Today is the 4th day of the 28th week, the 11th day of the 7th month, the
- All American Pet Photo Day
- Bowdler's Day – In 1754, Thomas Bowdler was born and became the world’s first editor to change classics in the name of “decency and family values”. It is a day to celebrate the need for free speech
- Chick-fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day
- Day of The Five Billion – the approximate day in 1987 the human population reached five billion; also a TV movie
- Free Slurpee Day [7-11's Birthday]
- Make Your Own Sundae Day
- National Blueberry Muffin Day
- National Cheer up the Lonely Day
- National Mojito Day
- National Rainier Cherries Day
- National Swimming Pool Day
- World Population Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
813 – Byzantine emperor Michael I, under threat by conspiracies, abdicates in favor of his general Leo the Armenian, and becomes a monk (under the name Athanasius).
1405 – Ming admiral Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time.
1576 – Martin Frobisher sights Greenland.
1735 – Mathematical calculations suggest that it is on this day that dwarf planet Pluto moved inside the orbit of Neptune for the last time before 1979.
1801 – French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons makes his first comet discovery. In the next 27 years he discovers another 36 comets, more than any other person in history.
1848 – Waterloo railway station in London opens.
1859 - Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time.
1889 – Tijuana, Mexico, is founded.
1893 – The first cultured pearl is obtained by Kokichi Mikimoto.
1895 – Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière demonstrate movie film technology to scientists.
1897 – Salomon August Andrée leaves Spitsbergen to attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. He later crashes and dies.
1914 – Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth made his major league debut as a pitcher for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.
1919 – The eight-hour day and free Sunday become law for workers in the Netherlands.
1922 – The Hollywood Bowl opens.
1924 – Eric Liddell won the gold medal in 400m at the 1924 Paris Olympics, after refusing to run in the heats for 100m, his favoured distance, on the Sunday
1934 – Engelbert Zaschka of Germany flies his large human-powered aircraft, the Zaschka Human-Power Aircraft, about 20 meters at Berlin Tempelhof Airport without assisted take-off.
1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published, in the United States.
1962 – First transatlantic satellite television transmission.
1962 – At a press conference, NASA announces lunar orbit rendezvous as the means to land astronauts on the Moon, and return them to Earth.
1972 – The first game of the World Chess Championship 1972 between challenger Bobby Fischer and defending champion Boris Spassky starts.
1979 – America's first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.
1994 – PTV is introduced as a kids programming block for PBS to broadcast educational programming to underprivileged children.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 40 mins 14 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.”
~ Professor Irwin Corey, American stand-up comic, film actor and activist, often billed as The World's Foremost Authority
One of the recent trends that makes me the most uncomfortable – and by that I mean I genuinely get worried – is the spate of reported incidents in which white people either call the police because a minority is doing something in their vicinity even if that activity is totally innocuous or they suddenly start ranting [apparently triggered by a t-shirt or a head covering or overhearing any language by English]. The incidents are just plain ugly and I am personally ashamed of the lack of empathy and tolerance on display,
See? Why can’t we ALL just get along?
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