fortunately it's Friday!
Today is the 6th day of the 2nd week, the 10th day of the 1st month, the 10th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN:
- Houseplant Appreciation Day
- League of Nations Day – the League of Nations Covenant entered into force in 1920. Just 26 years later, in 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations opened in London with representatives from 51 nations
- National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
- National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
- National Oysters Rockefeller Day
- Peculiar People Day
- Save the Eagles Day
49 BC – Julius Caesar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, uttering "alea iacta est" (the die is cast), signaling the start of civil war which would lead to his appointment as Roman dictator for life
AD 9 – The Western Han dynasty ends when Wang Mang claims that the divine Mandate of Heaven called for the end of the dynasty and the beginning of his own, the Xin dynasty.
1812 – The first steamboat on the Ohio River or the Mississippi River arrives in New Orleans, 82 days after departing from Pittsburgh.
1839 - Tea from India first arrives in the United Kingdom
1863 – The Metropolitan Railway, the world's oldest underground railway, opens between Paddington and Farringdon, marking the beginning of the London Underground.
1900 - Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener reach Capetown
1911 - the first photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego
1928 - George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York
1932 - "Mickey Mouse" and "Silly Symphony" comics are syndicated
1945 - No one is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
1949 - RCA introduces the 45 RPM record
1952 - "The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Charlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)
1962 – NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket launch vehicle, which became known as the Saturn V Moon rocket, which launched every Apollo Moon mission.
1956 - Elvis Presley records single "Heartbreak Hotel"
1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts
1964 - US version of "That Was The Week That Was" premieres
1964 - "Introducing the Beatles" released 1st Beatles album released in the US
1968 - US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
1969 - USSR's Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus
1970 - Preview Center opens at Walt Disney World, Florida - first building to open
1973 - For the first time graduates studying from home with 'the Open University' receive their degrees
1980 - Last broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC
1984 – The United States and Holy See (Vatican City) re-establish full diplomatic relations after almost 117 years, overturning the United States Congress's 1867 ban on public funding for such a diplomatic envoy.
1986 - NASA's STS-61-C mission scrubbed at T -9 minutes because of bad weather at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
1990 - "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
1999 - "The Sopranos", starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO
2004 - 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film
2011 - Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations
2018 - Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion as his wealth hits $106 billion due to a rise in Amazon's share price
2019 - Oceans warming faster than previous thought due to fossil fuel burning, according to data published in journal "Science"
2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 36 mins 09 sec of light-travel time from Earth
Last night I had a NyQuil nightmare. Well not exactly a nightmare, despite the presence of not one but both ex-husbands and one ex-mother-in-law, but more of a “now where’d THAT come from” kind of dream, complete with a friend sporting a rainbow-hued beehive and dressed in a roman toga rushing to a class, as well as me trying to cook in the narrow little kitchen of the row house I grew up in.
Seriously, what was going on in my psyche last night to come up with THAT hodgepodge?
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