How To Qualify For The Doghouse (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
 
 
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
 
This month, the prompts are being provided by Elephant’s Child.     
 
This week’s prompts are:
 
  1. peel
  2. justify
  3. wall
  4. employee
  5. temperature
  6. roll
 
And/or
 
  1. volume
  2. revenge
  3. fraud
  4. explain
  5. weak
  6. vague
 
 
“Just once!” he said, the VOLUME of his voice indicating the TEMPERATURE of his inner equilibrium was again rising past the boiling point.
 
“What’s up this time, boss?”  His long-suffering assistant had come in at this point, and knew he needed to let the boss bend his ear, see if he could defuse whatever it was now.
 
“Just once I would like for us to get an EMPLOYEE who can PEEL an onion or ROLL a burrito correctly without me having to EXPLAIN it to him or her over and over again!  We have certain protocols here!  How do we always end up with people who have either a WEAK work ethic or only a VAGUE understanding of how to follow directions?
 
“Look at these products!  Can you JUSTIFY serving this to a customer?  All of them are supposedly at least high school graduates and some are working their way through college, or that what they say on their applications — are they committing FRAUD and lying?  I just don’t understand it!”
 
Knowing there was only a thin WALL between them and those employees, and not wanting any of them to overhear and possibly plot REVENGE by quitting mid-shift and  thus leaving him, the assistant, short for the rest of the evening, he steered the conversation as soon as the boss slowed down.
 
“Boss, those were for practice from the new guy.  The rest of the crew is doing great, we’re having a busy evening, and you have been here since way too early.  Why don’t you go home and relax, let me cover the rest of this shift, and Jane can cover the morning.  You can come in tomorrow afternoon.  We’ve got this, and you have to get more sleep.”
 
Glaring at the tray in front of him, covered in what he would term “wasted product,” he said, “You’re right, I am tired.  I’ll be in tomorrow by eleven.”
 
“That sounds great,” the assistant said, handing him his coat and all but pushing him toward the door before he could change his mind.
 
As soon as the door shut behind the boss, the assistant took a moment to compose himself, too.  He had heard through the grape-vine that this hard driving, hard drinking boss of his was slated to be fired by national and he was trying to do everything by the numbers so he could get the promotion.
 
He knew if he played his cards right, he wouldn’t have to sooth the ruffled feathers of a crazy boss too much longer.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Children’s Day — India
 
Chinggis Khan’s (Genghis Khan) Birthday — Mongolia 
 
Day of the Colombian Woman — Colombia
 
Equorum Probatio — Ancient Roman Empire (official cavalry parade of the equites)
 
International Girls Day — for info, see confidencecoalition.org
 
Leftover Trading Day — internet generated; trade your leftovers for the much more interesting ones in your neighbor’s fridge
 
Loosen up, Lighten Up Day — to remind us of the benefits of joy and laughter, begun by Stephanie West Allen of Denver, CO, US
 
National Educational Support Professionals Day — US
 
National Spicy Guacamole Day — as opposed to National Guacamole Day back in September   
 
National Pickle Day/Pickle Appreciation Day
 
National Teddy Bear Day — US (anniversary of the day in 1902 that Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a cornered and tied bear, because it was unsportsmanlike)
 
Operating Room Nurse Day — US, but feel free to celebrate those dedicated nurses around the world
 
Readjustment Movement’s Day — Guinea-Bissau
 
Spirit of NSA Day — members of the National Speakers Association are encouraged to focus on giving back and mentoring     
 
St. Dubricus’ Day (the saint who crowned King Arthur)
 
St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Day (Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland)
 
Works Getting Into Championships — Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)
 
World Diabetes Day — UN (learn more about diabetes here)     
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Princess Anne of the UK marries Captain Mark Phillips, 1973
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Joseph “Run” Simmons, 1964
Laura San Giacomo, 1962
D.B. Sweeney, 1961
Condoleezza Rice, 1954
Yanni, 1954
Prince Charles, 1948
King Hussein of Jordan, 1935
McLean Stevenson, 1929
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1922
Brian Keith, 1921
Veronica Lake, 1919
Barbara Hutton, 1912
Rosemary DeCamp, 1910
Joseph McCarthy, 1909
Harrison Salisbury, 1908
William Steig, 1907
Louise Brooks, 1906
Dick Powell, 1904
Aaron Copland, 1900
Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, 1896
Jawaharlal Nehru, 1889
Claude Monet, 1840
Robert Fulton, 1765
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Moana(Disney animated film), 2016
“Black or White”(Music video), 1991
“Murphy Brown”(TV), 1988
“Good Evening”(Revue), 1973
“Der Tapfere Soldat/The Chocolate Soldier”(Operetta), 1908
“The Girl of the Golden West”(Play), 1905
 
 
Today in History:
 
Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca empire, 1533
Samuel Pepys reports on the first blood transfusion (between dogs), 1666
Loius Timothee is hired in Philadelphia to be the first professional librarian in the US, 1732
Captain George Vancouver is the first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay, 1792
John Mason debuts the first horse-drawn streetcar in NYC, with a route between Prince and 14th on 4th Ave., 1832
Herman Melville publishes “Moby Dick”, 1851
The St. Andrews Golf Club, in Yonkers, NY, opens with 6 holes, 1888
New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days; She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours, 1889
Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light, 1908
The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship takes place in Norfolk, Virginia, 1910
The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom, 1922
The first regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express, 1952
NASA launches Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon, 1969
After German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland sign a treaty confirming the Oder-Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland, 1990
The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison, 2007
Scientists announce the discovery of the closest known rogue planet to Earth, about 100 light years away, 2012
A photo of one of the rarest mammals on earth, the saola, an Asian unicorn is released by WWF; the photo was taken by a camera trap in a forest in central Vietnam in September 2013, last seen 15 years ago, 2013
American harness racing trainer/driver Dave Palone sets the world record for wins when he drive Missy Tap Tina to the winner’s circle for his 16,754th career victory, 2014

 

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An Excellent Idea (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
 
 
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
 
This month, the prompts are being provided by Elephant’s Child.     
 
