A to Z: Unexpected (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, i am providing the prompts.  You can write your story on your blog and leave a link here, or write your story in the comments, your choice.
 
Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!
 
This week’s words are
 
introduce
bawdy
insidious
outgoing
laborer
polite
 
and/or
 
hall
conscious
ad hoc
sign
yarn
share
 
 
Now, about the picture above, the wordless one.  As some of you may have guessed, there’s a story, a long YARN connected with it.  Of course, i have to SHARE.
 
For those of you who never met Bigger Girl’s car Cicero, this is a lousy way to INTRODUCE you.  For those of you who have met her, please join me in wishing that she rest in peace as of this past Monday night.
 
Yes, Monday night, after all that running around for Dr. D, as i wrote up the story for the Tuesday post an INSIDIOUS voice told me the day was not over.  It was right.  About 8:30 pm, Bigger Girl called.
 
“Mom, I’ve really messed up this time, I mean really, really messed up, I’ve had an accident, and this time it’s not just a bump, Cicero is leaking fluid all over the place and she’s going to have to be towed and I don’t think anyone was hurt but i was slowing down for the light and my phone was on the dash, I wasn’t talking on it or anything and it started to slide and I got distracted and reached to catch it and when I looked up I realized I hadn’t braked hard enough and it was too late to stop and I’m so sorry!”
 
Now you would think, after saying all of that in one sentence with no breaths, the person speaking would no longer be CONSCIOUS, having turned blue and passed out.  Not Bigger Girl.  For her, that’s just a warm up exercise.
 
Yes, she is rather OUTGOING sometimes, why do you ask?  (She is a bipolar Aspie, so sometimes she’s like this, and other times she won’t leave the microbiology lab except to eat and sleep, and won’t talk to anyone except for business, so this happened on an up day.)
 
Anyway, as is usual in these situations i put on the mommy-take-care-of-it hat and headed out.  The place was easy to find, what with all the flashing blue lights and three cars on the median being a SIGN i could not miss.  Pulling up in front of them all, as much out of the way of passing traffic as possible, i got out and tried to take in the scene.
 
Cicero, her hood hiked up like the skirt of a BAWDY dancing girl showing off what’s underneath, had indeed poured fluid and sprayed glass and plastic all over.  Two other cars were in front of her, and Bigger Girl was pacing around like a caged tiger.  
 
When she saw me, she ran over and said, “Oh, mom, there you are, tell me, do I look concussed?”
 
No more so than usual, i told her drily, then i gave her a hug and asked if she thought she was hurt or needed a doctor.
 
“No, I’m okay, and I think the other drivers are okay, and I rear-ended this guy, but his car is drivable and it got pushed into that lady’s car that was ahead of him and that one is drivable, and the only one that isn’t drivable is Cicero and mom, I’m so sorry!”
 
By now one of the officers had approached and i introduced myself as the mom person and owner of the car.  The officer told me the tow truck had been called and we had a few minutes to get things out of the vehicle before it arrived.  After that, i’d have to go to the tow yard.
 
While Bigger Girl filled in all of her information to share with the other drivers, i went and spoke with both of them, trying to be POLITE and offering my apologies and telling them i hoped they were okay, while reassuring them we have good insurance.
 
The first car she hit had a dent in the hatchback and a scuff mark across the front bumper.  The car that was in front of it had a scuff mark on the back bumper.  The lady in that car at the front of the line had bonked her head on the steering wheel and had a small bruise.  Other than that, everyone was unhurt and the driver of the car that ended up in the middle was on his phone laughing with a friend and telling him he’d be along soon, that everything was fine.
 
Then i pulled Lunceford the Land Yacht as close to Cicero as i could and proceeded to show that being a manual LABORER agrees with me, as i hauled a very heavy boxed ergonomic desk, a chandelier (yes, really!) and a whole lot of other stuff from Cicero to Lunceford in just a very few minutes.  The back seat of my car looked like an AD HOC storage unit whose contents had been tossed around like the ingredients of a good salad.  There were even some of Bigger Girl’s balloons for making balloon animals weaving colorful streamers throughout.
 
Once the tow truck driver had come, swept up much of the debris and deposited it unceremoniously in Cicero’s back seat, strewn cat litter over the liquid in the road, given me all the contact information i needed and loaded Cicero, the officers told us we could leave.  The other drivers were already on their way, so Bigger Girl and i got in and i asked where she had been heading.
 
“To see my friend Paul, and give him some chocolates, I hadn’t seen him in a long time,” she said.  So we went to see Paul and give him chocolates, then i brought her home.  All of her stuff from Cicero went in the HALL closet.
 
Tuesday, while working, i called and filed the claim, then after work i went to the tow yard to retrieve anything we’d forgotten.  It shocked me how much we’d overlooked in the dark, although i drew the line at grabbing all of her soy sauce packets (yes, she lives in her car the way i do).  Then i gave permission for them to give the car to the insurance company for an adjuster to move and inspect it.
 
Now we just wait to see what they decide, although a 13-year-old car that looks like an accordion and had an airbag deployed is most likely to be declared a total loss.
 
Rest in peace, Cicero.
 
