A to Z: Tell Us Your Plans, Make the Universe Laugh, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
If you tell your plans, the universe, or The Almighty, or someone will laugh at you.
 
 
 
Friday, #2 Son woke up with tonsillitis.  Now, remember that Grandpa had his tonsils out at age 24, i had mine out at age 24, and Bigger Girl just had hers out at age 26 (two years overdue).  #2 Son is 23, and i think his tonsils are rotting out right on our DNA’s schedule, as this is his first bout ever.
 
He went to Doc-in-a-Box across the highway and got antibiotics.  All should be well right?
 
In anyone else’s world, yes.  In my world, Saturday was my day off.  He woke up with his throat so swollen he was choking.  To the ER we go!
 
Turns out he had an abscess behind his right tonsil. They had to get an ENT in to drain it.  Yes, he was worth every minute in the ER, and he was worth missing the Holy Saturday church service for, and next time i think i might get a day off, i’m not going to whisper a word to anyone until it is over!
 
Next time, i’m keeping my trap shut!
 
 
Dr. D has not been feeling her best since taking antibiotics a couple of weeks ago, but that didn’t stop her from getting some mileage out of the day yesterday.
 
Actually, the mileage was put on Lunceford the Land Yacht.
 
We started by listing what had to be done:  cleaning (litter box, toilet, tub, dishes, vacuuming, change sheets), put more coolant in her truck, and run errands.  Doesn’t sound like a whole lot, does it?
 
Errand one, laundromat.  Start the wash, run to the nearby bank to get cash for the rest of the errands, go back and put it all in the dryer.  While there, run into one of your children’s friends you haven’t seen in over 10 years, and spend time being mommy counselor.
 
Back to the house where she won’t let me make the bed until she irons the pillowcases (!) and get ready for the next set of errands.
 
Now it’s time for MallMart, the Dollar Store, the post office, the grocery, and the drug store.  Drug store number one doesn’t have an item, find it at grocery store.  Grocery store can’t come up with a price on it, won’t sell me the item.  None of the other stores have it either.  Come back with a roast chicken, cat treats, Renuzit solid air freshener, a broom, a door mat, two cartons of milk, and the mail.  Because of having to stop at four different places to find the item i never got, the whole thing takes over two hours.
 
Oh, we almost forgot the phone needs to have more minutes.  Finally convinced her to do that on the phone itself using a debit card.
 
Cleaning is getting done between all these things, and i figure i will just help with sorting stuff at the house after the second set of errands until i hear, “Oh, I need panty hose, and they have to come from Dillard’s at the Mall!”
 
Go to the one place i almost never go, the Mall.  Find a parking place strangely close to Dillard’s.  Walk in and find out there are two Dillard’s in the mall, and i’m in the wrong one, the one with men’s clothes.  Figure that’s why there’s no one parked near it.  Through the mall to the other Dillard’s, procure the panty hose, and leave the Mall, hoping my next visit won’t be for at least 4 months (that’s about as often as i can stand).
 
It’s all good, in the end everything got done, and she is finally feeling better if she asked for a chicken.
 
Some days, you just know you earned your good night’s sleep.
 
 
 
Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!
 
 
 
 

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

 

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

 

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

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
 
 
 
A few weeks ago (yes, this really happened), a lady was standing outside of the Methodist Church holding a sign that said:
 
The end is near!
 
A few of the members of the church were in a quandary, wondering what, if anything, they should do.  Someone finally approached her and asked if she would like to come in and join them for worship and maybe coffee in the parlor after.
 
At first she looked startled, and then she burst out laughing and said, “Oh, I understand!  No, I’m holding this sign for the people who are running in the downtown marathon today, to tell them they are getting close to the finish line!”
 
Even Dr. D can’t top that one today.  She had taken a medication last week that left her feeling quite green around the gills, and spent most of the time in bed or sitting down.
 
We still got things done, i ran errands and dragged items out to the curb to be picked up with the garbage tomorrow.
 
She is still trying to decide if the outdoor iron furniture is going to be given away or set at the curb for any takers.  She wants to ask around to see if anyone wants it.
 
 
It’s like this, only worse, and with dirt.
 
 
Trust me, it would need enough work that no one wants it.  If we set it out next week, a scrapper will get it, which is the best thing that could happen.
 
If anyone needs a pick-me-up story after all the news about Notre Dame (i sure do!), here’s one.  It starts out awful, with a young man’s attempted suicide.  Everyone, especially the doctors, thought he was a goner.  When they finally decided to remove the breathing tube, he woke up and began responding.
 