This week’s prompts are:
 
  1. enclosing
  2. purpose
  3. care
  4. patch 
  5. jamming
  6. shame
 
And/or
 
  1. bent
  2. organic
  3. mangle
  4. textbook
  5. gravity
  6. excuse 
 
“We don’t want to be simply JAMMING something together that we will have to PATCH later, although there is no SHAME in tweaking the idea as we see how things are working out.”
 
“Right, tweaking.”
 
“And our PURPOSE is not to force it, we want it to be an ORGANIC movement, as it were.  We want to take CARE that we don’t MANGLE anything spontaneous that comes up or ruin any BENT it will take.  After all, there is no TEXTBOOK that can tell us what to expect.”
 
“No real text on it yet, uh-huh.”
 
“Correct.  We are ENCLOSING the GRAVITY as an EXCUSE,  too.”
 
“Yeah, very grave.”
 
“You are not paying a bit of attention to anything I’m saying!”
 
“Of course not, as usual you got me completely lost about twenty minutes ago!”
 
 
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Today is:
 
Commemoration Day — Tunisia
 
Day of Accord and Reconciliation — Russia (formerly Great October Socialist Revolution Day, with the date determined by the Gregorian Calendar)
 
Deepawali/Deepavali/Diwali/Divali(Festival of Lights) — Hindu; Jain; Sikh (for the next five days; local dating customs and government holidays for this Lunar New Year/Festival of Lights can vary)
    Kag Tihar/Kag Puja — Day of the Crows (day one of the festival)
 
Feast of Blessed John Duns Scotus (the Subtle Doctor, known for merging the views from many philosophies)
    Dunce Day — from the word Dunse, a name for the followers of the philosophy of John Duns Scotus
 
Feast of Stolen Fire — find it listed on several sites, but none have any background; maybe celebrate that Prometheus stole fire for us?
 
International Tongue Twister Day — internet generated
 
Mariachi Night — Brawley, CA, US (sponsored by the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce, a free night of celebrating the heritage of Mariachi music)
 
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
 
 
National Revolution and Solidarity Day — Bangladesh
 
National Stress Awareness Day — UK (International Stress Management Association)    
 
October Revolution Day — Belarus; Kyrgyzstan; Transdniestria
 
Stay Away from Anyone named Honest John Day — internet generated; no comment
 
St. Florentius’ Day (Patron against gall stones, ruptures)
 
St. Willibrord’s Day (Patron of epileptics; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Utrecht, Netherlands; against convulsions, epilepsy)
 
Wish Granting Championships — Fairy Calendar (Fairies)
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
The Old Stoughton Musical Society, the oldest choral society in the US, is founded, 1786
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Jeremy London, 1972
Keith Lockhart, 1959
Joni Mitchell, 1943
Johnny Rivers, 1942
Barry Newman, 1938
Joan Sutherland, 1926
Al Hirt, 1922
Billy Graham, 1918
Albert Camus, 1913
Dean Jagger, 1903
Leon Trotsky, 1879
Madame Marie Curie, 1867
Captain James Cook, 1728
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“America Hurrah”(van Itallie play), 1966
“Face the Nation”(TV), 1954
“Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”(Radio),1932
The Republican Elephant, as drawn by T. Nast in Harper’s Weekly, 1874
“The Conscious Lovers”(Steele play), 1722
The Oxford Gazette(first edition), 1665 (Now The London Gazette)
 
 
Today in History:
 
The oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, the Ensisheim Meteorite, strikes around noon in a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France, 1492
Pierre Gassendi observes the transit of Mercury as predicted by Kepler, 1631
Anne Htchinson is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic, 1637
The first edition of the “London Gazette”, the oldest surviving journal, is published, 1665
Lewis and Clark first sight the Pacific Ocean, 1805
The first Thomas Nast cartoon depicting the Republican Party Elephant is published, 1874
Edward Bouchet becomes the first black to receive a PhD from a US college (Yale), 1876
Women in the U.S. state of Colorado are granted the right to vote, 1893
The first air freight shipment is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse (from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio), 1910
Mao Tse Tung proclaims the “Chinese People’s Republic”, 1931
Fiorello H. La Guardia is elected the 99th mayor of New York City, 1933
Carl B. Stokes is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major American city, 1967
Douglas Wilder wins the governor’s seat in Virginia, becoming the first elected African American governor in the United States, 1989
Mary Robinson becomes the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland, 1990
NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor, 1996
U.S. voters in the state of Massachusetts approve a referendum legalizing the use of medical marijuana; Colorado and Washington approve the legalization of recreational use of the drug, 2012
Sierra Leone is declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (death toll 4,000), 2015
Extreme smog in Delhi, India, leads Indian Medical Association to declare “a state of medical emergency”, 2017

 

A Great Idea (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
 
 
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
 
This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant’s Child.                      
 