 
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Today is:
 
 
Administrative Professionals Day — US
 
Ambivalence Day — a holiday to tell your friends about, or not
 
American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show — Paducah, KY, US (auction, workshops, and prizes for the best quilts; through Saturday)
 
Concord Day — Niger
 
Feast of Eros — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
 
Genocide Remembrance Day / Martyrs’ Day– Armenia
 
Happenstance and Coincidence Evening — Fairy Calendar
 
International Guide Dog Day
 
Kapyong Day — Australia (Battle of Kapyong, 1951)
 
Loktantra Diwas — Nepal (Democracy Day, celebrating the restoration of the Nepali Congress on this date in 2006)
 
Mesir Paste Festival — Manisa, Turkey (mesir paste is a blend of 41 different spices and is intended as a general cure-all and tonic; lots of craft exhibitions, concerts and sporting tournaments, as well as traditional throwing of paste off minaret of the Sultan Mosque, as has been celebrated for almost 50 years; through Sunday)
 
Peppercorn Ceremony — St. George, Bermuda (commemorates the renting of what is now the Old State House by the Masonic Lodge to the governor of Burmuda for the cost of one peppercorn per annum, now a well attended festival)
 
Pigs in a Blanket Day
 
Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala — Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, US (an extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture sponsored by Academy of American Poets)
 
Spring Cat Cleaning Day — because someone, somewhere, thinks you need to bathe your cat; ask the cat, he will refuse, and if you become insistent, be careful
 
St. Ives’ Day (Patron of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)
 
St. Mark’s Eve*
 
Tucson International Mariachi Conference — Tucson, AZ, US (festival showcasing the best of balle folklorico and mariachi; through Saturday)
 
USA Film Festival — Dallas, TX, US (major showcase of new studio and indie films; through Sunday)
 
Walk @ Lunch Day — founded and encouraged by Blue Cross / Blue Shield
 
 
 
*A young lady may eat a boiled dove’s egg sprinkled with salt and place a tulip, sacred to St. Mark, in a vase next to her bed, and so she will dream of the man she will marry.
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Mary, Queen of Scots marries Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris, 1558
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Courtnee Draper, 1985
Kelly Clarkson, 1982
Eric Balfour, 1977
Chipper Jones, 1972
Cedric the Entertainer, 1964
Djimon Hounsou, 1964
Michael O’Keefe, 1955
Eric Bogosian, 1953
Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952
Doug Clifford, 1945
Barbra Streisand, 1942
Richard M. Daley, 1942
Sue Grafton, 1940
Jill Ireland, 1936
Shirley MacLaine, 1934
Stanley J. Kauffmann, 1916
Robert Penn Warren, 1905
Michael J. Dady, 1850
George N. Bascom, 1836
Anthony Trollope, 1815
Robert Bailey Thomas, 1766
Edmund Cartwright, 1743
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Dancing at Lughnasa”(Play), 1990
“Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons”(Oratorio, Haydn H 21/3), 1801
The Boston News-Letter(Newspaper), 1704 (first successful newspaper in the British colonies)
 
 
Today in History:
 
Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut, BC1479
Traditional date for the Greeks entering Troy using the Trojan Horse, BC1184
The appearance of Halley’s Comet causes monks in England to predict evil happenings, 1066
“La Marseillaise” is composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792
The Boston “News-Letter” becomes the first successful newspaper in the colonies, 1704
The Library of Congress is established, 1800
A patent is granted for the first soda fountain, 1833
William Price of the Washington Star becomes the first reporter to be specifically assigned to the White House, 1897
The fathometer, which measures underwater depth, is patented, 1928
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Cosmonaut  Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, the first person to die during a space mission, 1967
Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations, 1968
The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched, 1970
Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine, 1990
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog is born in South Korea, 2005
Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime, 2007
Scientists in Kamchatka, Russia, report sighting the first adult white orca to be seen in the wild, 2012
Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England, 2018
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A to Z: Tell Us Your Plans, Make the Universe Laugh, 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.  
 
If you tell your plans, the universe, or The Almighty, or someone will laugh at you.
 
 
 
Friday, #2 Son woke up with tonsillitis.  Now, remember that Grandpa had his tonsils out at age 24, i had mine out at age 24, and Bigger Girl just had hers out at age 26 (two years overdue).  #2 Son is 23, and i think his tonsils are rotting out right on our DNA’s schedule, as this is his first bout ever.
 
He went to Doc-in-a-Box across the highway and got antibiotics.  All should be well right?
 
In anyone else’s world, yes.  In my world, Saturday was my day off.  He woke up with his throat so swollen he was choking.  To the ER we go!
 
Turns out he had an abscess behind his right tonsil. They had to get an ENT in to drain it.  Yes, he was worth every minute in the ER, and he was worth missing the Holy Saturday church service for, and next time i think i might get a day off, i’m not going to whisper a word to anyone until it is over!
 
Next time, i’m keeping my trap shut!
 
 
Dr. D has not been feeling her best since taking antibiotics a couple of weeks ago, but that didn’t stop her from getting some mileage out of the day yesterday.
 
Actually, the mileage was put on Lunceford the Land Yacht.
 
We started by listing what had to be done:  cleaning (litter box, toilet, tub, dishes, vacuuming, change sheets), put more coolant in her truck, and run errands.  Doesn’t sound like a whole lot, does it?
 
Errand one, laundromat.  Start the wash, run to the nearby bank to get cash for the rest of the errands, go back and put it all in the dryer.  While there, run into one of your children’s friends you haven’t seen in over 10 years, and spend time being mommy counselor.
 
Back to the house where she won’t let me make the bed until she irons the pillowcases (!) and get ready for the next set of errands.
 
