Back to It, Random and Fun Tuesday

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It’s time for some random Tuesday fun with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee of Comedy Plus.
Friday of vacation was about the best vacation day i’ve ever had.  Planting myself in a deck chair under the waterfall, i stayed there all day, getting up just to use the facilities and get something to eat.  Much dozing was done, and i can say i have thoroughly inspected the insides of my eyelids, no cracks yet.
On our drive home Saturday, Sweetie and i stopped at the little “hole in the wall” BBQ joint that has become our day before Father’s Day tradition.  We buy a huge amount of BBQ for Grandpa, and take it to him on our way back to our house.  He thinks it’s some of the best (besides his own, of course) and he divides much of it into meal size portions and freezes them.  Our intent is that he doesn’t have to worry about meals for at least a few days and it makes him very happy.
A Father’s Day tradition at our church is the men’s choir.  Any man who can carry a tune (and even a few for whom that is questionable) is invited into the choir loft and they do sing their hearts out.  This year, the choir director had them all put on their Blues Brothers sunglasses for the last song, Chainbreaker.
The men’s choir for Father’s Day, singing in style!
The work week started with a bang, as is usual, at Dr. D’s house.  We got part way through sorting the stuff in one corner of the bedroom, and she already has an over-full bag of lipsticks and the nail polish tackle box is crammed.  
We finally had to quit and run errands, the sum of which is that the Tracfone is unusable.  She cannot remember which gmail account was used to set it up, and without that information, there’s nothing to be done but buy a new Tracfone and move the minutes over to it.
We were much more successful with getting her bed changed.  We found two complete sets of sheets that actually fit her bed.  The bed is the size that was called a “double” when i was a child, but is now called “full”.  Or, if you are JCPenney, you have your own word for it:
No photo doctoring (i don’t know how), they call it Matrimonial size.
How they came up with that, well, i am not sure i want to know, but it did give both of us a good laugh.
Ms. V and her family are on vacation, so i am doing their house in the odd hours after doing my other work this week.  As they always do, they packed and dropped whatever they didn’t want to take with them and skedaddled.  It’s going to be a long week, adding that work to the regular load.
This evening, i am picking up some foster kittens, just through Sunday.  Their other foster mom has to go to a funeral out of town.  They are between 2 and 3 weeks old, and there are four of them.  Pictures will follow as soon as i can.
That’s about all the news their is, i hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday!
Today is:
Asatru Alliance Founding Day — Asatru/Slavic Pagan              
Birthday of José Gervasio Artigas / “Never Again” Day — Uruguay (Dia del Nunca Mas)
Butterfly Day — an ecard holiday; if you know someone who loves butterflies, send an ecard, let them know you are thinking of them
Day of the Independent Hungary — Hungary (a memorial day for those martyred in 1958, and for the end of Soviet occupation)
Festival for Minerva — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of arts, crafts, skill, war, and intelligence)
Festival of the Coming Ice Age — can’t find out anything about this one, but it sounds hilarious
Garfield the Cat Day (his birthday/comic strip premier)
Juneteenth — US, celebrates the news of freedom on the day it came to slaves on Galveston Island, Texas
Labour Day — Trinidad and Tobago
National Martini Day — some sites specify a dry martini
New Church Day — Swedenborgian Christian
Royal Ascot — Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, England (a unique event bringing together the best of fashion, style, sport, and entertainment for five days)
Rusalka’s Week begins — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (week long festival to honor the divinity of rivers)
Spooky Stories Appreciation Night — because someone thought it would be a good night to tell a few scary tales
St. Boniface of Querfurt’s Day (Patron of Prussia)
St. Jude’s Day (Patron of desperate situations, forgotten/impossilbe/lost causes, hospitals, hospital workers; Saint Petersburg, FL, US)
Swedish Days Midsommar Festival — Geneva, IL, US (celebrating Swedish heritage in the granddaddy of all Illinois festivals with fun for the whole family through Sunday)
Tiger-Get-By’s Second Birthday — Fairy Calendar
Western Days — Elgin, TX, US (music, carnival, parade, live music and more; through Saturday)
World Sauntering Day — origin unknown, but perhaps begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan during the 1970s as a response by W.T.Rabe to a growing movement toward the recreation of jogging and the idea was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them; the rules are to observe the lost art of Victorian sauntering, discouraging jogging, lollygagging, sashaying, fast walking, and trotting, but no word on meandering that i can find!
Anniversaries Today:
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, marries Sophie Rhys-Jones, 1999
Birthdays Today:
Zoe Saldana, 1978
Poppy Montgomery, 1972
Mia Sara, 1967
Andy Lauer, 1965
Aung San Suu Kyi, 1965
Paula Abdul, 1962
Kathleen Turner, 1954
Ann Wilson, 1951
Phylicia Rashad, 1948
Salman Rushdie, 1947
Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane, 1942
Gena Rowlands, 1930
Louis Jourdan, 1919
Pauline Kael, 1919
Pat Buttram, 1915
Abe Fortas, 1910
Earl W. Bascom, 1906
Lou Gehrig, 1903
Guy Lombardo, 1902
Moe Howard, 1897
Wallis Simpson, 1896
Elbert Green Hubbard, 1856
Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834
Blaise Paschal, 1623
King James I of England and VI of Scotland, 1566
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Inside Out(Pixar film), 2015
Batman Returns(Film), 1992
“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”(Musical), 1978
“The Rocky Horror Show”(Musical), 1973
“Devil May Hare”(Cartoon short, Tazmanian Devil’s premier), 1954
“I’ve Got a Secret”(TV), 1952
“Moon Mullins”(Comic strip), 1923
Today in History:
King Louis IX of France orders all Jews  found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten livres  of silver, 1269
The Earl of Pembroke’s army defeats Bruce’s Scottish army at the Battle of Methven, 1306
English colonists leave Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America, 1586
Emanuel Swedenborg reports the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion, 1770
Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson’s Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1816
The first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken’s Elysian Fields (Hoboken, New Jersey)with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1; Cartwright umpired, 1846
Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom; the anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 35 other states as Juneteenth, 1865
Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire is executed by a firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro, 1867
After all of the Southern States are formally readmitted to the United States, the Confederate States of America ceases to exist, 1870
The Herzegovinian rebellion against the Ottoman Empire begins, 1875
The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington, 1910
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York, 1953
Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom, 1961
In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped, 1982
Norway ratifies the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention of 1989, 1990
Prime ministers of several northern European nations participate in a ceremonial “laying of the first stone” at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway, 2006
In a very simple ceremony, Prince Felipe of Spain is crowned following his father’s abdication, 2014
Nature Ecology and Evolution publishes the first full genetic study of domesticated cats, showing they were domesticated around 9,000 years ago and were bred from one species, the African wildcat, 2017



