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a Monday masquerading as a Tuesday

Today is the 3rd day of the 8th week,  the 18th day of the 2nd month, the 49th day of 2020 [with only 310 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day – yes it actually happened back in 1930
  • Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day
  • Independence Day - Gambia from the United Kingdom in 1965
  • International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - honoring kids who have or had cancer
  • National Battery Day - The inventor of the battery, Italian physicist Allesandro Volta, was born in 1745
  • National Drink Wine Day ((a holiday many of us will be more than happy to celebrate))
  • National Hate Florida Day ((has nothing to do with hanging chads))
  • Pluto Day - Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto while studying photographs taken in January in 1960
  • Thumb Appreciation day
  • Travel Africa Day

3102 BC - Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga

1735 - the first opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, South Carolina

1787 - Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II bans children under 8 from labor

1879 - Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty

1885 – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States

1896 - Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 years

1901 - H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner

1908 - the first US postage stamps in rolls issued

1911 – The first official flight with airmail takes place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.

1927 - US & Canada open diplomatic relations

1952 - The 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, "The Red Skelton Show", Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win

1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles.

1955 – Teapot test shot "Wasp" is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots in the Teapot series.

1968 - Britain commences a trial of year-round daylight saving time (BST - British Standard Time, one hour ahead of GMT)

1974 - NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)

1977 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747.

1979 - Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV

1979 - NASA launches space vehicle S-202

1986 - Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985

2003 - Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.

2009 - English fantasy author Terry Pratchett receives a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

2010 – WikiLeaks publishes the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.

2010 - Bibliothèque nationale de France purchases the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova a for €7 million

2019 - British parliamentary committee issues scathing report on Facebook, accusing company of breaking privacy laws, calling for new regulations

2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 35 mins 43 secs of light-travel time from Earth


In all the brouhaha about ads on social media, folks forget that back in the day, there weren’t a lot of filters on TV ads.  Oh, they couldn’t cuss, and sex had to be implied rather than shown, and if the claims were too outrageously false, the FCC would make them pull the ads, but cigarette manufacturers continued peddling their wares long after it was proven their products caused cancer – they had money and stations were hungry for revenue.  The first ad that actually stated the ills of smoking stirred up quite a wasp’s nest of protest from corporate sponsors!   



Unfortunately, it was decades before the full extent of the damage caused by secondary smoke to those around the smokers was understood, and addressed, but now one may go to work, or eat at a restaurant, or walk through a public place without having to deal with a cloud of smoke. 
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