Now it’s time for MallMart, the Dollar Store, the post office, the grocery, and the drug store.  Drug store number one doesn’t have an item, find it at grocery store.  Grocery store can’t come up with a price on it, won’t sell me the item.  None of the other stores have it either.  Come back with a roast chicken, cat treats, Renuzit solid air freshener, a broom, a door mat, two cartons of milk, and the mail.  Because of having to stop at four different places to find the item i never got, the whole thing takes over two hours.
 
Oh, we almost forgot the phone needs to have more minutes.  Finally convinced her to do that on the phone itself using a debit card.
 
Cleaning is getting done between all these things, and i figure i will just help with sorting stuff at the house after the second set of errands until i hear, “Oh, I need panty hose, and they have to come from Dillard’s at the Mall!”
 
Go to the one place i almost never go, the Mall.  Find a parking place strangely close to Dillard’s.  Walk in and find out there are two Dillard’s in the mall, and i’m in the wrong one, the one with men’s clothes.  Figure that’s why there’s no one parked near it.  Through the mall to the other Dillard’s, procure the panty hose, and leave the Mall, hoping my next visit won’t be for at least 4 months (that’s about as often as i can stand).
 
It’s all good, in the end everything got done, and she is finally feeling better if she asked for a chicken.
 
Some days, you just know you earned your good night’s sleep.
 
 
 
Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!
 
 
 
 

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Words for Wednesday is tomorrow, but i’m putting the words up today so anyone who wants to get a start may do so.
 
This week’s words are:
 
Introduce
bawdy
insidious
outgoing
laborer
polite
 
and/or
 
hall
conscious
ad hoc
sign
yarn
share
 

 

Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!

 

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Today is:
 
Alfred G. “Alferd” Packer Day — Colorado
 
Book Day and Lover’s Day — Spain, especially Catalan (women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes [author of “Don Quixote”] and in observance of St. George’s Day)
 
Canada Book Day
 
Chance Day — Fairy Calendar
 
Children’s Day — Nepal; North Cyprus; Turkey
 
Community Day — CL, Spain
 
Community Day/St. George’s Day — AR, Spain
 
Easter Tuesday — TAS, Australia; Cyprus; Nauru
 
English Language Day — UN    
 
Impossible Astronaut Day — if you are a Dr. Who fan, you know, and if not, go here and find out     
 
Independence Day — Conch Republic, Key West, FL. US (a tongue-in-cheek micronation which seceeded from the Union in 1982; celebrated yearly with a week long festival)
 
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day — on St. George’s Day, encouraging members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to continue to be what Howard V. Hendrix derrogatorily termed “webscabs”, posting their stories free on the internet
 
International Sing Out Day — no one will claim responsibility for this one, but i promise not to observe it!
 
Jurgi Festival — Ancient Latvian Calendar (day sacred to Usins; first day outdoor work began for the summer)
 
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
 
National Picnic Day — US
 
National Sovereignty Day — Turkey
 
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day — Turkey
 
School Bus Driver’s Day — these longsuffering drivers put up with a lot, thank a school bus driver today!
 
Sigurd the Dragon Slayer’s Day — because he was probably the inspiration for the legends about St. George
 
Southland Provincial Anniversary Day — Southland, NZ
 
St. Adalbert’s Day (Patron of Bohemia; Czech Republic; Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Prussia)
 
St. George’s Day (Patron of archers, armourers, Boy Scouts, butchers, cavalry, chivalry, Crusaders, equestrians, farmers, field hands, field workers, horsemen, horses, husbandmen, knights, lepers, Order of the Garter, Palestinian Christians, riders, Romanian Army, saddle makers, saddlers, sheep, shepherds, soldiers, Teutonic Knights; Canada; England; Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Portugal; Cappadocia; Catalonia; Palestine; over 20 cities and diocese around the world; against herpes, leprosy, plague, skin diseases, skin rashes, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*
 
Take a Chance Day — internet generated encouragement to try something different
 
Talk Like Shakespeare Day — on The Bard’s birth anniversary 
 
Vinalia Priora — Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the first wines of the year)
 
World Book & Copyright Day — UN (this date chosen because of how parts of Spain celebrate St. George’s Day, with books)     
    World Book Night — Germany; Ireland; UK; US (anniversary of the birth and death of Shakespeare, and the death of Miguel de Cervantes; over 20 book titles have been specially chosen for this year and special editions of those books printed so you can share books and your love of reading with those who don’t read much)     
 
*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew
A pretty tale, if all is told to be true
Most say, there are no Dragons, and tis said
There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.
— John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Dev Patel, 1990
John Cena, 1977
Kal Penn, 1977
Scott Bairstow, 1970
Melina Kanakaredes, 1967
George Lopez, 1961
Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Craig Sheffer, 1960
Jan Hooks, 1957
Judy Davis, 1955
Michael Moore, 1954
Joyce DeWitt, 1949
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, 1947
Sandra Dee, 1942
David Birney, 1940
Lee Majors, 1940
Roy Orbison, 1936
Shirley Temple Black, 1928
Vladimire Nabokov, 1899
Lester Bowles “Mike” Pearson, 1897
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858
Granville T. Woods, 1856
James Buchanan, 1791
William Penn, 1621
William Shakespeare, 1564(attributed — only the day of his baptism, April 26, is known for certain)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Avengers: Infinity War(Film), 2018
Star Trek Into Darkness(Film), 2013
“Baywatch”(TV), 1989
“No Man’s Land”(Play), 1975
“She Loves Me”(Musical), 1963
“Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride”(Opera), 1881
“Il re pastore/The Shepherd King”(Mozart opera, K 208)1775
“The Tender Husband”(Comedy), 1705
 
