Beautiful Baby (Awww Monday) and Sparks!

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

 

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A to Z: Zillions (Awww Monday) and Zeal (Sparks!)

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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!
 
Z is for Zillions, because that’s how much we love our Little Girl.  She is 20 today, our little baby, our soldier.
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
 
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
 
My “Spark” for the day
 
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Armed Forces Day — Georgia
 
Birthday of the King / Konungens födelsedag — Sweden (HM King Carl XVI Gustav; an official flag day)
 
Bugs Bunny Day — while some consider his debut to have been in “A Wild Hare,” released in July two years later, other say that Bugs was the rabbit in “Porky’s Hare Hunt,” relased this date in 1938
 
Camarón Day — French Foreign Legion
 
Carnival Day — Sint Maarten
 
Consumer Protection Day — Thailand
 
Díá De Los Niños/Díá De Los Libros — American Library Association (Children Day/Book Day; a celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds)
 
Dia de Rincon — Rincon, Bonaire
 
El Dia del Nino — Mexico (Children’s Day)
 
Fairy Queen’s Birthday — Fairy Calendar
 
Faeriae Latinae — Ancient Roman Calendar (Feast of the Latin League, a festival to honor Jupiter)
 
International Jazz Day — UNESCO (originated with the New Jersey Jazz Society and sanctioned by the United Nations Jazz Society, the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society) 
 
Lailat al-Bara’ah (Shab Barat) — Islam (Night of Forgiveness, a preparation for Ramadan; begins at sunset, local custom dates may vary)
 
Liberation/Reunification Day — Vietnam
 
May Eve — eve of the first day of summer in many traditions, including
    Beltane/Samhain Eve — Pagan traditions
    Carodejnice — Czech Republic; Slovakia
    Maitag Vorabend — Switzerland 
    Mange les Morts — Haiti (festival of the dead)
    Salus — Portugal; Spain (festival of the dead)
    Valborgsmässoafton — Sweden
    Walpurgis Night — Ancient Celtic/Nordic Calendars
 
Mr. Potato Head Day — the classic toy went on sale this day in 1952, and you used your own potato
 
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day — US (can’t find a sponsoring organization, but it’s not a bad idea)
 
National Honesty Day — including Honest Abe Awards (Abies) and dishonorable mentions for those who have been particularly publicly egregious; celebrated today because we began the month with April Fooling and lies, so today is to celebrate the opposite*
 
National Raisin Day
 
St. Adjutor of Vernon’s Day (Patron of drowning victims, sailors, swimmers, yatchsmen; Vernon, France; against drowning)
 
St. James the Great’s Day — Orthodox Christian
 
Teacher’s Day — Paraguay
 
Theravadin New Year — Buddhist (through tomorrow; dates and length of celebration can vary locally)
 
*to nominate someone for an Abie or a dishonorable mention, contact M. Hirsh Goldberg, founder and author of The Book of Lies, mhgoldberg@comcast.net)
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Pele marries Assiria Seixas Lemos, 1994
The Organization of American States is founded, 1948
Louisiana becomes the 18th US state, 1812
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Dianna Agron, 1986
Kirsten Dunst, 1982
Johnny Galecki, 1975
Jeff Timmons, 1973
Carolyn Dawn Johnson, 1971
Adrian Pasdar, 1965
Michael Waltrip, 1963
Isiah Thomas, 1961
Stuart Mathis, 1960
Stephen Harper, 1959
Jane Campion, 1954
Perry King, 1948
Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden, 1946
Michael J. Smith, 1945
Jill Clayburgh, 1944
Burt Young, 1940
Gary Collins, 1938
Willie Nelson, 1933
Cloris Leachman, 1926
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, 1909
Eve Arden, 1908
Ellis Wilson, 1899
Louise Dilworth Beatty Homer, 1871
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Barnum”(Musical), 1980
“The Dresser”(Play), 1980
“Inside U.S.A.”(Musical revue), 1948
“Arthur Godfrey Time”(Radio), 1945
“Pelleas et Melisande”(Opera), 1902
“Dmitri Donskoi”(Opera), 1852
“Love for Love”(Play), 1695
 
 
Today in History:
 
