Big, Brave Red (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.
Somebody is getting bolder:
He’s playing a lot more, too.
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 the new cohost of the Fill-Ins, 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!      
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:
1. My neighbors_____________________.
2. The last thing I purchased online was __________________.
3. I have never _________.
4. Anything is possible if _________.
My neighbors are great people, all of them.  Yes, i know my neighbors, and not just next door.
The last thing i purchased online was a used book, The Gratitude Diaries.
I have never made it a habit to say “never”.  My saying is that “i hope suchandsuch does not ever happen”, or “i pray i will never have to do thusandso”, but i try very hard to not use the word never.  A long time ago, i figured out that as soon as i say i have never done something or i have never had to do something, or worse, i would never do something, a few minutes later i am doing that very thing!
Anything is possible if you have enough bread.  Let me explain.  Years ago, there were philosophers, and they generally didn’t make a very good living at it, so they turned to comedy.  They can spout their philosophy and make a living because now their profundity is also funny.  One of the greatest of these philosopher/comedians was Jonathan Winters.  His best philosophic/comedic line was (edited for language) “Life is a crap sandwich.  If you have enough bread, you don’t have to taste the crap!”
Today is:
Arrival of the Swiss at the Port-Noir — Switzerland
Beypazari Havuç Güveç —  Turkey (weekend festival celebrating a traditional carrot dish)
Buffalo Days Celebration (with Buffalo Chip Throw) — Luverne, MN, US (parade, arts in the park, and the throwing contest; through Sunday)
Centralia Anchor Festival — City Square, Centralia, MO, US (anchor driving, archery shoot, tractor show, carnival, crafts, softball and more; through Sunday)
Derby Festival begins — Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England (today is Surrey Ladies Day, with Derby Day tomorrow)
Dia da Crianca — Cape Verde (Youth Day)
Dia de la Marina — Mexico (Day of the Navy)
Early Bird Day — an internet derived day that reminds us the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
Famadihana — Madagascar (from now until November, various areas celebrate the Malagasay culture’s “turning the bones,” a fascinating reburial of the dead ceremony)
Farmington Country Days — Farmington, MO, US (fun for the family, celebrated the old country way; through Sunday)
Feast of St. Justin Martyr (a/k/a Justin the Philosopher; Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, philosophers, speakers)
Festival of Non-Linearity — another one you find on the internet, no meaning or rhyme to it, but if you like to think in non-linear ways, enjoy today!
Festival of the Oak Nymph — Celtic/Pagan (around this time of year, the Celts took a day to honor all hamadryads, the female nature spirits who inhabit oak trees)
Flip a Coin Day — as noted by The Ultimate Holiday Site, which claims Julius Caesar invented it (doubtful, but the Romans did toss coins)
Gawai Dayak — Sarawak, Malaysia (harvest festival begins today)  
Global Day of Parents — UN
Go Barefoot Day — originally sponsored by Soles4Souls, which recycles shoes to those who have none; while i cannot find if they are sponsoring a day or week this year, it’s a good reminder not to let your old shoes end up in a landfill  
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival — Little Chute, WI, US (celebrate with other Cheeseheads; through Sunday)
Hari Lahir Pancasila — Indonesia (Pancasila Day)
Harvard Milk Days Festival — Harvard, IL, US (parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo, and more, all as a salute to hard working dairy farmers, and this year’s theme is “Believe in the Future”; through Sunday)
Heimlich Maneuver Day — Dr. Heimlich first published his suggestion for aiding choking victims with “subdiaphragmatic pressure” on this day in 1974
Helen Keller Day — sponsored by the Lions Clubs
Hen-Peeler’s Holiday — Fairy Calendar
Independence Day/National Day — Samoa
International Children’s Day
International Horseradish Festival — Collinsville, IL, US (lots of fun in the “Horseradish Capital of the World”; through Sunday)
Kalends of June — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
    Day Sacred to Tempestas (goddess of storms)
    Festival for Juno Moneta (Juno as goddess of money)
    Festival of Carna (goddess of health and vitality, and also of doors and locks, which were to be repaired today)
Labour Day / Sir Randol Fawkes Day — Bahamas
Madaraka Day — Kenya (National Day or self-rule/responsibility day)
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival — Fruita, CO, US (it all started with a chicken that kept trying to eat even after the farmer lopped off his head to prep him for the stew pot; Mike’s indomitable spirit and will to live is a legend here and the basis of a two day festival celebrating the fact that you can live a normal life even after you have lost your mind!)
Mint Julip Day — Oxford University, England (the drink was introduced there this day in 1845, and they liked it so well, they dedicated a day to it!)
Mothers’ and Children’s Day — Mongolia