 
Today in History:
 
King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control, 1014
The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George’s Day, 1348
The German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), is enforced across all of Bavaria by Wilhelm IV, Duke of Bavaria, stating beer should be brewed from only three ingredients – water, malt and hops, 1516
William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance, 1597
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts, 1635
Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662
Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851
The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial’s Music Hall in NYC, 1896
Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990
Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993
Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus, 2003
The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe, 2009
Despite an initial ban on the film ‘Borat,’ Kazakhstan issues and official ‘thank you’ to actor Sacha Baron Cohen for his character, Borat Sagdiyev, 2012
Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the first African-American woman as US Attorney-General, 2015

A to Z: Say “Awww!” (Awww Monday), Thought-Provoking Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of 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!
 
It’s a law, i think, that we have to say “Awww” to kittens.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s a Thought-Provoking Quote of the Week in her honor.
 
 
 
 
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Delores and her friend Jenny are taking turns providing a theme for Poetry Monday, and i am trying my hand at participating.  This weeks theme is Spring Cleaning.       
 
A long long time ago, 
before we harnessed electricity,
People had to heat their homes 
in winter, naturally.
 
They generally used a wood stove,
Or burned coal for their heat.
While some thought a fireplace in each room
Just could not be beat.
 
This left them a dilemma,
A problem most profound,
It happened each year by the time
Spring had come around.
 
The houses would be filthy,
With soot or film or ash
From all the stuff they’d burned all winter,
It left each home quite trashed.
 
Thus came the invention
Born of necessity
To do a big spring cleaning
Whether in country or city.
 
We now heat homes with other
Things like natural gas,
Or heat pumps and electricity,
So let me tell you, lass
 
You really do not need to
Do a big spring cleaning,
Save it for later in the year,
If you get my meaning.
 
It’s better to do that deep clean
After summer’s gone away,
To get the dirt the kids tracked in
Out before the big holidays!
 
 
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Today is:
 
Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day — promoting public awareness of the important contribution of chemists
 
Discovery Day — Brazil (landing of Cabral in 1500)
 
Earth Day
 
Easter Monday — Christian; related observances
    Dyngus Day
    Egg Races — Rural Northwestern Switzerland (traditional Easter Monday races with competitors carrying large numbers of eggs from village to village)
    Emaishen — Luxembourg (traditional market)
    Family Day — South Africa
    Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking — Hallaton, Leicestershire, England (traditional celebrations dating back at least 600 years)
    Memorial Day — Republic of Georgia
    Seu Harvest Parade — Curacao
    Sham el-Nessim — Egypt (Smell the Breezes Day, a spring celebration for all religions; celebrated by getting outside, greeting neighbors, enjoying spring, and eating salty raw fish)
 
Festival of Jupiter and Juno — Ancient Roman Calendar
 
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day — Girl Scouts of the USA   
 
Granary Offering to Renenutet — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (offering to the Lady of Granaries; date approximate)
 
International Mother Earth Day — UN
 
Jouvert Jump-Up — Sint Maarten (Break of Dawn Parade and Festival)
 
Landing of the 33 Patriots Day — Uruguay
 
Lela’s Holiday — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (honoring the goddess-daughter, Lela)
 
National Jelly Bean Day
 
Queen Isabella Day — Spain and some US states (birth anniversary of Isabella I of Castille)
 
St. Epipodius of Lyon’s Day (Patron of bachelors, betrayal victims, torture victims)
 
St. George’s Day — NL, Canada (obs.)
 
Walpurgis celebrations begin — through May 1, Norse, Scandinavian, and Germanic celebrations (remembering the sacrifice of Odin upon the World Tree Yggdrasil
    Yggdrasil Day — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Amber Heard, 1986
Francis Capra, 1983
Daniel Johns, 1979
Kim Elizabeth, 1978
Eric Mabius, 1971
Chris Makepeace, 1964
Byron Allen, 1961
Ryan Stiles, 1959
Peter Frampton, 1950
John Waters, 1946
Jack Nicholson, 1937
Glen Campbell, 1936
Aaron Spelling, 1928
Charlotte Rae, 1926
Yehudi Menuhin, 1916
Eddie Albert, 1906
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, 1891
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, 1870
Immanuel Kant, 1724
Queen Isabella, 1451
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Who’s Tommy”(Rock musical), 1993
“Le Triomphe de Plutus/Money Makes the World Go Round”(Play), 1728
 
 
Today in History:
 
Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil, 1500
President George Washington attends a performance of Rickett’s, the first circus in the US, 1793
Thomas Stevens sets out from San Francisco on the first round the world journey by bicycle, 1884
The Oklahoma land rush begins at noon; thousands rush to claim land, and the towns of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed within hours with populations of over 10,000 each, 1889
Pravda begins publication in St. Petersburg, 1912
The Germans begin using poison chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, 1915
British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world, 1969
The first Earth Day is celebrated, 1970
The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is dedicated, 1993
Japan’s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan’s war record, 2005
Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War, 2006
The Pope, Benedict XVI, becomes the first pontiff to participate in a televised interview session, 2011
The Paris Agreement on climate change is signed in New York, 2016

Blessed Easter! Plus a Cajun Joke and Sunday Selections

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Easter Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. – Author unknown
 
Praying all of you have a Blessed Easter.  He is Risen!  He is Risen, Indeed!
 