Supernova  SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation  Lupus, 1006
Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune’s orbit until July 23, 1503, 1483
Columbus is given a royal commission to equip his fleet, 1492
On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States, 1789
The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France, 1803
Nicaragua  declares independence from the Central American Federation, 1838
Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to 
make up time on the Cannonball Express, 1900
Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city, 1907
Peru becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty, 1920
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, 1927
The animated cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny, 1938
In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established, 1948
The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company’s refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom, 1963
Communist forces gain control of Saigon and the Vietnam War formally ends, 1975
Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1980
CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free, 1993
Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, 1999
Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters, 2008
Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Hailed as the largest World’s Fair in history, Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China, 2010
Born without a trachea, a 2-year-old Korean-Canadian child is the youngest patient in history to receive a bioengineered organ made from stem cells; she received the transplanted organ at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, 2013

 

A to Z: Tiny (Awww Monday) and To Know (Sparks!)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
Today featuring Little Sister:
 
A tiny handful.
 
 
 
 
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The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
 
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
 
My “Spark” for the day is from an organization called Manners of the Heart, from their Business of Manners division.  If you want to do business with good manners, these are the things you have To Know:
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Alfred G. “Alferd” Packer Day — Colorado
 
Book Day and Lover’s Day — Spain, especially Catalan (women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes [author of “Don Quixote”] and in observance of St. George’s Day)
 
Canada Book Day
 
Chance Day — Fairy Calendar
 
Children’s Day — Nepal; North Cyprus; Turkey
 
Community Day — CL, Spain
 
Community Day/St. George’s Day — AR, Spain
 
English Language Day — UN    
 
Impossible Astronaut Day — if you are a Dr. Who fan, you know, and if not, go here and find out    
 
Independence Day — Conch Republic, Key West, FL. US (a tongue-in-cheek micronation which seceeded from the Union in 1982; celebrated yearly with a week long festival)
 
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day — on St. George’s Day, encouraging members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to continue to be what Howard V. Hendrix derrogatorily termed “webscabs”, posting their stories free on the internet
 
International Sing Out Day — no one will claim responsibility for this one, but i promise not to observe it!
 
Jurgi Festival — Ancient Latvian Calendar (day sacred to Usins; first day outdoor work began for the summer)
 
Landing of the 33 Patriots Day — Uruguay
 
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
 
National Picnic Day — US
 
National Sovereignty Day — Turkey
 
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day — Turkey
 
Peppercorn Ceremony — St. George, Bermuda (commemorates the renting of what is now the Old State House by the Masonic Lodge to the governor of Burmuda for the cost of one peppercorn per annum, now a well attended festival)
 
Sigurd the Dragon Slayer’s Day — because he was probably the inspiration for the legends about St. George
 
St. Adalbert’s Day (Patron of Bohemia; Czech Republic; Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Prussia)
 
St. George’s Day (Patron of archers, armourers, Boy Scouts, butchers, cavalry, chivalry, Crusaders, equestrians, farmers, field hands, field workers, horsemen, horses, husbandmen, knights, lepers, Order of the Garter, Palestinian Christians, riders, Romanian Army, saddle makers, saddlers, sheep, shepherds, soldiers, Teutonic Knights; Canada; England; Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Portugal; Cappadocia; Catalonia; Palestine; over 20 cities and diocese around the world; against herpes, leprosy, plague, skin diseases, skin rashes, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*
    St. George’s Day — NL, Canada (obs.)
 
Take a Chance Day — internet generated encouragement to try something different
 
Talk Like Shakespeare Day — on The Bard’s attributed birth anniversary   
 
Vinalia Priora — Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the first wines of the year)
 
World Book & Copyright Day — UN (this date chosen because of how parts of Spain celebrate St. George’s Day, with books)    
    World Book Night — Germany; Ireland; UK; US (anniversary of the birth and death of Shakespeare, and the death of Miguel de Cervantes; over 20 book titles have been specially chosen for this year and special editions of those books printed so you can share books and your love of reading with those who don’t read much    
 
*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew
A pretty tale, if all is told to be true
Most say, there are no Dragons, and tis said
There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.
— John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Dev Patel, 1990
John Cena, 1977
Kal Penn, 1977
Scott Bairstow, 1970
Melina Kanakaredes, 1967
George Lopez, 1961
Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Craig Sheffer, 1960
Jan Hooks, 1957
Judy Davis, 1955
Michael Moore, 1954
Joyce DeWitt, 1949
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, 1947
Sandra Dee, 1942
David Birney, 1940
Lee Majors, 1940
Roy Orbison, 1936
Shirley Temple Black, 1928
Vladimire Nabokov, 1899
Lester Bowles “Mike” Pearson, 1897
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858
Granville T. Woods, 1856
James Buchanan, 1791
William Penn, 1621
William Shakespeare, 1564(attributed — only the day of his baptism, April 26, is known for certain)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Baywatch”(TV), 1989
“No Man’s Land”(Play), 1975
“She Loves Me”(Musical), 1963
“Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride”(Opera), 1881
“Il re pastore/The Shepherd King”(Mozart opera, K 208)1775
“The Tender Husband”(Comedy), 1705
 
