an apple a day ...
Today is the 5th day of the 39th week, the 26th day of the 9th month, the 289th day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- European Day of Languages
- Forget-Me-Not Day
- Human Resource Professional Day
- Johnny Appleseed Day
- Lumberjack Day ((see National Pancakes Day))
- Mesothelioma Awareness Day
- National Better Breakfast Day
- National Compliance Officer Day
- National Dumpling Day
- National Pancakes [AKA johnnycakes, griddle cakes or hotcakes] Day – it used to be called Lumberjack Day and is one week after Talk Like a Pirate Day ((and here you thought it was back on Shrove Tuesday))
- National Situational Awareness Day
- Remember Me Thursday – it’s all about the pets languishing in shelters awaiting adoption
- Shamu the Whale Day or why whales shouldn’t be kept in captivity
- World Contraception Day
- World Maritime Day
1580 - Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind
1738 - Scottish philosopher David Hume enters into a contract to publish the first two volumes of his seminal work "A Treatise of Human Nature" with John Noon in London
1772 - New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine
1892 - first public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band (NJ)
1946 - 1st edition of Tintin (Kuifje), publishes until June 1993
1957 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1958 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1960 - the first of four TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago)
1964 - "Gilligan's Island", starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, debuts on CBS ((and inevitably I find myself adding "for a three hour tour"))
1968 - first broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
1969 - The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
1971 - Jim Palmer is fourth Oriole pitcher to win at least 20 games this season
1973 - Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic (Washington, D.C. to Paris) in record-breaking time (3h33m).
1974 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 - Soyuz 38 returns to Earth
1981 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1983 - Cosmonauts Titov and Strekalov are saved from exploding Soyuz T-10
1986 - Dallas jumps the shark when Bobby (Patrick Duffy) returns to Dallas, his death is attributed to his wife Pam's bad dream (erases all of last season)
1988 - US space shuttle STS-26 launched
1992 - Tsuruhiko Kiuchi rediscovers Comet Swift-Tuttle, the first time it has been spotted since 1862
2008 - Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
2017 - World's second-largest gem-quality diamond, the "Lesedi La Rona", sells for $53M
Johnny Appleseed was actually a real person who was born on this day 245 years ago in Leonmister, Massachusetts. His real name was John Chapman, but he earned his nickname by working as an orchardist [which is still a profession today], wandering about the frontier – back then most of Pennsylvania and Ohio was considered wildland. He would plant the trees, establish a land claim, then circle back later and make hard cider – all of which draws a very different picture than the whimsical wandering eccentric of folklore.
I wonder what John Chapman would think about being remembered as Johnny Appleseed?
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