Snowy Plover Plea (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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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!
 
This cute sign was a great idea:
 
A Daisy Girl Scout’s drawing was chosen for the sign.
 
 
 
 
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Sparks! is on hiatus, so here is an Inspiring Thought for the Week:
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Autistic Pride Day — an Aspies for Freedom initiative; shifting the view from “disease” to “different”     
 
Constitution Day / National Day — Seychelles
 
Dano Festival/Surit-Nal — Korea (start of a 3 day traditional festival of spring and farming, with summer food offered at the household shrine of the ancestors; 5th day of 5th lunar month)
 
Duanwu — China (Dragon Boat Festival Day)
 
Eid el-Galaa — Egypt (Evacuation Day; final withdrawal of British this date in 1956)
 
Foundation Day — Benguet, Philippines
 
Going Forth of Neith Along the River — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of war and hunting; date approximate)
 
Go Fishing Day — anniversary of the first American fly-casting tournament this day in 1861 in Utica, NY
 
International Picnic Day
 
International Sushi Day
 
Inti Raymi Festival — Cusco, Peru (traditional Inca sun worship festival, through the 24th, which is the biggest and best day)
 
National Cherry Tart Day
 
National Heroes’ Day — Bermuda
 
National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival — Weiser, ID, US (through Saturday)
 
 
Organic Act Day — US Virgin Islands (commemorates the organization of how the islands are governed)
 
Queen Mother’s Birthday — Cambodia (Ex-Queen Norodom Monineath)
 
Ride to Work Day — ride your motorcycle or scooter!  if you don’t have one, watch out for those who do   
 
Solmanudor — Icelandic calendar, Sun Month, with the midnight sun dominating the time of year
 
St. Gregory of Fragalata’s Day (Patron of Fragalata, Sicily)
 
St. Osanna Andreasi’s Day (Patron of school girls)
 
Tiger-Get-By’s Birthday — Fairy Calendar
 
Waterloo Day — UK (no longer an official holiday, but still of historic importance)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Eddie Cibrian, 1973
Nathan Morris, 1971
Richard Powers, 1957
Carol Kane, 1952
Isabella Rossellini, 1952
Roger Ebert, 1942
Paul McCartney, 1942
Lou Brock, 1939
John D. Rockefeller IV, 1937
Tom Wicker, 1926
Donald Keene, 1922
Red Adair, 1915
Sammy Cahn, 1913
Sylvia Field Porter, 1913
E.G. Marshall, 1910
Bud Collyer, 1908
James Kern “Kay” Kyser, 1905
Jeanette MacDonald, 1903
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicolaievna Romanova of Russia, 1901
George Herbert Leigh Mallory, 1886
Henry Clay Folger, Jr., 1857
E.W. Scripps, 1854
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Archipelago S”(Takemitsu orchestral work), 1993
“Der Freischütz/The Marksman”(Opera, Weber Op. 77, J. 277), 1821
 
 
Today in History:
 
Li Yuan becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries of Tang Dynasty rule over China, 618
Five monks from Canterbury report seeing “two horns of light” on the shaded side of the moon, probably witnessing the meteor impact formation of the Giordano Bruno crater, 1178
The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature, 1264
French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeat the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay, 1429
Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island, 1767
The U.S. Congress  declares war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1812
The Battle of Waterloo leads to Napoleon Bonaparte abdicating the throne of France for the second and last time, 1815
Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin’s own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory, 1858
Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 (US) for attempting to vote in the prior year’s US presidential election, 1873
Empress Dowager Longyu of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families, 1900
Aviator  Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly as a passenger in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, 1928
The “Finest Hour” speech is delivered by Winston Churchill, 1940
The Republic of Egypt is declared and the monarchy is abolished, 1953
Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital’s director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane, 1959
The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California, 1981
Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space, 1983
Kazakhstan launches its first satellite, KazSat, 2006
Sequoia, IMB’s Blue Gene/Q system installed at the Department of Energy becomes the world’s fastest supercomputer, 2012
New data reveals that over 280 previously unknown craters exist on the Moon, 2013

 

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Three Kinds of Awww Monday and the Inspiring Quote of the Week

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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!
 
