Mr. Shy (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.
 

Horizon is still partly feral, so i had to sneak up on him for this shot:

 

 

 
 
 

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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 12:00AM 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. I believe ____________.
 
2. I need to go Marie Kondo* on my _________________________.
 
3. It does no good to _________.
 
4. I find _________ to be a walk in the park.
 
 
1. I believe the Nicene Creed, and that the most important thing is to deeply and truly love (meaning caring more about the good of the other than the good of the self).
 
2. I need to go Marie Kondo* on my closet.
 
3. It does no good to fuss and worry, it doesn’t change the outcome but it makes life miserable.
 
4. I find finding reasons to be grateful to be a walk in the park.  Once i started to practice it, it became a habit.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Abu Simbel Festival — Egypt (one of the two days a year when the light illuminates the statutes of Rameses, Ra and Amun in the temple complex)
    Festival of the Perpendicular Sun/Illumination of the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II’s Abu Simbel Temple — Ancient Egyptian Calendar
 
Be Humble Day — can’t find the origin of this one, s/he wants to humbly remain anonymous
 
Call Somebody “Boo Boo” Day — apparently just to see what s/he will call you back; be careful, this one started before anyone heard of Honey Boo Boo and doesn’t take that into account
 
Concordia/Caristia  — Ancient Roman Calendar, Festival of Goodwill
 
Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch — Roman Catholic Church
 
Handing Back of Goblin Orphans Day — Fairy Calendar (You know, the goblin orphans they adopted 2 days ago!  No fairy can tolerate a goblin longer than that.)
 
Heritage Day — Yukon Territory, Canada
 
Independence Day — Santa Lucia(1979)
 
International World Thinking Day — a/k/a “B.-P. day” or “Founder’s Day” — World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
    Girl Guides Day — UK
 
Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival — University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, US (students from elementary to college from all over the US participate in student performances and attend concerts and clinics in vocal and instrumental jazz performance; through tomorrow)
 
National Margarita Day (How is that going to help with the thinking?)
 
St. Margaret of Cortona’s Day (Patron of falsely accued people, hoboes, homeless people, mentally ill people, midwives, penitent women, people ridiculed for their piety, reformed prostitutes, single laywomen, teriaries, and tramps; against insanity, loss of parents, mental illness, sexual temptation, and temptation)
 
Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX, US (annual gathering of cowboys for poetry readings and music; through tomorrow)
 
Walking the Dog Day — Can’t find the originator of this one, but walk your dog, or do your yoyo tricks, whichever works for you
 
Washington’s Birthday — US
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Ed McMahon marries Pamela Hurn, 1992
Kurt Corbin marries Courtney Love, 1992
Bill Bixby marries Laura Michael, 1991
Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania, 1855
Washington University in St. Louis is founded, 1853
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
James Blunt, 1977
Drew Barrymore, 1975
Michael Chang, 1972
Lea Salonga, 1971
Clinton Kelly, 1969
Jeri Ryan, 1968
Vijay Singh, 1963
Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, 1962
Kyle MacLachlan, 1959
Julie Walters, 1950
Julius “Dr. J” Erving, 1950
Miou-Miou, 1950
Dan Millman, 1946
Jonathan Demme, 1944
Sparky Anderson, 1934
Edward M. Kennedy, 1932
Paul Dooley, 1928
Robert Wadlow, 1918
John Mills, 1908
Sheldon Leonard, 1907
Robert Young, 1907
Luis Bunuel, 1900
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892
“Chico” Marx, 1891
Lady Olave Baden-Powell, 1889
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, 1857
James Russel Lowell, 1819
Frederic Chopin, 1810
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788
George Washington, 1732
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“It Happened One Night”(Film), 1934
“Lady Windermere’s Fan”(Play), 1892
“Symphony No. 4 in F minor”(Tchaikovsky Op. 36), 1878
 
 
Today in History:
 
Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland, 1349
Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published, 1632
The English House of Lords rules that authors do not have perpetual copyright of their material, 1774
Jews are expelled from the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, 1775
The first US ship to trade with China, the “Empress of China,” sails from New York, 1784
The Last Invasion of Britain by the French begins near Fishguard, Wales, 1797
Spain signs the Adams-Onis Treaty, renouncing its claim to the Oregon territory and west Florida, 1819
Spain sells east Florida to the US, 1821
Edward Payson Weston, “The Father of Modern Pedestrianism,” who gave lectures on the health benefits of walking, first comes into the public eye by leaving on this date to walk to Lincoln’s inauguration, a distance of 478 miles, 1861*
Frank W. Woolworth opens the first US chain store, his  “Woolworth’s” 5 and 10 cent store, in Utica, NY, 1879
John Reid of Scotland establishes a 3 hole golf course near Yonkers, New York, thus introducing the game to the US, 1888
Hawaii becomes a US territory, 1900
Due to drought, the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water, 1903
The Great White Fleet, the first US fleet to circumnavigate the globe, returns to Virginia, 1909
Calvin Coolidge gives the first US presidential radio address, 1924
Bert Hinkler successfully completes the first solo flight from England to Australia, 1928
Australian swimmer John Konrads sets 6 world records in two days, 1958
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500, 1959
Following United States President Richard Nixon’s visit to the People’s Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices, 1973
In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, 1980
In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, 1997
An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people, 2011
At age 34, Mario Matt of Austria becomes the oldest champion in Olympic alpine skiing history with the slalom gold medal at Sochi, 2014
10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal, 2016
The discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 is announced in Journal “Nature”, 2017
 
*Yes, he got there in 10 days, in time for the inaugural ball!
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Happy Place (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.
 
Little Girlie’s happy spot is her bed:
 
She is close to the edge here, so after the pic i moved her closer to the wall.






 
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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. If it wasn’t for ___________________, I ___________________.
 
2. ____________________ before ________________________.
 
3. _________ is my preferred method of communication.
 
4. You can’t buy _________.
 
 
1. If it wasn’t for books, I would live in a much narrower world.
 
2. Think before speaking.
 
3. Conversing face to face is my preferred method of communication (so you can catch tone of voice and nonverbal cues you miss otherwise that might affect the meaning of what’s said).
 
4. You can’t buy friends worth having.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Candlemas — on the Julian Calendar, and in the Orthodox Christian Churches
 
Decimal Day — UK (anniversary of the 1971 currency conversion to the decimal system)
 
Flag Day — Canada (Maple Leaf adopted this date 1965)
 
Great Back Yard Bird Count begins — a four day project for anyone from across North America; count birds for a few minutes a day today, or every day for the next four days, and report in, thus giving a real time idea of where the birds are now     
 
John Frum Day — Tanna Island, Vanuatu
 
Kamakura Matsuri — Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Japan (Snow Cave Festival; through tomorrow)
 
Kuromori Kabuki — Kuromori, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (traditional Kabuki, through the 17th)
 
Liberation Day — Afghanistan
 
Lupercalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (remembrance of the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus)
 
National Date Festival — Indio, CA, US (a most exotic county fair, the date comes from the land of the Arabian Nights and this festival celebrates all aspects of the theme; through the 24th)
 
National Gum Drop Day
 
Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee — Olustee, FL, US (largest Civil War battle in Florida; through Sunday)
 
Remember the Maine Day — US (remembrance of the Spanish War)
 
Singles Awareness Day — although some celebrate on the 14th as an anti-Valentine’s Day
 
Sretenje — Serbia (National Day)
 
Stop and Smell Your Compost Pile Day — snort away the winter blues and think about spring (but i think this one is just plain weird)
 
St. Sigfrid’s Day (Patron of Sweden)
 
Susan B. Anthony Day — US (birth anniversary)
 
Tokamachi Yuki Matsuri — Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan (snow fest and kimono festival; through Sunday)
 
Total Defense Day — Singapore
 
Wings Over the Platte Spring Migration Celebration — Grand Island, NE, US (the world’s largest concentration of sandhill cranes is celebrated through mid-April)
 
Women in Blue Jeans Conference — Mitchell, SD, US (celebrating women in agriculture; through tomorrow)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Amber Riley, 1986
Renee O’Connor, 1971
Jane Child, 1967
Chris Farley, 1964
Matt Groening, 1954
Melissa Manchester, 1951
Jane Seymour, 1951
Marisa Berenson, 1948
Susan Brownmiller, 1935
Adolfo, 1933
Claire Bloom, 1931
Harvey Korman, 1927
Kevin McCarthy, 1914
Irena Sendler,1910
Miep Gees, 1909 
Cesar Romero, 1907
Harold Arlen, 1905
John Barrymore, 1882
Ernest Shackleton, 1874
Alfred North Whitehead, 1861
Elihu Root, 1824
Susan B. Anthony, 1820
Charles Lewis Tiffany, 1812
Cyrus McCormick, 1809
John Augustus Sutter, 1903
Henry Engelhard Steinway, 1797
Abraham Clark, 1726
Galileo Galilei, 1564
Pedro Mememdez de Aviles, 1519
Babur, 1483 (founder of Mughal dynasty in India)
Claudius Drusus Germanicus Caesar Nero, 37 
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Come Back, Little Sheba”(Play), 1950
Cinderella(Disney cartoon film), 1950
“The Little Foxes”(Play), 1939
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“An der schönen blauen Donau”(The Blue Danube)(Strauss Waltz), 1867
 