National Donut Day — US (successor to the original Donut Day begun by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI and as a fundraiser in Chicago, and it is still used as a fundraiser there for Salvation Army projects; look for a doughnut shop to give out freebies near you)
National Hazelnut Cake Day
National Leave the Office Earlier Day — sponsored by Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, who urges people to maximize productivity so they can leave the office earlier every day     
National Tree Planting Day — Cambodia
Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival — West Plains, MO, US (celebrating the unique culture and old time music of the Ozark Highlands; through tomorrow)
Oscar the Grouch Day — according to the Sesame Workshop, today is his birthday
President’s Day — Palau
Route 66 Summerfest — Rolla, MO, US (citywide kick off to summer, celebrating the famous roadway with a Route 66 cruise, Miss Route 66 Pageant, drummers competition, street dance, movie under the stars and much more! through Sunday)
Say Something Nice Day — as declared by the mayor of a town in South Carolina who is tired of all the negative talk all the time
Shirone Takogassen — along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Japan (kite flying and kite fighting; through the 5th)
South Carolina Festival of Flowers — Greenwood, SC, US (thirty-six events, something for everyone; through Sunday)
Stand for Children Day — founded by a rally this day in 1996, seeking to ensure all children graduate from high school
St. Theobald Roggeri’s Day (Patron of church cleaners, cobblers, porters, shoemakers; against fever and sterility)
Summer Farm Toy Show — National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, IA, US (farm toys, parade, tractor rides, and more; through tomorrow)
Summer Library Book club Season begins — anywhere that school is out, check your local library for a summer book club for children or adults; you never know what world you will discover when you read
Superman Day — publication of the first Superman comic was this day in 1938
Telluride Balloon Festival — Telluride, CO, US (volunteer to help with the festival and you may get a free balloon ride! through Sunday)
Victory Day — Tunisia (anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of Tunisia in 1959)
Yobuko Otsunahiki — Higashi Matsuura, Saga prefecture, Japan (two day Big Tug-of-War Festival, with one team representing the land and the other the sea; victory for the land means good crops, for the sea means good catches)
Anniversaries Today:
Charlie Chaplin marries Paulette Goddard, 1934
Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, is founded as the first US land-grant university, 1808
Tennessee becomes the 16th US state, 1796
Kentucky becomes the 15th US state, 1792
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen Consort of England, 1533
Birthdays Today:
Justine Henin, 1982
Alanis Morissette, 1974
Heidi Klum, 1973
Mark Curry, 1964
Lisa Hartman Black, 1956
Ron Wood, 1947
Jonathan Pryce, 1947
Frederica von Stade, 1945
Robert Powell, 1944
Rene Auberjonois, 1940
Cleavon Little, 1939
Morgan Freeman, 1937
Colleen McCullough, 1937
Pat Boone, 1934
Edward Woodward, 1930
James Hadley Billington, 1929
Bob Monkhouse, 1928
Andy Griffith, 1926
Marilyn Monroe, 1926
Nelson Riddle, 1921
Brigham Young, 1801
Jacques Marquette (Père Marquette), 1637
Debuting/Premiering Today:
FX(TV channel), 1994
Gremlins(Film), 1984
Cable News Network/CNN(TV network), 1980
“Live and Let Die”(Song release), 1973
“The Prisoner”(TV), 1968
“Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”(Album release), 1967
Today in History:
Hugh Capet is elected King of France, 987
Beijing, then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols  under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing, 1215
Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky, 1495
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England, 1533
Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1660
The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1794
U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom, 1812
James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, gives his final order: “Don’t give up the ship!” 1813
James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831
American adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, 1855
Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico, 1868
Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric voting machine, 1869
Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed in the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879
The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count census returns, 1890
Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court, 1916
The First Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires, 1929
Charles de Gaulle comes out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months, 1958
New Zealand’s first official television broadcast commences at 7.30pm from Auckland, 1960
Kenya gains internal self-rule (Madaraka Day), 1963
The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine, 1974
The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power, 1979
The Warsaw Pact officially dissolves, 1991
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupts for the first time in 600 years, 1991
Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, Killing all 228 passengers and crew, 2009
General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Russia enacts a country-wide smoking ban, effecting most public places, 2013