 
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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.
 
Almost every time i send the husband or a child to go find something for me, i end up wishing i hadn’t.
 
Boudreaux done be out in de shop when he decide he want him de pliers he done lef’ in de house de las’ time he was fixin’ som’pin.  He see dat Tee be out in de yard, so he call de boy over.
 
“Tee, I wants you to go in de house and get de plier I done lef’ in de kitchen by de sink,” he say, an’ Tee done say, “Oui, Père,” an’ in he go.
 
Long ‘bout five minute later, while Boudreaux be fussin’ in his mind over what be takin’ so long, Tee come out an’ say, “Père, I don’ see de plier in de kitchen.”
 
Boudreaux done shake hims head an’ say, “Never min’!” an’ he go in, an sure ‘nuff dere be de plier, in de kitchen not far from de sink.
 
Boudreaux start fussin’, an’ Clothile done ax, “What be wrong?”
 
Boudreaux done tell her ‘bout how Tee cain’t find him de plier dat be right dere, an’ Clothile say, “Mebbe he jes’ din’t see it.  Sometime de chillun cain’t he’p dat dey cain’t fin’ som’pin.”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, cain’t he’p it!  I don’ believe dat!  Ever’ year at Easter dey fin’ dem ever’ egg dat rabbit done leave, dat prove dey can fin’ ennyt’in’ dey wants to fin’ if dey wants it bad ‘nuff!”
 
 
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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 River at Drifting Through Life.     
 
A couple of weeks ago, i featured all of the artwork in one bedroom of a client’s house.  This is the dining room:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Administrative Professionals Day (original date)
 
Aggie Muster — Texas A&M University
 
Birthday of Rome — Rome, Italy (753 BCE)
 
Easter — Christian (remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus)
    National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day — US (always on Easter Sunday)
    Paskar — Iceland (Easter, the day trolls and evil beings sleep through the day, so an auspicious day to look for the wishing stone)
 
Feast of Wadjet (a/k/a Udjet or Buto) — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
First Day of Ridvan — Baha’i (began sunset yesterday; through May 2)
 
Grounation Day — Rastafari (one of the Rastafarian’s most important festivals, in honor of Haile Selassie’s 1966 visit to Jamaica)
 
Heroica Defensa de Veracruz — Mexico (Heroic Defense of Veracruz)
 
Homecoming of the Elves — Fairy Calendar (Singing Festival)
 
Iroquois Corn Planting Ceremony — Iroquois Native Americans (three day celebration, always around this time of year)
 
John Muir Day — US (American conservationist)
 
Kartini Day — Indonesia (honoring a leader who helped emancipate women)
 
Kindergarten Day — Germany; US (birth anniversary of Friedrich Froebel, in 1782, who began the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837)
 
Lailat al-Bara’ah (Shab Barat) — Islam (Night of Forgiveness, or sometimes Night of Records, a preparation for Ramadan; began at sunset yesterday, local custom dates may vary)
 
Mibu Dainembutsu Kyogen — Mibu Temple, Kyoto, Japan (nine day festival of kyogen performances which dates back to 1299)
 
National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day
 
National Tree Planting Day — Kenya
 
Paralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (shepherd’s festival of Pares, goddess of herders)
 
Queen’s Birthday — Falkland Islands; St. Helena(except Tristan da Cunha)
 
San Jacinto Day — Texas, US
 
St. Anselm of Canturbury’s Day
 
St. Bueno Gasulsych’s Day (Patron of diseased cattle, sick animals, and sick children)
 
Tiradentes Day/Brasilia Day — Brazil (honors Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, called “tooth puller”, who fought for Brazilian independence)
    Inauguration of Brasilia, Distrito Federal — Brazil (anniversary of the 1960 inauguration of the new federal capital)
 
World Creativity and Innovation Day — final day of World Creativity and Innovation Week, which always begins on DaVinci’s birth anniversary
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Robert Smith, 1959
Andie MacDowell, 1958
James Morrison, 1954
Tony Danza, 1951
Patti LuPone, 1949
Iggy Pop, 1947
Charles Grodin, 1935
Elaine May, 1932
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1926
Anthony Quinn, 1915
John Muir, 1838
Charlotte Bronte, 1816
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel, 1782
Catherine the Great, 1729
Jan van Riebeeck, 1619
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Annie”(Musical), 1977
“Inherit the Wind”(Play), 1955
“Arms and the Man”(Play), 1894
 
 
Today in History:
 
Traditional date for the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus, BC753
Marc Antony continues to battle the senators who assasinated Julius Caesar in the Battle of Mutina, which he loses, BC43
Henry VIII ascends the throne of England, 1509
Hernan Cortez lands in Veracruz, 1519
The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, granting religious freedom to all in that colony, 1649
Catherine the Great ends noble privileges in Russia, 1785
Tiradentes, leader of the independence movement in Brazil, is executed, 1792
Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat Mexican troops under Santa Ana, winning the Battle of San Jacinto and the independence of Texas, 1836
The first train crosses the first bridge over the Mississippi River, crossing from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, 1855
Alexander Douglas patents the bustle, 1857
Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i’ faith, declares his mission, 1863
The first firehouse pole is installed in a firehouse in NYC, 1878
The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen)is shot down, 1918
The first Aggie Muster is held, a remembrance of fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year, 1922
Brasilia is officially inaugurated as the capital of Brazil, 1960
In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, 1989
Alexander Wolszczan announces his the discovery of extrasolar planets, 1994
The ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry are launched into orbit, 1997
By order of an Egyptian court, the name of Egypt’s former President, Hosni Mubarak, is stripped from public spaces, schools and streets, 2011

 

A to Z: R&R, Among Others (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Saturday is back, hooray!
 