Awww!  How cute!
 
The funny little ghost crabs, this one about the size of a quarter.
 
 
Awww, shucks!
 
Poor things get stranded when the tide goes out — nature can be merciless.
 
 
Awe-inspiring!
 
Watching the sun rise.
 
 
The sheer vastness of the water and sky.
 
 
That this same vast water can kiss your toes!
 
 
The very faint rainbow after being caught in the rain on your morning walk.
 
 
 
 
 
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Sparks! is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week:
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Arrephoria — Ancient Greek Calendar (ceremony for the two girls chosen to weave the new robe for Athena’s Statue and care for her sacred olive tree during the next year; date approximate)
 
Birthday of Prince Henrik — Denmark
 
Corn on the Cob Day
 
Cuti Bersama — Indonesia 
 
Fandens Fodselsdag(The Devil’s Birthday) — Denmark (traditional date when contracts between masters and servants expired, making them free to renew or renegotiate or sever ties; it was also considered The Devil’s Birthday because taxes and rents came due!)
 
Holiday of the Happy Gnomes — Fairy Calendar (grumpy Gnomes are not allowed to attend this holiday!)
 
Hug Holiday — some internet sites have this one, and since hugs are good for mental health, indulge!
 
King Kamehameha Day — Hawaii, US
 
Lailat al Kadr (Lailat al Qadr) — Islam (Night of Destiny; began at sundown yesterday, through sundown tonight, although local observances may vary and governmental days off vary from country to country)
 
National German Chocolate Cake Day
 
Peace of Chaco Day / Chaco Armistice Day — Paraguay and Bolivia (commemorates the end of a war between the two)
 
Queen’s Birthday — Anguilla; Australia (except QLD, WA); Cayman Islands; Gibraltar; Montserrat; Norfolk Island; Papua New Guinea: Turks and Caicos Islands; Tuvalu
 
Rites of Matralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring of Mater Matua, goddess of dawn and childbirth, by women who had been married once) related observance:
    Day Sacred to Fortuna Virgo (Fortune the Virgin, the day marriage robes of girls were dedicated to this goddess)
 
Sagrado Corazon — Colombia (Sacred Heart Holiday)
 
St. Barnabas the Apostle’s Day (Patron of Antioch; Cyprus; Marbelia, Costa del Sol, Spain; Marino, Italy; invoked as a peacemaker; against hailstorms) a/k/a Barnaby Bright Day or Long Barnaby*
 
 
*Under the Julian calendar, June 11, St. Barnabas’ Day, was the longest day of the year —
Barnaby Bright, Barnaby Bright,
The longest day
And the shortest night
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon, 1509
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Shia LeBeouf, 1986
Joshua Jackson, 1978
Caroline Quentin, 1961
Dr. Mehmet Oz, 1960
Hugh Laurie, 1959
Joe Montana, 1956
Peter Bergman, 1953
Adrienne Barbeau, 1945
Jackie Stewart, 1939
Chad Everett, 1936
Gene Wilder, 1933
William Clark Styron, Jr., 1925
Vince Lombardi, 1913
Jacques Cousteau, 1910
Jeannette Pickering Rankin, 1880
Richard Georg Strauss, 1864
John Constable, 1776
Ben Jonson, 1572
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“American Idol”(TV), 2002
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(Film), 1982
“Main Street Electrical Parade”(Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida), 1977
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Music”(Beatles’ UK album release), 1976
A Day at the Races(Marx Brothers film), 1937
 
 
Today in History:
 
Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes, BC1184
Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía, 1594
The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence, 1776
Russian  explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska, 1788
The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick, 1793
The Limelight Department, one of the world’s first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia, 1892
New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands, 1901
Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown, 1919
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island, 1962
Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington become the first women to receive the rank of general in the U.S. Army, 1970
Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe, 200
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an official apology to Canada’s First Nations for residential school abuse that isolated native children from their homes, families, and cultures for a century, 2008
Ancient Korean royal books looted by French troops in 1866 are returned to South Korea; 1,000 officials and locals celebrate the return of the 297-volume ‘Oegyujanggak’ books, 2011
Winds in southwestern Western Australia of up to 140km/h batter the area and leave more than 170,000 homes without power, 2012

 

Petsitter (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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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!
 
