Good afternoon. Today is Monday, the 18th day of October. It's the 291st day of the year. This is not a leap year, so there are 74 days remaining in 2021. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 12th day of Heshvan in the year 5782. On this day in 1954, Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Pope Pius II (1405), Lotte Lenya (1900), Anita O'Day (1919), Jesse Helms (1921), Melina Mercouri (1923), Chuck Berry (1926), George C. Scott (1927), Peter Boyle (1935), Dawn Wells (1938), Mike Ditka (1939), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Laura Nyro (1947), Pam Dawber (1951), Martina Navratilova (1956), JeanClaude Van Damme (1960), Wynton Marsalis (1961), Zac Efron (1987), and Carly Schroeder (1990).
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 open and trading. Currently, The S&P500 index is at , up by . The NASDAQ is up by to . The link to the Dow Jones Industrial Average is not working.
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 waxing crescent moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 12 days, 13 hours, and 29 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Thursday, November 4th at 1:52 PM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Wednesday, October 20th at 7:30 PM. 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 sign of Libra in the 300th day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 4:02 AM CST with the occurrence of the Winter Equinox. On the date of the Equinox, the sunrise and sunset times were 5:12 AM CDT and 7:23 PM CDT. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 7:25 AM and 6:41 PM, giving us 11 hours and 16 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 14th at 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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Today's real life quote:
I may have many faults, but being wrong ain't one of them.
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