Good morning. Today is Tuesday, the 20th day of August. It's the 232nd day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 133 days remaining in 2019. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 19th day of Av in the year 5779. On this day in 1938, Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam, a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Shahrukh Mirza (1377), Benjamin Harrison (1833), H.P. Lovecraft (1890), Jacqueline Susann (1921), Ron Paul (1935), Isaac Hayes (1942), Sylvester McCoy (1943), Connie Chung (1946), Robert Plant (1948), Al Roker (1954), James Marsters (1962), Fred Durst (1971), Amy Adams (1974), and Ben Barnes (1981).
On Wall Street
About the stock numbers: There's no current stock market reporting at the moment because of a snag in the link that retrieves the data and gets it to the screen. The stock market stuff is on the work bench until it's working again.
The New York Stock Exchange is currently closed. At closing Monday, the NASDAQ was up by to . The S&P500 index closed at , up by .
Note: During trading hours all data is in real time. The data is preserved at the end of the trading day. It remains until the next opening bell. The process of retrieving stock info involves many links between the sources and what you're reading on the screen. At the moment, there's a technical issue up the line with the DJ average. Occasionally, the data appears as random characters. If there's numerical data on the screen, it's accurate. The other indicies are working and accurate.
Earth and All Spheres
The current weather conditions and forecast usually appear in this section. However, there have been technical issues the last few days with the NOAA system, so the data is not always available. Reloading the page will sometimes bring up the info.
We are under a waning gibbous moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 19 days, 6 hours, and 46 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Friday, August 30th at 6:03 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Saturday, September 14th at 12:25 AM. For now, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the night sky. Mars, seen in the southern sky, is clearly visible and its red glow clearly identifies it. It can be seen beginning at nightfall; it moves slowly in a westerly fashion before disappearing. Mercury can be seen in the eastern sky just before dawn.
We are under the constellation of Leo in the 241st day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 5:45 PM CDT with the occurrence of the Winter Solstice, marked by the shortest day of the year. Winter will end on March 21st at 6:45 AM CDT with the occurrence of the Spring Equinox. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 6:47 AM and 7:55 PM, giving us 13 hours and 8 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 AM when Santa Claus will magically roll our clocks forward to 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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Art imitates life. Occasionally, prime time television gets pretty close.
This country has always been a beacon to the world for liberty and justice. That's why we keep our borders open. But we're also a beacon for another kind of people, for criminals and con men; we rely on the law to protect us from them. Sometimes, that's not enough. Do we need more law, less freedom? Do we cross out parts of the Constitution? I've learned that's not the answer. The answer is that each one of us is responsible to everyone else. Not one of us can afford to turn a blind eye. By respecting the laws we do have, by living up to the true meaning of the word "citizen," we preserve our common good.
Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy at the closing of the
final episode of the ninth season of Law and Order
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