Company (Feline Friday), Friendly Fill-ins, and Towel Day

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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.

Sometimes when i’m on the computer in the evenings, i have company:




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 the new cohost of the Fill-Ins, 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!      
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:
1. It is _________.
2. The best part of last week was _________.
3. Every summer, I _________.
4. Once upon a time, _________.
It is a good thing the mechanics repairing the Jalopy noticed two other things that need to be repaired in time for us to get them before they become major problems.  Minor repairs will be done so major ones will not be needed.
The best part of last week was having half of Wednesday off and getting in a really good nap.
Every summer, i look forward to wearing “beach dresses” (as i call them) in the afternoons and evenings after work.  Very cool and comfortable.
Once upon a time, i thought it would be fun to start and blog, and so i did, and it is fun!
Yes, i know where my towel is:


Today is:
Africa Day / African Liberation Day  — African Union; related observance
    Heroes’ Day — Lesotho
    President Yajya Jammeh’s Birthday — Gambia
Alma Highland Festival and Games — Alma College, Alma, Michigan (annual celebration of Scottish heritage, with world class entertainment and fun; through Sunday)
Azalea Festival — Brookings, OR, US (with a parade and street fair and bonsai, as well as azaleas and more; through Memorial Day)
Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day — Waterloo, NY, US (the 149th observance at the National Birthplace of Memorial Day includes a car show, crafts, food, races, a biker rally and more; through observed Memorial Day, and again on the 30th, which is traditional Memorial Day)
Down East Spring Birding Festival — Cobscook Bay, ME, US (through Memorial Day)
Don’t Fry Day — another day to raise awareness of the need for sun protection through the summer   
First Patriotic Government / National Day — Argentina (Dia de la Revolucion de Mayo)
Flitting Day — parts of England; Scotland (traditional day on which leases were up for the year and people moved)
Florida Folk Festival — White Springs, FL, US (a true celebration of Florida’s folk heritage; through Sunday)
Geek Pride Day / Nerd Pride Day — celebrate the geek / nerd in you!  Geek culture is the obvious choice to laud when it’s Glorious 25 May, Star Wars Day, and Towel Day at the same time; began in Spain as “Día del Orgullo Friki”
Glorious 25 May — in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
Grubstake Days — Yucca Valley, CA, US (parade, carnival, races, horseshoes tourney, beard growing contest, fun! through Memorial Day)
Heat Awareness Safety Day — US (your guv’mint at work, and actually doing something right that you really should pay heed to)    
Independence Day — Jordan(1946)
Iris Festival — Sumter, SC, US (fun, food, music, and beautiful flowers; through Sunday)
Last Bell — Russia (tradition of closing schools for the year by having a formal ceremony with the children, and a first grader rings the school bell for dismissal)
Liberation Day — Lebanon
Memory Days — Grayson, KY, US (“This is MY Town!” is this year’s theme, with a parade, art show, music, Firefighter’s Dinner and more; through tomorrow)
National Brown-Bag-It Day
National Death Busters Day — US, because the upcoming Memorial Day weekend in the US is the most dangerous for driving; be careful out there!
National Missing Children’s Day — US (promoting awareness of the problem of missing children)    
National Polka Festival — Ennis, TX, US (everyone is invited to enjoy this festival, through Sunday)
National Tap Dance Day — US, birth anniversary of Mr. Bojangles
National Wig Out Day — US (on the Friday before Memorial Day, don your wig and your alter ego and have fun!  there are events around the country)    
National Wine Day
Northwest Folklife Festival — Seattle, WA, US (ethnic and traditional arts event celebrating world cultures; through Monday)
Offering to Demeter — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Pitlochry Festival Theatre — Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland (plays, concerts, exhibitions, tours and talks; through mid-October)
Poetry Day — Florida, US (since 1947, the state legislature declared this for all public schools in the state; if you don’t live in Florida, enjoy a poem today, anyway)
Portland Rose Festival — Portland, OR, US (over 50 events, including three parades, dragon boat races, and more celebrate a city full of roses; through June 10)
Procession of the Statue of Artemis — Ancient Greek and Roman Calendars, at Ephesus (date approximate, but always near the Thargelia)
Self-Reliance Day — an internet originated holiday, based on the idea that we should all become more self reliant in this day when it is a dying art.
Spoleto Festival USA — Charleston, SC, US (a premier performing arts festival; through June 10)
Star Wars Day — Part IV, A New Hope was released this date in 1977
St. Bede the Venerable’s Day (Patron of lectors; Father of English History)
St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi’s Day (Patron of the ill; against illness and sexual temptation)
Tivoli Fest — Elk Horn, IA, US (annual celebration of the area’s Danish roots; through Sunday)
Towel Day — Douglas Adams fans, unite!  Always know where your towel is!    
Week of Solidarity with the People Of Non-Self-Governing Territories begins — United Nations
Anniversary Today:
Lord Guildford Dudley marries Lady Jane Grey, 1553
Birthdays Today:
Brian Urlacher, 1978
Ethan Suplee, 1976
Lauryn Hill, 1975
Justin Henry, 1971
Jamie Kennedy, 1970
Anne Heche, 1969
Stacy London, 1969
Mike Myers, 1963
Connie Sellecca, 1955
Jessi Colter, 1947
Karen Valentine, 1947
Frank Oz, 1944
Leslie Uggams, 1943
Ian McKellen, 1939
Raymond Carver, 1938
Tom T. Hall, 1936
K.C. Jones, 1932
Beverly Sills, 1929
Robert Ludlum, 1927
Miles Davis, 1926
Jeanne Crain, 1925
Claude Akins, 1918
James Joseph “Gene” Tunney, 1898
Igor Sikorsky, 1889
Philip Murray, 1886
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1878
John Alexander Dowie, 1847
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi(Film), 1983
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope(Film), 1977
“The Subject Was Roses”(Play), 1964
“H.M.S. Pinafore”(Comic Opera), 1878 
Today in History:
First recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet, BC240
Alfonso VI of Castile  takes Toledo, Spain back from the Moors, 1085
Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ, 1420
The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw, 1521
Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England, 1659
Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek, 1784
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States, 1787
In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros during the Semana de Mayo, 1810
The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom, 1837
The first telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot, 1844
Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London, 1878
The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president, 1895
John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in Tennessee, 1925
Henry Ford stops production of the Model T to begin the Model A, 1927
Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks five world records and ties a sixth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field  Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1935
The first ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition, 1955
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established, 1963
Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981) is released in theaters, inspiring the Jediism religion and Geek Pride Day holiday, 1977
Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people, 1985
Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion, 2000
32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 2001
Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, 2011
The first commercial spacecraft, SpaceX Dragon, docks with the International Space Station, completing the maneuver at 12:02pm EDT, 2012