Everyone is astounded, ecstatic, and overjoyed.  He is the brother of one of #1 Son’s very good friends, and he has a long road to recovery, but he’s on the way.
 
Finally, a funny for your amusement that i probably should have posted with my poem yesterday, but i didn’t think of it:
 
 
 
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
 

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Words for Wednesday is tomorrow, but i’m putting the words up today so anyone who wants to get a start may do so.
 
This week’s words are:
 
abounding
sloppy
quince
spiritual
toothpaste
cent
 
and/or
 
debonair
blind
instrument
bouncy
horn
decision
 
 
Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!
 
 

 

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Today is:
 
Day of Mushroom Encouragement — Fairy Calendar
 
Dronningens Fodselsdag — Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)
 
Education and Sharing Day — in honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
 
Eighty-Niner Days Celebration — Guthrie, OK, US (commemoration of the Oklahoma Territory Land Run of April 22, 1889, celebrating their heritage with chuck wagon feeds, “gunfights”, a parade and carnival; through Sunday)
 
Emancipation Day — Washington, D.C., US
 
Holiday of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Jim Thorpe Day — US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)
 
National CPA’s Goof Off Day — US, the day after tax day because they deserve it!
 
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.”)  
 
National Stress Awareness Day — sponsored by the Health Resource Network (always on the first workday after paying taxes)
 
Offering to Demeter Khloe — Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)
 
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)
 
Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day — US (the day after you pay your taxes, bring the comforts of home to the office; sponsored by PajamaGram)    
 
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:
 
Egyptian forces of Thutmose III defeat a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh at the Battle of Megiddo, the first battle recorded with a reliable account, BC1457
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
Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur, inventor, and founder and CEO of Theranos, is named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2015, 2015
Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album “Damn”, 2018

A to Z: How did i get myself into this? A Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
Sometimes at the end of a day of working for Dr. D, i ask myself, how did i get myself into this?
 
It was Ms. PR at church, and as i’ve told her before, i don’t know whether to thank her or blame her.  She says everyone who knows Dr. D feels that way.
 
Well, not quite everyone.
 
Yesterday was errand day, and one errand involved dropping off a check for the storage unit.  Yes, she could mail it, but why when she drives past the storage place to get to the post office to check her mailbox?
 
The older gentleman who owns the place came out and asked how she was doing and what she was up to these days.  She answered a bit shyly, for her, and he noted “You don’t need that thing, do you?” pointing to her handicapped hang tag.
 
“Yes,” she answered, “my hips hurt so I can’t walk as far as I used to.”
 
“Oh, you are too young for that, it’s all in your head,” he told her.
 
They were flirting, and it was quite amusing to watch.
 
They’d make a cute couple.
 
 
She went through her bookshelves, and came up with two boxes worth of books to donate to the Friends of the Library.  She’d never been there to donate, so i navigated while she drove, and she was not at all happy about the gravel drive to get back to the book barn.
 
When we arrived, i told her to just sit, i’d get the books out, and i went in to make sure they were open and taking donations.
 
“How many books?” the gentleman asked.
 
About two boxes worth, i told him, then added, and you can have the books but not the boxes.
 
“That’s fine,” he said, “but may I ask why not the boxes?”
 
Well, i told him, this squatter moved into the house about 60 years ago, his name is Justin.  You know, Justin Case.  He’s been convinced to let go of the books, but he is holding on to the boxes with all his might and main!
 
It’s true, too, because the next stop was the office where copies were made, including of papers that had their own receipts attached, and more boxes were gathered.  Those were taken back to the storage unit, and the only way to get them in was to chuck them on top of everything else and slam the door so they didn’t fall back out.  She wants them for when she starts sorting the unit, once she gets done with the house and the storage building at the house.
 
Justin isn’t leaving any time soon, if anyone was wondering.
 
Someone once commented that my job description sounds like “anything legal,” and it is sometimes true.  Yesterday i found myself helping her color her hair.  When i asked why, she simply said, “Vanity.”   That’s the same answer Sweetie gives for making me color his as well.
 
Yes, she was and is a redhead.
 
She is now helping a relative apply for a grant of some kind, and part of yesterday was spent researching arcane information about how and when and where to apply and what criterion must be met.  The long and short of it is, you have to have permission from about 6 state and federal agencies and any Native American Tribes that have an interest anywhere in the area before you can get this grant, and i say good luck.
 
