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Almanac - Wednesday 5/4/22

The UnDutchables* Wild birds being so relaxed - that constantly surprises me (this time on my way home from school).
Antanas Kaziliūnas
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The UnDutchables* Wild birds being so relaxed - that constantly surprises me (this time on my way home from school).

Today is Wednesday, the 4th of May of 2022

May 4 is the 124th day of the year

241 days remain until the end of the year.

48 days until summer begins

The sun rose in at 6:10:06 am

and sunset will be at 8:04:02 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 53 minutes of daylight today

Solar noon will be at 1:07:04 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:39 am at 5.60 feet

The first low tide will be at 7:55 am at -0.42 feet

The next high tide at 3:22 pm at 4.27 feet

and the final low tide at Ocean Beach tonight will be at 7:42 pm at 3.23 feet

The Moon is 12.1% visible

It’s a Waxing Crescent

We’ll have the First Quarter Moon in 4 days on Sunday the 8th of May of 2022 at 5:21 pm

Today is…

Bike to School Day

Bird Day

Great American Grump Out

International Firefighters' Day

International Respect for Chickens Day

K.I.N.D. Day

National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Kids Fitness Day

National Orange Juice Day

National School Nurse Day

National Weather Observers Day

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

Petite and Proud Day

Renewal Day

Star Wars Day (‘May The Fourth Be With You’)

Today is also…

Anti-Bullying Day

Cassinga Day in Namibia

Coal Miners Day in India

Dave Brubeck Day

Death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik Day in Slovakia

Greenery Day in Japan

International Firefighters' Day

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 Give Day

Youth Day in Fiji

On this day in history…

1776Rhode 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.

1886Haymarket 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.

1919May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.

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.

1953Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.

1959 – The 1st Annual Grammy Awards are held.

1961American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.

1970Vietnam 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

1979Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1989Iran–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.

1990Latvia declares independence from the Soviet Union.

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…

1655Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker, invented the piano (d. 1731)

1796Horace Mann, American educator and politician (d. 1859)

1889Francis Spellman, American cardinal (d. 1967)

1905Al Dexter, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)

1928Maynard 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)

1937Ron 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)

1951Colin Bass, English bass player, songwriter, and producer

1953Pia Zadora, American actress and singer

1958 – Keith Haring, American painter (d. 1990)

1959 – Randy Travis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.