This weeks prompts are:
 
  1. Sully
  2. Chagrin
  3. Funambulist
  4. Heavy
  5. Lowering
  6. Sand
 
And/or
 
  1. Ablutions
  2. Wasting
  3. Saucy
  4. Perpetual
  5. Moonstruck
  6. Cigar
 
 
“Will you stop WASTING so much water on that elephant!  You bunch would do better to up the quality of your own ABLUTIONS!”
 
He didn’t notice one of the workers giving him a SAUCY face, but he didn’t have to.  He knew they would be making fun, and much to his CHAGRIN he knew he deserved it for taking his ire out on them when none of the current trouble was their fault.  As he stalked angrily into his tent,  LOWERING the flap that served as a door with a hard yank was not nearly as satisfactory as slamming a real one closed, but it would have to do.
 
Being the owner and ringmaster of a small tent circus was what he loved, but on days like this it was a HEAVY load.  His wife, who had been MOONSTRUCK in her tender years and run away with the circus for real, knew his moods and loved him, whether because of or in spite of those PERPETUAL mood swings no one could fathom.
 
She silently brought him a fresh CIGAR, a match, and the plate of SAND he used as an ashtray.  Without a word, he sat at the table and lit the cigar, taking a puff or two before turning to the woman he knew held him and this outfit together in more ways than anyone ever admitted.
 
“Why did you ever SULLY yourself and get mixed up in this life?” he asked her, and as she always did she answered, “Because I love you and you love this circus life, and I wouldn’t have you any other way.”
 
“Where in the world am I going to find a new FUNAMBULIST?  The tightrope act and the elephant are our two biggest draws, and the new touring season starts in a month.  A month!  I’ll never be able to replace that vagabond so quickly.  I should have known he’d bolt to a competitor at the first opportunity.
 
“Lilly, what in the world am I going to do?”
 
Rubbing his shoulders to ease his tension, she said, “You are going to have some supper, then you are going to get a good night’s sleep, and starting tomorrow, you are going to use the great talent you have to either train someone here in tightrope walking, or you will come up with another big draw act from the people you have, or you will find some other solution.  You’ve done it before, you can do it again, I have faith in you!”
 
Looking up at her, he tried to hide the mist in his eyes by asking, “Want to learn to walk a tightrope?” and they both laughed as she pretended to threaten to choke him.  He knew they’d pull through this, too.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Admission Day — Nevada, US
 
Allantide — Cornwall, England
 
All Hallows Eve — Christian
 
Apple and Candle Night — Wales
 
Books for Treats Day — San Jose, CA, US (give gently used books to kids, not candy — feed their brains, not their cavities!)
 
Chiang Kai-Shek Day — Taiwan
 
Day of the Seven Billion — day in 2011 the UN declared the world population to have reached 7,000,000,000     
 
Dias de los Muertos — Mexico, esp. Michoacan and Oaxaca (through Nov. 2; ceremonies, sand sculptures, decorated altars, and parties through the nights in the cemetaries)
 
Dookie Apple Night — Newcastle, England
 
Duck Apple Night — Liverpool, England
 
Feast of Sekhmet Bast Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Festival of Inner Worlds — Pagan (fight between the old and new year)
 
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, US (hosted at the “Yachting Capital of the World”; through Sunday)
 
Founder’s Day — Girl Scouts of the USA (Juliette Gordon Low’s birth anniversary)
 
Ghostwriter’s Day
 
Hallowe’en or Beggar’s Night
 
Hawaiki Nui Va’a Race — French Polynesia (spectacular three-day open water outrigger canoe race from Huahine to Raiatea to Tahaa to Bora Bora; through Friday)
 
Increase Your Psychic Powers Day — originated in England in the 19th century, some celebrated on the 30th
 
King Father Nordom Sihanouk’s Birthday — Cambodia
 
National Candy Apple Day
 
National Knock-Knock Joke Day
    Knock, Knock
    Who’s There?
    Police.
    Police who?
    Police stop telling knock-knock jokes! 
 
National Magic Day — Society of American Magicians (in honor of Harry Houdini, who died on this day in 1926, and who was president of the SoAM)
 
National UNICEF Day — US
 
Nut-Crack Night — England; Scotland
 
Old Celtic New Year’s Eve
 
Out of the Broom Closet Day — Pagan, Heathen, and all earth-based and ethnic religions
 
Reformation Day — Protestant Christian (trad.)
    Official Holiday — Germany; Slovenia
 
Samhain (northern hemisphere) / Beltane (southern hemisphere) — Druids, Gaels, Welsh peoples, Neopagans, Wiccans (begins at sunset)
 
Scare a Friend Day — just not so much that he/she isn’t a friend any more
 
Senior Absurdity Day — Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY, US (a day the kids look forward to each year)
 
Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day
 
St. Quentin’s Day (Patron against coughs)
 
St. Wolfgang of Ratisbon’s Day (Patron of apoplexics, carpenters, paralysed people, stroke victims; Regensburg, Germany; against apoplexy, paralysis, stomach diseases, strokes)
 
