back to work in 2020
Today is the 5th day of the 1st week, the 2nd day of the 1st month, the 2nd day of 2020 [with only 357 shopping days until Christmas], and:
- 55 MPH Speed Limit Day – the speed limit was imposed in 1974 by Nixon to help conserve gasoline consumption
- Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, experienced enlightenment
- Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
- International Jewish Book Day
- National Buffet Day
- National Cream Puff Day
- National Motivation and Inspiration Day
- National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
- National Run It Up the Flagpole and See Who Salutes It Day
- National Science Fiction Day – celebrated on the birthday of Isaac Asimov, who would’ve been 100 today
- Pet Travel and Safety Day
- Swiss Cheese Day
- World Introvert Day
- First Quarter of the Moon at 11:45 pm EST
- The first day of Blacks and Whites' Carnival, celebrated until January 7. (southern Colombia)
- The first day of the Carnival of Riosucio, celebrated until January 8 every 2 years. (Riosucio)
- The ninth of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)
- The second day of New Year (a holiday in Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine)
ON THIS DAY IN ....
1814 - Lord Byron completes "The Corsair"
1818 - Lord Byron completes "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" (4th canto)
1832 - the first Curling club in US (Orchard Lake Curling Club) opens
1843 - Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" premieres in Dresden
1905 - Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California
1906 - Willis Carrier receives a US patent for the world's first air conditioner
1929 - the US and Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
1936 - the first electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Missouri
1938 - Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded
1954 - Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC
1955 - the first "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
1959 - USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for the first lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
1960 - John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
1969 - Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'
1972 - Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 35 mins 58 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future."
~ Niels Bohr, Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.
Or in other words, only hindsight has 20/20 vision!
As this morning, I changed the theme in WIN 10 on both my home and work computer, and set Pandora to playing something other than Christmas music, I got to wondering -- when do you un-decorate from Christmas? Back in the day, when we had a live tree, it went up the weekend before Christmas and came down the weekend after New Years, and I’ve kinda kept to that schedule even though I have an artificial tree.
The 12th day of Christmas [which marks the coming of the Magi, the three wise men (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings' Day)] isn’t until Monday, so technically we shouldn’t get rid of the holiday cheer until the weekend after that, neh?
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