Today is the 6th day of the 9th week, the 5th day of the 3rd month, the 64th day of 2021 [with only 294 shopping days left until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN…
- Cinco de Marcho - the beginning of the season to train the liver for St. Patrick's Day, a drinking day for those who don't often drink, and want to be prepared
- Dress in Blue Day
- Employee Appreciation Day
- Multiple Personality Day
- National Absinthe Day
- National Cheese Doodle Day
- National Day of Unplugging
- National Potty Dance Day
- National Poutine Day
- National Salesperson Day
- National Speech and Debate Education Day
- Reel Film Day
- Saint Piran’s Day
- World Day of Prayer
- World Tennis Day
1496 – King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
1558 - Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spanish physician Francisco Fernandes
1616 – Nicolaus Copernicus's book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is added to the Index of Forbidden Books 73 years after it was first published.
1807 - the first performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B
1825 – Roberto Cofresí, one of the last successful Caribbean pirates, is defeated in combat and captured by authorities
1836 – Samuel Colt patents the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber
1853 - Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City
1868 – Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito, receives its premiere performance at La Scala.
1868 - Stapler patented in England by C H Gould
1872 – George Westinghouse Jr patents triple air brake for trains
1904 - Nikola Tesla describes the process of the ball lightning formation in Electrical World and Engineer
1907 - the first radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
1924 - Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp becomes IBM
1936 – First flight of K5054, the first prototype Supermarine Spitfire advanced monoplane fighter aircraft in the United Kingdom.
1936 - 8th Academy Awards: "Mutiny on the Bounty", Victor McLaglen & Bette Davis wins
1956 - "King Kong" is first aired on television
1958 - Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
1960 - The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 - Beatles record "From Me to You" and "Thank You Girl"
1963 - 20th Golden Globes: "Lawrence of Arabia", Gregory Peck, and Geraldine Page win
1968 - US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
1970 - Nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect
1970 - Dubnium atoms are first detected conclusively.
1970 - "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released
1978 - "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
1978 - Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, California
1979 - Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
1994 - Largest milkshake made; 1,955 gallons of chocolate in Nelspruit, South Africa
2006 - Nature documentary "Planet Earth" narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC
2014 - A survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reports that about 1/3 of women in the European Union have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15
2019 - Second-ever person "cured" of HIV after stem cell transplant treatment in London, England results published in "Nature"
2021 - NASA Voyager is 21 hrs 04 mins 50 secs of light-travel time from Earth
After trying for a couple of months to get my vaccine shot, I now have TWO appointments!
One is at the Six Flags mass vaccination site, which is about an hour’s drive away for Wednesday, March 10th, that I made at the beginning of February. The site is drive-thru and they are using the Pfizer vaccine
The second was offered to me this morning. It is through Montgomery County and is at the White Oak Recreation Center, only 10 minutes away, and it is Friday, March 12th for the Moderna vaccine. I went ahead and accepted the appointment after seeing there were dozens of appointments available for that day, thinking it was a good idea just in case there is an issue on Wednesday. Once I get my shot on Wednesday, I’ll come home and cancel Friday’s appointment.
One way or another, I should be done with both vaccination shots by mid-April!