 
Today in History:
 
Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death, BC399
Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia, 590
Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher, disputes the founder of Northern Ch’an line, 732
The city of St. Louis, Missouri, is founded by Pierre Laclade Ligue as a French trading post, 1764
The first US printed ballots are authorized, in Philadelphia, 1799
Sarah Roberts is barred from attending a white school in Boston, 1848
Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient, 1852
A fire in Rotterdam, Netherlands, damages the Museum Boymans, 1864
American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1879
Nine inches (23cm) of snow falls on New Orleans, Louisiana, 1898
The USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die, 1898
The first Teddy Bear is introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom, 1903
Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls, 1949
The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty, 1950
Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska, 1954
A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner, 1965
The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day, 1971
The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by the national referendum, 1976
The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers, 1982
The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan, 1989
At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing an unannounced number of people, 1996
First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature, 2001
YouTube, the Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States, 2005
A near-Earth asteroid, 2012 DA14, comes within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters, or 160 ft in in diameter, 2013
The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight, 2017 
IBU Female Rookie of the Year Hanna Öberg of Sweden wins the individual biathlon gold medal with 4 clean shootings at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the first victory and podium of her career, 2018

Peace (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.
 
Peace is four cats, some of which do not like each other, sleeping quietly on the same bed:
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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. I want to make _________.
 
2. My _________ are _________.
 
3. A day in my life always includes _________.
 
4. Good things happen to those who _________.
 
 
1. I want to make a difference for good in the world.
 
2. My days are busy and my back is sore.
 
3. A day in my life always includes prayer and reading the Bible.
 
4. Good things happen to those who don’t lose hope.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Boy Scout Day — celebrates the birthday of Scouting in the US
 
Carnaval de Quebec — Quebec City, Canada (a vigorous winter celebration, where they have the cold around long enough to need it; through Feb. 17)
 
Cowtown’s Last Old West Gunfight — White Elephant Saloon, Fort Worth, TX, US (annual reenactment of the last gunfight in what was then Cowtown, between White Elephant Saloon owner Luke Short and former marshal T.I. “Longhaired Jim” Courtright on this date in 1887)
 
Death of Kelp-Koli — Fairy Calendar
 
Downers Grove Ice Sculpture Festival — Downers Grove, IL, US (with live ice sculpting demonstrations; through tomorrow)
 
Hari Kuyo — Sensouji Temple, Japan (Festival of Broken Needles, in which all of the worn or broken sewing needles from the previous year are put in a sacred resting place.)
 
Hold Onto Your Head Day — invented by someone for people like me, because heaven knows i’m losing mine!
 
Laugh and Get Rich Day — a day to recognize the power of laughter
 
Love May Make the World Go ’round, But Laughter Keeps US from Getting Dizzy Week — anually, the week before and including Valentine’s Day; dedicated to Victor Borge’s notion that “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” and Joel Goodman’s notion that “Seven days without laughter makes one weak.”
 
National Molasses Bar Day
 
Nirvana Day — Buddhist; Jain; Sikh (regional observances may vary)
 
Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi — Otaru, Japan (Snow Light Path Festival; through the 17th)
 
Preseren’s Day — Slovenia (Honors their national poet, France Preseren, often called Day of Slovenian Culture)
 
Rebel Day — birth anniversary of James Dean
 
St. Jerome Emilani’s Day (Patron of orphans; Taos Indian Pueblo)
 
Tako-ichi — Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan (kite fair dating back to the Edo period)
 
Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous — Whitehorse, YT, Canada (mad trapper competition, flour packing, beard growing contest, old-time fiddle show, and more; through the 24th)
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Founding of Universiteit Leiden, with the motto Praesidium Libertatis, 1575
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Josh Keaton, 1979
David “Phoenix” Farrell, 1977
Seth Green, 1974
Alonzo Mourning, 1970
Gary Coleman, 1968
Claudette Pace, 1968
Vince Neil, 1961
John Grisham, 1955
Mary Steenburgen, 1953
Brooke Adams, 1949
Robert Klein, 1942
Nick Nolte, 1941
Ted Koppel, 1940
John Williams, 1932
James Dean, 1931
Jack Lemmon, 1925
Audrey Meadows, 1924
Freddie Blassie, 1921
Lana Turner, 1921
Elizabeth Bishop, 1911
Lyle Talbot, 1902
William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820
Jules Verne, 1828
Samuel Butler, 1612
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Good Times”(TV), 1974
“RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day”(TV), 1952
“Danses Concertantes”(Stravinsky Ballet), 1942
“Two for the Show”(Musical), 1940 
“The Plough and the Stars”(Play), 1926
“The Stars and Stripes”(US Armed Forces Newspaper), 1918
The Birth of a Nation“(Film), 1915
“Boris Godunov”(Mussorgsky Opera), 1874
“Flora; or the Hob in the Well”(Cibber’s Opera, first opera performed in the Colonies), 1735
 
 
Today in History:
 
Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, 1587
Isaac Newton reads his first optics paper before the Royal Society in London, 1672
French and Indian troops set Schenectady, NY, afire, 1690
A doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony suggests that two girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment, leading to the Salem witch trials, 1692
The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia, 1726
The first opera in the US, “Flora,” opens in South Carolina, 1735
A minor earthquake shakes London, 1750
The strange phenomenon called the “Devil’s Footprints” mysteriously appear in Devon, England, 1855
Martin Robinson Delany becomes the first black major in the US Army, 1865
The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce, 1910
D.W. Griffith’s controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles, 1915
The Stars and Stripes newspaper is published for the first time, 1918
Swiss men vote against women’s suffrage, 1920
Radio arrives at the White House, 1922
Allende meteorite falls near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1969
The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time, 1971
After 84 days in space, the crew of the first American space station Skylab returns to Earth, 1974
The Melbourne dust storm hits Australia’s second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 320 metres (1,050 ft) deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night, 1983
The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” takes place, 1996
A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, 2010

Lookin’ For Loves (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.
 
Just a couple of kitties waiting for homes:
 

 

 
 
 
 

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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!      
 
Please note that Ms. Ellen of 15AndMeowing is not participating today.  She lost her kitty Tallulah yesterday, so if you have the time, go let her know you are thinking of her.
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. I get to _________ every week.
 
2. So far, 2019 is _________.
 
3. I will never tire of _________.
 
4. Can you believe that _________?
 
 
1. I get to go to the laundromat every week.
 
2. So far, 2019 is challenging.
 
3. I will never tire of reading.
 
4. Can you believe that every day is a new opportunity to spread love?
 
 
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Today is:
 
A Room of One’s Own Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, for all of those who just want a space to call their own; on the birth anniversary of Virginia Woolf
 
Arizona Musicfest — North Scottsdale, AZ, US (a winter classical music festival; through Mar. 15)
 
Around the World in 72 Days — this date in 1890, Nellie Bly broke the fictional Phileas Fogg’s record and went around the world in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds
 
Big Rock Day — discovery of the Cullinan diamond (3,106 carets) this day in 1905
 
Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo — Rapid City, SD, US (everything you could want in such an event, including the stockman banquet and ball; through Feb. 3)
 
Conversion of St. Paul — Christian
    Observe the Weather Day — a beautiful St. Paul’s Conversion day means a prosperous year, precipitation means an expensive year, clouds mean much loss of livestock, and wind means war looms in the year ahead
 
Dinagyang — Iloilo, Philippines (huge religious and cultural festival, this year’s theme is “Bringing More Fun to the World”; through the weekend)
 
Dydd Santes Dwynwen — Wales (For St. Dwynwen, Patron of lovers, especially Welsh lovers, and sick animals; the Welsh Valentines Day)
 
Eagles Etcetera Festival — Bismarck, AR, US (bald eagles in the wild, birds of prey demonstrations, and lots of outdoor fun; through Sunday)
 
Feriae Sementivae — Ancient Roman Calendar (a Feast of Spring, asking protection for seeds sown in the fall, and those to be sown in spring)
 
Festival of Constructive Energy — another internet generated day with no explanations
 
Fun At Work Day — inject laughter and fun into your workplace (if you dare); some sites have this as a national or international day, and dates given vary, but my warning stands if you decide to celebrate this at all
 
G. F. Betico Croes Day — Aruba
 
IV Nurse Day — US (sponsored by the Infusion Nurses Society)    
 
January 25 Revolution Day — Egypt
 
Luanda City Day — Luanda City, Angola
 
Macintosh Computer Day — debuted this day in 1984
 
National Irish Coffee Day
 
National Preschool Fitness Day — get the kids to love moving and staying fit early in life     
 
National Voters’ Day — India
 
Old Disting — Norse Calendar (date approximate; a market day held at the same time as a sacrifice to the female powers.)
 
