Good evening. Today is Tuesday, the 2nd day of June. It's the 154th day of the year. This is a leap year, so there are 211 days remaining in 2020. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 10th day of Sivan in the year 5780. On this day in 1896, Guglielmo Marconi applied for a British patent for wireless telegraphy. It was granted on July 2, 1897.
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Today in History: The Coronation of HM Elizabeth II
On this day in 1953, Elizabeth II was officially crowned Queen of the United Kingdom.
Her father, George VI, had died early in February, 1952, while Princess Elizabeth and her husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, were en route to a tour of Australia and New Zealand. She flew home and assumed the duties of sovereign immediately, but her coronation was not held until more than a year later, partly due to the amount of planning involved, but also because it was considered inappropriate to hold a celebration during a time of mourning.
There were more than 8,000 guests in attendance at Westminster Abbey as Elizabeth accepted the four symbols of authority from the Archbishop of Canterbury: the orb, the scepter, the rod of mercy, and the royal ring of sapphires and rubies. Twenty million more people watched on television; it was the first British coronation to be televised. The actual anointing of her head with oil and the sacrament of Holy Communion took place behind a cloth screen, as they were deemed too sacred to be shown on the telly.
Elizabeth's coronation gown was embroidered with symbols of the various nations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Unknown to the Queen, a four-leafed clover was also embroidered on the gown, at the spot where her right hand rested.
Since the last Anglo-Saxon monarch, Harold II, was crowned in 1066, the ceremony has always been held at Westminster Abbey, and the ceremony--designed by Dunstan, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 972--has remained essentially unchanged as well. (Source: The Writer's Almanac)
Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Henry VIII (1491), Pope Pius X (1835), Thomas Hardy (1840), Sir Edward Elgar (1857), Hedda Hopper (1890), Stacy Keach (1941), Marvin Hamlisch (1944), Jerry Mathers (1948), and Dana Carvey (1955).
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 .
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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 11 days, 20 hours, and 46 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Saturday, June 20th at 1:24 PM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Friday, June 5th at 7:02 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 73rd 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 6:13 AM and 8:19 PM, giving us 14 hours and 6 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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