 
Today in History:
 
The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George’s Day, 1348
William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance, 1597
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts, 1635
Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662
Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851
The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial’s Music Hall in NYC, 1896
Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990
Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993
Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus, 2003
The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe, 2009
Despite an initial ban on the film ‘Borat,’ Kazakhstan issues and official ‘thank you’ to actor Sacha Baron Cohen for his character, Borat Sagdiyev, 2012

 

A to Z: Night Guard (Awww Monday) and Nice (Sparks!)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
Little Girl, who is in the Army National Guard, had a training weekend, so she spent her nights here.  She brought Coda the German shepherd, and the dog slept on the cot with her.  When i had to sneak down in the middle of the night, Coda jumped up in protection mode, a faithful night guard: 
 
 
 
Halt!  Who goes there?
 

 

 
 
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The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
 
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
 
My “Spark” for the day
 
 

 

 
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Today is:
 
Boston Marathon — Boston, MA, US (121st running)
 
Day of Mushroom Encouragement — Fairy Calendar
 
Dronningens Fodselsdag — Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)
 
Emancipation Day — Washington, D.C., US
 
Holiday of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Jim Thorpe Day — US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)
 
Jose de Diego’s Birthday — Puerto Rico (Father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, a/k/a Dia de Reafirmacion del Idioma Espanol)
 
National Eggs Benedict Day
 
National Healthcare Decision Week begins — US (to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning; “It always seems to early, until it’s too late.”)    
 
Offering to Demeter Khloe — Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)
 
Patriot’s Day — US (in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War)
 
Sechselauten — Zurich, Switzerland (Six Ringing Festival, traditional driving out of winter through the symolic destruction of the Boog – Old Man Winter – in the form of a snowman)
 
St. Bernadette of Lourdes’ Day (Patron of people ridiculed for their piety, poor people, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people; Lourdes, France; against bodily ills, poverty, sickness)
 
St. Padarn’s Day (Celtic peoples traditionally begin weeding crops on this saint’s day)
 
World Entrepreneurship Day
 
World Voice Day — if you’ve ever had laryngitis, you know how important it is to protect your voice    
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Harry Connick, Jr. marries Jill Goodare, 1994
Founding of the University of Queensland, 1910
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Lilliana Mumy, 1994
Lucas Haas, 1976
Selena Quintanilla, 1971
Martin Lawrence, 1965
Jon Cryer, 1965
Ellen Barkin, 1955
Jay O. Sanders, 1953
Kareem Adbud-Jabbar, 1947
Dusty Springfield, 1939
Bobby Vinton, 1935
Herbie Mann, 1930
Edie Adams, 1929
Pope Benedict XVI, 1927
Henry Mancini, 1924
Kingsley Amis, 1922
Peter Ustinov, 1921
Barry Nelson, 1920
Merce Cunningham, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1889
John Millington Synge, 1871
Wilbur Wright, 1867
Jose De Diego, 1866
Anatole France, 1844
John Franklin, 1786
Hans Sloane, 1660
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Brown Sugar”(Rolling Stones single release), 1971
“Fibber McGee and Molly”(Radio), 1935
“Mazeppa”(Symphonic poem, Liszt’ S 100), 1854
“The Contrast”(Comedy), 1787 (First play by an American author, Royall Tyler, to be professionally produced on stage)
 
 
Today in History:
 
Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178
The Jewish fortress of Masada falls to the Roman Army, ending the Jewish revolt, 73
Martin Luther is called before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina, 1582
The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada, 1880
The first passenger rail opens in India, 1853
Ebenezer Bassett, the first African-American diplomat, begins his service in Haiti, 1869
US Marshal Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle, in Dodge City, 1881
Harriet Quimby becomes the first female pilot to cross the English Channel, 1912
Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British, 1919
Annie Oakley shoots a record 100 clay targets in a row, 1922
Dr. Albert Hofmann first ingests LSD, thus discovering its effects, 1943
Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1947
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation, 1963
The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean, 1992
The Queen Mary II embarks on her first transatlantic voyage, 2004
President of Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over, 2007
For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction, 2012
The Vatican ends a five-year investigation into a key organization of U.S. nuns two years ahead of schedule and recommends no major changes; the group was under scrutiny for practices considered out of line with Catholic Church teaching, 2015

 

A to Z: Healthy (Awww Monday) and Happy (Sparks!)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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!
 
