KALW Almanac ~ Monday May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

 Today Monday, 15th of May of 2017 is the 135th day of the year. There are 230 days remaining until the end of the year.  ...540 days until Congressional Elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018 ...1268 days until the next Presidential Election on Tuesday November 3, 2020 The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:59 am, and sunset will be at 8:14 pm.  Today we will have 14 hours and 15 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:19 am 

and the next high tide will be at 4:42 pm.  

The first low tide will be at 9:09 am 

and the next low tide at 9:20 pm.

The Moon is currently 82.1% illuminated

a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 182.82° S

Moon Altitude: 32.31°

Moon Distance: 250564 mi

Next New Moon: May 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Next Full Moon: Jun 9, 2017 at 6:09 am

Next Moonset: Today at 9:46 am

Dinosaur Day

International Conscientious Objectors Day

International Day of Families

International MPS Awareness DayAlso known as International Muco-poly-saccha-rido-ses Awareness Day

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Safety Dose Day

National Tuberous Sclerosis Day

National Women's Check-Up 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

World Baking Day

Constituent Assembly Day in Lithuania

 Independence Day in Paraguay celebrating the independence of Paraguay from Spain in 1811. Celebrations for the anniversary of the independence begin on Flag Day, May 14.

 International Day of Families

 La Corsa dei Ceri begins on the eve of the feast day of Saint Ubaldo in the Italian province of Gubbio

 Mercuralia, in honour of Mercury, celebrated in the Roman Empire

 Nakba Day in Palestinian communities

 Army Day in Slovenia

 Teachers' Day in Colombia, Mexico and South Kore

 Argei in Ancient Rome

 Mother's Day in Paraguay

 Republic Day in Lithuania

 Tree Day in India

 International Conscientious Objectors Day

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

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

 1817 – Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher and author (d. 1905)

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

 1890 – Katherine Anne Porter, American short story writer, novelist, and essayist (d. 1980)

 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)

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

 1937 – Trini Lopez, American singer, guitarist, and actor

 1940 – Roger Ailes, American businessman

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

 1948 – Kathleen Sebelius, American politician, 44th Governor of Kansas

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

 1974 – Ahmet Zappa, American musician and writer

 On this day in history...

 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest; she is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.

 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).

 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.

 1905 – Las Vegas is founded when 110 acres (0.45 km2), in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off.

 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.

 1942 – World War II: In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.

 1943 – Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).

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

 1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.

 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 – Ryukyu Islands, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, hand over to Japanese control.

 1972 – In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur 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.

 1988 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than eight years of fighting, the Soviet Army begins to withdraw 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.

 1991 – Édith Cresson becomes France's first female premier.

 1997 – The United States government acknowledges the existence of the "Secret War" in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.

 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.