Ah, Young Love (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.
Little Girl came in and sat down with a sigh.
“Are all men like Alston?” she asked.
Boyfriend trouble?
“Yesterday I reminded him that I am going to a party tomorrow night at my friend Maggie’s house, and he’s angry.  He says I never told him about the party, but I did tell him, over a month ago when I got the invitation.  We knew he couldn’t come because he will be on orders, but he’s mad at me and I think he’s jealous.”
Remind him that you are going to your friend Maggie’s house, not your friend John, not your friend Charles, Maggie.  He has no reason to be jealous.  And you did tell him, but he heard and did not retain the information.  Next time, text him a picture of your calendar so he can’t say you never told him.
Boudreaux an’ Clothile’s girl Aline done been havin’ trouble wit’ de garçon she done be seein’.  One day, she be talkin’ on de phone, tryin’ be quiet ’cause she not want to be rude wit’ de phone.
De garçon, Pierre, done get suspicion ’cause she not bein’ loud on de phone, an’ he say, “Who you be talkin’ to?  Do you be cheatin’ on me?  You be seein’ someone else?”
An’ fin’ly Aline look at him and say, “Mais, if dere would be someone else, do you t’ink I would date you?”
Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by Elephant’s Child.     
How about a few old photos for old time’s sake:



















Today is:
Bad Poetry Day — Wellcat Holidays suggests you get back at your high school English teacher for making you read all that “good” poetry; get together with friends, write some truly awful stuff, and mail it to him/her!
Dog Day Road Race — Harvey Cedars, NJ, US (sponsored by the High Point Volunteer Fire Company)
Long Tan Day a/k/a Vietnam Veterans Day — Australia
Mail Order Catalog Day — the first one was published by Montgomery Ward this day in 1872, and was only one page (Do yourself a favor and opt out of the doggone things, save a few trees: www.catalogchoice.org )
National Ice Cream Pie Day
National Science Day — Thailand
National Soft Ice Cream Day
Parsi New Year/Shahenshahi — MH, India
Rushbearing — Macclesfield Forest and St. Stephens Church Forest Chapel, Cheshire, England (ancient tradtion of bringing new rushes, plaited in traditional weaves, to carpet the church and keep it warm, always on the first Sunday after Aug. 12)
Serendipity Day — and it’s here serendipitously! begun by writer Madeleine Kay, it’s the day to step out of routine, do something you’ve always wanted to do, and see what happens
St. Agapitus’ Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)
St. Helena’s Day (Mother of Constantine the Great; Patron of archaeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, dyers, empresses, nail smiths, needle makers; Birkirkara, Malta; Helena, MT, US; against fire and thunder)
Toge-Pogling Season begins — Fairy Calendar (Toges are normally pogled in groups of five or six, depending upon the size and strength of the individual Poge)
Birthdays Today:
Andy Samberg, 1978
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 1970
Christian Slater, 1969
Edward Norton, 1969
Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, 1962
Madeleine Stowe, 1958
Patrick Swayze, 1952
Elayne Boosler, 1952
Martin Mull, 1943
Robert Redford, 1936
Roberto Clemente Walker, 1934
Roman Polanski, 1933
Luc Montagnier, 1932
Rosalynn Carter, 1927
Shelley Winters, 1920
Greta Garbo, 1905
Max Factor, 1904
Meriwether Lewis, 1774
Virginia Dare, 1587 (first English child born in the Americas)
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Private Lives”(Play), 1930
“Iphigénie”(Racine’s dramatic tragedy), 1674
Today in History:
Founding of the oldest known Roman temple to Venus, BC293
Rome is occupied and plundered by Visigoths under King Alarik I, 410
Death of Genghis Khan (fell from his horse), 1227
A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the Japanese province of Higo, 1541
The Boston, Massachusetts Evening Post begins publishing, 1735
Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1834
Pierre Janssan discovers helium, 1868
German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers, 1903.
Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River, 1909
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless, 1917
19th US Amendment ratified (gives women the vote), 1920
Premier of The Wizard of Oz, 1939
The first commercially produced oral contraceptives are marketed, 1960
James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi, 1963
Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William’s Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1977
Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, 2005
Columbia’s Chiribiquete National Park expands to 3 million hectares from 1.2 million hectares, becoming one of the Amazon’s largest protected zones, 2013
Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes, 2017
Food matter found in the 3,200 year old tomb of Ptahmes, an official of Memphis, Egypt, is confirmed to be cheese, the oldest evidence yet of cheesemaking, 2018



Whatever Pops Up (Ten Things of Thankful)