Thump-the-Door Night — Isle of Mann
 
Trick or Treat Night
 
Vetmaetr — Norse Calendar (Winter Nights; beginning of winter, the New Year, and the start of Odin leading the Wild Hunt)
 
Youth Honor Day — Iowa, US
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Mt. Rushmore is completed, 1941
Nevada becomes the 36th US State, 1864
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Robert “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle, 1967
Adam Horovitz, 1966
Dermot Mulroney, 1963
Rob Schneider, 1963
Peter Jackson, 1961
Larry Mullen, Jr., 1961
John Candy, 1950
Jane Pauley, 1950
Deidre Hall, 1947
Stephen Rea, 1943
David Ogden Stiers, 1942
Ron Rifkin, 1939
Michael Landon, 1936
Dan Rather, 1931
Michael Collins, 1930
Barbara Bel Geddes, 1922
Dale Evans, 1912
Ethel Waters, 1896
Chaing Kai-shek, 1887
Juliette Gordon Low, 1860
John Keats, 1795
William Paca, 1740
Jan Vermeer, 1632
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Car Talk”(Radio), 1987 (national debut, ten years after their start as a local show in Boston)
“Jamaica”(Musical), 1957
“Capricio Espagnol”(Rimsky-Korsakov Op. 34), 1887
“Tamerlano”(Handel opera, HWV 18), 1724
 
 
Today in History:
 
Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites after their return to Jerusalem from exile, BC445
First All Hallows Eve observed to honor all the saints, 834
Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door, marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, 1517
Georg Ludwig van Hannover is crowned as the English King George I, 1714
Execution of Girondins at Paris during the Reign of Terror, 1793
Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents the miner’s safety lamp, 1815
A standard uniform is approved for US Postal workers, 1868
A tropical cyclone hits Bengal, about 200,000 die, 1876
John Boyd Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tire, 1888
Arthur Conan Doyle publishes “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, 1892
Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States, 1913
The Battle of Beersheba of WWI marks the last successful cavalry charge in history, 1917
The first of 160 consecutive days of 100°F + temps at Marble Bar, Australia, 1923
World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress, 1924
Mt. Rushmore sculptures are completed, 1941
The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal, 1956
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards, 1984
EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board, 1999
Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted, 1999
Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station, which has been continually crewed since, 2000
Surfer Bethany Hamilton loses her left arm and 3 liters of blood in a tiger shark attack; within a month she would be back on her board, and competing again within the year, 2003

 

The NYSE reopens after its first weather related shut down since the late 19th century; the two-day closure was due to Hurricane Sandy, 2012

 

Ignored (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
 
 
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
 
This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant’s Child.                       
 
This weeks prompts are:
 
  1. Haircut
  2. Speculate
  3. Dangling
  4. Mollusks
  5. Crinoline
  6. Couches 
 
 And/Or
 
  1. Basketball
  2. Thimble
  3. Knickers
  4. Juggling
  5. Freelance
  6. Parachute
 
 
When the barber turned to him with a smile and indicated that he should come and take the now empty seat, he stood more slowly than was technically necessary for him, and hesitated once he was standing.  How, he was wondering, did I end up needing a HAIRCUT the one week of the year my own barber goes on vacation?  And further, how did I end up in a barber shop that has a THIMBLE on the counter next to the cash register, a basket full of MOLLUSKS shells by way of decoration next to the barber’s sink, and a basket of potpourri on the tray table with the coffee pot?
 
Deciding it was useless to SPECULATE any further upon the situation he now found himself in, he tried to hide his discomfort by tossing the magazine he’d been perusing nonchalantly toward a stack of reading material on the table nearest to the worn vinyl COUCHES that graced the waiting area of the establishment and took the seat indicated.
 
The drape the barber put around his neck looked more like a PARACHUTE and felt more like CRINOLINE than any he had ever worn at his usual shop.  As he tried to lose himself in the BASKETBALL game on the TV that was DANGLING at a neck straining angle, he hoped this barber wouldn’t turn out to be all chatty the way some of them were.
 
He was only partially lucky in that respect.  The barber, beyond asking him what type of cut he wanted, didn’t try to chat him up, but spent the entire time carrying on with the second barber, the other customers who came in and out, and with the younger lady who came in JUGGLING an extra pot of water to make more coffee in one hand and a tray of sweets in the other.
 
She was followed in by a little boy in KNICKERS who ran to the barber for a hug.  The barber looked at him and said, “My grandson,” by way of explaining why he stopped to give the child a quick hug and a “get along with you now, I’m working and I’ll be home soon.”
 
He found himself curious in spite of his resolve to keep himself to himself, get the cut, and get out.  “Is she your daughter?” he asked.
 
“Daughter-in-law.  My son was a FREELANCE journalist, got killed covering the war in Afghanistan.  I made them come live with me, they are all I have now besides my shop and my customers.  She loves to bake, that one, so she brings sweets and makes the coffee.”
 
“And the thimble by the cash register?” he asked, curiosity continuing to get the better of him.
 
The barber laughed.  “We have them everywhere.  She’s a sewer, that one, makes clothes for herself and the boy, and alters clothes for other people to bring in money.  If I can ever get the permit, I want to add another room to the shop so she can have her own store.”
 
At that point, the barber yanked the cape off of him, and he stood and stretched, feeling a little wobbly for a moment.  After he paid, including a nice tip, the barber smiled at him, offered his hand and said, “Don’t be a stranger!”
 