Two Saturdays ago, a young man from our church was seriously injured — nearly crushed in an elevator accident.
 
His main injury, a torn trachea, was such that the doctors said they’d never seen anyone survive this.
 
Yesterday at church, we got this picture:
 
Breathing on his own, sitting up in bed, posing with mom and his doctor (dad snapped the photo).
 
 
This is both an Awww! and an answer to prayer.
 
 
 
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The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
 
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
 
My “Spark” for the day:
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Appomattox Day — US (marking the end of the US Civil War on this day in 1865)
 
Astronauts’ Day — web generated by someone who wants all these brave people honored
 
Baghdad Liberation Day — Kurdistan, Iraq
 
Bataan Day/Day of Valor — Philippines (Araw ng Kagitingan)
 
Dita e Kushtetutes — Kosovo (Constitution Day)
 
Dry Milk Day — the first patent for powdered milk was issued this day in 1972 to Samuel Percy
 
Feast of Jalal (Glory) — Baha’i
 
Independence Restoration Day — Georgia (formerly Day of National Unity)
 
Martyr’s Day — Tunisia
 
Name Yourself Day — an internet holiday allowing you to change your name for a day, if you want to.
 
National Cherish An Antique Day — hooray for old fashioned quality!
 
National Chinese Almond Cookie Day
 
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day — US
 
Observation of the Nazi Occupation — Denmark (anniversary of the Nazi invasion)
 
Public Library Day — US (anniversary of the opening of the first “publicly funded” library — i.e. a tax based, free library — in the US, in 1833 in Petersborough, New Hampshire)
 
Remembrance for Haakon Sigurdsson — Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (Haakon the Great, one of the Jarls of Hladhir)
 
St. Casilda’s Day (Patron against sterility)
 
St. Mary of Cleophas’ Day (one of the Marys in the Bible who was present at the Crucifixion)
 
Verruca Day — Fairy Calendar (Goblin Celebration again)
 
Vimy Ridge Day — Canada
 
Winston Churchill Day — commemmorates his becoming an honorary US citizen
 
World Konkani Day — Goa (Official language of the Indian state of Goa; on the death anniversary of the pioneer of modern Konkani literature, Vaman Raghunath Varde Valaulikar)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Sophia Loren marries Carlo Ponti, 1966
Wayne Newton marries Kathleen McCrone, 1994
Charles, Prince of Wales, marries Camilla Parker-Bowles, 2005
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Elle Fanning, 1998
Kristen Stewart, 1990
Jesse McCartney, 1987
Leighton Meester, 1986
Taylor Kitsch, 1981
Keshia Knight Pulliam, 1979
Rachel Stevens, 1978
Gerard Way, 1977
Austin Peck, 1971
Jacques Villeneueve, 1971
Cynthia Nixon, 1966
Paulina Prizkova, 1965
Dennis Quaid, 1954
Michael Learned, 1939
Avery Schreiber, 1935
Jean-Paul Belmondo, 1933
Paul Krassner, 1932
Tom Lehrer, 1928
Hugh Hefner, 1926
John Presper Eckert, Jr., 1919
Ward Bond, 1903
Paul Robeson, 1898
Efrem Zimbalist, 1889
Frank King, 1883
Eadweard Muybridge, 1830
Charles Baudelaire, 1821
Tamerlane, 1336
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Ticket to Ride”(Beatles’ single), 1965
“Diamond Lil”(Play), 1928
“Shadow of a Gunman”(Play), 1923
The World, the Flesh and the Devil(Film), 1914
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Mongol hordes defeat the Poles and Germans in the Battle of Liegnitz, 1241
Robert Cavalier de la Salle reaches the mouth of the Mississippi River and claims all the land drained by the river and its tributaries for France, 1682
The African Methodist Episcopal church in the US is formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816
The oldest audible sound recording of a human voice is made, 1860
Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the US Civil War, 1865
Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska, 1967
The Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada, 1869
Jumbo the Elephant arrives in the US, 1882
The Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland for NYC, 1912
The first full color film, “World, The Flesh, and The Devil”, premiers in London, 1914
Mae West makes her NYC debut in “Diamond Lil,” 1928
The first Japanese built aircraft to fly to Europe, the Kamikaze, arrives at Croydon Airport in London, 1937
The Suez Canal is officially opened for shipping, 1957
NASA announces the selection of the United States’ first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the “Mercury Seven”, 1959
In the first game in the Astrodome, Houston beats the Yankees 2-1 in an exhibition game, and Mickey Mantle hits the first indoor home run, 1967
The first British built Concorde makes its first flight, 1969
Georgia declares its indepedence from Russia, 1991
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at Westminster Abbey, 2002
Facebook purchases Instagram, a photo sharing application, for $1 billion, 2012

