Today is the 4th day of the 17th week, the 25th day of the 4th month, the 115th day of 2018, and:
On this day in ...
- Administrative Professionals Day
- Denim Day
- DNA Day
- East Meets West Day
- Hairstylists Appreciation Day
- International Guide Dog Day
- International Marconi Day
- International Noise Awareness Day
- License Plates Day -- New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates in 1901
- National Crayola Day
- National Golf Day
- National Mani-Pedi Day
- National Plumber's Day [AKA Hug A Plumber Day]
- National Telephone Day
- National Zucchini Bread Day
- Parental Alienation Awareness Day
- Red Hat Society Day
- World Malaria Day
- World Penguin Day
- World Stationary Day
1792 – Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
1792 – "La Marseillaise" (the French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1829 – Charles Fremantle arrives in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom.
1859 – British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal.
1916 – Anzac Day is commemorated for the first time on the first anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove.
1938 – US Supreme Court delivers its opinion in Erie Railroad Co VS Tompkins and overturns a century of federal common law. Afterwards in what came to be known as the Erie doctrine, Whether the federal court encounters a state law issue in diversity jurisdiction, supplemental jurisdiction, or bankruptcy jurisdiction, the federal court must honor state common law when deciding state law issue
1945 - Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson publish "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" describing the double helix structure of DNA.
1954 – The first practical solar cell is publicly demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.
1959 – The Saint Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping.
1960 – The United States Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.
1983 – Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
2005 – The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
2007 - The Dow Jones industrial average topped 13,000 for the first time, ending the day at 13,089.89.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 34 mins 36 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us. "
~ Virginia Satir, American author and therapist, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her pioneering work in the field of family reconstruction therapy
There were a couple of really major upheavals from what we were being taught and this was one of them as heredity became a lot more complicated of a subject. I remember when DNA trickled into the consciousness of educators and we started hearing about it – it was about a decade after the paper when enough folks had poked at it that it was deemed worthy of being part of our learning. First it was the ability to determine exactly who fathered a child – the mother of a baby was always obvious but the father not so much. And then there was the question of who owned your genes – a question that I am not sure has been answered – and I remember vividly when DNA testing [and DNA profiling] in criminal investigations started over 30 years after the discovery. Nowadays we use DNA analysis routinely in fleshing out the past whether from learning who is related to whom or migrations patterns.. Figuring out who we are got really technical…..
Unless you are a penguin.
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