another rainy Monday
Today is the 2nd day of the 30th week, the 23rd day of the 7th month, the 204th day of 2018, and:
- Gorgeous Grandma Day
- Hot Enough For Ya Day
- National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
- World Sjogren's Day
- Yada, Yada, Yada Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1632 – Three hundred colonists bound for New France depart from Dieppe, France. Early attempts at establishing permanent settlements were failures, but Cardinal Richelieu, adviser to Louis XIII, wished to make New France as significant as the English colonies. In 1627, Richelieu founded the Company of One Hundred Associates to invest in New France, promising land parcels to hundreds of new settlers and to turn Canada into an important mercantile and farming colony.
1829 – In the United States, William Austin Burt patents the typographer, a precursor to the typewriter.
1903 – The Ford Motor Company sells its first car. Buggy whip makers probably didn't even notice
1926 – Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film.
1927 – The first station of the Indian Broadcasting Company goes on the air in Bombay.
1929 – The Fascist government in Italy bans the use of foreign words and five letters of the alphabet [J K W X and Y]
1962 – Telstar relays the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program, featuring Walter Cronkite.
1972 – The United States launches Landsat 1, the first Earth-resources satellite.
1983 - Air Canada 767 runs out of fuel in midair and makes emergency glide landing at Gimli airstrip; due to metric confusion and fuel meter problems.
1984 - Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, because of nude photographs published in Penthouse magazine. Interestingly, 32 years later such pictures do not disqualify a woman from being First Lady.
1986 - Britain's Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.)
2000 - Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam when he won the British Open at age 24.
2009 - Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history, a 5-0 win over Tampa Bay.
2011 - Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning.
2015 – NASA announces discovery of Kepler-452b by Kepler.
I will admit that I am sometimes annoyed when folks near me are chattering away in another language. Every time it happens at the nail salon, I wonder uneasily if they are actually making fun of me because once I caught them clearly mimicking a colloquial expression I had used when speaking to them [never ever went back there again]. And at times I get more than a little frustrated when dealing with a heavy accent and I just cannot understand what the person is conveying, or trying to convey, and I am tempted to ask “isn’t there someone here who speaks English?”. So, I don’t have any problem with English as the “official” language of the country, but stories of what happened back in 1929 in Italy with Mussolini makes me wonder if it is a good idea, whether or not it is the first step – or maybe I should say another step -- down a slippery slope.
And I am not okay with that.
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