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This thankful day finds me woefully unprepared.  Not unthankful, of course, but unprepared, as i have not been keeping track as i usually do, or working to keep up with a theme of thankful things as i often do.
That means i have to wing it, and do so late in the evening.  My very long days this week are beginning to wear on me, and posting has been put off each day until late.
First, then, i am thankful to have time at all to post.
Second, i am thankful Little Girl has been accepted into nursing school.  The military covers her tuition, she got a scholarship to cover her fees, and this college has eliminated all the hullaballoo with college textbooks — finding the right ones for your class, covering the costs, etc.– by simply including a standard textbook rental fee for however many hours you take. You show what classes you are in, pay your fee, get your books, turn them in at the end of the semester.  So much easier than back in the day.
Sweetie is on my thankful list, too, of course.  He has never really given up job hunting since the lay-off, even though he helps me with some of my clients.  He has had an interview recently, and it is looking very promising.
Lunceford the Land Yacht and Low-Key Bessy both went in the shop again, and i am continually thankful for a good mechanic shop that will take payments as i can make them.
This day is special, it’s the church prayer-walk day on campus.  Every year, many of us gather, break into groups, walk through different sections of the campus, and pray for students, teachers, faculty, staff, and visitors.  It’s something i look forward to and find a joy to do.
Mikey recovered quickly from his trip to the vet for a trim, and i am thankful he holds no grudges.  He also seems to be a lot cooler and more comfortable.
The shelter has reached 14,000 adoptions as of yesterday.
We finally found the few remaining band-aids in the house, and that is all i am going to say on that matter.  Sweetie will be buying more soon.
Every day is a new start, i am very thankful for that.
Avocados and mangos, because they are so good, and so good together.
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Today is:
#2 Pencil Day — internet generated, but since a pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, write under water, in zero gravity, or upside down, what’s not to celebrate!
Antique Marine Engine Exposition — Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (annual exposition of pre-WWII marine engines and models; through tomorrow)
Battle of Blue Licks Celebration — Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Mount Olivet, KY, US (to commemorate the Revolutionary War Battle of Blue Licks with living history demonstrations, arts, crafts, games, reenactments and more; through tomorrow)
Bike Van Buren — Van Buren County, IA, US (a leisurely two-day bike tour of villages, landmarks and landscapes)
Black Cat Appreciation Day — they deserve a day! black cats even have a Facebook page 
Day of Rituals in the Temples of Ra, Horus, and Osiris — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Drink Coffee at the Office from A Sippy Cup Day — begun by someone with a sense of humor, who wants you to see how long it takes people to notice
Festival of Diana — Ancient Roman Calendar
Hartjesdagen — Amsterdam and Haarlem, Holland (“Little Hearts Day”; the folklore is that this was the day non-nobles could hunt deer in the woods around Haarlem, and became a two-day cross dressing festival, all men dressed as women, and women as men, to see how the other half lived; revived in recent years on the 3rd weekend of August, because the 3rd Monday was the original celebration, and is still the biggest day)
India Independence Day Parade — Devon Avenue, Rogers Park, Chicago, IL, US (a celebration of the amazing country that is India)
International Homeless Animals Day® — International Society for Animal Rights 
Jari Kemerdekaan RI — Indonesia (Independence Day)(1945)
Kentucky State Fair and World Championship Horse Show — Louisville, KY, US (if you love horses, it’s the place to be since 1904; through the 24th)
Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon — Leadville, CO, US (race 100 of the toughest miles in the country through the Rocky Mountains beginning at 4am; you have 30 hours to complete the course to the ghost town of Winfield and back)
Meaning of “Is” Day — thank you, Clinton!
Minnesota Renaissance Festival — Shakopee, MN, US (one of the countries largest and finest; weekends through Sept. 29)
Mt. Hagen Cultural Show — Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea (one of the biggest cultural shows in Papua New Guinea; through tomorrow)
National Thrift Shop/Thrift Store Day — no history on it, probably started by a thrift store having a summer sale; why not look for a bargain at a thrift store today? 
National Vanilla Custard Day
Odin’s Ordeal begins — based on the Ancient Norse legend, Modern Odinists and some Asatru practice silence for nine days, through the 25th
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival — Pittsburgh, PA, US (relive the days of yore, watch artisans practice the olde crafts, and have a high good time; weekends through September)
Portunalia — Roman Empire (honoring the god of locks, keys, ports, and harbors)
Prekmurje Union Day — Slovenia (celebrates the Slovenes in Prekmurje being Incorporated into the Mother Nation)
San Martin Day — Argentina (death anniversary of General Jose de San Martin, liberator of Argentina, Chile, and Peru)
St. Hyacinth’s Day (Patron of Camalaniugan, Philippines; Ermita de Piedra de San Jacinto, Philippines; Kradow, Poland; Lithuania; Poland; against drowning)
Woodward Dream Cruise Day 2019 — Detroit, MI, US (what began in 1995 as a fundraiser for a soccer field has grown into the largest one-day classic car show in the world)
Birthdays Today:
Mark Salling, 1982
Donnie Wahlberg, 1969
Sean Penn, 1960
Jonathan Franzen, 1959
Belinda Carlisle, 1958
Guillermo Vilas, 1952
Robert Joy, 1951
Robert DeNiro, 1943
Francis Gary Powers, 1929
Maureen O’Hara, 1920
Harrison V. Chase, 1913
Mae West, 1892
charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, 1887
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Davy Crockett, 1786
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Life of Brian(Film), 1979
“Symphonie Liturgique”(Honegger’s Third Symphony), 1946
Animal Farm(Publication date), 1945
“Gotterdammerung/Twilight of the Gods”(Opera WWV 86D), 1876
Today in History:
The Peace of Bergerac gives political rights to the Huguenots, 1577
John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia, to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier, 1590
Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont begins its first trip up the Hudson River, 1807
Solymon Merrick patents the wrench, 1835
The first bank in Hawaii opens, 1858
Patent granted for an electric self starter for automobiles, 1891
Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opens in Seattle, 1907
Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, the first animated cartoon, is shown in Paris, 1908
First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California, 1953
Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana, 1958
East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall, 1962
Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage, 1969
Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus), 1970
Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine, 1978
The first Compact Discs are released to the public in Germany, 1982
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts, 2005
Afghan archeologists discover the remains of a Buddhist site located south of Kabul, 2010
Trogloraptor marchingtoni, an unusual spider discovered in 2010 is determined to be a new family of spiders previously unknown in the world of science; the new spider family has been named Trogloraptor, meaning ‘cave robber’, 2012
LIGO picks up images of two neutron stars colliding, the first time scientists have ever been able to witness that event, 2017