The barber’s grip was warm and friendly, and he left wondering if maybe he should rethink always going to the same shop every time.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Children’s Day — Australia
 
Feast of Good & Plenty (the candies)
 
Food Day — US (inspiring people to change their diets and our food policies)   
 
Full Hunter’s Moon/Full Blood Moon/Full Sanguine Moon (some also consider this the true Harvest Moon, if last month’s came too early)
    Boun Ok Phansa and Ventiane — Laos (end of “Buddist Lent” and a traditional boat race festival starting tomorrow with hundreds of decorated candle-lit floats made of paper set adrift in the rivers)
    Kojagrat Purnima — Nepal (end of Dashain)
    Thadingyut Full Moon/”Buddhist Lent” ends — Myanmar (begins at sunset, through tomorrow)
    Vap Full Moon Poya Day — Sri Lanka
 
Independence Day — Zambia(1964)
 
Lakshmi Puja — OR, TR, WB, India (Hindu celebration during the Festival of Lights)
 
Lilith’s Day — Ancient Mesopotamian Calendar (Lilith, legendary first wife of Adam, mother of the giants; date approximate)
 
Lung Health Day — US (on the Wednesday of Respiratory Care Week; some sites to explore about lung health are here and here)       
 
Maladay — Discordianism
 
National Bologna Day
 
Share a Pop Tart With Someone You Love Day — internet generated, and how much do you want to bet the Kellog company may have had a hand in it?
 
St. Anthony Claret’s Day (Patron of weavers; Catholic press; Claretians; Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
 
St. Crispin’s Eve Celebration — Tenby, Wales
 
St. Raphael the Archangel’s Day (traditional date; Patron of health inspectors, druggists, happy meetings, leaving home, travelers; against blindness)
 
Suez Victory Day — Egypt
 
Take Back Your Time Day — Canada; U.S. (anniversary of the day in the US that the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect, specifying a 40-hour work week as the standard, in 1938)
 
United Nations Day
    Disarmament Week begins
    World Development Information Day
 
World Origami Days — held each year from today, the birth anniversary of Lillian Oppenheimer, founder of the first origami societies in Britain and the US, until Nov. 11, which is Origami Day in Japan; a couple of good sites for origami here and here          
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Monica, 1980
Kevin Kline, 1947
F. Murray Abraham, 1939
Bill Wyman, 1936
David Nelson, 1936
J. P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, 1930
Y. A. Tittle, 1926
Moss Hart, 1904
Melvin Purvis, 1903
Alexandra David-Neel, 1868 (first female foreigner to explore Tibet)
Belva A. Bennett Lockwood, 1838
Sarah Joseph Hale, 1788 (author of “Mary had a little lamb”)
Antony van Leeuwenhoek, 1632
Domitian, Roman Emperor, 51
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Dancing at Lughnasa”(Play), 1991
“Voices for Today”(Britten Op. 75), 1965
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”(Single release), 1908
“Zibeunerbaron/The Gypsy Baron”(Strauss Opera), 1885
The first Transcontinental Telegram is sent, 1861
 
 
Today in History:
 
Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated, 1260
The Treaty of Westphalia ends the 30 Years War, recognized the independence of Switzerland, and marks the end of the Holy Roman Empire, 1648
Felix Mendelssohn, age 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin, 1818
The match is patented, by A. Phillips, 1836
The first US transcontinental telegram is sent, from San Francisco to Washington, DC, ending the need for the Pony Express after only 2 years, 1861
Levi P. Morton, US ambassador to France, drives the first rivet for the Statue of Liberty, 1881
Dr. Robert Koch discovers the germ that causes tuberculosis, 1882
Anna Taylor becomes the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901
The first NYC subway opens, 1904
Harry Houdini’s last performance, 1926
The Hershey Company is incorporated, 1927
“Black Thursday”, the start of the stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%, 1929
Al Capone is sentenced for tax evasion, 1931
The George Washington Bridge, connecting NY to NJ, opens, 1931
US forbids child labor in factories, 1938
The United Nations Charter is signed by the first member nations, 1945
Eisenhower pledges US support to South Vietnam, 1954
Government of Poland legalizes Solidarity trade union, 1980
Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission, 1998
The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, 2003
Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the “motive clause”, an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act, 2006
“Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices, 2008
The Northern Lights become visible over much of North America due to a coronal mass ejection, 2011
The E.U. plans to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels and increase renewables to 27 percent of all energy sources, 2014
Iditarod officials confirm that some dogs in the race have been doped after they tested positive for banned substances, 2017

 

Why It’s Grandma’s Favorite Nursery (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
 
This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant’s Child.                       
 
This weeks prompts are the following pictures, the first taken by Bill Dodds, and second by Margaret Adamson:


 

 

 

 
“I still remember the fog that night you left.  The train was swallowed up into it, and I felt like you were turning into a foggy ghost.  Why did you leave me?” he asked.
 
