a good man
Today is the 3rd day of the 23rd week, the 5th day of the 6th month, the 156th day of 2018, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Apple II Day
- Baby Boomers Recognition Day
- Beer Pong Day
- Festival of Popular Delusions Day
- Hot Air Balloon Day
- National Attitude Day
- National Gingerbread Day
- National Moonshine Day
- National Veggie Burgers Day
- World Environment Day
1817 – The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.
1851 – 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.
1873 – Sultan Barghash bin Said of Zanzibar closes the great slave market under the terms of a treaty with Great Britain.
1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris.
1933 – The U.S. Congress abrogates the United States' use of the gold standard by enacting a joint resolution (48 Stat. 112) nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.
1956 – Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.
1981 – The "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles, California, have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.
1984 - the Government of Canada and the Inuvialuit signed the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA), the first comprehensive land claim agreement signed north of the 60th parallel and only the second in Canada at that time. In the IFA, Inuvialuit agreed to give up their exclusive use of their ancestral lands in exchange for certain other guaranteed rights from the Government of Canada. The rights came in three forms: land, wildlife management and money.
1989 – The Tank Man halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
1995 – The Bose–Einstein condensate is first created.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 36 mins 12 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,Journals
I don’t remember who’s birthday is today. You see, both Uncle Eddie and Grandmom Riley had birthdays in June – one was the 5th and one was the 10th and I no longer remember which was which. When Grandmom was my age I was 22 and living with the guy who would become my first husband in two months, and Tom’s father in three. I don’t know how old Uncle Eddie was then – I really didn’t know him very well. He lived with Aunt Nell and Grandmom in the house where she grew up, just down the street from his mother’s and every single day he would walk down to visit his mother after dinner. I used to watch him and think that he actually never quite had a life of his own – no house, no kids, a job that he hated – and yet every single day he got up and went to work. He did lovely woodwork and once made an entire chess set complete with chessboard that I wish I had because I have no idea what happened to it. He never once yelled at me, just walking away when he was angry. He is the one who taught me how to drive our car. And every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, he was in church. And for Easter he made the most incredible marbleized eggs that I have never ever seen the like anywhere else. There aren’t very many pictures of him because he was always behind the camera. Although I never had a sense of him as a person, much less a man, there are two things that I always thought about him: he never had a life of his own and he was the bravest man I ever knew because he just kept going despite that.
Day in and day out, his well of quiet strength knit his family together. I don’t think they realized just how much they needed him until he suddenly died of a hemorrhage in his lung one day and everything fell apart.
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