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Today is the 5th day of the 17th week, the 26th day of the 4th month, the 116th day of 2018, and:
On this day ...
- Audubon Day
- Get Organized Day
- Hug a Friend Day
- Hug an Australian Day
- International Girls in Information and Telecommunication
- Lesbian Visibility Day
- National Dissertation Day
- National Help a Horse Day
- National Kids and Pets Day
- National Pretzel Day
- National Richter Scale Day -- honoring the birth of the Richter Scale inventor, Charles F. Richter in 1900
- National Static Cling Day -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zME2nO7ALlI
- Poem in your Pocket Day
- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
- Technologies Day
- Thank You Thursday
- World Intellectual Property Day -- The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force in 1970.
1336 – Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) ascends Mont Ventoux.
1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (date of actual birth is unknown).
1607 - An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.)
1777 – Sybil Ludington, aged 16, rode 40 miles to alert American colonial forces to the approach of the British regular forces [take THAT Paul Revere!]
1803 – Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the skies of L'Aigle, France; the event convinces European scientists that meteors exist.
1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
1956 – SS Ideal X, the world's first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
1958 – Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
1962 – NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.
1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.
1989 – The deadliest tornado in world history strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 34 mins 36 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe."
~ Albert Einstein
Back in the late 1950’s, when Ike was President of the US and the world seemed a much safer and simpler place, atomic power was portrayed as a huge genie that America had let out of the bottle. The destructive force that flattened Hiroshima and Nagasaki frightened everyone and there was a spate of grade B science fiction movies showing the consequences of radiation, thoughtful books picturing the end of the world, and elementary school students were drilled on how to “duck and cover” when the wailing alarms sounded – I don’t remember what day of the week it was, but it was always at 1 PM when I was growing up. But there was also a lot of possibilities that were portrayed as a future of free, clean, limitless power for our homes and our cars. There was a bit of a problem about building nuclear power plants [NIMBY syndrome] but the real nail in the coffin at least in the US was first Three Mile Island topped off with Chernobyl and making the atom our friend doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s agenda these days
I think we need a safety breakthrough so we can let the genie out of the bottle granting those three wishs we were promised: power, well-being, and peace.
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