This Saturday, i have an extra special reason to celebrate and be very thankful:  i actually managed my schedule in such a way this week that i have a day off today, my first since October.
 
Rest and Relaxation, therefore, are first on my list of ten thankful things.
 
Rhymes are next, as i am enjoying the fun of poetry writing on Poetry Monday.  Thank you, Delores and Jenny!      
 
My radio is on a lot, i am very thankful for the access to music it provides.  Happy music makes for a happier day.
 
The refuge of my bed at the end of a long day is a thankful thing.
 
A morning regimen that includes thyroid med, prayer, dressed, toothbrushing, hair brushing, sixteen ounces of water, eight ounces of coffee, ready for the day.
 
While i don’t often think of buying them, when i do get radishes for my salads, i always enjoy the spicy crunch they add.
 
The roof over my head, which i am thankful is holding steady.
 
Romance, as i am married, after all.
 
Being able to occasionally come up with a good retort when bantering with a friend is a pleasure, as is enjoying when the friend comes up with one as well.
 
Respect, working to earn it and being able to give it to others.
 
As a bonus, i am thankful for restaurants, and the fact that we will get to enjoy one tomorrow with the family.
 
This matching my thankful things to the A to Z may come back to haunt me next week, but I’m already working on it.
 
 
Meanwhile, please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.   
 
 
 

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Today is:
 
Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten Day — Fairy Calendar
 
Banyan Tree Birthday Party — Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i (celebrating the “birthday” of Lahaina’s most important landmark, their banyan tree planted back in 1973, which now covers over 2/3 of an acre; cake, nature displays, kid activities, history exhibits and more, through tomorrow)
 
 
Feria Nacional de San Marcos — Palenque, Mexico (through May 12; feast of San Marcos, with rodeos, bull fights, folk dancing, parades, mariachi and muchos mas)
 
Go Around Humming “You Light Up My Life” Until Everybody Screams Day — the person who thought this one up should be tied down and forced to listen to Barry Manilow songs for 12 hours straight!
 
Harvest Offering to Renenutet — Ancient Egypitian Calendar (offering to the Lady of the Fertile Fields; date approximate)
 
Holy Saturday — Christian (a/k/a Black Saturday, Holy Saturday, Easter Saturday, or Easter Eve)
 
Huband Appreciation Day
 
Lailat al-Bara’ah (Shab Barat) — Islam (Night of Forgiveness, a preparation for Ramadan; begins at sunset, local custom dates may vary)
 
Lazarus Saturday — Orthodox Christian
    Lazarovden — Bulgaria (along with celebrating the raising of Lazarus, there are fertility rituals, especially involving young maidens, and honoring the goddesses of spring and love)
 
Lima Bean Respect Day
 
Make a Quilt Day — obviously begun by someone who has no idea how long the process really takes! not associated with National Quilting Day or Project Linus’ Make a Blanket Day 
 
National Auctioneers Day — recognizing the contribution of auctioneers to American commerce
National Cat Lady Day    
 
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
 
National Take a Break to Reset Your Mind Day — because everyone needs a day like this
 
Pesach/Passover — Judaism (began yesterday evening, through the evening of April 27)
 
Ridvan begins — Baha’i (begins at sunset)
 
St. Caedwalla of Wales’ Day (Patron of converts, repentant murderers)
 
Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day — encouraging awareness of volunteerism, but the original sponsor of the day is no longer online
 
World’s Biggest Fish Fry — Paris, TN, US (parades, auto shows, arts and crafts, and of course, all-you-can-eat catfish dinner; through the 29th)
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Danny Granger, 1983
Joey Lawrence, 1976
Carmen Electra, 1972
Shemar Moore, 1970
Crispin Glover, 1964
Don Mattingly, 1961
Clint Howard, 1959
Luther Vandross, 1951
Jessica Lange, 1949
David Leland, 1947
Steve Spurrier, 1945
Ryan O’Neal, 1941
George Takei, 1937
Nina Foch, 1924
Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente, 1923
John Paul Stevens, 1920
Lionel Hampton, 1908
Harold Lloyd, 1893
Joan Miró i Ferrà, 1893
Holland McTyeire “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, 1882
Daniel Chester French, 1850
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Annie Hall(Film), 1977
“Your Hit Parade”(Radio), 1935
 
 
Today in History:
 
The last naval battle in Byzantine history, 1453
Jews are expelled from Orange Burgundy, 1505
Jacques Cartier begins the voyage in which he will claim Canada and Labrador for France, 1534
Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam, 1657
Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1657
Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales, 1770
René Caillié becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou, 1828
Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder in the Rue Morgue becomes the first detective story ever published, 1841
Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete their first pasteurization tests, 1862
Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride, 1902
Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the next day, 1918
Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film, 1926
Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon, 1972
Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years, 1986
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race, 2008
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010
Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Tahrir Square against continuing military rule in Egypt, 2012

The Pulitzer Prize awarded to Anthony Doerr’s for his novel “All the Light We Cannot See” and to Elizabeth Kolbert for “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”, 2015

The Commonwealth countries decide that Prince Charles will suceed Queen Elizabeth as the next head of the Commonwealth, 2018

A to Z: Quite Comfortable (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.
 