Random Tuesday is a Fun Tuesday

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Vacation can be both random and  fun, so i’m linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Tuesday Fun with Sandee of Comedy Plus.
We’ve been having a great time at the beach.  As usual, i take a walk each day at sunrise.  Also as usual, i take along a bag and pick up trash on my walk.  It saddens me that i have to do it, but people will be people.  It’s mostly the usual stuff — bottle caps, plastic bottles, cans, pieces of children’s beach toys, plastic wrappers, cups, etc.
This year, i have found something new — Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.  Now, i have no clue why i am finding Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, entire ones, soaking wet but otherwise obviously unused, on the beach.  Anyway, i’m not so sure i want to know what’s behind that.
Some of my time has been spent under the waterfall, checking the insides of my eyelids for cracks.
In a lounge chair under the waterfall, the best place for eyelid checking.


Sunday was church day at the Flora-Bama Lounge.  They do their best to cover up some of the signs in the area where they meet:
After church, the covers come off.


Still, it is impossible not to know where you are.



“Screw the Cracker, Polly Wants a Cocktail”


The people who run the place have a snese of humor (they must to allow a church to meet there every Sunday morning), and i’m sure the signs in the parking lot confuse some of the patrons who have imbibed a bit more than they should:

Entrance sign pointing, more or less, into the parking lot.


And the exit sign, also pointing into the parking lot!