Mr. Jim Helps Himself (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
Mr. Jim, who belongs to a client, was not on his best behavior the other day:
You can see he has his food and water on the washer.


He is helping himself to Ms. R’s water pitcher on the kitchen counter where he does not belong!

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Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
1. I love it when __________________________.
2. I know it’s time to _________________ when ________________.
3. Others come to me when they need _________.
4. We should never take _________ for granted.
1. I love it when it works out that i get a day off.
2. I know it’s time to go to bedwhen the words in the book get blurry.
3. Others come to me when they need pretty much anything, because they know that if i don’t have it or can’t do it, i probably know where it is or whom to ask.
4. We should never take love, family, or our healthfor granted.
Today is:
Baba Au Rhum Day — of course, on rum day, bake some cake with the stuff!
Bratwurst Day
Children’s Day — Paraguay
Daimonji Bonfire — Mt. Nyoigadake, Kyoto, Japan (spectacular bonfires in the shapes of word pictures on the mountains surrounding the city)
Elvis Presley Day
Elwood Glass Festival — Elwood, IN, US (glass factory tours and so much more; through Sunday)
Festival of the Little Hills — St. Charles, MO, US (largest festival of the year, a great time for all; through Sunday)
Festival of the Minstrels — Tutbury Castle, UK (middle ages; celebrated with great pomp, as the Duke of Lancaster had decreed that they each year elect a new king of the minstrels)
Fete de l’Independance — Gabon (National Day)
Gai Jatra — Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (cow festival, celebrated in remembrance of all people who have died in the previous year; one of Nepal’s most popular festivals with tourists)
Harmonic Convergence Day — modern followers of Maya and Aztec calendars
Joe Miller’s Joke Day — anniversary of the death of English comic actor Joseph Miller in 1738
Linwood National Pickle Festival — Linwood, MI, US (tons of fun, tons of pickles; through Sunday)
Lucerne Festival In Summer — Lucerne, Switzerland (through Sept. 15, over 100 events)
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival — Machias, ME, US (blueberries and fun, in the place that has lobster, too; through Saturday)
Madonna del Voto Day — Siena, Italy (a/k/a Palio dell’Assunta, 2nd of the traditional yearly horse races)
National Airborne Day — US (honors all Airborne Military)
National Men’s Grooming Day — US (sponsored by American Crew, participating salons and barbershops host a day of grooming events for men)
National Tell a Joke Day — seems internet generated, but probably related to Joe Miller Joke Day
National Rum Day
Northeastern Wisconsin Antique Power and Machinery Show and Thresheree — Sturgeon Bay, WI (continuous display of operating antique machinery and lots of fun; through Sunday)
Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day — internet generated and dangerous!
Restoration of the Republic — Dominican Republic
Roller Coaster Day — the first one was patented this day in 1898
Statehood Day — Hawaii, US
St. Roch’s Day (Patron of bachelors, dogs, falsely accused people, invalids, surgeons, tile makers; of over 20 cities in Italy as well as Istanbul, Turkey; for relief from pestilence; against cholera, diseased cattle, epidemics, knee problems, plague [Black Death], skin diseases and rashes) 
St. Stephen of Hungary’s Day (Patron of bricklayers, kings, masons, stonecutters; Hungary; against the death of children)
The World’s Greatest Carrot Festival — Bradford, Ontario, Canada (unleash your inner Bugs Bunny! through tomorrow)
Xicolatada — Palau-de-Cerdagne, France (hot chocolate festival)*
Anniversary Today:
Sean Penn marries Madonna, 1985
Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher, 1983
Gioachino Antonio Rossini marries Olympe Pélissier, 1846
Birthdays Today:
Seth Peterson, 1970
Steve Carell, 1963
Laura Innes, 1960
Timothy Hutton, 1960
Angela Bassett, 1958
Madonna, 1958
Jeff Perry, 1955
James Cameron, 1954
Kathie Lee Gifford, 1953
Reginald VelJohnson, 1952
Leslie Ann Warren, 1946
Julie Newmar, 1935
Eydie Gorme, 1932
Frank Gifford, 1930
Ann Blyth, 1928
Fess Parker, 1925
Menachem Begin, 1913
George Meany, 1894
T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), 1888
Bernarr Macfadden, 1868
Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1862
Hongxi Emperor of China, 1378
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Siegfried”(Opera, WWV 86C), 1876
Today in History:
Henry VIII defeats the French at the Battle of Guinegate/Battle of the Spurs, forcing the French to retreat, 1513
Jack Broughton formulates the earliest code of rules for boxing, 1743
Chang and Eng Bunker, the original “Siamese” twins, arrive in Boston to be exhibited, 1829
U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1858
Arica, Peru (now Chile) is devastated by a tsunami which followed a magnitude 8.5 earthquake, 1868
Gold is discovered in the Klondike, at Bonanza Creek, 1896
Edwin Prescott patents the roller coaster, 1898
In Valparaiso, Chile, an 8.6 earthquake followed by fire destroys the city and kills 20,000, 1906
The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks, 1930
Democrats nominate Adlai E. Stevenson as presidential candidate, 1956
Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft, 1960
A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market, 1989
For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia), 1997
In England, two men who created a Facebook site to incite violence during the riots are sentenced to four years imprisonment, 2011
The world’s first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven Harbour, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots, 2018
*Yes, they celebrate a hot chocolate festival in the summer.  It all started when the 15th of August was a feast day on which the locals always drank a bit much, and the chocolatier of the town claimed his brew was a good remedy the day after.  The original festival on the 15th has ceased, but the hot chocolate is brewed to this day, served at 11am promptly.


