Today is the 2nd day of the 16th week, the 20th day of the 4th month, the 110th day of 2021 [with only 103 shopping days until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Chinese Language Day
- International Cli-Fi DAy
- Lima Bean Respect Day
- National Cheddar Fries Day
- National Look Alike Day
- National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day
- National Pot Smokers or National Weed Day
- Volunteer Recognition day
- The 1st quarter of the moon at 3 AM
295 - 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1303 – The Sapienza University of Rome is instituted by a bull of Pope Boniface VIII.
1534 – Jacques Cartier begins his first voyage to what is today the east coast of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.
1535 – The sun dog phenomenon is observed over Stockholm, as later depicted in the famous painting Vädersolstavlan.
1611 - First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedyMacbeth at the Globe Theatre, London, recorded by Simon Forman
1736 - French mathematician Pierre Louis Maupertuis begins Lapland expedition to measure latitude and shape of the earth, joined by fellow scientists Anders Celsius, Charles Etienne Louis Camus, Alexis Clairaut, and Pierre-Charles Le Monnier
1818 – The case of Ashford v Thornton ends, with Abraham Thornton allowed to go free rather than face a retrial for murder, after his demand for trial by battle is upheld.
1862 – Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the experiment disproving the theory of spontaneous generation, completing the first pasteurization test
1865 – Astronomer Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX's yacht, the L'Immaculata Concezion.
1879 - the first mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
1887 - Georges Bouton wins the world’s 1st motor race on a steam-powered quadricycle, a 'test' organized by French newspaperLe Velocipede
1902 – Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.
1926 - the first check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
1940 - the firsst electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1946 – The League of Nations officially dissolves, giving most of its power to the United Nations.
1951 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1967 - US Surveyor 3 lands on Moon
1967 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1971 - Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
1972 – Apollo program: Apollo 16 lunar module, commanded by John Young and piloted by Charles Duke, lands on the moon.
1979 - President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit which swam up to his fishing boat in Plains, Georgia
1983 - Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock (lands 2 days later)
1986 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1993 - Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
2018 - Mexican court bars sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll
2021 - NASA Voyager is 21 hrs 03 mins 38 secs of light-travel time from Earth
When I was in high school, there was a very popular guy who was so struck by Kahil Gribran that he gave out index cards to some people because he wanted to share the insights. The card he gave me quoted was from On Talking
“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.”
And I was devastated. I went home and cried. Mind you, I was never good with small talk – what I always did was try to elicit responses by babbling about things that interest me and that didn’t work very well. Ironically? That is what I do online in social media [including this blog], I post stories and items that interest me and hope to generate a spark of interest in someone else. Or I have gone to the other extreme and kept asking questions about the other person, which comes off as being nosey rather than involved even with members of my own family. After 70 years, I still haven’t learned how to communicate
And so, for the most part, I am alone inside my own head even when I am around others