I am not okay....
Today is the 4th day of the 24th week, the 10th day of the 6th month, the 162nd day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day
- Ball Point Pen Day
- National Black Cow Day
- National Egg Roll Day
- National Herb and Spice Day
- National Iced Tea Day
323 BC - Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, dies from either fever or excessive wine at 32
671 – Emperor Tenji of Japan introduces a water clock (clepsydra) called Rokoku. The instrument, which measures time and indicates hours, is placed in the capital of Ōtsu.
1190 = Frederick Barbarossa, King of Germany (1152-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1155-90), drowns at 67 or 68
1596 – Willem Barents and Jacob van Heemskerk discover Bear Island. ((the one in the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, not the one in Westros))
1610 - the first Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island
1692 - The first victim of the Salem witch trials, Bridget Bishop, is hanged for witchcraft in the colony of Massachusetts
1752 - Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment
1793 - the first public zoo opens in Paris
1829 – The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place on the Thames in London.
1845 - Andrew Jackson's African Grey parrot "Poll" is removed from his funeral for swearing at The Hermitage, Tennessee. Funeral attendee William Menefee Norment recorded: "Before the sermon and while the crowd was gathering, a wicked parrot that was a household pet got excited and commenced swearing so loud and long as to disturb the people and had to be carried from the house”
1854 - Georg F B Reiman proposes that space is curved
1869 - 'Agnes' arrives in New Orleans with 1st ever shipment of frozen beef
1902 - Patent for window envelope granted to H F Callahan
1905 - the first forest fire lookout tower placed in operation, Greenville, Maine
1933 - John Dillinger robs his first bank, in New Carlisle, Ohio. He takes $10, 600
1935 – Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by him and Bill Wilson.
1947 – Saab produces its first automobile.
1955 - the fisrst separation of a virus into component parts reported
1973 - NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit
1984 - US missile shoots down an incoming missile in space for first time
1987 - Discovery's SRBs and External Tank are mated
1992 - Satellite Intelsat K launched
1994 – China conducts a nuclear test for DF-31 warhead at Area C (Beishan), Lop Nur, its prominence being due to the Cox Report.
1996 - Intel releases 200 mhz pentium chip
2002 – The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
2003 – The Spirit rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission.
2019 - New DNA research on grapes shows one French wine Savagnin Blanc has been grown for 900 years in Jura published in "Nature Plants"
2020 – NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 36 min 00 sec of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage
My mind is far from quiet, in fact, the blasted organ never seems to shut off these days, especially in the wee hours of the night. I’m not the only one struggling with anxiety and angst – many of my friends and coworkers admit to troubled sleep and days when a heaviness of spirit seems to oppressively hover over everything. Perhaps it is 2 ½ months hunkered down at home. Perhaps it is the ever widening divide between political parties with the subsequent paralysis to act in anything like a coordinated fashion. Perhaps it is the barrage of hate, of fear, of anger, of lies and conspiracy theories that seem to make up the news. Whatever it is, I am tired – physically, mentally, spiritually
We are definitely living in interesting times….