It’s A Code (Six Sentence Story), Brand New (Good Fences), Haiku (Sammy’s Poetry Day), and Brian’s Thankful Thursday

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“As a Dr. Seuss character once said, I have to go the euphemism,” she said with an expression somewhere between a grin and a grimace.
Suppressing a sigh, he said, “Okay, I’ll get off at the next exit.”
“Thank you,” she replied, as a small voice piped up from the back seat, “What’s ‘euphemism’ mean?”
“It’s a code that means mommy needs to powder her nose,” she said, winking at her husband.
“It’s really a code for let’s get off the highway again!” he said, laughing at the confused expressions on the faces in the back seat and trying not to mind that this would make the trip take that much longer.
He got cheers out of them when he added, “Who wants a snack?”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Code.      
Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    
Somebody got a brand new back fence by the banana trees at a client’s house:
It’s Angel Sammy’s Poetry Day!  This week’s image and my poem:   
The ebb and flow of
continuously moving
soul crushing sameness
Day by day by day
always moving toward a
goal never quite reached
Do you see me or
do you see another one
simply in your way
Brian of Brian’s Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It’s time to share something for which i am thankful.   
Today i am very thankful that i found something i thought for certain i had lost.  It turns out i had gotten distracted on the way to the item’s rightful location (someone needed me right away!), so i tucked it in my bureau drawer.  Even when being distracted, i put things in safe places, which is good.
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Poland
Asuncion Foundation Day — Paraguay
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary — Catholic Christian Holy Day of Obligation
    Related Observances
         Coeur d’Alene Indian Pilgrimage — Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park, Cataldo, ID, US
         Dormition of the Theotokos — Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Christian
         Ferragosto — Italy (During the Roman Empire, a festival to Diana and a fertility and ripening celebration)
         Mother’s Day — Antwerp; Costa Rica
         National Acadians Day — Acadians
         Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands — Tenrife, Spain
         Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte Fiesta — Bahia, Brazil (Festival of the Order of Our Lady of the Good Death)
         Festival of the Outremeuse — Liege, Belgium
         Public Holiday or Publicly Observed — Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Benin; Bosnia; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chile; Colombia; Côte d’Ivoire; Croatia; Cyprus; East Timor; France; French Guiana; French Polynesia; Gabon; Gambia; Germany; Greece; Guadelupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Holy See; Hungary; Italy; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malta; Martinique; Mauritius; Mayotte; Monaco; New Caledonia; Paraguay; Poland; Portugal; Reunion; Romania; Rwanda; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Martin; Saint Pierre et Miquelon; San Marino; Senegal; Seychelles; Slovenia; Spain; Switzerland; Togo; Vanuatu; Wallis and Fortuna     
Best Friend’s Day — sponsored by Thema Martin
Bon/Obon Festival — Japan (biggest day of the festival in most parts of Japan)
Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival — Bucyrus, OH, US (food and fun celebration of German heritage, with this year’s theme, “Brattie Salutes Our Veterans!”; through Saturday)
Chauvin Day — observed on Napoleon’s birthday because his is unknown, the day is named for Nicholas Chauvin, whose blind devotion to Napoleon was immortalized in his name’s use for absurdly intense attachments to any cause
Check the Chip Day — the American Veterinary Medical Association reminds you to check your pet’s microchip and make sure it is still working correctly and that the registration information is up to date    
Chung Yuan (Zhongyuan) Festival — China (Festival of Hungry Ghosts; according to legend, during this 7th lunar month the souls of the dead are released from Purgatory to wander the Earth, and so today is the day to appease those spirits with joss stick burning, prayers and food, “ghost money”, and other offerings; dates of this vary in other countries)
Dia de la Ley Fundamental — Equatorial Guinea (Constitution Day)
Eleusinian Mysteries — Ancient Greek Calendar (through the 18th, dates approximate)
Esala Perahera (Festival of Buddha’s Tooth) — Sri Lanka (two week festival honoring a relic held in one temple that is supposed to have a tooth of Buddha brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century; one of Sri Lanka’s most elaborate festivals)
Festival of Vesta — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of the hearth)
Fete Nationale — Republic of the Congo (National Day/Independence Day)
Fool’s Dance — Japan (part of the Awa Dance Festival)
Full Sturgeon Moon a/k/a Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon
    Native Wild Rice Harvest — Northern Cree, Ojibwa, and Algonkian Native Americans (celebrated during the August full moon; if there are two full moons, it is during the second)
    Nikini Full Moon Poya Day — Sri Lanka (begins at sundown)
    Raksha Bandhan — CG, GJ, MP, RJ, UK, & UP, India; Nepal (the Hindu festival that celebrates the the love and duty between brothers and sisters)
    Wahgaung Full Moon — Myanmar 
Helsinki Festival — Helsinki, Finland (Finland’s largest arts festival; through Sept. 1)
Independence Day — India(1947)
Liberation Day — both Koreas
    Gwangbokjeol — South Korea
    Jogukhaebangui nal — North Korea
Little League Baseball® 2019 World Series — South Williamsport, PA, US (through the 25th)
Maras Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the goddess Mara, cognate of Mary)
Milwaukee Irish Fest — Milwaukee, WI, US (the world’s largest Irish music and cultural event outside of the Emerald Isle; through Sunday)
National Day — Lichtenstein (a/k/a Liberation Day [1945])
National Failures Day — some websites say the 16th, and may i suggest a book called “Fail Better”, a small quotations book about how failure is just the beginning.
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
National Mourning Day — Bangladesh
National Relaxation Day — sponsored by Sean Moeller of Clio, Michigan; if you call in sick to stay home and relax, blame him
Panama La Vieja Day — Panama (Founding of Panama City)
Shoro Nagashi Nagasaki — Nagasaki, Japan (floating lanterns are released into the harbor in honor of the ancestors)
Soldiers’ Reunion Celebration — Newton, NC, US (the oldest patriotic event of its kind in the US, honoring all veterans; annually since 1889)
Sour Herring Premiere — Sweden (by ordinance, the year’s supply of sour herring may begin to be sold on the third Thursday in August)
Sproshinki — Slavic Pagan Calendar (end of the hay harvest festival)
St. Tarcisius’ Day (Patron of altar servers, first communicants)
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival — Sun Prairie, WI, US (family fun with a carnival, midget auto races, parade, food, entertainment, and lots of hot, buttered sweet corn; through Sunday)
Tuva Republic Day — Tos-Bulak fields south of Kyzuk, Tuva, Russia (celebration of the Tuva Republic, a Naadam festival of Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery; held by the Tuva people, the closest genetic relatives to the North and South American Native Peoples)
Wafaa El-Nil — Egypt and Coptic Church (“Fidelity of the Nile”, celebration of the annual of Flooding of the Nile)
Anniversaries Today:
Woodstock, 1969
Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago, 1958
Panama Canal opens, 1914
Transcontinental US railway is completed at Promontory Point, UT, US, 1870
Birthdays Today:
Joe Jonas, 1989
Kerri Walsh, 1978
Ben Affleck, 1972
Debra Messing, 1968
Melinda Gates, 1964
Zeljko Ivanek, 1957
Princess Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, 1950
Jimmy Webb, 1946
Kathryn Whitmire, 1946
Linda Ellerbee, 1944
Stephen G. Breyer, 1938
Vernon Jordan, Jr, 1935
Phyllis Stewart Schlafly, 1924
Mike Connors, 1925
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, 1925
Rose Marie, 1925
Huntz Hall, 1919
Oscar Romero, 1917
Julia Child, 1912
Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian, 1890 (d. 2006)
Edna Ferber, 1885
Ethel Barrymore, 1879
Charles Albert “The Old Roman” Comiskey, 1859
E. Nesbit, 1858
Sir Walter Scott, 1771
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Mainz Psalter(Publication date; first book with the publication date printed on the colophon), 1457
Today in History:
Battle of Roncevaux Pass, the Basques defeat Charles the Great (Charlemagne) and Roland is killed, 778
Macbeth defeats his cousin and rival King Duncan I, who is killed in the battle, and becomes king of Scotland, 1040
Battle of Lumphanan, in which King Macbeth is killed by the forces of Mael Coluim MacDonnchada, 1057
The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia, 1185
The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of 
the Three Wise Men, is laid, 1248*
The “Mainz Psalter” is completed, the earliest dated book, 1457
Founding of Panama City, 1519
Jesuit priest St. Francis Xaverius land in Kagoshima, Japan, 1549
Joseph Haydn departs England, never to return, 1795
Country of Liberia is founded by freed American former slaves, 1824
Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1842
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is dedicated; it is the oldest continuously used Roman Catholic Cathedral in the US, 1843
San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed, 1891
A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, 1914
The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon, 1914
Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed in a plane crash, 1935
The birth of stadium rock:  The Beatles play Shae Stadium, 1965
President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard, 1971
The “Wow! signal”:  The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space, 1977
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090, 2007
The olinguito becomes the first mammal to be discovered in the past 35 years, 2013


*Yes, we just noted the other day the date of completion in 1880!


