another rainy Monday
Today is the 2nd day of the 7th week, the 10th day of the 2nd month, the 41st day of 2020, and:
- All The News That's Fit To Print Day
- Clean Out Your Computer Day
- National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
- National Flannel Day
- National Home Warranty Day
- Oatmeal Monday
- Plimsoll Day
- Teddy Day
- Tu BiShvat
- Umbrella Day
- World Pulses Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1258 – Mongol invasions: Baghdad falls to the Mongols, bringing the Islamic Golden Age to an end.
1535 - 12 nude anabaptists run through Amsterdam streets
1774 - Andrew Becker demonstrates diving suit
1794 - Joseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E premieres
1863 - the first US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia
1879 - the first electric arc light used (California Theater)
1897 - The NY Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
1906 – HMS Dreadnought, the first of a revolutionary new breed of battleships is christened and launched by King Edward VII.
1916 - Biggest oil well gusher ever - Edward L. Doheny's Cerro Azul No. 4 first gushes 600 feet in the air near Tampico, Mexico
1920 - Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
1933 - Delivery of the first singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)
1939 - "Stagecoach" western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, premieres in Miami
1940 – Cartoon characters Tom and Jerry, created by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, make their debut with Puss Gets the Boot by MGM.
1940 - "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
1942 - Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
1942 - American chemist James Franklin Hyde is granted a patent for fused silica
1947 – Crowds gathered at shop windows in Paris to see Christian Dior's New Look fashion—longer skirts, nipped-in waists and padded shoulders.
1949 - Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC
1961 - Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
1962 – Roy Lichtenstein's first solo exhibition opened, and it included Look Mickey, which featured his first employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery sourcing, all of which he is now known for.
1966 - "Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann is published by Bernard Geis Associates in the US - sold over 31 million copies
1972 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1979 = "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1
1989 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1996 - IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov
1997 - Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
1998 - AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
2009 – The communications satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251 collide in orbit, destroying both.
2019 - Insect populations are collapsing worldwide threatening a“catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems” according to a global review saying 40% declining, 30% endangered
Today when I walked into Starbucks, out of the pouring rain, after sitting in traffic, I was greeted with a cheery chorus of “Happy Monday!”
It still was a dark, dank day, but at least that group of folks had smiles on their faces!
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