Last week, it was house-sitting, cat-sitting, and plant watering for a family that was out of town.
 
This week, at our place, we are caring for Daughter-in-Law Becky’s quail, two ducks, and four chickens.  Plus grand-dog Pepe, of course.
 
The back yard was too sunny and hot, they are on the side porch and quite content.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sparks! is on hiatus, so here’s an inspiring quote for the week:
 
 
 
 
(That’s Peggy, who comes to rEcess, out of her wheelchair and even if it’s not easy, getting where she wants to go.)
 
 
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Today is:
 
Audacity to Hope Day — to encourage all to have the audacity to keep hope
 
Emancipation Day and Independence Day — Tonga (end of serfdom in 1862, independence in 1970)
 
Festival for Hercules Custos — Ancient Roman Calendar (Hercules the Custodian)
 
Flag Day — Estonia
 
Flag Day — Finland (Armed Forces observe the birth anniversary of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim)
 
Hug Your Cat Day — yet another date for this noted on many sites; if you celebrate all of them, your cat will be well hugged!    
 
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression — UN
 
Jarila’s Day — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Festival of Jarila, god of the sun and fertility)
 
Lassie Day — the first dog to play the role of Lassie, in the movie Lassie, Come Home, was born this day in 1940
 
National Cheese Day — not to be confused with Cheese Lover’s Day earlier in the year
 
National Cognac Day
 
National Frozen Yogurt Day — not to be confused with the Frozen Yogurt Day celebrated on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles, where the temperatures make such a thing possible
 
National Unity Day — Hungary
 
Old Maid’s Day — supposedly established after WWII, when there were so many eligible ladies who weren’t getting any younger
 
Plynteria — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival in Athens in honor of Athena; date approximate)
 
Queen’s Birthday — New Zealand; Niue
 
Sovereign’s Birthday — Cook Islands
 
St. Petroc’s Day (Patron of Cornwall and Wales, as well as many locations in Cornwall, Wales, and England, and Saint-Meen, France)
 
Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 Memorial Day  — International
 
Western Australia Day — Western Australia (formerly called Foundation Day)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Evan Lysacek, 1985
Russell Brand, 1975
Angelina Jolie, 1975
Noah Wyle, 1971
James Callis, 1971
Scott Wolf, 1968
Cecilia Bartoli, 1966
Sam Harris, 1961
Eldra DeBarge, 1961
Keith David, 1956
Parker Stevenson, 1953
George Noory, 1950
Bettina Gregory, 1946
Michelle Phillips, 1944
Joyce Meyer, 1943
Freddy Fender, 1937
Bruce Dern, 1936
John Drew Barrymore, 1932
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 1928
Dennis Weaver, 1924
Robert Merrill, 1919
Rosalind Russell, 1907
George III, 1738
Aesop, BCE620 (not certain, but close enough)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Born in the USA”(Album release), 1984
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan(Film), 1982
“Cavalcade of Stars”(TV), 1949
 
 
Today in History:
 
Chinese astronomers make the first recording of a solar eclipse, BC781
Sir Walter Raleigh establishes the first English colony on Roanoke Island, old Virginia (now North Carolina), 1584
Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan, 1615
New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians, 1760
A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history, 1769
The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their montgolfière (hot air balloon), 1783
Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for the Kingdom of Great Britain, 1792
The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title, 1878
Henry Ford test drives his first prototype automobile, the Ford Quadricycle, 1896
Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage, 1912
A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain, 1973
The Tiananmen Square protests are violently ended in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army, 1989
Solidarity’s victory in the first (somewhat) free parliamentary elections in post-war Poland sparks off a succession of peaceful anti-communist revolutions in Eastern Europe, 1989
Falcon 9 Flight 1 was the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket,2010

 

Big Red (Awww Monday) and an Inspiring Quote for Memorial Day

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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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!
 
Mr. E found a kitten in his flower bed and brought it to Ms. S from Bible study.  She cannot keep another cat, so she wanted me to help get it into the shelter program.  Then, Mr. BA and Ms. GA, who have hired me to care for their cats and plants this week as well as clean the house, stepped in.
 