Mikey Got a Haircut (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    
This weeks words are a couple of lines from books River has read:
1. “then I was going to bed, where I planned to stay until Christmas” 
2. “I’m always careful,” I said calmly, stepping straight into a puddle.
and this photo from her sister-in-law when she was in Europe several years ago:
As we headed for the end of the alley, she noticed I was deep in conversation.  When that happens, it always spells trouble, although I do not readily admit it.  Let’s face it, I don’t admit it at all.
“Be careful!” she called out, “it’s wet up here where the street doesn’t drain well.”
“I’m always careful,” I said calmly, stepping straight into a puddle.
With a sigh, she said, “It’s okay, it’s only water, no mud, it will dry soon.”
Meanwhile, I stood there trying to remain calm and regain my place in the conversation as the others discussed the architecture of the buildings before us.
Most of the time I didn’t mind the “absent-minded professor” designation, but right now all I wanted to say, as a character in a book I’d recently read put it, “then I was going to bed, where I planned to stay until Christmas.” 
In my frame of mind that moment, it did not sound like a bad idea at all.
After touring the church that had been our destination, me squishing somewhat in my shoe, we all decided that supper should be next on the agenda.
When I was finally seated with my wife and friends at a beautiful cafe with dry clothes and an equally dry wine in front of me, I realized that staying in bed wasn’t so appealing after all.
Today is:
Anniversary Day — Tristan da Cunha
Assumption Eve — France; Holy See
Crayfish Premiere — Sweden (although they are now available year ’round, it used to be that crayfish could only be sold and served in restaurants the day after the season opens; the actual premiere date is often still celebrated with crayfish parties and lots of schnapps)
Day of Peace between Horus and Set — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Faradda di li candareri (Descent of the Candlesticks) — Sassari, Sardinia (beginning of the celebration of the Assumption)
Festival for Fortuna Equestris — Ancient Roman Calendar
Independence Day — Pakistan(1947)
International Nagging Day — ignore this one if you have any sense, the founder was smart enough to leave no trace
La Torta dei Fieschi — Lavagna, Italy (this city on the Italian Riviera comes to life with dance and music every year to commemorate the wedding, on this day in 1230, of Bianca de Bianchi and Count Opizzo Fiechi, as he had invited everyone in town to share the 30ft. high cake he had made for the occasion)
Liberty Tree Day — Massachusetts, US
Mantoro Lantern Lighting — Kasuga Taisha, Japan (through tomorrow; 3,000 lanterns light the shrine, and the main hall is open for visitors, with Bugaku and Kagura performed in the apple garden)
Miss Crustacean Usa Beauty Pageant and Ocean City Crab Creep — Ocean City, NJ, US (crowning the most beautiful and fastest tree crab on Earth)
National Creamsicle Day
National Financial Awareness Day — can’t find the history on who started this for which country, but it’s wise to become financially literate no matter where you live
National Navajo Code Talkers Day — Navajo Nation; US
Oued Ed-Dahab Day — Morocco; Western Sahara (celebrating the recovery of this area from Spanish occupation in 1979)
Pramuka Day — Indonesia (Scouting Day)
St. Maximillian Kolbe’s Day (Patron of families, imprisoned people, journalists, political prisoners, prisoners, recovering drug addicts, the pro-life movement; against drug addictions)
St. Werenfrid’s Day (Patron of vegetable gardeners; Arnheim, Netherlands; Elst, Netherlands; Westervoort, Netherlands; against gout and stiff joints)
Wiffle Ball Day — the wiffle ball was introduced this day in 1953
Anniversaries Today:
Jackie Mason marries Jyll Rosenfeld, 1991
V-J Day, 1945
Birthdays Today:
Tim Tebow, 1987
Terin Humphrey, 1986
Mila Kunis, 1983
Spencer Pratt, 1983
Jay Manuel, 1972
Catherine Bell, 1968
Halle Berry, 1966
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, 1959
Marcia Gay Harden, 1959
Gary Larson, 1950
Danielle, Steel, 1947
Antonio Fargas, 1946
Susan Saint James, 1946
Steve Martin, 1945
Lynne Cheney, 1941
David Crosby, 1941
Arthur Betz Laffer, 1940
Alice Ghostley, 1926
Buddy Greco, 1926
Russell Baker, 1925
John Ringling North, 1903
Ernest Everett Just, 1883
Ernest Lawrence Thayer, 1863
Doc Holiday, 1851
H.C. Oersted, 1777
Emperor Hanazono of Japan, 1297 
Today in History
The young Emperor Antoku and three sacred treasures are taken by Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan, fleeing to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan, 1183
Kublai Khan’s invading fleet disappears in a a typhoon near Japan, 1281
Three years after Gutenberg, the oldest known exactly dated printed book is published, 1457
Queen Elizabeth I refuses sovereignty of the Netherlands, 1585
Great Britain annexes Tristan da Cunha (remotest occupied island), 1816
Second Seminole War ends, with the Seminoles forced from Florida to Oklahoma, 1842
Oregon Territory created, 1848
Magazine “Field and Stream” begins publication, 1873
Construction of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, is completed, 1880
Japan issues its first patent, for rust-proof paint, 1885
A recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison’s phonograph in London, 1888
France begins requiring motor vehicle registration, 1893
The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21, 1901
Mt. Rushmore project first proposed, 1925
United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired, 1935
British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland, 1969
Longest game in softball history begins, as The Gager’s Diner team takes on the Bend’n Elbow Tavern; the game was played to raise money for a new softball field in Monticello, NY, went to 365 innings over two days, and the Gagers won 491-467, 1976
Lech Walesa leads strikes at the Gdansk, Poland shipyards, 1980
Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada, 2003
More than 2,000 people found in Poland’s largest mass grave during World War II are reburied in a military cemetery, 2009
As a sponsored event of the IOC, the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games, first ever Youth Olympics for athletes age 14-18, officially starts in Singapore, 2010
North and South Korea agree to reopen the jointly-operated Kaesong Industrial Region, 2013
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt becomes the first man to win the coveted 100m Olympic gold medal three times, with a win at the Rio Olympics, 2016

