2020: the last Wednesday
Today is the 4th day of the 53rd week, the 30th day of the 12th month, the 365th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN...
- Bacon Day ((naught to do with Kevin Bacon))
- Falling Needles Family Fest Day
- Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
- National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
- The fifth day of Kwanzaa. (United States)
- The sixth of the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Western Christianity)
534 – The second and final edition of the Code of Justinian comes into effect in the Byzantine Empire
1317 - Pontifical degree "Sancta Romania" against spiritualists
1731 - the first US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)
1809 - Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston
1853 - A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon (ornithopod dinosaur) created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London
1879 - Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" premieres
1892 - Dr Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes the first Black medical journal
1918 - John E Hoover decides to be called J. Edgar Hoover
1924 - Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society
1927 – The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, Japan.
1936 - Beginning of the "feud" between comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny on Allen's "Town Hall Tonight" show
1939 - "Of Mice and Men", starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released
1948 - "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
1950 - "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)
1953 - The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
1959 - George Washington, the first ballistic missile sub commissioned
1963 - "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV
1963 - Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
1967 - Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for three weeks
1968 - Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"
1969 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1971 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1973 - the first picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab)
1974 - Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
1976 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1978 - "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
1980 - "Wonderful World of Disney" last performance on NBC-TV
1981 - "That Girl" single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)
1985 - IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
2016 - Last day Indians are able to deposit in banks 500 and 1,000 rupee notes which were scrapped only 50 days earlier in an anti-corruption measure
2020 - NASA Voyager is 21 hrs 05 mins 33 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books
As 2020 winds down and 2021 looms over the horizon, there is no sense of “ending” or “beginning” as the quagmire of polarization in our society deepens. We are divided economically with the 1% having become both rich and greedy while the 99% gets by or descends into abject poverty. We are divided healthwise as the raging pandemic exposes the stresses and cracks in a for-profit healthcare system where only the rich and powerful have access to life-saving medications and procedures while the rest of us wait in line. We are divided politically and the art of working together for the common good seems to be lost.
These fractures were a long time forming and a new year, a vaccine, a new administration, will not resolve them quickly or easily. My hope is that 2021 will be the turning of the tide though…