Almanac - Wednesday 5/9/18

May 9, 2018

Today is Wednesday, the 9th of May of 2018 is the 129th day of the year.

There are 236 days remaining until the end of the year.

43 days until summer begins...

181 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018

(5 months and 28 days from today)

909 days until presidential Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 5 months and 25 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:04 am 

and sunset will be at 8:09 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 5 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:06 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:00 am

and the next low tide will be at 1:40 pm.

The first high tide will be at 7:13 am 

and the next high tide at 8:51 pm.

The Moon is 36.3 % visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 120.90° ESE

Moon Altitude: 16.42°

Moon Distance: 246759 mi

Next New Moon: May 15, 2018 4:47 am

Next Full Moon: May 29, 2018 7:19 am

Next Moonset: Today 2:12 pm

Thank you listener Stewart for suggesting this:

Pollen levels will be at a medium level, likely to affect people allergic to the predominant type of pollen today and tomorrow

and in the medium high range, enough to affect many people this weekend

Today is…

Bike To School Day

Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day

Hurray for Buttons Day

Lost Sock Memorial Day

National Butterscotch Brownie Day

National Moscato Day

National Receptionists' Day

National Root Canal Appreciation Day

National School Nurse Day

National Third Shift Workers Day

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day

It’s also…

Anniversary of Dianetics (Church of Scientology)

1945 – World War II: The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst.

1945 – World War II: The German occupation of the Channel Islands comes to an end.

Commemoration of the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands related observances:

Liberation Day, commemorating the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. (Guernsey and Jersey)

National Day (Alderney)

Europe Day, commemorating the Schuman Declaration. (European Union)

Victory Day observances, celebration of the Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany (Soviet UnionAzerbaijanBelarusBosnia and HerzegovinaGeorgiaIsraelKazakhstanKyrgyzstanMoldovaRussiaSerbiaTajikistanTurkmenistanUkraineUzbekistan)

Victory and Peace Day, marks the capture of Shusha (1992) in the Nagorno-Karabakh War, and the end of World War II. (Armenia)

Victory Day over Nazism in World War II (Ukraine)

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this day with…

1800 – John Brown, American activist (d. 1859)

1860 – J. M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (d. 1937)

1882 – Henry J. Kaiser, American shipbuilder and businessman, founded Kaiser Shipyards (d. 1967)

1914 – Hank Snow, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

1918 – Mike Wallace, American journalist, media personality and one-time game show host (d. 2012)

1921 – Daniel Berrigan, American priest, poet, and activist (d. 2016)

1924 – Bulat Okudzhava, Russian singer, poet, and author (d. 1997)

1936 – Albert Finney, English actor

1936 – Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician

1942 – John Ashcroft, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General

1946 – Candice Bergen, American actress and producer

1949 – Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1979 – Rosario Dawson, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1540 – Hernando de Alarcón sets sail on an expedition to the Gulf of California.

1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England.

1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.

1901 – Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.

1958 – Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo has world premiere in San Francisco.

1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.

1961 – FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow gives his Wasteland Speech.

1970 – Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.

1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.