We spent some time shopping, and one of the funniest things happened to me that i never would have imagined.  At the Hanes store, i decided to try on a sports bra, and i must have really chosen the wrong size.  Once i got into it, i couldn’t get out of it.  Really, i thought i was wrestling an octopus, i got so tangled up.  Sitting down to catch my breath (thank heaven the dressing room had a seat), i was afraid i was going to have to call for assistance and get someone to haul the thing off of me, or cut me out of it.  In my imagination, i could hear the staff spending the next several weeks retelling the story of the crazy lady who couldn’t get herself out of a bra!  

Of course, i didn’t buy that one.
Sweetie has been having trouble with his glasses ever since a screw fell out almost two weeks ago and it was replaced by a not quite right one.  We passed an optical shop where the lady said she didn’t do such repairs, but she recommended one that might.   Sure enough, they had just the right screw to fix it, and only charged $1.10.  
At another store, i found this fun item:
Yes, these flip flops are $57.



Yep, no need to bring a bottle opener with you to the beach, just make sure you have your shoes!
Today is:
Bali Arts Festival — Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions, and cultural activities showcasing all Bali has to offer in dance, music, art, food, and more; through July 17)
Crowded Nest Awareness Day — for those whose problem is the opposite of the Empty Nest, a day to remind you to keep your sense of humor and get support when you need it
Festival of Mut — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Ghost in the Machine Day — the internet holiday that explains everything!
Helsinki Day — Finland
Independence Day — Philippines
International Cachaca Day — the once illegal cocktail now has its own day of celebration 
Loving Day — US (commemoration of Loving vs. Virginia decision by the Supreme Court which struct down all anti-miscegenation laws) 
Magic Circles Day and Magic History Gathering — marking the founding of The Magic Circle, a society of amateur and professional magicians   
National Jerky Day — begun a couple of years ago, possibly by one of the jerky manufacturers (no one can track it down, sounds suspicious to me)
National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Petit Jean Antique Auto Show and Swap Meet — Morrilton, AR, US (sponsored by the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, and the place to be if you love old cars; through Saturday)
Red Rose Day — found all over the internet, with June 12 as the most common date cited; may have begun with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Australia, which has Rose Days as fundraisers
Russia Day — Russia
St. Anthony’s Eve — Brazil; Portugal
    Dia dos Namorados — Brazil (Lover’s Day, celebrated on St. Anthony’s Eve)
St. Onuphrius’ Day (Patron of weavers; Centrache, Catanzaro, Italy)
World Day Against Child Labour — The UN, Education International and the International Labour Organization; this year, the spotlight is on extending social protection     
World Pet Memorial Day — some sites say this is always on June 10, others that it’s always on the second Tuesday in June, but none can tell us where it came from or who started it that i can find
Birthdays Today:
Frances O’Connor, 1969
Timothy Busfield, 1957
Marv Albert, 1941
Chick Corea, 1941
Jim Nabors, 1932
Anne Frank, 1929
Vic Damone, 1928
George H.W. Bush, 1924
David Rockefeller, 1915
Alexandre Tansman, 1897
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Doctor Doctor”(TV), 1989
Raiders of the Lost Ark(Film), 1981
You Only Live Twice(Film), 1967
Cleopatra(Film), 1963
Today in History:
Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau, 1429
The French begin their colonization of Algeria with the landing of 34,000 troops, 1830
The world’s first Fingerprint Bureau opens in Calcutta, India, after the Council of the Governor General approves a committee report that fingerprints should be used for classification of criminal records, 1897
Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor, 1939
Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present, 1942
The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional, 1967
The first man powered flight across the English Channel is performed by Bryan Allen in the Gossamer Albatross designed by Paul MacCready, 1979
At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, 1987
Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declares its sovereignty, 1990
Queen Elizabeth II reopens the Globe Theatre in London, 1997
A disputed presidential election in Iran leads to widespread protests, 2009
Ending an extensive study on the wooly mammoth, scientists conclude that they were wiped out by multiple things, including climate change, human hunters, and shifting habitats, 2012


All Things Fowl (Random Tuesday) and Pepe (Tuesday Fun)