Tuesday is Randomly Fun

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Tuesday means random, and linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
Jalopy is in the car hospital, and we do not know when she will recover.  Maybe by the end of the week.  Meanwhile, Lunceford is doing double duty, which right now includes taking care of Dr. D’s cats while she is out of town.
Helping her pack to leave was an adventure in itself.  She packs like Grandma, and unfortunately, i find myself becoming the same way the older i get.  Packing everything on earth you could possibly imagine needing makes for an overstuffed vehicle.
This also means i am back to stealth gardening.  The tomato plants she is tending at her friend’s house are huge, and one has 22 tomatoes on it.  She sprinkled them with Sevin dust before she left and told me to be careful when watering not to wash it off.
Little Girl has been pondering her chosen career path, and has been torn of late.  She does still want to go to school; her superiors where she is working right now want her to apply for a job and promotion and be in school only part time.  She would be an automatic E-5 if she gets the job.
Today i read her a quote that was sent to me:  There is something to be said for the willingness to follow opportunity, even if it is not what you had planned.
She told me that is the best thing i’ve said to her in days.
Mr. Marvin, the generator guy, called to set up our annual generator check-up.  It’s funny because about 2 weeks ago, i got a letter from him.  It had a generic add for his business, two business cards, and $62 cash in it.
Knowing that he didn’t owe me any money, i set it aside and we have played phone tag since.  He called yesterday and finally connected, he wanted to set up our annual visit.  That’s when i told him about the letter with the money, and he said, “So that’s where it went!  That was advertising money, and I wondered what happened to it!  I must have put the wrong address on the envelopes.”
We had a good laugh over the whole thing, and he will be coming on June 1.   The money will be waiting.
Tuesday is also fun day with Sandee of Comedy Plus.
The kittens got to playing in a sun puddle:




Dansig kept pretending he was not interested in watching:
No, I’m not watching you.
Yes, I turned to face you, that still doesn’t mean I’m watching.
Okay, I’m watching!
Today is:
Abolition Day — Martinique
Bear Waking Day — Norway (traditionally said to be the day the bears awaken from their hibernation, at least according to many sites)
Buy a Musical Instrument Day — even just a kazoo, and have some fun making music; maybe if this one spreads around the world and enough of us do it, it will foster some harmony in our lives
Harvey Milk Day — The Harvey Milk Foundation     
Independence Day — Montenegro
International Day for Biological Diversity — UN
National Maritime Day — US (commemorating the first transoceanic voyage under steam power)
National Sovereignty Day — Haiti
National Vanilla Pudding Day
RHS Chelsea Flower Show — Chelsea, London, England (the world’s greatest flower show celebrates its 104th anniversary; through Saturday)
St. Julia’s Day (Patron of torture victims; Corsica, Portugal; Livorno, Italy)
St. Rita of Cascia’s Day/La Abodada de Impossibles (Patron of desperate causes, difficult marriages, forgotten causes, illness, lost causes, parenthood, sick people, sterile people, victims of physical spousal abuse, widows, wounded people; against abuse, infertility, loneliness, sickness, sterility, wounds, unhappy marriages; Cascia, Italy; Dalayap, Philippines; Igbaras, Philippines)
Toad-Pinching Day — Fairy Calendar (Pixies)
Toothpaste Tube Day — the tube was invented on this day in 1892 by dentist Washington Wentworth Sheffield, who wanted to replace the unhygenic practice of dipping the brush into a jar of dental cream
Unity Day / National Day — Republic of Yemen
World Goth Day — Get your Goth on around the world!   
Birthdays Today:
Apollo Anton Ohno, 1982
Ginnifer Goodwin, 1978
A.J. Langer,1974
Naomi Campbell, 1970
Morrissey, 1959
George Best, 1946
Paul Winfield, 1941
Michael Sarrazin, 1940
Frank Converse, 1938
Richard Benjamin, 1938
Susan Strasberg, 1938
Garry Wills, 1934
Peter Nero, 1934
Charles Aznavour, 1924
Judith Crist, 1922
Sun Ra, 1914
Sir Laurence Olivier, 1907
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859
Mary Cassatt, 1844
Richard Wagner, 1813
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”(TV), 1967
“Paulus / St. Paul”(Oratorio, Mendelsshon Op. 36), 1836
Today in History:
The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus, BC334
The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo, 1176
Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe, 1377
Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England, 1455
A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason, 1807
On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna), Napoleon is repelled by an enemy army for the first time, 1809
The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean; the ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20, 1819
HMS Beagle  departs on its first voyage, 1826
The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished, 1840
Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns, 1842
The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened, 1897
The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”, 1906
Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain other than Mount St. Helens to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century, 1915
The most powerful earthquake ever documented, the Great Chilean Quake, measures 9.5 and strikes southern Chile, 1960
The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard 400 miles southwest of the Azores, 1968
Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations, 1972
Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man, 1980
Microsoft  releases the Windows 3.0 operating system, 1990
Johnny Carson retires from The Tonight Show after 30 years, 1992
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia join the United Nations, 1992
A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, 2002
Sarah West, a British naval officer Commander is appointed commander of HMS Portland, the Royal Navy frigate; she is the first female officer to take command of a major British warship, 2012


Sleepyhead (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!
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.
Just because i am in the habit of doing it, here’s an inspiring quote for the week:
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