His name is Big Red, and he is very shy still.



 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sparks! is on hiatus, so here’s an inspiring quote for the week, this specifically for Memorial Day:
 

 

 
 
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Today is:
 
Araw ng Watawat — Philippines (Flag Day)
 
Armed Forces Day — Croatia
 
Bolder Boulder 10k — Boulder, CO, UK (a fun way to spend Memorial Day)
 
Contemplate Your Vicissitudes Day — no, i still don’t know who thinks up this stuff, i can think of much better things to contemplate, thank you
 
Day of Pin-Hiding and Button-Losing — Fairy Calendar
 
Downfall of the Dergue Day/National Day — Ethiopia
 
Memorial Day — US and Territories (obs.)
    Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day — US (on observed Memorial Day, an interfaith encouragement to pray and work for permanent peace in the world)
 
National Brisket Day
 
National Hamburger Day
 
National Heroes’ Day — Turks and Caicos Islands
 
Republic Day — Armenia; Azerbaijan
 
Slugs Return From Capistrano Day — where they spent the winter, so don’t go out on the patio barefoot until the first frost; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Spring Bank Holiday — UK
    Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling and Wake — Cooper’s Hill, England (ancient tradition — pre-Roman — of rolling a large wheel of Double Gloucester cheese down the hill; winner of the races to catch it wins the cheese, and the rolling is now always held on the Monday Spring Bank Holiday)
    Tetbury Woolsack Races — Gumstool Hill, Tetbury, England (this formerly important wool producing town still holds races up and down the hill, from the Royal Oak Pub up to the Crown Pub and back; part of traditional Whitsuntide folklore customs, which is now always held on the Monday Spring Bank Holiday)
 
St. Bernard of Montjoux’s Day (Founder of Alpine hospices; Patron of Alpinists, the Alps, mountain climbers, mountaineers, skiers, and travellers in the mountains)
 
Tour of Somerville — Somerville, NJ, US (the oldest continuously run major bicycle race in America, always on observed Memorial Day)
 
Whooping Crane Day — US (birth anniversary of the first crane born in captivity; because those born in captivity refused to breed after they grew up, the attempt to restore numbers this way was discontinued, but these are beautiful birds worth saving)
 
Women in Trousers Day — US (on this day in 1923, the US Attorney General announced his determination that it was indeed legal for women to wear trousers anywhere)
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Amnesty International is founded, 1961
Sierra Club is founded, 1892
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Joseph Cross, 1986
Carey Mulligan, 1985
Jesse Bradford, 1979
Sicily Yoder, 1969
Kylie Minogue, 1968
Glen Rice, 1967
Christa Miller, 1964
Sondra Locke, 1947
John Fogerty, 1945
Rudolph Guiliani, 1944
Gladys Knight, 1944
Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie, and Yvonne Dionne , 1934
Carroll Baker, 1931
Barry Commoner, 1917
Ian Fleming, 1908
Jim Thorpe, 1888
Louis Agassiz, 1807
William Pitt, 1759
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Magic Show”(Musical), 1974
“Lock Up Your Daughters”(Musical), 1959
Melody(Disney cartoon film, first ever in 3-D), 1953 
“Zoo Parade”(TV), 1950
“Louisiana Purchase”(Musical), 1940
“Mathis der Maler / Matthias the Painter”(Opera), 1938
“L’Arianna / Ariadne”(Opera), 1608
 
 
Today in History:
 
A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse;this leads to a truce and becomes one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated, BC585
James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI and a Treaty of Everlasting Peace (which lasted 10 years) between Scotland and England is signed, 1503
The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel (it will takes until May 30 for all of the ships to leave port), 1588
In the first engagement of the French and Indian War, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party, 1754
Big Ben is drawn on a carriage pulled by 16 horses from Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the Palace of Westminster, 1859
In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club, 1892
In the Russo-Japanese War, the Battle of Tsushima ends with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1905
John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll, 1915
The US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers, 1923
The first all color talking picture, “On With the Show”, is shown in NYC, 1929
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is officially opened, 1937
Neville Chamberlain becomes British Prime Minister, 1937
The women of Greece are given the right to vote, 1952
The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed, 1964
Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States, 1975
Eritrea and Monaco join the United Nations, 1993
NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance, 2002
The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars, 2002
The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty, 2008
‘Le Monde’ reports the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons, 2013

 

Sleepyhead (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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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!
 