 
 
How do i get myself into these situations?  Danged if i know, but at least it’s a living.
 
Hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday!
 
 
 

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Words for Wednesday is tomorrow, but i’m putting the words up today so anyone who wants to get a start may do so.
 
This week’s words are:
 
gaze
dogs
brave
decisive
wrench
tempt
 
and/or
 
bad
shake
scribble
flower
afternoon
camp
 
Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!
 
 
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Today is:
 
Appomattox Day — US (marking the end of the US Civil War on this day in 1865)
 
Astronauts’ Day — unofficial, on the anniversary of NASA’s announcement of the names of the first seven astronauts 
 
Baghdad Liberation Day — Kurdistan, Iraq
 
Bataan Day/Day of Valor — Philippines (Araw ng Kagitingan)
 
Be Kind to Lawyers Day — after all, you will need one someday, for something
 
Children’s Day in Florida — FL, US
 
Dita e Kushtetutes — Kosovo (Constitution Day)
 
Dry Milk Day — a patent for a method to make powdered milk was issued this day in 1872 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
 
National Library Workers Day — US (always the Tuesday of National Library Week)
 
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
US Senator Tammy Duckworth becomes the first senator to give birth while in office, 2018

A to Z: By the time you read this, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
By the time you read this, let the bells ring out across my borders, we have finished getting our tax stuff together and it is on the way to the accountant!
 

 

 
As usual, adding up what i earned took the longest.  As usual, once that was done and i made myself get with it, everything else took about 1 1/2 hours.
 
Also, miracle of miracles, i set up a system whereby i am keeping track of each month as i go along this year, so next year it will all be ready sooner.
 
Why do i put it off every year?  As Dr. D said last week, that is a question for the ages.
 

 

 
Speaking of Dr. D, she forgot to tell me yesterday, when she sent me to do the errands, that she’d taken the post office box key out of the truck.  That is something i didn’t find out until i got to the post office.
 

 

 
She has found records she wants to sell, too, the old LP albums, and i tried to go to the place that buys them, but they are closed on Monday.
 

 

 
We packed up more boxes for donation and i dropped them off, and went to the store for paper towels and toilet paper, so it wasn’t a totally wasted trip — batting .500, i guess, two of four errands were a go.
 
Now that taxes are done, next on the list is to clean out Lunceford the Land Yacht and reorganize all of my cleaning supplies.
 

Anyone want to take a guess on how long it will be before i do that?

 
Oh, and just last week was Bigger Girl’s birthday, she turned 26.  She sent me a text:
 
Thank you for the birthday gift.  I’m gonna buy novelty cookie cutters so that everything I eat is shaped like a dinosaur!
 
Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
 

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Words for Wednesday is tomorrow, but since i’m supplying the words and it’s probably Wednesday already somewhere, i’m going ahead and posting just the words now.  My story will be here tomorrow, my time.  You can link your story today or tomorrow by leaving a comment, or even write your story in the comments, your choice.
 
This weeks words are:
 
sustenance
booth
street
hint
syrup
drab
 
and/or
 
older
cardboard
wounded
front
empty
astonished
 
Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!
 
 
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Today is
 
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 Latvia division of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People); this year’s theme is “Small is Big In a Book”
 
Malvinas Day — Argentina (honors veterans of the Falklands War)
 
National Equal Pay Day — US (the date of how far into 2019 a US woman had to work to earn what a US man did in 2018)  
 
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)
 
Sun ‘n Fun International Fly in & Expo — Lakeland, Florida, US (preserving and enhancing the future of flight; through Sunday)
 
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
Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%, 2013

Lugging and Laundry and Loss, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
What were Dr. D and i up to yesterday?  Glad you asked.  We were up to something i was afraid was going to happen from the beginning.
 
Work on the office has begun, and as i figured, much of what she threw in boxes because she didn’t want to look through it first that we hauled up there (my back actually did the hauling) is stuff she now wants to get rid of, pronto.
 
The trash bin there at the building is now locked.  Since she has the office free on the grace of the family member who owns the building, she does not want to ask for a key.
 
Result, i am hauling it all back to her house to be disposed of there.
 
Yes, really!!!
 
This particular round, it all fit in the trash can and recycle bin, since she is keeping a whole, whole lot.
 
When i asked her what she thought her children were going to do with all the stuff she is keeping, she said, “Pitch it, I hope.”
 
When i asked her why she didn’t pitch it all herself, she said, “That’s one of the questions of the ages, and I don’t know the answer.”
 