Porri Month begins — Traditional Icelandic Calendar (the name means Middle of Winter, and personifies him as Old Man Winter; often the harshest month, so greet him kindly, to soften his heart and hasten spring)
    Bondadagur (Husband’s Day) — first day of Porri (various traditions honoring the man of the house; these days, women often give the men flowers)
 
Robert Burns’ Night — Scotland; Newfoundland (celebrated with a Burns’ Supper and reciting poetry)
    Dinner Party Day — for Bobby Burns, of course
 
Slamdance — Park City, UT, US (an independent film festival by and for film makers; through the 31st)
 
Sounkyo Ice Festival — Hokkaido, Japan (snow and ice sculptures that are almost too good to be true, through March 20)
 
St. Ananias of Damascus’ Day (Saint who baptized St. Paul)
 
Winter-een-mas — a holiday for gamers, begun by Tim Buckley; through the 31st
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn, 1533 (secret wedding)
Moscow University is established, to coincide with St. Tatiana’s Day, 1755
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Alicia Keys, 1981
Ana Ortiz, 1971
China Kantner, 1971
Dinah Manoff, 1958
Leigh Taylr-Young, 1945
Etta James, 1938
Corazon Aquino, 1933
Dean Jones, 1931
Edwin Newman, 1919
Florence Mills, 1896
Virginia Woolf, 1882
William Somerset Maugham, 1874
Robert Burns, 1759
Robert Boyle, 1627 (O.S. date)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Rent”(Musical), 1996
“M*A*S*H*”(Film), 1970
“One Hundred and One Dalmatians”(Cartoon film), 1961
“Metamorphosen, Study for 23 Solo Strings”(Strauss composition), 1946
“The Guiding Light”(Radio), 1937
“R.U.R./Rossum’s Universal Robots”(Play), 1921 (the word “robot” enters the world lexicon)
“Wedding March”(Mendelssohn, Op. 61), 1858
“La Cenerentola”(Rossini Opera), 1817
 
 
Today in History:
 
Founding of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1554
Battle of Mikatagahara, in Japan; Takeda Shingen defeats Tokugawa Ieyasu, 1573
The Treaty of Utrecht marks the beginning of the Dutch Republic, 1579
Eliakam Spooner of Vermont patents the first seeding machine in the US, 1799
The first US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy, NY, 1825
Sojourner Truth addresses the First Black Women’s Rights Convention, in Akron, Ohio, 1851
Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” is first played, at the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia, 1858
The soda fountain is patented by Gustavus Dows, 1870
Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company, 1881
Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms, 1882
Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg’s time around world by 8 days (72 days), 1890
The first US transcontinental telephone call is made when Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in SF, 1915
The League of Nations is founded, 1919
The 1924 Winter Olympics opens in Chamonix, France (in the French Alps), inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games, 1924
At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented, 1949
The first scheduled transcontinental flight in the US takes place, an American Airlines flight from California to New York, 1959
The Clementine space probe launches, 1994
Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile, 1995
During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country, 1998
Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star, 2006
Tropical cyclone Oswald makes landfall in Queensland, Australia, causing mass flooding, 2013
A British rowing team becomes the first female crew and the first crew of four to cross the Pacific, from San Francisco, California to Cairns, Australia in 257 days, 2016

Our Buddy (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.
 
This is Buddy:
 
 
 
Buddy wandered up to the shelter a few years ago, and while he accepted food proffered, he showed himself quite able to take care of himself outdoors.  He was neutered and given shots, but he wanted to stay outside except during the flood and the snow.  He adored treats, lying under cars to get out of the sun, and being scratched behind the ears.
 
He was allowed to live life the way he chose, and two other strays, both female, showed up to follow him around adoringly.  They were caught and vetted, but unlike Buddy, they are truly feral and won’t come near people.
 