 

A to Z: Baby! (Awww Monday) and Believe (Sparks!)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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!
 
Baby Lee came for a visit, and his daddy, Red-headed Alec, tried to help him take a selfie.
 
Trying.
 
 
Trying again.
 
 
He’s ready for his close-up, Mr. DeMille!
 
 
 
 
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The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
 
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
 
My “Spark” for the day:
 
 
 
 
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Today is
 
Easter Monday — Christian; related observances
    Dyngus Day
    Egg Races — Rural Northwestern Switzerland (traditional Easter Monday races with competitors carrying large numbers of eggs from village to village)
    Emaishen — Luxembourg (traditional market)
    Family Day — South Africa
    Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking — Hallaton, Leicestershire, England (traditional celebrations dating back at least 600 years)
    Memorial Day — Republic of Georgia
    Seu Harvest Parade — Curacao
    Sham el-Nessim — Egypt (Smell the Breezes Day, a spring celebration for all religions; celebrated by getting outside, greeting neighbors, enjoying spring, and eating salty raw fish)
 
Feast of Acan — Ancient Mayan Calendar (god of wine, whose name means either “belch” or “groan”, depending on your source — although both seem apt, one during the celebration, the other after; date approximate)
 
Great Lovers Day — you don’t have to be a Cassanova to celebrate the great lovers in your life!
 
International Children’s Book Day — on the birth anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen, sponsored this year by the USA division of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People); this year’s theme is “The Small is Big in a Book”
 
Malvinas Day — Argentina (honors veterans of the Falklands War)
 
Mule Day Celebrations — Columbia, TN, US (the “mule capital of the world” has mule shows, entertainment, dancing and music, food, and fun; through Sunday)
 
National Ferret Day — US (The American Ferret Association)  
 
National Love Your Produce Manager Day — with its own Facebook page   
 
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
 
Reconciliation Day — as recommended by columnist Ann Landers, use today to reach out and mend a broken relationship
 
Sizdehbedar — Iran (Nature Day)
 
Spring Fever and Medical Aid Appeal — Fairy Calendar
 
St. Francis of Paloa’s Day (Patron of boatmen, mariners, naval officers, sailors, travellers, watermen; Amato, Italy; Calbria, Italy; Fossato Serraita, Italy; Sant’Agata di Esaro, Italy; against fire, plague, and sterility)
 
St. Urban of Langres’ Day (Patron of barrel makers/coopers, gardeners, vine dressers/vine growers/vintners; Dijon, France; Langres, France; against alcoholism, blight, fainting, frost, storms)
 
Taily Day, Scotland (engage in pranks related to your tail end, a second day of April fooling)
 
Thai Heritage Conservation Day — Thailand
 
Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day — Belarus
 
World Autism Awareness Day — UN
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Napoleon Bonaparte marries the Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, 1810
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Bethany Joy Galeotti, 1981
Christopher Meloni, 1961
Pamela Reed, 1953
Ron “Horshack” Palillo, 1949
Camille Paglia, 1947
Emmylou Harris, 1947
Linda Hunt, 1945
Leon Russell, 1942
Dr. Demento, 1941
Marvin Gaye, 1939
Jack Webb, 1920
Charles White, 1918
Alec Guinness, 1914
Buddy Ebsen, 1908
Max Ernst, 1891
Walter Chrysler, 1875
Emile Zola, 1840
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, 1834
Hans Christian Anderson, 1805
Giovanni Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, 1725
Charlemagne, 742
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Nickelodeon(TV Cable Channel), 1979
“Dallas”(TV), 1978
“2001: A Space Odyssey”(Film), 1968
“As the World Turns”(TV), 1956
“The Edge of Night”(TV), 1956
Symphony No. 1 in C major(Beethoven Op. 21), 1800
 
 
Today in History:
 