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Tuesday means getting random with Stacy Uncorked.
Chicken and duck and quail sitting has presented a few challenges so far.
We had to move their base of operations, so to speak, to the side of the house that is shaded all day long.  The back yard gets full sun for several hours a day and i know Daughter-in-Law Becky does not want to come home to roasted birds.
This means they are on concrete at night when they are in the pen, so we had to go buy a hose and nozzle to spray off the concrete each morning when i refill their baby pool that serves as the ducks’ pond.
Every day we are going out there several times a day to give fresh water and make sure they have feed.  Also i’ve been cutting up grapes to give them.  At first they were skeptical, now they fight over them!
Sweetie and i have had fun learning to get them back in the pen at night.  The only way that seems to work is to gently drop a towel on them one at a time and quickly walk them to the pen, giving them no choice but to go in.  They are generally not happy about it, but so far, none the worse for it.
Today is Pepe’s annual visit to the vet.  He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s due for his shots.
Dr. D was in a great mood yesterday, a mood to get things going.  We got all of the bills prior to 2017 archived, so only the 2017 and 2018 bills are in the active files. 
We’ve had no luck getting her second phone to work, though.  Much calling of Google and Tracfone has resulted in us figuring out that she set the phone up with a gmail account, but it’s not any of the three she currently has active.  We have no clue how to go about finding a gmail account when you can’t remember what you called it, so the phone may be history.
After a full day with her, i went and did 3 hours with Ms. JAI.  It’s not her week, but she is having company this weekend and she needed the help.  Her bay window is sparkling (and the toilets are clean), so she is happy.
Sweetie and i are already talking about preparations for next week’s vacation.  The way my week has stacked up, i will be packing late Friday night and hitting the condo worn out on Saturday.
That’s okay, there’s a spot available where i like to sit back and examine the insides of my eyelids for cracks, and i intend to make copious use of it.
Tuesday is fun day with Sandee of Comedy Plus.
Pepe, the mildly deformed Chihuahua, is missing his mama.  He is also scared of the cats, since all of them are bigger than he is.  He won’t eat unless i hold the bowl and make sure the mean kitties don’t steal his food!
Hold the food for me!


Today is:
15th Khordad National Uprising — Iran (1963)
Apple II Day — the Apple II first went on sale today in 1977
    note that some historians say it went on sale June 10, others say the first models were shipped out that day
Arbor Day — New Zealand
Festival of Popular Delusions Day — begun as this was the last day before D-Day that the Germans could delude themselves that they could win; thus a day to question your own assumptions and try to align your beliefs with facts andUIKeyInputUpArrow reality
Grunklovsdag — Denmark and the Faroe Island (Constitution Day)
Indian Arrival Day — Suriname (marking the arrival of indentured laborers from the Indian subcontinent)
Judgement Day — Fairy Calendar (Nosegays)
Liberation Day — Seychelles
Natalicio de Oblang Nguema Mbasogo — Equatorial Guinea (President’s Day)
National Attitude Day — if this is really a day to celebrate, try to have a positive one
National Gingerbread Day
National Moonshine Day — with its own sponsor   
Nones of June — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observance
    Festival of Semo Sancus — god of loyalty, honesty and oaths (one of the oldest Roman cults, probably Etruscan or Oscan originally)
St. Boniface’s Day (Patron of brewers, file cutters, tailors; Fulda, Germany; Germamy; Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, Canada)
Stevenson Depot Days — Stevenson, AL, US (bringing back the days when the Iron Horse of the Rails was king of transportation; through Sunday)
World Environment Day — UN (this year’s theme, “Connecting People to Nature”)    
Birthdays Today:
Chad Allen, 1974
Mark Wahlberg, 1971
Brian McKnight, 1969
Kenny G, 1956
Jill Biden, 1951
Suze Orman, 1951
Ken Follett, 1949
Spalding Gray, 1941
Margaret Drabble, 1939
Bill Moyers, 1934
Tony Richardson, 1928
Richard Mcclure Scarry, 1919
William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd, 1895
Panco Villa, 1878
Adam Smith, 1723 (O.S. Date)
Thomas Chippendale, 1718
Pu Songling, 1640
Today in History:
Traditional date for the sinking of Atlantis, 8498BC
Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem  in the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
Kraków, Poland  receives city  rights, 1257
The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched, 1817
Houston, Texas is incorporated by the Republic of Texas, 1837
Denmark  becomes a constitutional monarchy, 1849
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom’s Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper, 1851
Denmark  amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage, 1915
Elvis Presley introduces his new single, “Hound Dog”, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements, 1956
The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in, 1959
The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale, 1977
Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion, 1984
A severe heat wave across Pakistan  and India  reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region, 2003
The planet Venus makes its last transit of the 21st century beginning at 22:09 UTC June 5, and ending 4:49 UTC June 6, 2012


