Good afternoon. Today is Saturday, the 19th day of September. It's the 263rd day of the year. This is a leap year, so there are 102 days remaining in 2020. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 1st day of Tishri in the year 5781. On this day in 1982, Scott Fahlman posted the first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Antoninus Pius, 15th Roman emperor (86), Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749), Orson Pratt (1811), Joseph Pasternak (1901), Leon Jaworski (1905), William Golding (1911), Adam West (1928), Mike Royko (1932), David McCallum (1933), Brian Epstein (1934), Paul Williams (1940), "Mama" Cass Elliott (1943), Randolph Mantooth (1945), Jeremy Irons (1948), Leslie "Twiggy" Lawson (1949), Joan Lunden (1950), Trisha Yearwood (1964), Jim Abbott (1967), Jimmy Fallon (1974), Alison Sweeney (1976), and Kevin Zegers (1984).
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 yesterday, 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 waxing crescent moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 2 days, 12 hours, and 43 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Friday, October 16th at 4:20 PM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Thursday, October 1st at 9:58 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 Virgo in the 182nd day of spring which arrived on Friday, March 20th at 5:28 AM CDT with the occurrence of the Spring Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, the sun rose at 7:23 AM CDT and set at 7:31 PM CDT. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 7:06 AM and 7:17 PM, giving us 12 hours and 11 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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There's always going to be someone out there... who doesn't believe in you or who thinks your head is too big or you're not smart enough. But those are the people you need to ignore, and those are the times you need to just keep doing what you love doing.
Jimmy Fallon, born on this day 46 years ago
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