File This Under, A Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
File this one under kids say the craziest things:
Congregation:  Amen!
Small Child in the Back:  I’m in!
File this one under only in my house:
#2 Son:  I trust that co-worker.
Little Girl:  You also trust pizza that’s been sitting in your car overnight!
File this one under Grandma has a sense of humor:
mimi:  How is everything?
Grandma:  Well, if my mind would stay where my body is, I’d be fantastic!
mimi:  That’s funny!
Grandma:  Yeah, well, my memory is getting so bad now I have to write everything down.  In fact, I’m even going to start writing down when I go to the bathroom so I don’t accidentally try to go twice!
File this under how i see Dr. D:
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

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Today is:
Anniversary of Snick-Snacker’s Right Foot — Fairy Calendar
Carnival Tuesday — Granada
Day of Battle between Horus and Set; Aset gains the Horns of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Defence Forces Day — Zimbabwe
Festival of Aventine Diana / Nemoralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (commemoration of the dedication of her temple; celebrated between now and the 15th, and rededicated as the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin after Christianization)
Festival of Xocotl Huetzi — Ancient Aztec Calendar (first fruits of harvest festival; date approximate, but two weeks around the end of August)
Fox Hill Day — Nassau, Bahamas (final day of their Emancipation celebrations)
Independence Day — Central African Republic(1960)
International Left-Hander’s Day — sponsored by Lefthanders International     
Lao Issara — Laos (Day of the Free Laos)
Lesser Festival of Flora — Ancient Roman Calendar
National Filet Mignon Day
Obon — Buddhist (celebration to revere the ancestors; celebrated at different times even within Japan, but usually the biggest dates are in mid-August)
Runic Half Month As begins (the gods)
Skinny Dipping Day — funny t-shirt:  I no longer skinny dip. I chunky dunk!
St. Cassian’s Day (Patron of students and teachers; Brixen, Italy; Comacchio, Italy; Imola, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico)
St. Concordia’s day (Patron of nursing mothers and wet nurses)
St. Hippolytus’ Day (Patron of horses, prison guards/officers/workers; Bibbiena, Italy)
Wall Day — anniversary of the day in 1961 that the Berlin Wall began going up; observe it by trying to break down a wall or communication barrier somewhere in your own life
Women’s Day — Tunisia
Birthdays Today
Shani Davis, 1982
Midori Ito, 1969
Quinn Cummings, 1967
Danny Bonaduce, 1959
Dan Fogelberg, 1951
Kathleen Battle, 
Philippe Petit, 1949
Kevin Tighe, 1944
Don Ho, 1930
Pat Harrington, Jr., 1929
Fidel Castro, 1926
George Shearing, 1919
Ben Hogan, 1912
Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907
Alfred Hitchcock, 1899
Bert Lahr, 1895
Annie Oakley, 1860
Lucy Stone, 1818
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Zaire/The Tragedy of Zara”(Voltaire’s “Tragedy in Verse”), 1732
Today in History
The English army under King Henry V lands at the mouth of the Seine River, 1415
Tenochtitlan of the Aztecs is conquered by the Spanish, 1521
Tenbun Hokke Disturbance, in which Buddhist monks from Kyoto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto, 1536
John Smith submits the story of Jamestown’s first days for publication, 1608
Christiaan Huygens discovers the Martian south polar cap, 1642
Founding of Litchfield, CT, 1651
Marie Antoinette and other French royals are imprisoned by Revolutionaries, 1792
Nat Turner sees the solar eclipse which he interprets as a sign from heaven to begin his ill-fated slave rebellion, 1831
Earthquake in Peru and Ecuador kills 25,000, 1868
Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his “Navigable Balloon”, 1889
First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, 1913
Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, 1918
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is established as a public company in Germany, 1918
The first barbed wire fence that would become the Berlin Wall is erected, 1961
The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York, 1969
Michael Phelps sets the Olympic record for most the gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history, 2008
Footage of the previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is released; the Kawahiva is an indigenous tribe living in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world, 2013
Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani becomes the first woman to win the Fields Medal in mathematics, 2014

We Are Family (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Nana (Poetry Monday)

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
Three boys and two girls in a family make for one precious cageful.