Musical Cars and Kitten Naps, a Random Tuesday Post

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Tuesday means it’s time to get Random and link up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.    
Dr. D was in the mood to clear some things out yesterday and she let me tackle the refrigerator.  Whereas before it was so packed i could barely find room to put in one more item, now it is just mostly full, and everything in it has (mostly) not expired yet.
She went out of town to spend time with her son and daughter-in-law for Mother’s Day, and she noted that it often leaves her feeling tired now when she gets home from a trip.  She said she wanted an energy drink, and i told her she’d have more energy if she ate fresh food (as i threw away a solid-as-a-brick, very old breakfast sandwich from a fast food place that shall not be named) instead.  She laughed and said that was true, then ate toast from day old bread with jam and drank leftover coffee from the day before — coffee with cream and sugar no less.
She is a hoot, and will never change.
Ms. JAI was not feeling well at all.  One of her grandchildren had a graduation from college party this past Saturday, and she overdid it with the celebrating.
The Jalopy is still awaiting repair, so yesterday got very complicated.  Sweetie dropped me at Dr. D’s, she took me to Ms. JAI’s, he picked me up from there and took me to help Carl, and Carl’s dad took me home.
Sweetie got his errands run, our state taxes in the mail (state is a month after federal, thank goodness), and his ear doctor appointment in.  His ears are in good shape, he goes back in two months as usual.
Today i get Lunceford the Land Yacht mostly to myself.  That is a must if i am to get to the laundromat.  Tomorrow we may be playing musical cars again or perhaps even tug-of-war, who knows.
The kittens, meanwhile, are a constant source of hilarity when they are not sleeping.
One asleep in the play tunnel, two on the rug.
It is a bit frustrating that the only time i can photograph them properly is when they are sleeping.  Any other time and most of the shots are blurry, if not total misses.  That never stops me from trying.
May you all have a wonderful Tuesday!
Today is:
Aoi Matsuri — Kyoto, Japan (Hollyhock Festival, a pageant reproducing ancient imperial processions)
Cold Sophie’s Day (5th Ice Saint; according to Nordic legend, this day may be very cold, but there will be no more frosts after this)
Flip Your Mattress Day — because it’s a good thing to do
Hyperemisis Gravidarum Awareness Day — bringing attention to morning sickness that becomes life-threatening    
Ides of May — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances
    Feast of Maia and Vesta
    Mercuralia — festival for Mercury
    Sacrifice day to the Tiber River
Independence Day — Paraguay(1811)
International Conscientious Objectors’ Day
International Day of Families — UN
International MPS Awareness Day — click here for details about these inherited diseases   
Kan Phuetchamongkhon — Thailand (Royal Plowing and Farmers Day) 
La Corsa del Ceri — Gubbio, Italy (festival on the eve of the saint day of the city’s patron, St. Ubaldo)
Mother’s Day — Paraguay
National Chocolate Chip Day
National Safety Dose Day — cannot confirm they sponsor a day any more, but the Safety Dose people still want us to remember that more is not necessarily better when it comes to taking medicines, and to dose them correctly for children
Nylon Stockings Day — they went on sale at stores around the US this date in 1940
Over the Rainbow Day — birth anniversary of Lyman Frank Baum
Police Officer/Peace Officer Memorial Day — US (National Association of Chiefs of Police sponsor the main memorial event at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, FL, but there may be services where you are also)
Ramadan begins — Islam (at sunset, through the evening of June 14)
Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day — no, i can’t find out who started this, or why; maybe we should all take a pass at this one
Sea Monkey Day — because somebody really loves theirs, and wants you to love them, too
St. Dymphna’s Day (Patron of epileptics, family happiness, incest victims, martyrs, mental asylums/hospitals, mental health caregivers and professionals/psychiatrists/therapists, mentally ill people, nervous disorders, neurological disorders, possessed people, princesses, rape victims, runaways, sleepwalkers, those who have lost parents; against sleepwalking, epilepsy, insanity, mental disorders, mental illness)
St. Hallvard’s Day (Patron of Oslo; protector of innocence and virtue)
St. Isidore of Madrid’s Day (a/k/a Isidore the Farmer; Patron of agricultural workers/farm workers/farmers/field hands/husbandmen/ranchers, day laborers, livestock, rural communities; Angono, Philippines; Asturias, Cebu, Philippines; Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines; Carampa, Peru; Castalla, Spain; Cuz Cuz, Chile; Digos, Philippines; Estepona, Spain; La Celba, Honduras; Leon, Spain; Lima, Peru; Lucban, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; Malaybalay, Philippines, diocese of; Morong, Philippines; Nabas, Philippines; Orotava, Spain; Pulilan, Philippines; Pulupandan, Philippines; Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico; San Isidro, Argentina; Saragossa, Spain; Sariaya, Philippines; Seville, Spain; Tavalera, Philippines; Tayabas, Philippines; United States National Rural Life Conference; against the death of children)
    Carabao Festival — San Isidro, Pulilan, and Angono, Philippines (second day and main festival; on St. Isidore of Madrid’s Day; the farming communities celebrate their beasts of burden and have them blessed)
    Municipal Holiday — Madrid
    San Isidro Day — Mexico
St. Sophia of Rome’s Day (considered by some to be among the Ice Saints, and invoked for protection against frost)
Straw Hat Day — just as you don’t wear white after Labor Day, you don’t wear straw hats before today, the unofficial start of summer and the official start of straw hat season    
Teacher’s Day — Mexico; South Korea
Anniversaries Today:
Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, 1567
Airmail service begins between NYC, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, 1918 
Birthdays Today:
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 1981
David Krumholtz, 1978
David Charvet, 1972
Sam Trammell, 1971
Emmit Smith, 1969
Giselle Fernandez, 1961
Dan Patrick, 1956
Lee Horsley, 1955
George Brett, 1953
Chazz Palminteri, 1951
Brian Eno, 1948
David Cronenberg, 1943
Lainie Kazan, 1942
Madeleine Albright, 1937
Trini Lopez, 1937
Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936
Jasper Johns, 1930
Richard Avedon, 1923
Eddy Arnold, 1918
Max Frisch, 1911
James Mason, 1909
Joseph Cotten, 1905
Abraham Zapruder, 1905
Katherine Anne Porter, 1890
Arthur Schnitzler, 1862
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1860
Pierre Curie, 1859
L. Frank Baum, 1856
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Esclarmonde”(Opera), 1889
Today in History:
Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is sentenced to death, 1536
Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod, 1602
Johannes Kepler confirms his discovery of the third law of planetary motion, 1618
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world’s first machine gun, 1718
The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France, 1756
Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for “about 360 meters”, at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights, 1793
George III survives two assassination attempts in one day, 1800
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1817
Francis Baily observes “Baily’s beads” during an annular eclipse, 1836
Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand (The King and I), 1851
Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, 1858
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman’s Suffrage Association, 1869
Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded, 1905
The United States Supreme Court  declares Standard Oil to be an “unreasonable” monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up, 1911
The Winnipeg General Strike begins; by 11:00 a.m., almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job, 1919
In an attempted Coup d’état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed, 1932
The Moscow Metro is opened to public, 1935
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3, 1958
Mercury-Atlas 9 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, 1963
President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals, 1970
Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time, 1990
Edith Cresson becomes France’s first female prime minister, 1991
California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage, 2008
Jessica Watson, age 17, becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo, 2010
U.S. scientists develop a device that can generate electricity from genetically-engineered viruses; these piezoelectric materials are a step toward the development of personal power generators, 2012
Carl Icahn invests $100million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service, 2015