Don’t ask me, I don’t know, either!
 
She also sent me to do the laundry at what i call the fancy laundromat.  It has shorter hours than the one i use, is a lot nicer, and the cost reflects the latter.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Dr. D’s house peculiarities include the fact that her washer/dryer stack is on a dolly, and she’s concerned if she washes large loads of sheets and towels that it will walk itself off the dolly and create havoc.  Thus the nice laundromat.
 
Meanwhile, back at the ol’ hacienda, the battle with the tax papers is starting to heat up again.  It’s a fight i know i’m going to lose.
 
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Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday, and avoid stress whenever possible!  (And shhhh!  Happy Birthday to Bigger Girl, who doesn’t like it widely published!)
 
 

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Today is:
 
American Diabetes Association Alert Day — a day to remind people about how serious the illness is, and what the risk factors are     
 
Ann Arbor Film Festival — Ann Arbor, MI, US (independent digital, 16mm and 35mm films, including experimental film; through Sunday)
 
Day to Mourn Victims of Biological Weapons — commemorates the day they were outlawed in 1975
 
Einmanudur Month Begins — Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Lone Month, the month dedicated to young men)
    Yngismannadagur — Young Men’s Day
 
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)
 
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
 
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole Day — Hawaii, US (Hawaiian Royal who worked to preserve the Hawaiian culture)
 
Purple Day — International (supporting epileptics around the world)   
 
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
Richard III of England (1452-1485) is reburied at Leicester Cathedral in England, after being discovered under a carpark in Leicester in 2012, 2015
US, European Union and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK, 2018
The US Federal Trade Commission confirms it will investigate Facebook over privacy concerns, 2018

Guess We’ll Just Call It The Runaround, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
Some of you may have noticed i have been a bit remiss in commenting on blogs, sometimes being very late to the game.
 
There’s been a ton of extra work the last two weeks.  In fact, last week i did fourteen jobs.
 
 
 
Besides the rental that is an ongoing project for Ms. G, our church now maintains a condo, paid for by a donor, for visiting missionaries, guest speakers, and others who might need temporary housing associated with their church duties.  One family was leaving by Friday at noon, and the next couple were coming in Saturday morning, so Ms. GA, who had company coming and wanted her house done early, got moved to Thursday afternoon after the office and Ms. S so i could fit the condo in on Friday.
 
Mr. Derek, one of the sextons, loaned me a vacuum cleaner from the church to use, as my vacuum is small and has a tendency to leave places smelling faintly of cat.  (How that can be with only 7 of them in this house i just do not understand.)
 
It was a Eureka, it had perfect above floor cleaning, a great upholstery tool, adjusted to every carpet in the place including the bath mats, and if it had had a hard floor setting, it would have seriously tempted me to commit the sin of covetousness!
 
An almost perfect vacuum cleaner.
All this has meant i am writing posts and checking in on yours in the odd moments i have, as well as in the evening after work when i can prop my eyes open.  Although i may be late, i will do everything i can to not disappear entirely.
 
The Jalopy, our former workhorse vehicle, is not quite ready to be taken out and mercifully shot, but she is certainly a weak link in the chain around here.  She can only be used for very short trips right across the highway to the store and back, and only at non-peak traffic times, for safety.
 
That means Lunceford the Land Yacht is getting a workout.  Yesterday, Sweetie dropped me with Dr. D, went to see The Big Boss, got cat food and ran other errands, came and got me, took me to Ms. JAI’s house, went to get #1 Son and take him to physical therapy, came back and got me, dropped me at the house, went and picked son up from PT and took him to work, then finally came home.
 
 
 
The rest of this week may prove to be more of the same.  At some point, i’m going to need a score card to keep up.
 
May everyone have a wonderful and blessed Tuesday and rest of the week!
 
 
 
 

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Today is:
 
Commemoration of the Victory over Kadhafi — Libya
 
Corn Dog Day — some sites say the 20th; #2 Son will celebrate both days, if i can afford that many corn dogs
 
Greater Dionysia — Ancient Greek Calendar (largest festival to Dionysos, lasting five days; date approximate
 
Kashubians’ Unity Day — among Kashubians in northern Poland
 
Let’s Laugh Day — a holiday spread by ecard companies, because any day is a good day for a laugh
 
Mojoday — Discordianism
 
National Chocolate Caramel Day
 
Oil Nationalization Day — Iran
 
Pet Passport Day — today in 2000, the UK passed the pet passport law, allowing pets into Great Britian without quarrantine if they met certain criteria
 