Really Random Tuesday

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There’s so much going on, it’s the perfect time for linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
One of the things i hoped would happen is that we would get some rain here so that i would not have to worry about watering quite so much for Mr. BA while he is gone.
On Sunday, we got a nice bit of rain at our place and not a drop on their end of town.
Monday i got a break, and the clouds delivered.  Now i hope we continue to get one of those nice showers each afternoon.
He also asked me to do a bit of weeding, if i had time.  Not only do i have a job or two or three besides his place each day this week, i only remember some of the plants he identified as intruders (or “volunteers”, as Ms. S calls them).  When i tried to get the weeds out of the iris bed, i got a new respect for the Biblical parable Jesus told about The Wheat and The Tares.
Jesus told a story of a landowner having his field sown with wheat, only to have an enemy come in and plant tares (weeds).  The workers ask if they should pull up the tares, but the landowner notes that this would just tear up the roots of the wheat as well.  He tells them to leave it to all grow together and harvest it all at the same time, separating it out then.  This is referencing the end of the world, when the evil and good will be separated.
In the same way you can’t pull up the tares without damaging the wheat, it’s very difficult to pull up the “volunteers” without tugging on and maybe damaging the roots of the irises.
Big Red the new kitten is precious.  He’s very shy, i have to sit and wait a while, and once he is not scared, he comes out to visit.  It takes about an hour to get him comfortable enough to play and allow petting.  While he is not thrilled with being held, he does allow it.
He is also not using his litter box, preferring to “go” under the bed in the spare room where he is living.  When i clean the house this Friday as usual, Sweetie and i will have to move him to the bathroom, move the furniture, and try to clean the floor thoroughly.
Dr. D and i spent the morning yesterday trying to track down all of her checkbooks and get all of her purses into one place.  She has three banks, and since she orders more checks every time she misplaces the last set, we now have quite the collection.  Her purses filled three paper grocery sacks, and she wants to go through them and get all of the “important” stuff out of them.
There was a small incident yesterday evening.  Little Girl didn’t have her key to the house, and Sweetie had already locked the door, as i hadn’t gotten home from work yet and it was getting dark.
She knocked at the door, and he didn’t hear her.  She tried to call him, but he’d turned his phone off for the evening and put it on the charger.  So she tried knocking on one of the windows.
These are old windows, the kind that shatter into long shards that will cut you to ribbons, and they shatter very easily.  #1 Son once broke one by tapping it with a wooden spoon!
When i got home from work last night, i had to cut pieces of cardboard and fit them and tape up the kitchen window.  Today, Sweetie is buying a sheet of clear plastic to go over it from the outside.  We can’t replace the window, and the glass is a very odd size and very costly to get into these old frames.  Clear plastic will do for the time being.

Right now, i’m not sure what’s going on with so many blogs i read. Many times i cannot comment, no matter if it’s a Blogger or WordPress or anything else. If you don’t see me commenting on your blog, i promise i am trying. It’s like pulling teeth, especially on WordPress blogs.

If you end up with two or three comments, it’s because they are showing on my end as not publishing, so i try more than once, and sometimes with more than one ID.

Finally, today is Red-headed Alec’s birthday! He is 27.