A week ago, Buddy limped to the front door and asked to come in.  The vet said it’s either he got in a fight and his back leg was bitten and is infected, or he got hit by a car.  Either way, the exam also showed he has stomatitis, which means all of his teeth need to be pulled.
 
He’s been living in the director’s office, being a sweetheart, so his roaming days are over.  Once his teeth are gone and his leg heals, he will be adopted to a forever home, and there’s a volunteer who is already making noises about wanting him.
 
His “harem” may miss him, but they will continue to be fed and cared for outdoors, where they are comfortable.
 
 
 

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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. ____________________ and ______________ go hand in hand. 
2. _____________________ makes my heart happy. 
 
3. Don’t be afraid to _________.
 
4. If _________ was a sport, I would win hands down.
 
 
1. Relaxing and reading go hand in hand. 
2. Having lots of books to read makes my heart happy.   (Of course my family does, too, but since that’s a given and everyone knows it already, i wanted to give something else as my answer.)
 
3. Don’t be afraid to read something that is not necessarily in your usual favorite genre(s).  You might be pleasantly surprised.
 
4. If being myself was a sport, I would win hands down.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Anniversary of the Founding of Lima  — Lima, Peru
 
Arbor Day — Florida and Louisiana, US
 
Art Deco Weekend — Miami, FL, US (for die hard fans; through Sunday)
 
Confession of St. Peter — Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican Christian
    Feast of the Chair of St. Peter — Roman Catholic Church (celebrated as the founding of the papacy)
 
Feast of Neith — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of war and hunting)
 
Four an’ Twenty Day — Scotland (24 days after Christmas)
 
Hair Dryer Appreciation Day — no history on this, but if you love your hair dryer, more power to you
 
Jazz Day — Jazz gets recognized, it plays the Met!
 
Lee-Jackson Day — Virginia, US
 
Montana Winter Fair — Lewistown, MT, US (from farm exhibits to a fiddler’s contest, there’s fun to be had here; through the 27th)
 
National Lay Awake and Whisper in the Dark Night — another one i can’t fathom or find out why it even exists
 
National Peking Duck Day
 
Revolution Day — Tunisia
 
Royal Thai Armed Forces Day — Thailand (former Siam)
 
Santa Prisca Day — Taxco, Mexico
 
Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo — Fort Worth, TX, US (the world’s first indoor professional rodeo, since 1918; through Feb. 9)
 
Thesaurus Day — birth anniversary of Peter Roget
 
Tip-Up Town USA — Houghton Lake, MI, US (Michigan’s largest family winter festival, through Sunday and next weekend, Friday-Sunday)
 
UFO Day — see the history section, 1644
 
Unsliced Bread Day — from this day in 1943, until the war ended, US bakers sold only unsliced bread loaves so no steel had to be diverted from the war effort for slicing machine blades
 
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity — Christian (from the celebration of the Confession of St. Peter to the celebration of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25)
 
Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival — Whittlesea, England (the “straw bear” goes through the town collecting gifts and performing, and on Sunday, the costume is burned amid much celebration; a festival celebrated since medieval times)
 
Winnie the Pooh Day — birth anniversary of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Wesley College, Melbourne is established, 1866
Henry VII of England weds Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, 1486
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Jason Segal, 1980
Dave Batista, 1969
Jesse L. Martin, 1969
Jane Horrocks, 1964
Kevin Costner, 1955
Bobby Goldsboro, 1941
Davis Eli “David” Ruffin, 1941
Curtis Charles (Curt) Flood, 1938
Ray Dolby, 1933
Evelyn Lear, 1931
John Boorman, 1930
Constance Moore, 1920
Danny Kaye, 1913
Cary Grant, 1904
Oliver Hardy, 1892
A.A. Milne, 1882
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, 1856 (The African-American doctor who performed the first open heart surgery.)
Thomas A. Watson, 1854 (“Come here, Watson, I need you,” said Bell)
Peter Mark Roget, 1779
Daniel Webster, 1782
Daigo, Emperor of Japan, 885
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Jeffersons”(TV), 1975
“Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour”(TV), 1948
“The Nose”(Shostakovich’ opera), 1930
 
 
Today in History:
 
Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong, 1126
Francisco Pizarro founds Lima, Peru, 1535
The first documented UFO sighting in America, by some very perplexed pilgrims in Boston, 1644
Pirate Henry Morgan defeats the Spanish defenders and captures Panama, 1670
San Jose, California is founded, 1777
Captain James Cook stumbles upon the Sandwich Islands (Hawai’i), 1778
The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay, 1788
Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, the first US electrical journal, begins publication, 1840
Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, J. C. Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom, 1884
Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England, 1886
The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time, 1896
President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States, 1903
The first shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania, flown by Eugene B. Ely), 1911
English explorer Robert F Scott & his expedition reach South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there before, 1912
Japan issues the “Twenty-One Demands” to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia, 1915
A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri, 1916
The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden, 1944
Willie O’Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut, 1958
A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War, 1974
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease, 1977
Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs), 1981*
The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals to his family, 1983
Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided, 1997
The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth, 2000
Sierra Leone Civil War is finally declared over, 2002
A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia, 2003
The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, 2005
Hurricane Kyrill becomes one of Western Europe’s deadliest storms, 2007
An amateur astronomer in Peterborough, England, discovers a new, Neptune-sized exoplanet, 2012
For the first time ever, lifeguards in Australia rescue endangered swimmers with a drone, using it to drop a rescue pod flotation device, 2018

You Are Not There! (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.
 
Recently i cornered Horizon and brushed him, and now he is giving me the cold shoulder:
 
I will walk past you on the way to the end of the bed and not look at you!
I am studiously ignoring all of your advances!
 
 
 

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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. Better to be ____________ than ___________________.
2. Don’t _______________ just because ________________.
 
3. You couldn’t pay me to _________.
 
4. _________ is my comfort food.
 
 
1. Better to be yourself than pretend to be someone you are not.  Sooner or later, the real you will come through, so start there and stay there.
2. Don’t overeat just because there’s more food on your plate.  If you got to much when you served your plate or were served too much at a restaurant, save the remainder for leftovers later.
 
3. You couldn’t pay me to hurt someone.
 
4. Trader Joe’s Inner Peas is my comfort food.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Banquet of Fairies, Goblins, Pixies, and Elves — Fairy Calendar
 
Burning of the Clavie — Burghead, Scotland (ancient ritual to ensure good luck through the year)
 
Carmentalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of the goddess of childbirth)
 
Cuckoo Dancing Week begins — in honor of Laurel & Hardy, whose theme song was “The Dancing Cuckoos”; watch some of their fabulous material this week, and introduce it to a new fan
 
Designated Hitter Day — the American League adopted the “designated hitter” rule on this date in 1973
 
Feast of Sokar — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Independence Manifesto Day — Morocco(1944); Western Sahara(1944)
 
International Thank You Day — as declared by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
 
Juturnalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of prophetic waters festival)
 
Kosrae Constitution Day — Micronesia
 
Milk Day
 
National Hot Toddy Day
 
Scalloway Fire Festival — Shetland Islands (viking festival; through tomorrow)
 
Secret Pal Day — no info found on the origin, it’s a secret!  do something nice for someone, secretly
 
Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day — just don’t do it to your secret pal
 
Sts. Paldo, Taso, and Tato’s Day (founders of the monastery of San Vincenzo)
 
St. Theodosius of Cappadocia (Patron of file makers)
 
Tattoo Pride Day
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Amanda Peet, 1972
Mary Blige, 1971
Kim Coles, 1962
Stanley Tucci, 1960
Ben Crenshaw, 1952
Christine Kaufmann, 1945
Naomi Judd, 1946
Jim Hightower, 1943
Clarence Clemens, 1942
Jean Chretien, 1934
Rod Taylor, 1930
Grant Tinker, 1926
Alice Paul, 1885
William James, 1842
Eugenio Maria Hostos, 1839
John A. Macdonald, 1815
Alexander Hamilton, 1755
Theodosius I, 347
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Daktari”(TV), 1966
“Have a Heart”(Musical), 1917
 
 
Today in History:
 
Prophet of Islam Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 Muslims to conquer Mecca, 630
The first recorded lottery in England is drawn in St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1569
Isaac Newton is elected a member of the Royal Society, 1642
Mt. Etna erupts, 1693
William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, the moons of Uranus, 1787
An earthquake in Martinique destroys half of Port Royal and results in about 700 deaths, 1839
Charring Cross Station opens in London, 1864
Milk is first delivered in bottles, 1878
Martha H. Cannon becomes the first woman state senator in the US, in Utah, 1897
The Hudson, the first sedan type automobile, goes on display at the 13th Auto Show in NYC, 1913
The first use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient occurs in Canada, with 14-year-old Leonard Thompson, 1922
Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Honolulu to Oakland, California, 1935
The first recorded snowfall in Los Angeles, California, 1949
United States Surgeon General Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., publishes a landmark report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking nation- and worldwide anti-smoking efforts, 1964
The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia is officially opened, 1986
The government of Ireland announces the end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on the IRA, 1994
Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois’ death row based on the Jon Burge scandal, 2003
Forty-six  people are killed and 12 are missing after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province, China, 2013
In China’s first significant #MeToo moment Beihang University in Beijing fires a professor for sexual misconduct, 2018

My Pillow! (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.
 