Poultry Day — a day to honor the role poultry plays in our lives
 
Quinquatria — Roman Empirical Calendar (celebration of Minerva and Mars, especially the birthday of Minerva today; through the 23rd)
 
See If You Can Find Someone Who Remembers Honey West Day — internet generated trivia question
 
Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day — despite what you think, the bird you saw there yesterday was not a swallow, the natives will tell you
 
St. Joseph’s Day (Patron of bursars, cabinetmakers, carpenters, civil engineers, confectioners, craftsmen, dying people, emigrants, expectant mothers, families, fathers, happy death, holy death, house hunters, immigrants, interior souls, laborers, married people, Oblates of St. Joseph, people in doubt, people who fight communism, pioneers, protection of the church, social justice, travellers, unborn children, wheelwrights, workers; Universal Church; over 50 cities, diocese, and countries; against doubt and hesitation)
    As Patron of fathers, his day is also Father’s Day in Belgium, Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
    Valencia, Spain has it’s biggest day of the Las Fallas Festival today, with the fireworks.
 
Time Zone Day — US Congress passed the Standard Time Act to sort out the fact that different states and cities used different times, with no rhyme or reason
 
Zimbor-Quattor’s Revenge Week begins — Fairy Calendar
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Michael Bergin, 1969
Bruce Willis, 1955
Glenn Close, 1947
Clarence “Frogman” Henry, 1937
Ursula Andress, 1936
Phyllis Newman, 1935
Renee Taylor, 1935
Phillip Roth, 1933
Ornette Coleman, 1930
Patrick McGoohan, 1928
Brent Scowcroft, 1925
John Joseph Sirica, 1904
Earl Warren, 1891
Edith Nourse Rogers, 1881
Charles M. Russell, 1864
William Jennings Bryan, 1860
Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1847
Wyatt Earp, 1848
Sir Richard Burton, 1821
David Livingstone, 1813
Thomas Mckean, 1734
William Bradford, 1590
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Batman Vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice(Film), 2016
“Kate and Allie”(TV), 1984
“A Child of Our Time”(Oratorio), 1944
“Amos and Andy”(Radio), 1928
“Faust”(Opera), 1859
“Die Braut von Messina”(Schiller Play), 1803
 
 
Today in History:
 
A Mongolian victory in the Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China, 1279
Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men, 1687
The SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000, 1863
Pluto is photographed for the first time but is not recognized as a planet, 1915
Eight American planes take off in pursuit of Pancho Villa, the first United States air-combat mission in history, 1916
The U.S. Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time, 1918
Willie Mosconi sets a world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio. The record still stands today, 1954
Gumby makes his debut, 1957
The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction, 1965
Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the Final Four with an all-black starting lineup, 1966
India and Bangladesh sign a friendship treaty, 1972
The United States House of Representatives begins broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable television network C-SPAN, 1979
Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating the Falklands War with the United Kingdom, 1982
Zimbabwe is suspended from the Commonwealth on charges of human rights abuses and of electoral fraud, following a turbulent presidential election, 2002
A cosmic burst, GRB 080319B, that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed, 2008
After two decades of being closed due to civil war, the Somali National Theater reopens in Mogadishu, 2012
The papal inauguration ceremony for Pope Francis is held in St. Peter’s Square, 2013
The world’s last male northern white rhino, 45 year old Sudan, dies in Kenya, 2018

You Never Know What You’ll Find, Getting Frustrated, and Big Appetites, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
Dr. D has come to a point where she is going through things like gangbusters, and getting rid of stuff.  She had me make two trips to the donation center yesterday.  She’s on a tear, that’s for sure.
 
Of course, a lot of stuff is not in the house (she has a storage shed, a storage unit, and the office), but i think if she gets through the stuff in the house, i can bring the rest in a bit at a time and she will take care of it and realize she doesn’t need most of it.
 
At one point we were going through bags of purses, and i was checking each one, all pockets and zipper areas, just to make sure.  We found the spare key to the van, several cancelled checks, and in one of her nice, sequined evening bags, i found several assorted condoms! 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 
She assured me they were given to her and she had no need of them, but i question how they would have been giving them away at a seminar she attended at a local church.  Even the very liberal church she says allowed the seminar to be held there.  Then again, some strange things go on in this world.
 
And at the age of almost 81, she can do as she pleases.  It was just very funny when i pulled them out of the purse is all.
 
