EOM - April 2018
Today is the 2nd day of the 18th week, the 30th day of the 4th month, the 120th day of 2018, and:
On this day in....
- Adopt a shelter Pet Day
- Animal Advocacy Day
- Beltane begins at sunset in the Northern hemisphere,
- Bugs Bunny Day
- Day of the Child
- Day of Vesak
- Díá De Los Niños / Díá De Los Libros Day
- Hairstyle Appreciation Day
- International Jazz Day
- Kiss of Hope Day
- National Animal Advocacy Day
- National Bubble Tea Day
- National Honesty Day
- National Military Brats Day
- National Mr Potato Head Day
- National Oatmeal Cookie Day
- National PrepareAthon! Day
- National Raisin Day
- National Sarcoidosis Day
- Samhain begins at sunset in the Southern hemisphere
- Spank Out Day
- Walpurgis Night
1492 – Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.
1803 – The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
1859 - "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form in a literary magazine.
1885 – Governor of New York David B. Hill signs legislation creating the Niagara Reservation, New York's first state park, ensuring that Niagara Falls will not be devoted solely to industrial and commercial use.
1897 – J. J. Thomson of the Cavendish Laboratory announces his discovery of the electron as a subatomic particle, over 1,800 times smaller than a proton (in the atomic nucleus), at a lecture at the Royal Institution in London
1905 – Albert Einstein completes his doctoral thesis at the University of Zurich.
1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1938 – The animated cartoon short “Porky's Hare Hunt” debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).
1939 – The 1939-40 New York World's Fair opens and NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's N.Y. World's Fair opening day ceremonial address.
1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph surfaces near Huelva to cast adrift a dead man dressed as a courier and carrying false invasion plans. This was a great book, incidentally, The Man Who Never Was
1947 – In Nevada, Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam for the second time.
1948 – In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established.
1952 - Anne Frank is published in English
1975 – Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Dương Văn Minh.
1993 – CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.
2008 – Two skeletal remains found near Yekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei and Anastasia, two of the children of the last Tsar of Russia, whose entire family was executed at Yekaterinburg by the Bolsheviks
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 34 mins 38 secs of light-travel time from Earth
In my meanderings online over the weekend I came across the word “Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai])” and learned it is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". You might have encountered it as raison d'être – the basic reason for the existence of something or someone. Standard fare for those of us who spend time gazing at our navels [so to speak] and spend time pondering our existence and purpose, but what grabbed my attention was the illustration of where you Ikigai was located:
The idea, as I understand it, is to make three different lists of your values, things you like to do, and things that you are good at and then finding where they intersect. The diagram above pares it down more precisely into
To develop the answers to these questions takes a lot of curiosity – about new experiences, about yourself, about others. Maybe the reason I like the concept is that it encourages me to ask questions?
- Your passion -- what do you love
- Your vocation – what are you good at
- Your profession – what can you do that will generate income
- Your mission -- what the world needs
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