Oh, Mama! (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It’s time to do a Saturday happy dance!  Okay, so i do have two left feet.  At least i can clap to the music and sway a little.  Saturday is thankfulness day, and that’s worth a least a few minutes of a second line. 

Second Line Dancing:

We have a happy dance/second line going for Mother’s Day, celebrating mothering and nurturing and just love in general!
Mother’s Day in itself is a reason to be thankful.  It gives our family yet another excuse (as if we really need one) to get together and have fun.
The restaurant where we made reservations for Mother’s Day messed it up twice, so i am grateful Sweetie called and made certain and finally got a confirmation number.
Grandma loves one perfume and one only, and i managed to get her a bottle.
My children and daughter-in-law make me happy.
Mothering kittens makes me happy, especially when they grow up as fat and sassy and healthy as these three.
We love our tunnel tube!
The cats that live here full time are wonderful and all but one of them i bottle raised or we got as small kittens.
The grand-dogs.  Everyone should have grand-dogs to spoil and then send home!
Coda, the faithful guard dog.


The one we call T-Bone, with a former foster kitten.


Pepe hiding, embarassed by his sweater.


Memories of the little hand-made gifts i used to get for Mother’s Day warm my heart.
Being able to continue to be part of the lives of children through the church nursery and rEcess is a special blessing.
It is so special that Red-headed Alec considers me his foster mother and has named me an honorary grandmother to Baby Lee, i am very thankful to have them in my life (even if i work and he works and i don’t get to see them as much as i would like).
He’s a cutie!


Most of all, i am grateful to and for Grandma, my children’s grandmother and my mother.
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is a mother, nurturer or caregiver, whether your children are people or pets.  Let’s all join in on being thankful for the love that binds us together.
Josie Two-Shoes is the wonderful hostess of the Ten Things of Thankful.  The more who join in, the more happiness as we rejoice with each other in thankful things.  Make a list — it does not have to be ten, no one is picky — and come celebrate!

