Good afternoon. Today is Thursday, the 29th day of October. It's the 303rd day of the year. This is a leap year, so there are 62 days remaining in 2020. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 11th day of Heshvan in the year 5781. On this day in 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed in what would be called "Black Tuesday," ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Alessandro Achillini (1463), George Abbott (1562), Edmund Halley, FRS (1652), Harriet Powers (1837), Albert von Rothschild (1847), Andrei Ryabushkin (1861), Fanny Brice (1891), Joseph Goebbels (1897), Bill Mauldin (1921), Geraldine Brooks (1925), Dominick Dunne (1925), Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (1938), Richard Dreyfuss (1947), Kate Jackson (1948), Winona Ryder (1971), Claudia Dopf (1976), Ben Foster (1980), and Amit Paul (1983).
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, 21 hours, and 50 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Sunday, November 15th at 4:04 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Saturday, October 31st at 10:42 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 sign of Scorpio in the 37th day of autumn, which arrived on Monday, September 23 at 2:50 AM CDT with the occurrence of the Autumnal Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, the sun rose at 7:15 AM and set at 7:21 PM. Generally speaking, the equinoxes occur on days when the light and night hours are equal. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 7:33 AM and 6:30 PM, giving us 10 hours and 57 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Daylight Saving Time. We will switch to Standard Time on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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Today's quote of color:
I'm pleasant. Damn it! I saw Drum Eatenton at the Piggly Wiggly this morning, and I smiled at the son of a bitch before I could help myself.
Shirley McClaine as Ouiser
Steel Magnolias, 1989
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