Today is the 4th day of the 36th week, the 12th day of the 9th month, the 255th day of 2018, and:
- International Day for South-South Cooperation
- Mindfulness Day
- National Chocolate Milkshake Day
- National Day of Encouragement
- National Police Woman Day
- National Report Medicare Fraud Day
- Video Games Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1609 – Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.
1814 – Battle of North Point: an American detachment halts the British land advance to Baltimore in the War of 1812.
1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning.
1885 – Arbroath 36–0 Bon Accord, a world record scoreline in professional Association football.
1890 – Salisbury, Rhodesia, is founded.
1906 – The Newport Transporter Bridge is opened in Newport, South Wales by Viscount Tredegar.
1910 – Premiere performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in Munich (with a chorus of 852 singers and an orchestra of 171 players. Mahler's rehearsal assistant conductor was Bruno Walter)
1933 – Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.
1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
1952 – Strange occurrences, including a monster [the Flatwoods monster, AKA the Braxton County Monster or Phantom of Flatwoods] sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia following the appearance of bright object crossing the sky. Nearly fifty years later, investigators concluded that the light was a meteor and the creature was a barn owl perched in a tree, with shadows making it appear to be a large humanoid.
1953 – U.S. Senator and future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island.
1954 - "Lassie" made its TV debut on CBS.
1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first working integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments.
1959 – The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the moon.
1959 – Bonanza premieres, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.
1962 – President Kennedy delivers his We choose to go to the Moon speech at Rice University.
1966 – Gemini 11, the penultimate mission of NASA's Gemini program, and the current human altitude record holder (except for the Apollo lunar missions)
1984 – Dwight Gooden sets the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden's 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.
1992 – NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space.
2011 – The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City opens to the public.
2013 - Voyager 1 had reached interstellar space; NASA is still in contact with the spacecraft, even though it is over 13 billion miles (over 20 billion kilometers) away
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 51 mins 36 secs of light-travel time from Earth.
Do you daydream? Do you just stare out into space, locked in the pictures of your mind’s eye? I look at the busy lives my granddaughters live with the number of activities they are involved in and I wonder how much time they have to ponder. The things they do are so much fun and they have experiences I never had as a kid, that’s for sure! I didn’t know there was such a thing as daydreaming too much – after all one gets grounded in real life pretty quickly when you have bills to pay – but apparently there are those who are “hopelessly addicted” to the warm fuzzies you get when you drift away in your own head. And who hasn’t imagined being richer, prettier, more popular, faster, stronger, famous, or memorable? Too much of a good thing is too much, I guess. But on this day 56 years ago, the President articulated a dream of reaching to the moon and I have been gazing longingly at the stars and daydreaming of the final frontier ever since.
Such is the power of daydreams
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