May 7th 2018
Today is the 2nd day of the 19th week, the 7th day of the 5th month, the 127th day of 2018, and:
On this day in ...
- Design Packaging Day
- Great Lakes Awareness Day
- Melanoma Monday
- National Barrier Awareness Day
- National Cosmopolitan Day
- National Library Legislative Day
- National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day
- National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
- National Tourism Day
- Paste Up Day
- Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy
1664 – Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles.
1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.
1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1864 – The world's oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide is launched by William Pile, Hay and Co. in Sunderland, England, for transporting passengers and goods between Britain and Australia.
1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1934 - The 9.45-inch, 14.1 lb "Pearl of Lao Tzu" is found by a diver in a giant clam in the Palawan Sea.
1941 - Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo." The song was first featured in the 1941 movie "Sun Valley Serenade," a movie that starred many of the biggest names of the day.
1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
1948 – The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
1977 - Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby on his way to horse racing's Triple Crown.
1986 – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits [composed of each of the highest mountain peaks of each of the seven continent]. The definitions of the "highest" as well as what constitutes the continent differes from list to list, but Murrow climbed Denali (1977), Aconcagua (1981), Mt. Everest (1982), Kilimanjaro (1983), Mt. Kosciuszko (1983), Mt. Vinson (1985), Mt. Elbrus (1985) and finally the Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid).
1992 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, STS-49.
1992 - A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified when Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.
1994 – Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.
1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for US$40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
1999 – Pope John Paul II travels to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 34 mins 45 secs of light-travel time from Earth
When I do these lists – both the holidays [secular and religious] of the day and the historical events -- I visit different sites and poke around a bit rather than rely on just one or two sources. Nevertheless I find my information turns out to be very culturally limited. I know for a fact that what we call “western civilization” leaves out a huge portion of the world, and yet I seldom find information about events and holidays celebrated outside my little bubble. Perhaps the issue is that I only speak English and these alternative sites are in other languages. Perhaps GOOGLE has come to know me too well and is directing my search results to “fit” me in some way. But what if I don’t want what fits me but want to see it all?
*goes back to polishing search skills*
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