We have one kitten at the shelter who sleeps like this:
 
 
 
It never ceases to amaze me how easily cats can get comfortable almost anywhere.
 
 
 
 
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Just because i am in the habit of doing it, here’s an inspiring quote for the week:
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
American Red Cross Founder’s Day — established by Clara Barton on this day in 1881
 
Anastenarides Feast — Greece (feast to St. Constantine and St. Helen)
 
Battle of Las Piedras Day — Uruguay
 
Buddha Day/Buddha’s Birthday — dates can vary by country
 
Circassian Day of Mourning — Circassians
 
Día de la Afrocolombianidad — Columbia (Afro-Colombian Day; commemorates Columbia’s abolition of slavery on this date in 1851)
 
Dia De Las Glorias Navales — Chile (Navy Day)
 
Discovery Day — Cayman Islands
 
Festival for Vevodus — Ancient Roman Calendar (god of the dead, swamps, and volcanic movements, and sometimes regarded as the king of the Di Manes)
 
HerrinFesta Italiana — Herrin, IL, US (a whole week of celebrating all things Italian, with a Midwest Pasta Sauce Contest, races, music, grape stomp, and more; through Memorial Day)
 
Honvédelem Napja — Hungary (Day of Patriots and Military)
 
Independence Day — Montenegro
 
“I Need A Patch For That” Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which notes that since everything else has a patch, why shouldn’t you?
 
Lilies and Roses Day — London, England (memorial of the death of Henry VI on this day in 1471; held at the Tower of London with representatives of Eton College and King’s College, which he founded.)
 
National Memo Day — an internet holiday with no known origin, just take a memo
 
National Strawberries and Cream Day
 
National Waitstaff Day 
 
Passion Play Day — the first Oberammergau, Germany, Passion Play was staged this date in 1634
 
Shavuot — Judaism (Feast of Weeks, through sundown today)
 
Sister Maria Hummel Day — birth anniversary of the Franciscan nun and artist
 
St. Constantine’s Day (Greek Orthodox Church; Patron of Greece)
 
St. Eugene de Mazenod’s Day (Patron of disfunctional families)
 
St. Helen’s Day (Greek Orthodox Church; Patron of Greece)
    St. Helena Day — St. Helena 
 
Sovereign’s Day Holiday / Commonwealth Day– Belize usually24th
 
Victoria Day — Canada
 
Whit Monday/Pentecost Monday
     Dicing for Bibles — All Saints Church, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England (a ceremony dating back to a bequest in 1675 that provides Bibles for poor children of the parish; they play a dice game, in which they try to win one of the 6 Bibles provided)
 
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development — UN
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall, 1945
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Sarah Ramos, 1991
Ashlie Brillault, 1987
Lisa Edelstein, 1966
Judge Reinhold, 1957
Mr. T, 1952
Ian McEwan, 1948
Leo Sayer, 1948
Janet Dailey, 1944
Bobby Cox, 1941
Heinz Hollinger, 1939
Peggy Cass, 1924
Andrey Dmitriyevich Sakharov, 1921
Raymond Burr, 1917
Dennis Day, 1917
Harold Robbins, 1916
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, 1909
Fats Waller, 1904
Armand Hammer, 1898
Glenn Hammond Curtiss, 1878
Elizabeth Gurney Fry, 1780
Alexander Pope, 1688
Albrecht Dürer, 1471
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Empire Strikes Back(Film), 1980
“Gypsy”(Musical), 1959
“Le Fils prodigue / The Prodigal Son”(Prokofiev ballet, Op. 46), 1929
“Pagliacci”(Opera), 1892
 
 
Today in History:
 
Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily, 878
The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese navigator João da Nova, 1502
The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, 1674
The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I; it would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky, 1725
Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War, 1758
Slavery  is abolished in Colombia, South America, 1851
Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile, 1864
French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting, 1871
The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton, 1881
The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, 1894
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris, 1904
Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 1932
Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens, 1934
A Soviet station becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean, 1937
The National War Memorial in Canada is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, 1939
Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1946
The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School, 1951
Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, 1972
Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to a unity, merging into Republic of Yemen, 1990
The Ethiopian Civil War ends, 1991
Suharto, Indonesian president of 32 years, resigns, 1998
The clipper Cutty Sark is badly damaged by fire in London, England, 2007
JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket, 2010
The most active volcano in Iceland, Grimsvotn, erupts and triggers 50 small earthquakes, 2011

 

It Has a Tail! (Awww Monday) and a Post Mother’s Day Thought

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)  
 
 
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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!
 
The kittens didn’t know what to make of my keys, but at least the keys have a tail to play with:


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Annie of McGuffy’s Reader is taking a blog break.  This leaves me at loose ends, as there is no more Sparks! on Monday (unless she has handed hosting duties off to someone else and i’ve missed it — if so, please tell me).
 
Since i had something prepared anyway, here’s a post-Mother’s Day happy thought:
 




 
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Today is:
 
Accounting Day — promoting the profession of accounting and finance   
 
Aso ote Tala Lei — Tuvalu (Gospel Day)
 
Carabao Festival — Pulilan, Philippines (to honor their patron, St. Isidro [St. Isadore the Farmer], hundreds of carabaos [water buffalo] are dressed up and paraded, and eventually blessed in front of the church; through tomorrow)
 
Dance Like a Chicken Day — no idea why today, but i’m waiting for wedding season
 
Drunk Driving Memorial Day — not sponsored by MADD, or anyone else i can find, but let’s all work and pray for the day drunk driving by anyone is just a bad memory    
 
French Fairy Awareness Day — Fairy Calendar
 
Gesta de Independencia — Paraguay
 
Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival — Izumo-taisha, Japan (through tomorrow)
 
Marshmallow Fluff Day — Mr. Durkee and Mr. Mower announced, on this day in 1920, that they were in business producing this sweet confection    
 
Mars Invictus Festival — Ancient Roman Calendar
 
Midnight Sun at North Cape — Norway (the sun will not set until July 30)
 
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
 
National Unification Day — Liberia
 
President Kamuzu Banda’s Birthday — Malawi
 
Runic Half-Month Ing (expansive energy) commences
 
“Stars and Stripes Forever” Day — first public performance of the composition was this day in 1897
 
St. Bonifatius’ Day (4th Ice Saint)
 
St. Matthias the Apostle’s Day (Patron of carpenters, reformed alcoholics, tailors; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; against alcoholism and smallpox)
 
Underground America Day — Malcolm Wells wants us to imagine what our landscapes would look like if more of our buildings were under ground   
 
Women’s Check-up Day 2018 — US (always the Monday after Mother’s Day, encouraging women to be proactive about their health  
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark marries Mary Donaldson, 2004
Carlsbad Caverns National Park established, NM, US, 1930
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Miranda Cosgrove, 1993
Amber Tamblyn, 1983
Dan Auerbach, 1979
Martine McCutdcheon, 1976
Cate Blanchett, 1969
Danny Wood, 1969
Jose Da Silveira, 1965
Suzy Kolber, 1964
Tim Roth, 1961
Valerie Still, 1961
Ronan Tynan, 1960
David Byrne, 1952
Robert Zemechis, 1951
Meg Foster, 1948
George Lucas, 1944
Jack Bruce, 1943
Atanasio “Tony” Perez, 1942
Bobby Darin, 1936
Laszlo Kovacs, 1933
Patrice Munsel, 1925
Otto Klemperer, 1885
Robert Owen, 1771
Thomas Gainsborough, 1727
Gabrile Daniel Fahrenheit, 1686
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Kids Are Alright”(Documentary), 1979
“It’s Time for Ernie”(Ernie Kovacs’ TV premier), 1951
“When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for those we love”(Hindemith composition), 1946
“Die Hebriden/The Hebrides”(Mendelssohn Op. 26), 1832
 
 
Today in History:
 
Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony, 1607
Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox  vaccination, 1796
The Lewis and Clark expedition sets out, 1804
Paraguay  gains independence from Spain, 1811
The first edition of the London Illustrated Times is published, 1842
Gail Borden patents her process for condensed milk, 1853
Vaseline, the first petroleum jelly, is marketed, 1878
Lina Medina becomes the world’s youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five, 1939
Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established; immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, 1948
Kuwait joins the United Nations, 1963
Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched, 1973
The Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary, 1986
The last episode of Seinfeld airs, with commercials going for $2M per 30 seconds, 1998
Scientists at Stanford University announce the invention of a working bionic eye that is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa, 2012
Japan’s cabinet approves a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region, 2015

 

Beautiful Baby (Awww Monday) and Sparks!