People who passed him sitting alone on that red bench didn’t stop to ask themselves why he was talking to no one.  After so many years, they were accustomed to him.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Black Poetry Day — birth anniversary of the USA’s first published black poet, Jupiter Hammon (some sites say this is on the 3rd Friday each year)
 
Chung Yeung Festival — China; Hong Kong; Macau (Double Ninth Festival/Ancestors’ Day; date differs in other parts of Asia)
 
Circleville Pumpkin Show — Circleville, OH, US (celebrating with over 100,000lbs of pumpkins, squash, and gourds; through Saturday)
 
Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence — US (students around the nation are asked to sign the Pledge Against Gun Violence)     
 
Dessalines Day — Haiti
 
Doburoku Matsuri — Oita Prefecture, Japan (one of the few sake festivals at a shrine; through tomorrow)
 
East Texas Yamboree — Gilmer, TX, US (yam it up with the family at the carnival, watch them crown the Yamboree Queen, enjoy the livestock show, and more; through Saturday)
 
Festival of Hengest — Asatru (approximate date of the Norse celebration of Hengest and Horsa, who fought to establish Norse settlements in Eastern Britain)
 
Four Prunes Day (only if you dare!)
 
Gaudy Day a/k/a Wear Something Gaudy Day 
 
Hagfish Day — a day to celebrate the uniqueness and necessity of even the ugliest of sea creatures, like the hagfish
 
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty — UN
 
Large Fairies Come First Day — Fairy Calendar (because the rest of the year they let the little ones go first)
 
Loyalty Day — Argentina
 
Mulligan Day — C. Daniel Rhodes wants you to give yourself or someone else a free do-over today
 
National Fossil Day — US (National Park Service information)   
 
National Pasta Day
 
National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day — US
 
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day — US (sponsored by Kiwi Magazine, encouraging parents to go to school and have lunch with the children, learning what goes into a healthy lunch)   
 
Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day — let your inner child go a bit wild
 
St. Ignatius of Antioch’s Day (Patron of the Church in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa; against throat diseases)
 
St. Richard Gwin’s Day (Patron of large families, parents of large families, torture victims)
 
Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival — Tacoma, WA, US (for those who want to get the shopping done early, you show offs; through Sunday)
 
Work on Your Charisma Day — because what else are you going to do on a lazy October afternoon?
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is founded, 1919
Composer Johann S. Bach marries his niece Maria Bach, 1707
Crown Prince Fernando of Aragon marries Princess Isabella of Castile, 1469
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Eminem, 1972
Ermie Els, 1969
Norm MacDonald, 1963
Richard Roeper, 1959
Alan Jackson, 1958
Mae Jemison, 1956
Howard Rollins, 1950
Margot Kidder, 1948
George Wendt, 1948
Michael McKean, 1947
Ronn Owens, 1945
Evel Knievel, 1938
Beverly Garland, 1926
Jimmy Breslin, 1930
Tom Poston, 1921
Montgomery Clift, 1920
Rita Hayworth, 1918
Arthur Miller, 1915
Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, 1912
Jean Arthur, 1905
Spring Byington, 1893
Buck Ewing, 1859
Jupiter Hammon, 1711
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”(Musical), 1967
“The Hollywood Squares”(TV), 1966
“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”(Musical), 1965
Jailhouse Rock(Film), 1957
“Chayka/The Seagull”(Chekhov play), 1896
“Don Sanche”(Liszt opera), 1825
 
 
Today in History:
 
King Cyrus the Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon and releases the Jews from their 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration, BC539
Battle of Neville’s Cross, the defeat of King David II of Scotland by Edward III of England, 1346
German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus, 1604
Boston blacks petition the legislature for equal school facilities, 1787
The political rights of Jews are suspended in the Duchy of Warsaw, 1808
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie), 1888
Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Clifden, Ireland, 1907
Albert Einstein arrives in the US as a refugee from Nazi Germany, 1933
The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England, 1956
Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra, 1964
Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations, 1966
Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria, 1973
Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979
The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, making it the World’s tallest highrise, 2003
Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop, is canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
Astronomers confirm the identification of the nearest planet outside of our solar system, orbiting Alpha Centauri B, 2012

 

Trouble (Wordless Wednesday and Words for Wednesday)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
 
 
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
 
This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant’s Child.                       
 
This week’s prompt phrases are:
 
Let the cat out of the bag
 
And/or
 
Best thing since sliced bread
 
 
“Have you let the cat out of the bag yet?” Roger asked his friend.
 
Dave answered, “No, not yet.  I was going to let it be a surprise.”
 
“That might not be such a great idea,” Roger said with a bit of warning in his voice.
 
“Why not?  What’s got you so over-cautious all of a sudden?”
 
“I’m not over-cautious, I just know women, that’s all.”
 
“You know the women you’ve dated.  You don’t know all women,” Dave retorted.
 
“I do know,” Roger parried, “that most women would not be excited or pleased to find out their husband and his best friend plan to turn the garage into a workshop to make and sell their invention, even if it is about the best thing since sliced bread.”
 
“You only know the women you date, and most of them aren’t pleased with anything.  Sandy will be fine with us using part of the garage, and I want to surprise her with a working model.  Once she sees it, and how we make it, she’ll be on board.”
 
“Okay,” Roger was still unconvinced, “but don’t say I didn’t warn you if you end up sleeping on the couch for a week!”
 
 
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Today is:
 
Alex Kivi Day a/k/a Kivi Day — Finland (The Day of Finnish Literature)
 
Arbor Day — Poland
 
Bonza Bottler Day
 
Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day — at your own risk! sponsored by Susan E. Schwartz of “Teddies Are The Answer”
 
Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day — celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, celebrate the tentacular species
 
Chicago International Film Festival — Chicago, IL, US (oldest competitive international film festival in North America; through the 21st)
 
Curacao Day — Curacao
 
Double Tenth Day/National Day — China; Taiwan (In remembrance of the revolution against the Imperial Manchu Dynasty.)
 
