Good afternoon. Today is Thursday, the 8th day of June. It's the 159th day of the year. This is not a leap year, so there are 206 days remaining in 2023. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 19th day of Sivan in the year 5783. On this day in 1824, the first version of a mechanical washing machine was patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Tomaso Albinoni (1671), Robert Schumann (1812), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), Robert Preston (1918), Barbara Bush (1925), Jerry Stiller (1927), Joan Rivers (1933), Nancy Sinatra (1940), Boz Scaggs (1944), and Keenen Ivory Wayans (1958).
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 today, 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 20 days, 0 hours, and 29 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Sunday, June 18th at 4:33 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Sunday, July 2nd at 10:55 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 Gemini in the 80th 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 6:13 AM and 8:22 PM, giving us 14 hours and 9 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Daylight Saving Time. We will switch to Standard Time on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 AM when Santa Claus will magically roll Earth Time backward to 1:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas... It isn't just that workers are cheaper abroad. Rather, Apple's executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that "Made in the U.S.A." is no longer a viable option for most Apple products.
Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradshern
"How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work"
The New York Times January 21, 2012
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