Today is:
Ambarvalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (purification festival to Ceres, date approximate)
Ascension of Baha’u’llah — Baha’i
Castleton Garland Celebration — Derbyshire, England (a Garland King and Lady ride the bounds of the parish on white horses, after which the garland the King wore is placed on the church tower; possibly dating back to Oak Apple Celebrations)
Democracy Day — Nigeria
End of the Middle Ages Day — considered such by many historians because of the fall of Constantinople on this day in 1453
Feast of Mars — Ancient Roman Calendar
Full Flower Moon / Corn Planting Moon / Milk Moon
    Buddha Day/Vesak/Waisak  — Bhuddist’s Buddha Day; date varies with many celebrating tomorrow, and some areas already started the celebrations yesterday; sometimes called “Buddha’s Birthday”
    Heavenly Sage Bao Sheng’s Birthday — Taoism
    Kasone Full Moon — Myanmar
    Vesak Full Moon Poya Day — Sri Lanka
    Waisak/Vesak Festival — Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia (on the day of the full moon, a stunning and spiritual celebration of Buddha’s birthday)
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers — UN
Learn About Composting Day — can’t find a sponsor for this day, but there is a week sponsored each year here; and you can learn about composting here, too 
Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana — Bhutan
Mount Everest Day — Nepal (declared on the anniversary of first ascent in 1953)
National Coq Au Vin Day
Oak Apple Day / Royal Oak Day — England (celebration of the restoration of the monarchy; no longer officially recognized, but many localities have traditions that have grown up around this date which are still celebrated)
Pink Flamingo Day — Don Feathersone created the first one on this day in 1957
Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day — supposedly dating back, in Europe and the Americas, to the days when you put a piece of cloth in your larder for good luck; why it became a pillow no one knows
Runic Half-Month of Odal (home, possessions) commences
Squoosh an Ice Cream Sandwich Day — rules say you must squoosh, not squish or squash!
St. Bona of Pisa’s Day (Patron of couriers, flight attendants, guides, pilgrims, travellers; Pisa, Italy)
Anniversaries Today:
Rhode Island becomes the 13th US State, 1790
Wisconsin becomes the 30th US State, 1848
Birthdays Today:
Noel Gallagher, 1967
Lisa Whelchel, 1963
Melissa Etheridge, 1961
Adrian Paul, 1959
Rupert Everett,1959
Annette Bening, 1958
LaToya Jackson, 1956
Danny Elfman, 1953
Anthony Geary, 1947
Kevin Conway, 1942
Al Unser, Sr., 1939
Francis Thomas “Fay” Vincent, Jr, 1938
Paul Erlich, 1932
John F. Kennedy, 1917
Tenzing Norgay, 1914
T.H. White, 1906
Bob Hope, 1903
Oswald Spengler, 1880
G.K. Chesterton, 1874
Patrick Henry, 1736
Today in History:
Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a siege, ending the Byzantine Empire, 1453
Charles II (on his birthday) is restored to the throne of Great Britain, 1660
Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives, 1677
The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City, 1733
In Patrick Henry’s historic speech against the Stamp Act, he answers a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!” 1765
Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect, 1874
Chemist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in the Atlanta Journal, 1886
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, provoking a riot, 1913
Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sinks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the loss of 1,024 lives, 1914
Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, the best-selling Christmas single in history, for Decca Records in Los Angeles, 1942
Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1953
First of the annual Bilderberg conferences, 1954
Amputee  Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months, 1985
Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station, 1999
Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule, 1999
A WWII Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., US, 2004
Scientists describe the 160-million year-old fossile of Aurornis xui as the most basal species of Avialae, possibly shifting the evolutionary position of the Archaeopteryx as the oldest known bird, 2013