Emergency Nurses Day
 
Festival for Juno Moneta — Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno as goddess of money)
 
Frankfurt Book Fair — Frankfurt, Germany (world’s largest international book fair; through Sunday)
 
Ghatasthapana Dashain Festival– Nepal (start of a nine day Hindu festival, the longest and most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar)
 
Independence Day / Deed of Cession Day — Fiji(1970)
 
International Top Spinning Day — sponsored by the Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum, to recognize the Earth as a large spinning top; add your spins to the total and e-mail results to the sponsor    
 
International Walk to School/Bike to School Day — to promote both healthy exercise and less pollution)    
 
Journee Nationale de la Femme Marocaine — Morocco (National Women’s Day)
 
Kruger Day — South Africa
 
KWP Foundation Day — North Korea (1945)
 
Maroons Day — Suriname (celebration of indigenous peoples)
 
Moi Day — Kenya
 
National Angel Food Cake Day
 
National Cake Decorating Day — some websites say today, some say the 17th
 
National Handbag Day — started by www.PurseBlog.com
 
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day — because about half of pets in the US are overweight or obese    
 
National Stop Bullying Day — use #NationalStopBullyingDay to post on social media (begun in 2009 by eighteen 6th grade students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, now a nationwide movement)
 
Naval Academy Day — US
 
Navaratri Dusserha — Hindu (nine day Festival of Durga, wife of Shiva; local dates of observance may vary)
 
SAVE Today — US (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere, a day created in 1995 by the American Medical Association Alliance)    
 
St. Francis Borgia’s Day (Patron of Portugal; Rota, Marianas; against earthquakes)
 
St. Paulinus of York’s Day (Patron of Rochester, England)
 
Tag der Volksabstimmung — Austria (Referendum Day)
 
Tavistock Goose Fair — Tavistock, Devon, UK (known locally as the Goosey, dating back to 12th-century Michaelmas fairs, this orginal livestock fair is now mostly a fun festival)
 
War of Independence Anniversary — Cuba
 
World Day Against the Death Penalty — International
 
World Homeless Day — no one should be homeless   
 
World Mental Health Day — International
 
World Porridge Day — celebrating Scotland’s traditional national dish    
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., marries Katherine Anne “Kiki” Gershman, 1993
Richard Burton marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1975 (second time)
The United States Naval Academy opened with 50 midshipmen and 7 professors, 1845
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Adrian Grenier, 1976
Bob Burnquist, 1976
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 1974
Mario Lopez, 1973
Brett Favre, 1969
Daniel Pearl, 1963
Tanya Tucker, 1958
David Lee Roth, 1955
Nora Roberts, 1950
Jessica Harper, 1949
Charles Dance, 1946
Ben Vereen, 1946
Harold Pinter, 1930
Richard Jaeckel, 1926
Thelonious Monk, 1917
Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1924
Helen Hayes, 1900
Giuseppe Verdi, 1813
Henry Cavendish, 1731 (discovered hydrogen)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Thor: Ragnarok(Film), 2017
“Upstairs, Downstairs”(TV), 1971
“The Bob Newhart Show”(TV), 1962
“Milk and Honey”(Musical), 1961
“Porgy and Bess”(Folk opera), 1935
“Die Chinesische Mauer/The Great Wall of China”(Play), 1946
The Tuxedo, 1886 (introduced at The Tuxedo Club in New York)
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Carribean, 1780
The first non-Native American settlement is founded in Oklahoma, 1802
William Lassell discovers Neptune’s moon Triton, 1846
The first “Dinner Jacket” is worn to the Autumn Ball at Tuxedo Park, NY, 1886
President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal, 1913
Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after the French pull out of the city, 1954
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant, 1957
The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world’s first major nuclear accident, 1957
The opening ceremony at The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary communication satellite, 1964
The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, comes into force, 1967
In Montreal, Quebec, a national crisis hits Canada when Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte becomes the second statesman kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 1971
After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI adds Arabic to the languages in which the weekly Vatican address is broadcast, 2012
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for their work in advocating children’s rights; 17-year-old Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban in retaliation for her activism, is the youngest recipient in history, 2014

 

Veterinarian Sense of Humor (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
 
 
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
 
This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant’s Child.                      
 
This week’s words are:
 
Precipitation
Lanky
Grotesque
Clockwork
Still
Transporting
 
and/or
 
Eskimo
Cyclone
Cassowary
Waitress
Cleaning
Auditorium
 
“You have to admit it was a rather GROTESQUE performance,” he said, his LANKY form draped over the vinyl seat of their favorite booth at the 24-hour Waffle House as if he didn’t have the strength to sit up straight.
 
“I’ll admit nothing of the sort!  I found it rather charming,” she said as she stared off into space, toward the direction of but not necessarily at the WAITRESS who was CLEANING a booth about halfway down the row.
 
It has been her idea to attend her nephew’s grade school play in the small AUDITORIUM at the local library.  He’d been thrilled to know his aunt and uncle would be there, along with his own family.
 
“Well, it’s a production of The Wizard of Oz that I won’t soon forget,” he noted with a wry grin.
 
