Good afternoon. Today is Wednesday, the 19th day of January. It's the 19th day of the year. This is not a leap year, so there are 346 days remaining in 2022. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 17th day of Shevat in the year 5782. On this day in 1883, the first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, began service at Roselle, New Jersey.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Mohammed (570), Francis II de Valois-Angouleme, King of France (1544), James Watt (1736), Robert E. Lee (1807), Edgar Allan Poe (1809), Paul Cézanne (1839), John H. Johnson (1918), Guy Madison (1922), Jean Stapleton (1923), Tippi Hedren (1931), Phil Everly (1939), Michael Crawford (1942), Janis Joplin (1943), Shelley Fabares (1944), Dolly Parton (1946), Paula Deen (1947), Robert Palmer (1949), Dewey Bunnell (1952), Desi Arnaz, Jr. (1953), Sir Simon Rattle (1955), Paul McCrane (1961), Wendy Moniz (1969), Junior Seau (1969), Shawn Wayans (1971), Jenson Button (1980), Jodie Sweetin (1982), Trever O'Brien (1984), Gina-Therese Pettersson (1984), and John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg (1993).
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 waning gibbous moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 16 days, 23 hours, and 2 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Tuesday, February 1st at 3:05 AM CST. The moon will reach full luminescence on Tuesday, February 15th at 9:27 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 Capricorn in the 394th 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 7:17 AM and 5:41 PM, giving us 10 hours and 24 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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