Tuesday is Randomly Fun

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




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


Musical Cars and Kitten Naps, a Random Tuesday Post

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


Ups and Downs and All Arounds, a Random Tuesday Post

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Hey, kids, it’s Tuesday!  Do you know what that means?  That’s right, Random Tuesday Thoughts with Stacy Uncorked!  
In the great news department, #1 Son has been promoted to manager at the pizza place and will run his first shift on Wednesday.  He’s had mixed feelings about going back into management.  One the one hand, it means more money and more hours.  On the other hand, if a customer is having a tantrum he cannot just say, “Let me get the manager for you,” because he is the manager.
The benefits will outweigh the drawbacks, i believe, and so does he.
In the i-can’t-believe-this-is-happening-again department, the Jalopy is down and needs another major repair.  We are looking into a loan, a small, short term one.  Meanwhile, Sweetie is stranded at home while i work or i am stranded at work if he drops me off.  It could be worse, i am counting my blessings that i have work and two more people who want me to squeeze them in.
In the Dr. D department, we spent 6 hours yesterday sorting paperwork and got most of the way through the papers in the house.  Next will be the storage building in the back yard, then the storage unit up the road.  With four lawsuits going, all of which she researches and makes sure her lawyers are doing everything right, she keeps every bit of paper and goes over every word of every document, looking for anything amiss. 
She also files all of her bills, stretching back for years and years.  She hasn’t kept all of the files in order, or in one place, is the problem.  Right now i am trying to talk her into only keeping this year and last year, it would make a big difference.
Yesterday she was on a tear to get a certain amount done, and we did.  She also let me throw away a whole bunch of stuff that’s been in the yard long enough that she knows she isn’t going to do anything with it.
In the kitten department, they are growing and mostly eating canned and dry food now.  
Breakfast time!
Big Sister has managed to climb the obstacle course we use to try to keep them in the kitchen.  My rule is, if they are big enough to climb out, they are big enough.  The other two will probably follow suit soon, and we will remove said obstacles and no longer risk tripping ourselves up trying to get into the kitchen.  What i really need is a baby gate with bars too close together for them to get through, but i haven’t been able to find one.
Link has decided he does not like kittens, but he likes raiding their food.  That’s what he decides with every batch of kittens, so why should these be any different?
That’s about all of the random news for today, i hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Cannes Film Festival — through the 19th
Dog-Prodding Day — Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)
Festival of Matsu/Mazu — Southern China and Taiwan (Taoists and Buddhists celebrate the goddess of the sea who protects fishermen and sailors; often worshiped in sea-faring areas surrounding China as well, although some local dates will vary; in Taichung City, the festival lasts through Sunday)
Fête de I’iris — Belgium (Brussels Region Day)
Helston Furry Dance a/k/a The Flora — Helston, Cornwall, England (the world-famous dance is each year on May 8, unless that day is Sunday or Monday, when it’s held the Saturday before; dancing around the streets begins very early in the morning)
Iris  Day — celebrate these beautiful spring flowers
Liberation Day — Czech Republic; Slovakia
Miguel Hidalgo Day — Mexico (birth anniversary of the father of Mexican independence)
National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day — US  (FEMA wants you to make plans for your pets in case of disaster or emergency)  
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
National Empanada Day
National Student Nurses Day — US
National Teacher Appreciation Day — US
No Socks Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, who want you to let your toes go free, and cut down on your laundry a bit today
Parents’ Day — South Korea
St. Ida of Nivelles’ Day (Patron of erysipelas patients, toothache sufferers; against erysipelas and toothache)
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War — International
Truman Day — Missouri, US
V-E Day — some countries celebrate today, some celebrate tomorrow
World Ovarian Cancer Day — International (because while up to 89% of women with breast cancer are likely to survive 5 years or more, only 45% of women who get ovarian cancer will survive that long)  
World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day
Birthdays Today:
Enrique Iglesias, 1975
Robert M. Hensel, 1969
Melissa Gilbert, 1964
Janet McTeer, 1961
David Keith, 1954
Toni Tennille, 1943
Peter Benchley, 1940
Rick Nelson, 1940
Thomas Pynchon, 1937
Charles “Sonny” Liston, 1932
Don Rickles, 1926
David Attenborough, 1926
Robert Johnson, 1911
Bishop Fulton Sheen, 1895
Harry S Truman, 1884
Louis Moreau Gottschalk, 1829
Jean-Henri Dunant, 1828
Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla, 1753
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Let It Be”(Album), 1970
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”(Musical), 1962
“Look Back in Anger”(Play), 1959
Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”(Stravinsky concerto), 1938
Today in History:
Hernando de Soto  reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo, 1541
Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, is tried and guillotined by the Reign of Terror, 1794
Future US president Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the Mexican-American war, 1846
At Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens, 1877
George B. Selden files the first patent for an automobile in the US, 1879
Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine, 1886
In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people, 1902
In Rheims, France, German forces agree to an unconditional surrender, ending the war in Europe, 1945
The rollercoaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain, 1976
Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler make the first ascent of Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen, 1978
The World Health Organization announces the eradication of smallpox, 1980
The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day, 2005
Dmitry Medvedev appoints Vladimir Putin as Russian Prime Minister, 2008
The last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process, 2010
Brazilian Roberto Azevedo is named the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization, 2013
Researchers announce the development of synthetic nucleobases, the molecules that form the backbone of DNA; organisms successfully replicated the synthetic bases, implying that creation of new life forms with these additional bases may be possible in the future, 2014
British Prime Minister David Cameron is re-elected for five more years in a decisive victory, 2015