Mehmed II begins his siege of Istanbul/Constantinople, 1453
Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European to set foot in Florida, 1513
“American Farmer,” the first successful agricultural journal, begins publication, 1819
Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for president of the US, 1870
The first Easter egg roll is held on the White House lawn, 1877
Puerto Rico is given limited self rule by the US Congress, 1900
The first full time movie theater, the “Electric Theater,” opens in Los Angeles, 1902
The Titanic undergoes sea trials under her own power, 1912
President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany, 1917
Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia, 1930
Charles Lindbergh turns over the $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son, 1932
The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London, 1962
Argentine forces sieze the Falkland Islands, beginning the Falklands War, 1982
Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province (British Columbia), 1991
Israeli forces surround and besiege the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated, 2002
Three widows and two daughters of Osama bin Laden were charged with illegally living in Pakistan; they were sentenced with 45 days in jail and fined $114 each, 2012
The Arms Trade Treaty, the first-ever bill to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, is passed by the U.N. General Assembly, 2013

 

Farm Friends (Awww Monday) and Sparks!

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
 
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!
 
Daughter-in-Law Becky has some new additions for the farm:
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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McGuffy's Reader


 
The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
 
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
 
My “Spark” for the day
 
 
 
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And on a personal note, Happy Birthday to Bigger Girl!
 
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Today is:
 
Day to Mourn Victims of Biological Weapons — commemorates the day they were outlawed in 1975
 
End of Zimbor-Quattor’s Revenge Week and Day of Reconcilliation with All Those Whose Hats Have Been Damaged — Fairy Calendar
 
Fiesta del Arbol — Spain (Tree Festival or Arbor Day)
 
Independence Day and National Day — Bangladesh(1971)
 
Khordad Sal — Zoroastrian (Birth of the Prophet Zaranhushtra)
 
Labour Day — Christmas Island
 
Legal Assistants’ Day
 
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day — Wellcat Holidays, which has made up a bunch, wants you to do the same today!
 
Martyr’s Day / Democracy Day — Mali
 
National Nougat Day
 
Otago Provincial Anniversary — Otago, New Zealand
 
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole Day — Hawaii, US (Hawaiian Royal who worked to preserve the Hawaiian culture)
 
Purple Day — International (supporting epileptics around the world)  
 
Seward’s Day — Alaska, US
 
Spinach Day — on this day in 1937, spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye in honor of their favorite veggie
 
St. Braulio’s Day (Patron of Aragon, Spain)
 
St. William of Norwich’s Day (Patron of kidnap and torture victims)
 
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel — Eastern Orthodox Christianity (celebration of his role is the Annunciation)
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Ricki Lake weds Rob Sussman, 1994
Founding of the University of Utrecht, 1636
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Keira Knightley, 1985
Amy Smart, 1976
T.R. Knight, 1973
Josh Lucas, 1972
Leslie Mann, 1972
Kenny Chesney, 1968
John Stockton, 1962
Marcus Allen, 1960
Jennifer Grey, 1960
Catherine Keener, 1960
Leeza Gibbons, 1957
Curtis Sliwa, 1954
Teddy Pendergrass, 1950
Martin Short, 1950
Vicki Lawrence, 1949
Steven Tyler, 1948
Diana Ross, 1944
Bob Woodward, 1943
Erica Jong, 1942
James Caan, 1939
Alan Arkin, 1934
Leonard Nimoy, 1931
Sandra Day O’Connor, 1930
Pierre Boulez, 1925
Tennessee Williams, 1911
Viktor Frankl, 1905
Robert Frost, 1874
Jane Arminda Delano, 1862
Nathaniel Bowditch, 1773
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Fences”(Play), 1988
“The Young and the Restless”(TV), 1973
“Cannon”(TV), 1971
“Funny Girl”(Musical), 1964
“Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi/The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi”(Play), 1952
 
 
Today in History:
 
William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables, 1484
The first British Sunday newspaper is published (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor), 1780
The US Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana, 1804
An earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela, leaves 20,000 dead, 1812
The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, NY, 1830
Eastman Film Co manufactures the first commercial motion picture film, 1885
New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies, 1931
William H. Hastie becomes the first black Federal Judge in the US, in the US Virgin Islands, 1937
Jonas Salk announces the first successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children, 1953
East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 1971
Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C., 1979
The “Melissa worm” infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world, 1999
A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man, 1999
The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People’s Republic of China, 2005
Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth, in over 50 years, 2012
Carrie Lam becomes first woman elected to lead Hong Kong, 2017