In other news, it’s THAT time of year again.  Time to tear my hair out over taxes.  While i try really hard not to swear, i will admit my thoughts sometimes verge on the profane.
 
There’s nothing like taxes combined with technology to make you crazy.

 

It’s very, very tempting!

 

 
How i wish sometimes i could consider the cats as dependents.  They are eating us out of house and home.
 
Just having second dinner, mom!
Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Alfred Hitchcock Day — some internet sources say March 8, and no one knows who picked either day
 
Arbor Day — China; Taiwan
 
Cheltenham Hunt Festival — Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (a four day Festival, with the big race on that final day)
 
Donkey Appreciation Day — formerly celebrated, but the lowly donkey is no longer as indespensible as he was; if you share my fondness for beasts of burden, celebrate it anyway
 
Girl Scouts Birthday — US
 
Huddling of Fairies of the Third Flight — Fairy Calendar
 
Kronprinsessans Namnsdag — Sweden (Name Day of HRH Crown Princess Victoria, the Heir Apparent; an official flag day)
 
Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries — Ancient Greek Calendar (three day festival, dates approximate; celebrates the marriage of Kore and Dionysos)
 
Martyrdom of Hypatia of Alexandria — in 415, she was murdered for the three crimes of being intelligent, female, and pagan
 
National Baked Scallops Day
 
National Day — Mauritius (anniversary of independence in 1968)
 
National Wildlife Week — US (go learn how to safely observe wildlife this week; sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation)  
 
Organize Your Home Office Day — Lisa Kanarek wants everyone to organize their home office on the second Tuesday in March; my response is:  in one day!  is she out of her mind!
 
Plant a Flower Day — sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation; now’s a good time to give wildlife friendly perrenials a head start, starting them indoors if you have to   
 
St. Gregory the Great’s Day (Patron of choir boys, educators, masons, musicians, popes, schoolchildren, singers, stonemasons, stone cutters, students, and teachers; England; Kercem, Malta; Legazpi, Philippines; Montone, Italy; San Gregorio nelle Alpi, Italy; West Indies; against gout and plague)
    note that Pope St. Gregory is also celebrated on Sept. 3, the date he was elected pope
    Graekarismessa (Mass of St. Gregory) — Torshavn, Faroe Islands (traditional day on which the oystercatcher, their symbolic national bird, returns)
    Gregoru Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (Gregory’s Day, similar to groundhog day for weather prediction)
 
St. Seraphina’s Day (Patron of the disabled and handicapped, and of spinners)
 
World Day Against Cyber Censorship — sponsored by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International
 
Youth Day — Zambia
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias, 1971
Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman, 1969
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Frank Catalano, 1978
Aaron Eckhart, 1968
David Daniels, 1966
Darryl Strawberry, 1962
Marlon Jackson, 1957
Rob Cohen, 1949
James Taylor, 1948
Liza Minnelli, 1946
Al Jarreau, 1940
Barbara Feldon, 1933
Andrew Young, 1932
Edward Albee, 1928
Wally Schirra, 1923
Jack Kerouac, 1922
Gordon MacRae, 1921
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1881
Simon Newcomb, 1835
Charles Cunningham Boycott, 1832
Clement Studebaker, 1821
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Hunger Games(Film), 2012
“Moses und Aaron”(Opera), 1954
“Fervaal”(Opera; d’Indy Op. 40), 1897
“Simon Boccanegra”(Opera), 1857
 
 
Today in History:
 
Martyrdom of Hypatia of Alexandria, philosopher, 415
Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius, 538
Orvieto, Italy, rules it will behead and burn Jewish-Christian couples, 1350
Jews are expelled from Syria, 1496
New Jersey becomes an English colony, 1664
The first steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine, 1755
Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world’s first black international football player and captain, 1881
In Vicksburg, Mississippi, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time, 1894
The first main line electric train in UK, from Liverpool to Southport, begins running, 1904
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States, by Juliette Gordon Lowe, 1912
The foundation stone of the new Australian capital in Canberra is laid, 1913
Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m (300km) march protesting British salt tax, 1930
The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism, 1947
The Church of England ordains its first female priests, 1994
Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO, 1999
Financier Bernard Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history, 2009
The U.S. Census Bureau reports the world now has 7 billion people, 2012
JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from seabed deposits, 2013
Research shows Chinese cites have decreased pollution by 32 percent on average in just four years, 2018
Tens of thousands of farmers from Indian state Maharashtra end protests over loan waivers, prices and land rights after promises from state officials and walking 167km to Mumbai, 2018