Today is:
Albany Tulip Festival — Albany, NY, US (celebrate spring and Albany’s Dutch heritage; through tomorrow)
Armed Forces/Amateur Radio Crossband Test Day — US (today and tomorrow, ham operators and the US military team up to test ham operators ability and expertise in contacting appropriate military radio stations in an emergency)   
Birth Mother’s Day — the day before Mother’s Day, for all the women who have made an adoption plan for their babies
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day — shedding light on this rare genetic condition   
Day of Purification of All Things — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fairy Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Royal Humans Disbanded — Fairy Calendar (and don’t ask how we blew it)
Hug Your Cat Day — another date given on many sites, and here’s some advice about how to do it safely  
International CFS/ME Awareness Day — bringing awareness about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis 
International Nurses Day — birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale
Jamestown Day — Jamestown, Williamsburg, VA, US (special demonstrations and programs for the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony)
Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive — US (place non-perishable food items by your mail box, and help stamp out hunger in your area)
Limerick Day — birth anniversary of Edward Lear
Martin Z. Mollusk Day — Ocean City, NJ (if the hermit crab sees his shadow, summer comes a week early)
National Babysitter’s Day — US, giving recognition to the babysitters who make your date nights possible
National Bake Sale Day — US (recognizing the tradition of raising money and expanding waistlines through the old fashioned bake sale)
National Miniature Golf Day — this one should be in every country, mini golf is too much fun to hog!
National Nutty Fudge Day
National Train Day — US (it used to be a day to explore why trains matter, with events sponsored by Amtrak, but budget cuts mean you have to celebrate this one on your own now)
Odometer Day — actually first called a “roadometer”, it measured wagon wheel revolutions, as 360 of them made a mile, and was invented and first used this day by William Clayton, Orson Pratt, and Appleton Milo Harmon, Mormon pioneers traveling to Utah in 1847
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships — Austin, TX, US (presented by The P.U.N.Y. [Punsters United Nearly Yearly]
Olde May Day (Julian Calendar)
Pilgrimage to Fatima — Fatima, Portugal (procession, mass, and etc. to commemorate the first appearance of the Virgin of the Rosary to the three shepherd children on this day in 1917)
Rotuma Day — Rotuma, Fiji
Saint Andrew, the First Called Day — Georgia
Snellman Day/Day of Finnish Identity — Finland
Stay Up All Night Night — as declared by George Mahood of Northampton, England, everyone needs to relive the excitement of staying up late like you always wanted to as a kid at least once a year
St. Diomma of Kildimo’s Day (Patron of Kildimo, County Limerick, Ireland)
St. Francis Patrizi’s Day (Patron of reconciliations)
St. Pancras’ Day (2nd Ice Saint; Patron of children, oaths, treaties; Albano, Italy; Iserlohn, Germany; Pontevico, Italy; Sestino, Italy; against cramps, false witness, headaches, and perjury)
Sun Awareness Day — like Melanoma Monday, a few days back, a day to remember the damage the sun can do to skin and stock up on sunscreen, if you haven’t already
Windmill Day — Netherlands (on the second Saturday of May each year, more than 600 windmills, including many that are now national monuments, are open to the public)
World Belly Dance`Day —  to celebrate the wonderful art of belly dance   
World Fair Trade Day — sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization; this year’s theme is “Live Fair, one product at a time.”    
World Migratory Bird Day — original date second Saturday in May, but the WMBD organization encourages you to celebrate when birds are migrating in your area; this year’s theme is “Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”; one celebration that is on this date:
    International Migratory Bird Celebration — Chincoteague, VA, US (walks, talks, tours, art, and children’s activities, all outdoors with the birds)
Yom Yerushalayim — Israel (Jerusalem Day; began sunset yesterday, ends sunset today)
Anniversaries Today:
Mick Jagger marries Bianca De Macias, 1971
Eddie Fisher marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1959 
Coronation of George VI of England, 1937
Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia, 1743
National University of San Marcos is founded in Lima, Peru (oldest in the Americas), 1551
Jagiellonian University is fouded in Krakow, Poland (oldest in Poland), 1364
Richard I (Lionheart) of England marries Berengaria of Navarre, 1191
Birthdays Today:
Emily VanCamp, 1986
Cheryl Burke, 1984
Jason Biggs, 1978
MacKenzie Astin, 1973
Christian Campbell, 1972
Jamie Luner, 1971
Kim Fields, 1969
Tony Hawk, 1968
Stephen Baldwin, 1966
Emilio Estevez, 1962
Ving Rhames, 1961
Kim Greist, 1958
Bruce Boxleitner, 1951
Gabriel Byrne, 1950
Lindsay Crouse, 1948
Steve Winwood, 1948
Millie Perkins, 1938
George Carlin, 1937
Tom Snyder, 1936
Frank Stella, 1936
Burt Bacharach, 1929
Yogi Berra, 1925
Mary Kay Ash, 1918
Katharine Hepburn, 1907
Florence Nightingale, 1820
Edward Lear, 1812
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music”(Musical revue), 1981
“Mary Had a Little Lamb”(Paul McCartney & Wings single release), 1972
“The Poisoned Kiss, or The Empress and the Necromancer”(Opera), 1936
The Symphony No. 1 in F minor(Shostakovich Op. 10), 1926
“L’elisir d’amore / The Elixir of Love”(Opera), 1832
Today in History:
English Barons serve an ultimatum on King John which eventually leads to the Magna Carta, 1215
Antipope  Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome, 1328
Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief  of to the Rathore clan, founds Jodhpur, India, 1459
Philip Lenzi places the first ice cream advertisement, in the NY Gazette, 1777
Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers; it later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses, 1789
The Manitoba Act is given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15, 1870
US District Court Judge J. Dundy rules, in Standing Bear vs. George Crook, that Native Americans are persons within the meaning of the laws of the United States, 1879
Tunisia  becomes a French protectorate, 1881
In the North-West Rebellion, the four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Métis against the Canadian  government, comes to an end with a decisive rebel defeat, 1885
Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, 1932
Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin, 1941
A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada, 1958
West Germany and Israel establish diplomatic relations, 1965
The U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces in international waters, 1975
South Africa prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years, 1984
Amy Eilberg is ordained in New York as 1st woman Conservative rabbi, 1985
Fred Markham of the US becomes the first person to pedal a bike at 65mph unaided by wind, 1986
Ingrid Baeyens becomes the first Belgian woman to ascend Mount Everest, 1992
Russia and chechnya sign a peace agreement after 400 years of conflict, 1997
The Texas, US, legislature is brought to a standstill when 59 Democratic lawmakers go into hiding in a dispute with Republicans over redistricting, 2003
An 8.0 earthquake in southwest China kills more than 69,000 people, 2008
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the second-longest-reigning monarch in British history, 2011 
Pope Francis canonizes a record 813 saints, the Martyrs of Otranto who were beheaded by Ottoman soldiers for refusing to convert to Islam, 2013

Friends (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.
Dansig loves the kittens:
The girls think he’s a big toy.