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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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!
 
Today is Grandma’s birthday.
 
She really was a beautiful baby!
 
 
 
 
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The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
 
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
 
My “Spark” for the day
 
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Beaufort Wind Force Scale Day — birth anniversary of the British Navy officer whose wind scale, in refined form
 
Box Camera Day — George Eastman patented the Box Camera on this day in 1888
 
Day of the Soldier — El Salvador 
 
Experience the Awesome Stomach-Churning Wonder of a Thrill Ride Day — internet generated, and they can have it!
 
Feast of St. Nicola — Bari, Italy (celebrates’s the moving of the relics of St. Nicholas — yes, later Santa Claus — to this town, where they still are; here he is patron of orphans and pirates, and the date of his body’s arrival is celebrated as a huge three-day festival with fireworks included)
 
Fire Escape Ladder Day — Joseph Winters patented a wagon-mounted version on this day in 1878
 
Hamburg Harbor Day — Hamburg, Germany (founding of the city)
 
Homeland Defender’s Day — Kazakhstan
 
Homespun History Day — internet holiday often exploited by Modern Drunkard Magazine as a day upon which to drink specifically so the stories will sound better
 
Melanoma Monday — learn how to check yourself for skin cancer, and how to get someone else to check your back, the most common spot for melanoma    
 
National Barrier Awareness Day — US (declared by Presidential Proclamation in 1986)    
 
National Library Legislative Day and Virtual Library Legislative Days — US (40+ years of the ALA advocating for libraries, encouraging librarians around the US to go to Washington, D.C., or their own state capitals to speak to legislators about the important library issues; through tomorrow)    
 
National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2018 — US (you are only obligated to celebrate this if you love meetings, love to plan meetings, or have a meeting planner in your organization to humor)
 
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
 
Nones of May — Ancient Roman Calendar
 
Radio Day — Bulgaria; Russia
 
School Bus Driver Appreciation Day — US
 
St. Domitian of Huy’s Day (Patron of Huy Liege, Belgium; against fever)
 
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Founding of Univerzita Karlova in Prague, the first university in Central Europe, 1348
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Owen Hart, 1965
Peter Reckell, 1955
Amy Heckerling, 1954
Tim Russert, 1950
Johnny Unitas, 1933
Teresa Brewer, 1931
Darren McGavin, 1922
Eva Peron, 1919
Gary Cooper, 1901
Archibald Macleish, 1892
Gabby Hayes, 1885
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840
Johannes Brahms, 1833
Robert Browning, 1812
Francis Beaufort, 1774
David Hume, 1711
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Strike It Rich”(TV), 1951
Choral Symphony in D Minor(Beethoven’s Ninth), 1824
 
 
Today in History:
 
The dome of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople collapses, 558
Joan of Arc leads the final charge in the Battle of Orleans, 1429
Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles, 1664
The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, 1718
Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia, 1727
Chief Pontiac begins the “Conspiracy of Pontiac” by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit, 1763
The independence of Greece is recognized by the Treaty of London, 1832
George Eastman patents the “Kodak Box Camera,” 1888
In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning  detector — a primitive radio receiver, 1895
German  submarine  SM U-20  sinks RMS Lusitania, 1915
England lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21, 1928
Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees, 1946
The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress, 1948
The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer, 1952
Canadian Patrick Morrow became the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits, 1986
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, 1992
Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history, 1998
The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered, 2007
A new study reports that all Europeans are related to a small group of ancestors dating back only 1,000 years; researchers believe it’s likely that everyone in the world is related over the past few thousand years, 2013