldfield, English-Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1957 – Meg Gardiner, American-English author and academic

1967 – Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress

1974 – Ahmet Zappa, American musician and writer

…and on this day in history…

1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).

1793 – Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5–6 meters, during one of the first attempted manned flights.

1850 – The Bloody Island massacre takes place in Lake County, California, in which a large number of Pomo Indians are slaughtered by a regiment of the United States Cavalry.

1869 – Women's suffrage: In New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association.

1911 – In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken

1919 – The Winnipeg general strike begins. By 11:00, almost the whole working population of Winnipeg had walked off the job.

1928 – Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy".

1940 – McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

1941 – Joe DiMaggio begins a 56-game hitting streak.

1948 – Following the expiration of The British Mandate for Palestine, the Kingdom of EgyptTransjordanLebanonSyriaIraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel thus starting the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

1958 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.

1960 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.

1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.

1969 – People's Park: California Governor Ronald Reagan has an impromptu student park owned by the University of California at Berkeley fenced off from student anti-war protestors, sparking a riot.

1970 – President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army generals.

1970 – Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green are killed at Jackson State University by police during student protests.

1972 – The Ryukyu Islands, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.

1972 – In Laurel, MarylandArthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes Alabama Governor George Wallace while he is campaigning to become President.

1974 – Ma'alot massacre: Members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack and take hostages at an Israeli school; a total of 31 people are killed, including 22 schoolchildren.

2008 – California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.

2010 – Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.