Special buddies.
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 McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy’s Reader. 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! 
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:

1. I spend ______________ hours per day online.

2. When I go online, I use my _________________.
3. Mother’s Day __________________.
4. I wish ______________________.
I spend too many hours per day online.  After work, of course.
When i go online, i use my tablet or iPads, all of which i got free or cheap, and two of which are getting old.
Mother’s Day will be celebrated at a restaurant with the usual suspects — the whole family, minus Bryn and Dre, who will be with their mother of course.
I wish i could be the one helping others instead of the one who is always on the edge and who cannot do much.
Today is:
Bath International Music Festival — Bath, UK (with musicians from more than 30 countries, this is truly a premier festival; through the 27th)
Blow Bubbles for Your Cat Day — internet generated entertainment urged for human and feline like
Blueberry Hill Open Dart Tournament — St. Louis, MO, US (America’s oldest and largest pub dart tournament; through Sunday)
Canadian Tulip Festival — Ottawa, Canada (the largest tulip festival in the world; through the 21st)
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day — US (on the Friday before Mother’s Day, to recognize the important role of child care providers in society today)   
Cormorant Fishing Festival — Nagara River, Gifu, Japan (traditional fishing with trained cormorants is celebrated nightly under the light of blazing torches through mid-October)
Eat What You Want Day — since none of the “experts” can totally agree on what’s good and what isn’t, today, ignore them all! sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Fairy Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Royal Humans Founded — Fairy Calendar
Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks, Skates, and Rays a Voice — Whale Times or Shark Research Institute (to raise awareness and encourage advocacy to protect elasmobranchs)         
Holiday of the City of Miskolc — Miskolc, Hungary
Hostess Cupcake Day — the Hostess Cupcake, the first cmmercially produced cupcake, went on sale on this day in 1919
Josey’s World Champion Junior 4-D Barrel Race — Josey’s Ranch, Marshall, TX, US (finest youth barrel racing in the world; through Sunday)
Lemuralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (second day)
Lilac Festival — Rochester, NY, US (a beautiful ten days of the biggest and best lilac festival anywhere)
Lokadagur — Iceland (Final Day, festival to mark the end of the fishing season in the south-west of the country)
Military Spouse Appreciation Day — US (Friday before Mother’s Day)
National Mocha Torte Day
National Technology Day — India
Nisga’a Day — Nisga’a (one of the First Nations of Canada [ effective date of treaty])
One Day Without Shoes — originally sponsored by Toms Shoes, to raise global awareness for children’s health and education, which can be compromised when they do not have shoes    
Root Canal Appreciation Day — Dr. Chris Kammer, the ‘rock and roll dentist’, declared this day back in 2005 because he said the much maligned proceedure saves millions of teeth a year and needs an image make over    
St. Gengulf’s Day (Patron of knights, separated spouses, victims of adultery or unfaithfulness; against unhappy marriages)
St. Mamertus’ Day (first of the Ice Saints, whose days are supposed to herald the last frost)
Tubeless Tire Day — B. F. Goodrich Company announced the development of a tubeless tire on this day in 1947
Twilight Zone Day — no, it didn’t premier on this day, nor was Rod Serling born or died on this day; it’s today on the internet for no particular reason except that someone decided to celebrate it today
Witching Day — Isle of Man (Mayday Eve based on the OS calendar, be careful of the spirits today)
Anniversaries Today:
Sammy Davis, Jr., marries Altovise Gore, 1970
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded, 1927
Glacier National Park established, MT, US, 1910
Minnesota becomes the 32nd US state, 1858
Birthdays Today:
Corey Monteith, 1982
Jonathan Jackson, 1982
Natasha Richardson, 1963
Boyd Gaines, 1953
Robert Jarvik, 1946
Mort Sahl, 1927
Bernard Fox, 1927
Foster Brooks, 1912
Phil Silvers, 1911
Salvador Dali, 1904
Martha Graham, 1894
Irving Berlin, 1888
Charles Warren Fairbanks, 1852
Chang and Eng Bunker, 1811
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Once Upon a Mattress”(Musical), 1959
Today in History:
Constantinople becomes the capital of the Roman Empire and is also called Nova Roma and Byzantium, 330
Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam, 1647
Captain Robert Gray becomes the first documented European to sail into the Columbia River, 1792
The waltz is introduced into English ballrooms, and becomes popular in spite of being called “riotous and indecent,” 1812
William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth lead an expedition westwards from Sydney, opening the interior of Australia for settlement, 1813
Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British, 1857
Luxembourg  gains its independence, 1867
U.S. Congress  establishes Glacier National Park in Montana, 1910
Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies, 1924
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded, 1927
Siam officially changes its name to Thailand  for the second time, 1949
Israel joins the United Nations, 1949
In Baltimore, Maryland, the first heart-lung transplant takes place, 1987
In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions, 1995
IBM Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format, 1997
In Nepal, Sherpa Apa Sherpa achieves a new record by climbing Mount Everest for the 21st time, 2011
Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for a record setting US$179.3 million at Christies in New York, 2015
India’s poulation officially reaches 1 billion – Astha Arora is named India’s billionth person, 2015