“I think they did very well for a grade school,” she was a bit miffed, thinking he expected too much of the performers, some of whom were very young.
 
“Let’s just say I didn’t expect the Scarecrow character to look so much like a CASSOWARY, or the Munchkin Mayor to be dressed up like an ESKIMO.  And what in the world was the sound effect that accompanied the prop that was supposed to be a CYCLONE?”
 
“It was supposed to be the noise of the PRECIPITATION that normally accompanies such a storm!”   She had become both tart and icy in her response, not an easy feat, and he realized he wasn’t getting her to laugh, he was truly making her feel insulted on behalf of the children.
 
“I’m sorry,” he said.  “The way they used the props in TRANSPORTING Dorothy and Toto to  Oz was quite clever, and the kids mostly knew their lines.  If the child in the seat behind me had been STILL for more than five seconds at a time, I probably would have enjoyed it much more.”
 
“They knew their cues like CLOCKWORK, too,” she said with a bit of cool still in her voice, and he hurried to agree.
 
“Yes, they had that down, and knew the songs cold,” he smiled with encouragement at her and sat up straight as their meals arrived.
 
She thawed under his smile as she always did eventually on the rare occasion when they had this kind of disagreement.
 
“They only do one play a year, you will be glad to know, so this won’t happen often,” she told him, and he thought but did not say, That’s plenty often enough, as they tucked in.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Balloons Around the World — balloon artists around the world are encouraged to donate an hour or more to a charity of their choice in their community, entertaining children everywhere with balloon sculpture
 
Buttering-Up Semi-Finals — Fairy Calendar
 
Change a Light Day — US (was originally sponsored by EnergyStar, promoting energy saving light bulbs; although they don’t seem to be running this particular campaign any more, it’s a great idea to switch to the highest efficiency bulbs you can)    
    while the original dates were on Wednesdays, some websites list this on the first Sunday
 
Festival of Bacchus/Dionysus — Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the old and new wine and celebrating the harvest)
 
Independence Day — Iraq
 
Kae Chun Jul — Korea (National Foundation Day, BC 2333)
 
Morazan Day — Honduras (Soldier’s Day, trad.; will be observed on Monday)
 
National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day — internet generated; celebrate these beauties today, no matter where you are
 
National Carmel Custard Day
 
Nottingham Goose Fair — Nottingham, England (dating back to at least 1284, what began as a fair market so people could stock up on food supplies for winter is now a fun festival with rides and games; through Sunday)
 
Oschophoria — Ancient Greek Calendar (in honor of the return of Theseus after killing the Minotaur; deities celebrated were Dionysius and either Athena or Ariadne, depending on the source cited; date approximate)
 
Relief of Leiden Day — Netherlands
 
Reunification Day /Unity Day– Germany
 
Semana Morazanica, una Fiestas Patrias — Honduras (through Friday)
 
Sts. Ewald the Black and Ewald the Fair’s Day (Patrons of Westphalia)
 
Techies’ Day — give your techies some well deserved appreciation
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Neve Campbell, 1973
Gwen Stefani, 1969
Janel Maloney, 1969
Clive Owen, 1964
Jack P. Wagner, 1959
Dennis Eckersley, 1954
Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1954
Dave Winfield, 1951
Lindsey Buckingham, 1949
Roy Horn, 1944
Chubby Checker, 1941
Erik Bruhn, 1928
Gore Vidal, 1925
James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), 1916
Harvey Kurtzman, 1902
William Crawford Gorgas, 1854
George Bancroft, 1800
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“L.A. Law”(TV), 1986
“Scarecrow and Mrs. King”(TV), 1983
“Quincy”(TV), 1976
“The Dick Van Dyke Show”(TV), 1961
“The Andy Griffith Show”(TV), 1960
“The Pat Boone Show”(TV), 1957
“The Real McCoys”(TV), 1957
“Captain Kangaroo”(TV), 1955
“The Mickey Mouse Club”(TV), 1955
“Father Knows Best”(TV), 1954
“Our Miss Brooks”(TV), 1952
“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”(TV), 1952
The Maltese Falcon(Film, NYC release), 1941
 
 
Today in History:
 
The state of Gojoseon (modern-day Korea) is founded by Dangun Wanggeom during the reign of the Chinese emperor Yao, BC2333
The siege and battle of Alesia is ended by the surrender of Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, to Julius Caesar, BC52
Julius Caesar’s assassins suffer a decisive defeat at the First Battle of Phillipi, BC42
Jews are expelled from Eger, Bohemia, 1430
The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor, 1712
British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska, 1778
General Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence being named to defend the French National Convention against armed counter-revolutionary rioters, 1795
George Washington proclaims the first national Thanksgiving Day will be held on Nov. 26, 1789
American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death, 1849
J.S. Thurman patents a motor-driven vacuum cleaner, 1899
The first conference on wireless telegraphy agrees to adopt SOS as the warning signal and sign of distress, 1906
Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna, Austria, found the Pravda newspaper, 1908
Mrs. W.H. Felton, of Georgia, becomes the first woman seated in the US Senate, 1922
A V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany is the first man-made object to reach space, 1942
The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon, 1952
Germany is reunified, 1990
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the show’s tigers, 2003
Archaeologists on the Egypt-Gaza border find the first evidence of a 2,000-year-old city, 2010
Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves,” 2017