I live a 2nd life
Today is the 4th day of the 36th week, the 8th day of the 9th month, the 251st day of 2021 [with 107 shopping days until Christmas], and:
- Fast of Gedalya
- Iguana Awareness Day
- International Literacy Day
- National Actors Day
- National Ampersand Day
- National Date Nut Bread Day
- National Pledge of Allegiance Day
- Native Women’s Equal Pay Day
- Pardon Day
- Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Nurses Day
- Star Trek Day
- Virgin Mary Day
- World Orienteering Day
- World Physical Therapy Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1504 – Michelangelo's David is unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence
1522 – Magellan–Elcano circumnavigation: Victoria arrives at Seville, technically completing the first circumnavigation.
1565 – St. Augustine, Florida is founded by Spanish admiral and Florida's first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.
1810 – The Tonquin sets sail from New York Harbor with 33 employees of John Jacob Astor's newly created Pacific Fur Company on board. After a six-month journey around the tip of South America, the ship arrives at the mouth of the Columbia River and Astor's men establish the fur-trading town of Astoria, Oregon.
1858 - Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time"
1888 – Isaac Peral's submarine is first tested.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited.
1894 - Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney
1916 – In a bid to prove that women were capable of serving as military dispatch riders, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren arrive in Los Angeles, completing a 60-day, 5,500 mile cross-country trip on motorcycles.
1930 - NYC public schools begin teaching Hebrew
1930 – 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape, created by American inventor Richard Gurley Drew
1952 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation makes its first televised broadcast on the second escape of the Boyd Gang.
1952 - Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Old Man & the Sea" published
1960 – In Huntsville, Alabama, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA had already activated the facility on July 1).
1962 – Last run of the famous Pines Express over the Somerset and Dorset Railway line (UK) fittingly using the last steam locomotive built by British Railways, BR Standard Class 9F 92220 Evening Star.
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1965 - Small ads in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter attract 437 young men interested in forming the world’s first manufactured boy band, "The Monkees" - 3 are chosen with Davey Jones already having been cast
1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, "The Man Trap" [AKA the Great Salt Monster]
1967 - Surveyor 5 launched; makes soft landing on Moon Sept 10
1973 - "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV
1979 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 - NASA launches RCA-6
1984 - Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 41G mission
1985 - Shuttle Discovery flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1986 - "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is first broadcast nationally
1988 – Yellowstone National Park is closed for the first time due to ongoing fires.
2004 – NASA's unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
2008 - TV news show "The Rachel Maddow Show" hosted by Rachel Maddow" and based on her radio show premieres on MSNBC
2016 – NASA launches OSIRIS-REx, its first asteroid sample return mission. The probe will visit 101955 Bennu and is expected to return with samples in 2023.
2018 - Archaeologists uncover more than 300 gold coins from late imperial period from theatre in Como, Italy
2021 - NASA Voyager is 21 hrs 19 mins 47 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become."
~ Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night
That’s what books, games, online worlds, VR, movies, TV, and fandom do – they all let you live a 2nd life, enriching your own and expanding your horizons