The Charismatic Enigma SissyCat says she is Quite Comfortable in the chair, and does not intend to move!
 
I am quite comfortable, and I do not intend to move, no matter who claims ownership of this chair!
 
 
 

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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!     
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. An Easter ( or Passover) memory that  I have is ________________________.
2. I hope to purchase ________________ this year.
3. When the days are warm, I _________.
 
4. If the Easter Bunny visited my house, _________.
 
 
1. An Easter ( or Passover) memory that  I have is the whole family getting together to eat, hunt eggs, and most fun of all, fly kites.
2. I hope to purchase new prescription eyeglasses this year.
3. When the days are warm, I get to come home and change my work clothes for a light “house dress”, as i call the summer dresses that are light and breezy.
 
4. If the Easter Bunny visited my house, unless he was one of those six foot tall ones, i’m afraid Enigma SissyCat would eat him!
 
 
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Today is:
 
Bendideia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Bendis; date approximate)
 
Dutch-American Friendship Day — anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the US, America’s oldest continuously peaceful diplomatic relations
 
Full Pink Moon — a/k/a Full Sprouting Moon, Grass Moon, Egg Moon, White Moon, Virgin Moon, and Fish Moon; in other traditions
    Bak Full Moon Poya Day — Sri Lanka
    Tagu Full Moon — Myanmar
 
Good Friday/Passion Friday — Christian (remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus)
    National Hot Cross Bun Day — US (always on Good Friday)
    Procession of the Mysteries — Taranto, Italy
    Via Crusus (Way of the Cross) — San Fernando, Philippines (reenactment of the Passion)
 
Hanuman Jayanti — Hindu (celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman; local dates may vary)
 
Independence Declaration Day — Venezuela
 
John Parker Day — many US States (anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, where parker said “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon; but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”)
 
King Mswati III’s birthday — Swaziland
 
Lozenge Competition — Fairy Calendar (no, i don’t know what they do with the lozenges that makes it a competition)
 
National Amaretto Day
 
National Garlic Day
 
National Hanging Out Day — Project Laundry List and other organizations promote bringing back the clothesline to save energy and the planet!
 
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day
 
Okoshi Daiko Festival — Furukawa, Japan (today, hundreds of men in loincloths fight to touch a wooden frame supporting a huge taiko drum as it is carried through the streets, and tomorrow is an elegant parade with lion dancers and traditional music)
 
Pesach/Passover — Judaism (begins this evening, through the evening of April 27)
 
Primrose Day — UK (anniversary of the death of Disraeli)
 
St. AElfheah’s Day (Patron of kidnap victims; Greenwich and Solihull, England)
 
St. Expeditus of Melintine’s Day (Patron of merchants, navigators; for expeditious and prompt solutions; against procrastination)
 
St. Leo IX’s Day
 
Theravada New Year — Buddhist (through tomorrow; dates and length of celebration can vary locally)
 
World Marbles Day (always on Good Friday)
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Grace Kelly marries Ranier III of Monaco, 1956
Cheyney University is founded as The Institute for Colored Youth, 1837
Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI by Proxy Marriage, 1770
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Maria Sharapova, 1987
Hayden Christensen, 1981
Kate Hudson, 1979
James Franco, 1978
Luis Miguel Basteri, 1970
Ashley Judd, 1968
Al Unser, Jr., 1962
Tony Plana, 1954
Paloma Picasso, 1949
Tim Curry, 1946
Alan Price, 1942
Elinor Donahue, 1937
Dudley Moore, 1935
Jayne Mansfield, 1933
Dick Sargent, 1930
Hugh O’Brian, 1925
Eliot Ness, 1903
Lucretia Rudolph-Garfield, 1832
David Ricardo, 1772
Roger Sherman, 1721
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”(Musical revue), 1972
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”(Musical), 1951
“Carousel”(Musical), 1945
“Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder/Mother Courage and Her Children”(Play), 1941
“National Barn Dance”(Radio), 1924
“The Bing Boys are Here”(Musical revue), 1919
“Revizor/The Government Inspector”(Comedy), 1836
“Iphigenia in Aulis,”(Opera), 1774
 
 
Today in History:
 
Sir Francis Drake sails to Cadiz and sinks the Spanish Fleet, 1587
Because he has no male heirs, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, assuring Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would go to his daughter, Maria Theresa, 1713
Captain James Cook sights Australia, 1770
John Adams secures Dutch recognition of the United States, and his home in The Hague becomes the first American Embassy, 1782
Venezuela achieves home rule, 1810
The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and Luxembourg as a Grand Duchy, 1839
Charles Duryea claims to have taken the first automobile built in the US for a spin, 1892
The first Boston Marathon is won by John McDermott of NY in 2:55:10, 1897
Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute  jump, 1919
The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published, 1928
Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations, 1948
The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders, 1961
Sierra Leone becomes a republic, 1971
India’s first satellite, Aryabhata, is launched, 1975
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168, 1995
The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945, 1999
His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Benedict XVI, 2005
Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years, 2011
A shipwreck that may have drowned up to 900 North African migrants traveling to Europe has prompted the European Union to meet in order to develop a plan to fund and organize rescues while reducing human trafficking incidents, 2015

A to Z: Point (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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The door opens and a touseled head appears in the doorway:  “Mom, where are the trash bags?”
 
