Almanac – Friday 05/21/21 | KALW
Today is Friday May 21, 2021,
May 21 is the 141st day of the year;
224 days remain until the end of the year.
30 days before the start of summer
The sun rose at 5:54:47 a.m.
and sunset will be at 8:19:01 p.m.
We will have 14 hours and 24 minutes of daylight today.
Solar noon will be at 13:06:54.
The first low tide was at 1:23 a.m.
The first high tide will be at 6:43 a.m.
The next low tide at 1:09 p.m.
and the last high tide at Ocean Beach will be at 8:01 p.m.
The Moon is 68.6% visible
Full Moon in 6 days on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 4:14 a.m.
and we will have a total lunar eclipse
American Red Cross Founders Day
1881 – The American Red Cross is created by Clara Barton in Washington, DC
2011 – Broadcaster Harold Camping predicted the world would end on this date.
Endangered Species Day
I need a patch for this day
International tea day
International Virtual Assistant Day
National Bike to Work Day
National Defense Transport Day
National memo day
National Pizza Day
National Day of Strawberries and Cream
National waiters and waitresses day
O. Henry Pun-off Day
Sister Maria Hummel Day
Today is also …
Afro-Colombian Day (Colombia)
1851 – Slavery in Colombia is abolished.
Circassian Day of Mourning (Circassians)
Patriots and Military Day (Hungary)
Independence Day, celebrates the referendum on the independence of Montenegro in 2006, celebrated until the next day. (Montenegro)
Navy Day (Chile)
Saint Helena Day, celebrates the discovery of Saint Helena in 1502. (Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha)
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
On this day in history….
1703 – Daniel Defoe is jailed for seditious libel.
1911 – Mexican President Porfirio Díaz and revolutionary Francisco Madero sign the Treaty of Ciudad Juárez to end fighting between the two men’s forces, concluding the initial phase of the Mexican Revolution.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh lands at Bourget Field in Paris, making the world’s first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and thus becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo.
1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1937 – A Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research establishment to operate on drifting ice in the Arctic Ocean.
1951 – The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition: a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the exit of the post-war New York avant-garde , known collectively as the New York School.
1972 – Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.
1976 – Twenty-nine people are killed in the Yuba City bus disaster in Martinez, California.
1979 – White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
1981 – Transamerica Corporation agrees to sell United Artists to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $ 380 million after the box office failure of the 1980 film Heaven’s Gate.
1991 – Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
1991 – Mengistu Haile Mariam, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, ending the Ethiopian civil war.
1992 – After 30 seasons, Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate and last episode with guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) from The Tonight Show.
2001 – The French Taubira law is enacted, officially recognizing the slave trade and slavery of the Atlantic as crimes against humanity.
2017 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus put on their last show at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
… And if today is your birthday, happy birthday to you! You get to share a birthday cake with….
1471 – Albrecht Dürer, German painter, printmaker and mathematician (died 1528)
1688 – Alexander Pope, English poet, essayist and translator (d.1744)
1844 – Henri Rousseau, French painter (died in 1910)
1898 – Armand Hammer, American doctor and businessman, founds Occidental Petroleum (died 1990)
1903 – Manly Wade Wellman, American author (died 1986)
1904 – Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (died 1981)
1904 – Fats Waller, American singer-songwriter and pianist (died 1943)
1916 – Harold Robbins, American writer and screenwriter (died 1997)
1917 – Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor and director (died 1993)
1921 – Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist and scholar, Nobel Prize winner (died 1989)
1924 – Peggy Cass, American actress, comedian and game show panelist (died 1999)
1928 – Tom Donahue, American radio host and producer (died 1975)
1933 – Maurice André, French trumpeter (died in 2012)
1940 – Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (died 2013)
1941 – Martin Carthy, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer
1944 – Mary Robinson, Irish lawyer and politician, 7th President of Ireland
1947 – Bill Champlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer
1948 – Leo Sayer, Anglo-Australian singer-songwriter and musician
1951 – Al Franken, American actor, screenwriter and politician
1952 – Mr. T, American actor and wrestler
1954 – Marc Ribot, American guitarist and composer
1959 – Nick Cassavetes, American actor, director and screenwriter
1960 – Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (died 1994)
1972 – The Notorious BIG, American rapper (died 1997)