Tripod SissyCat has claimed the pillow at the foot of my bed as her personal space, and she defends it against all comers!
 
 
 
 

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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. Looking back, _________________________.
 
2. _________________ is a treat I give to myself.
3. A new skill I want to learn is _________.
 
4. One bad habit I want to stop is _________.
 
 
1. Looking back, there are things i could have done differently had i known more or known better, but it’s better to take that knowledge and move forward from here than to live in regret.
 
2. Vegan ice cream sweetened with brown rice syrup is a treat I give to myself.
3. A new skill I want to learn is efficient time management.  Since i spend so much time at work, i want to learn the best ways to use my time at home so things get done around here and i have some down time.
 
4. One bad habit I want to stop is complaining about traffic.  Instead of complaining, i want to remember to be grateful i have a vehicle so i can get to work.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Day of the Fallen against the Colonial Repression — Angola
 
Day To Mourn Racism — anniversary of the day ethnic discrimination was outlawed worldwide in 1969
 
Dimpled Chad Day — if you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Eleventh Day of Christmas
 
Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1st US-born Saint; Patron of Apostleship of the Sea, people ridiculed for their piety, widows; Shreveport, LA; against in-law problems, the death of children, the death of parents)
 
Festival of Fufluns — Etruscan (god of wine, also of spring and rebirth; date approximate)
 
Get Out Your Boxer Shorts Day — internet generated, and why, i do not know
 
Independence Day — Myanmar(1948)
 
Martyrs’ Day — Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
National Spaghetti Day
 
Ogoni Day — Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People of the Niger River
 
Pop Music Chart Day — Billboard magazine published the first one today in 1936
 
St. Pharaildis’ Day (Patron of difficult marriages, victims of abuse, widows; Bruay, France; Ghent, Belgium; against childhood diseases)
 
Trivia Day — celebration of those who have a doctorate in uselessology, sponsored by PunsCorp
 
World Braille Day — birth anniversary of Louis Braille
 
World Hypnotism Day — to remove myth and misconception, and promote the truths and benefits of hypnotism    
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Utah becomes the 45th US state, 1896
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Julia Ormond, 1965
Dave Roley, 1962
Michael Stipe, 1960
Matt Frewer, 1958
Ann Magnuson, 1956
Grace Bumbry, 1937
Dyan Cannon, 1937
Floyd Patterson, 1935
Don Shula, 1930
Barbara Rush, 1927
Jesse White, 1917
Jane Wyman, 1914
Sterling Holloway, 1905
Charles “Tom Thumb” Stratton, 1838
Louis Braille, 1809
Jakob Grimm, 1785
Benjamin Rush, 1746
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Night Court”(TV), 1984
“Blondie”(TV), 1957
The Pop Music Charts in Billboard Magazine, 1936
“Academic Festival Overture”(Johannes Brahms Op. 80), 1881
 
 
Today in History:
 
Titus Labienus is defeated by Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina, BC 46
Columbus leaves the “New World” on return from his first voyage, 1493
Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City’s only physician, Joost Sweiter, “because he is a Jew”, 1570
Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire, 1698
Andre Méchain discovers M80, the globular cluster in Scorpio, 1781
Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government, 1847
4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY, 1863
The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City, 1865
Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule, 1878
The last known sighting of an eastern cougar, in Ontario, 1884
Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs the first appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22), 1885
Thomas Stevens is the first man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF); his itinerary accounts “DISTANCE ACTUALLY WHEELED, ABOUT 13,500 MILES”, 1887
The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter, 1912
The first elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho, 1915
Sputnik 1 reenters the atmosphere and burns up, 1958
Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon, 1959
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, 1972
Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first American-born saint, 1975
Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC, 2004
The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history, 2007
The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building is officially opened, 2010
Eleven-year-old Kathryn Gray, of Canada, becomes the youngest person in the world to discover a supernova, 2011