“They’re in the cabinet where they always are, and didn’t I tell you not to interrupt when I’m in my writing closet?”
 
“Yeah, but Sam decided to try to help you have more time to write by cleaning the litter boxes and he made a big mess on the floor and now we have to clean it and the trash can is full, and — mom, why do you keep pointing at the door?”
 
“You need to get out, and shut the door, so you don’t hear me say something I’m not supposed to say in front of the children!”
 
Ten minutes later:  “Mom, how do you get a stuck piece of toast out of the toaster?”
 
Grumbling and getting up: “I’ll bet Dr. Seuss never had this much trouble!”
 
 
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Point.           
 
 
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Gosia, of 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.    
 
This old fence has a lot of character, and this time of year, a lot of color:
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Adult Autism Awarenes Day — sponsored by aheadd.org; i know the poster child!
 
Army Day — Iran (Rouz-e-Artesh)
 
Fiesta San Antonio — San Antonio, Texas, US (annual celebration that honors the memory of Texas heroes who fought in the Texas war for Independence. More that 150 events, with sporting events, fireworks, dances…all culminating with the traditional “Battle of Flowers” parade! through the 26th)
 
Get to Know Your Customers Day (celebrated the 3rd Thursday quarterly)
 
Goddess Month of Maia begins
 
Independence Day — Zimbabwe(1980)
 
International Amateur Radio Day/World Amateur Radio Day — celebrating “ham radio” around the world ARRL     
 
International Day for Monuments and Sites — UNESCO
 
Invention Day — Japan
 
Laundromat Day — the first self-service “washateria” opened on this date in 1934 in Fort Worth, TX, US
 
Look-Alike Day — internet generated, a day to try to look like someone you admire; some sites list it on the 20th
 
Maundy Thursday — Christian (a/k/a Holy, Green, Chare, Sheer, or Shere Thursday; commemoration of the Last Supper)
    Procession of the Addolorata — Taranto, Italy
 
Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival — Nagasaki, Japan (sailing festival, commemorating the 16th century opening of Nagasaki as Japan’s sole foreign trade port; through the 22nd)
 
National Animal Cracker Day
 
National D.A.R.E Day — US (by Presidential Proclamation)
 
National High Five Day — raising money for cancer research, sponsored by the National High Five Project      
 
Newspaper Columnists’ Day — The National Society of Newspaper Columnists in honor of the anniversary of the death of Ernie Pyle     
 
Pet Owners Independence Day — the day to let your pet do the work and chores while you lie around and enjoy having only the responsibilies of your pet; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Poem in Your Pocket Day — carry your favorite with you to share with friends and family to celebrate National Poetry Month    
 
 
Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day — if some site gave the reason for this, it would defeat the purpose
 
St. Agapitus Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)
 
St. Agia’s Day (Patron against lawsuits)
 
“Third World” Day — the phrase was first used on this date in 1955
 
Ushibuka Haiya Matsuri — Furukawa, Japan (one of the liveliest dance festivals, with elements of dance styles from around the country; through the 20th)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
The University of Alabama is founded, 1831
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
America Ferrara, 1984
Cheryl Ann Haworth, 1983
Melissa Joan Hart, 1976
Eli Roth, 1972
David Tennant, 1971
Maria Bello, 1967
Conan O’Brien, 1963
Eric McCormack, 1963
Jane Leeves, 1961
Eric Roberts, 1956
John James, 1956
John Pankow, 1954
Rick Moranis, 1954
Dorothy Lyman, 1947
James Woods, 1947
Hayley Mills, 1946
Robert Hooks, 1937
Barbara Hale, 1921
Leopold Stokowski, 1882
Samuel Earl “Wahoo Sam” Crawford, 1880
Clarence Darrow, 1857
Lucrezia Borgia, 1480
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Iron Man 3(Film), 2013
“Beauty and the Beast”(Musical), 1994
“Real People”(TV), 1979
“Call Me Mister”(Musical), 1946
 
 
Today in History:
 
Boleslaw Chrobry is crowned the first king of Poland, 1025
The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid, 1506
The Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) is founded in Madrid, 1738
The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and William Dawes, upon seeing two lanterns in the church steeple, set out to warn that “The British are coming!” 1775
Fighting ceases in the American Revolutionary War, eight years to the day after it began, 1783
Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico, 1881
The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, 1899
Denmark becomes the first country to formally adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals, 1902
Quetzaltenango, second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1902
The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement, 1906
The RMS Carpathia brings the Titanic survivors to NYC, 1912
“The House that Ruth Built,” Yankee Stadium, opens, 1923
Simon and Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book, 1924
The first “washateria” (laundromat) opens, in Ft. Worth, Texas, 1934
The League of Nations is formally dissolved, 1949
29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference., 1955
A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum, 1958
The Republic of Zimbabwe is officially established with the swearing in of Canaan Banana as its first President, 1980
The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, from the Triple-A International League, begin the longest game in professional baseball history, 33 innings, 1981
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision, 2007
Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, two planets resembling planet Earth are discovered revolving around the star Kepler-62 in the habitable zone, an area around the stars whose atmospheric pressure can suport liquid water at the surface, 2013
Black Panther is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened, 2018