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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border.  She was unable to post for a while, so participants Delores and Jenny took turns providing a theme each week.  Now that Diane is back, i am guessing she will go back to providing all of the themes, but no matter who does it, i want to be in it as i’ve been bitten by the poetry bug.  This weeks theme is A Childhood Hero.                    
My Nana was my hero
When i was very young.
She sang with me and read to me
And we had lots of fun.
She bought me toys and goodies,
And my pretty jacket,
She let me play and run around
And make a nice loud racket.
When at her house she taught me
How to hand wash dishes,
Cook bacon in the broiler,
And even clean the fishes.
Yes, she and Papa took me fishing
Out on their little pond,
I got to play in the shop, too,
Of that i was very fond.
She sewed my princess costume
For Halloween one year
And i kept it ’til it fell apart
Because i held it dear.
Nana let me play with her makeup,
She even wrote a short play
And taught me and my brothers so
We performed for the family one day.
Yes, my Nana was my hero,
Though i didn’t know it then,
How i would love to tell her
And live those days again.
Today is:
Aloha Day — unofficial celebration of the annexation of Hawai’i by the US
Anniversary of Snick-Snacker’s Left Foot — Fairy Calendar
Anvil Mountain 59 Minute 37 Second Challenge — Nome, AK, US (starting gun sounds at 7 pm, and the course begins at the base of Anvil Mountain, goes uphill then back down via a gravel road, with the challenge being to do it in less than the time allotted)
Awa Odori Festival — Tokushima, Japan (through the 15th; one of Japan’s largest dance festivals, Awa-dance is said to be a “fool’s dance”, and the saying is “It’s a fool who dances and a fool who watches, so if both are fools, you may as well dance!”)
Carnival Monday — Grenada
Festival for Hercules Invictus — Ancient Roman Calendar (through tomorrow; based on an even older Greek celebration of Heracles at the same time of year)
Festival for Venus Vitrix — Ancient Roman Calendar (Victorius Venus)
Grouse Day/Glorious Twelfth — England; Scotland (opening of grouse hunting season; because the 12th is a Sunday in 2012, it will actually be celebrated tomorrow)
Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday and National Mother’s Day — Thailand
Heroes Day — Zimbabwe
International Youth Day — UN
Inter-State Fair and Rodeo — Coffeyville, KS, US (rodeo, livestock shows, carnival, and more; through Saturday)
Julienne Fries Day
Lychnapsia — Ancient Roman Calendar (celebration of the Birthday of Isis, instituted after the conquest of Egypt)
Middle Children’s Day — on some sites, listed as Aug. 14; either way, Middle Children deserve a special day!
National Toasted Almond Bar Day
Osirian Mysteries; Feast of the Lights of Isis — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, but this is the date the Romans gave it, so who am i to quibble?)
PC Day — no, not politically correct, personal computer; IBM introduced theirs this day in 1981
Perseid Meteor Showers — in 2019, peak visibility is tonight and especially tomorrow night; the Celts believed these meteors were due to games being played by Lugh, their sun god
Put Peanuts in Your Coca Cola Day — and no, i can’t figure this one out, but they say don’t shake it once you do it; if anyone else wants to experiment with why, let me know the results
Solar Alignment with Teotihuacan, City of the Gods — ancient when the Aztecs found its ruins, this city’s ritual cave aligns with the setting sun today and April 29, also the rising and setting dates of the Pleiades
St. Gracilian’s Day (Patron of Bassano Romano, Italy)
St. Murtagh’s Day (Patron of Killaria, Ireland)
Vinyl Record Day — celebrating the tremendous cultural influence of records, on the anniversary of the day in 1877 that Edison invented the phonograph
World Elephant Day — learn more here    
Zaraday a/k/a Zarathud’s Day — Discordianism
Birthdays Today:
Casey Affleck, 1975
Pete Sampras, 1971
Peter Krause, 1964
Ann M. Martin, 1955
Pat Metheny, 1954
Sam J. Jones, 1954
Skip Caray, 1939
George Hamilton, 1939
William Goldman, 1931
George Soros, 1930
Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens, 1929
John Derek, 1926
Michael Kidd, 1915
Jane Wyatt, 1912
Cantinflas, 1911
Joe Besser, 1907
Alfred Lunt, 1892
Cecil B. DeMille, 1881
Christopher “Christy” Mathewson, 1880
Edith Hamilton, 1867
Katharine Lee Bates, 1859
“Diamond Jim” Brady, 1856
Robert Mills, 1781
Thomas Bewick, 1753
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Wings(Film, only silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture), 1927
Today in History:
The last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic Dynasty, Cleopatra VII Philopater, allegedly commits suicide by asp bite, BC30
A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurs which may have been what the Bible calls the Star of Bethlehem, 3
Crusaders win the Battle of Ascalon, 1099
Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Puerto Rico, 1508
Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War, 1676
Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine, the first one to be practical for home use, 1851
Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, 1877
The last quagga, a subspecies of zebra once plentiful in South Africa, dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, 1883
Hawai’i is annexed by the US, 1898
William Somerset Maugham published “Of Human Bondage”, 1915
Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge, 1943
The Soviet Union detonates its first thermonuclear weapon, 1953
Echo I, the first communications satellite, is launched, 1960
South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games because of its racist policies, 1964
The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, 1977
The IBM Personal Computer is released, 1981
Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1992
The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, 2000
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches, 2005
Director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, announces plans to release remaining Afghan War Diary documents from War in Afghanistan, 2010
President Obama’s health insurance mandate from his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011
The International Olympic Committee announces it will punish athletes who support Russian LGBT rights at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2013
NASA launches the Parker Space Probe, its first mission to the Sun and its outermost atmosphere, the corona, 2018