on this day....
Today is the 6th day of the 16th week, the 20th day of the 4th month, the 110th day of 2018, and:
On this day in ...
- Chinese Language Day
- International Cli-Fi Day -- a day of public awareness about cli-fi novels and movies as ways to wake up humankind about the dangers we face from future global warming impact events
- Lima Bean Respect Day
- National Cheddar Fries Day
- National Look Alike Day
- National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day
- National Pot Smokers Day [known internationally as 420 Day] – no “420” was NOT a police code. I am still waiting for recreational week to be legal in MD.
- National Teach Children to Save Day
- Volunteer Recognition Day
1303 – The Sapienza University of Rome is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.
1534 - Jacques Cartier, who had likely accompanied Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, sets sail on a voyage with to Canada in two ships, with 61 men, commissioned by François I to find a passage to Asia
1535 – The sun dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting Vädersolstavlan.
1657 – Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
1818 – The case of Ashford v Thornton ends, with Abraham Thornton allowed to go free rather than face a retrial for murder, after his demand for trial by battle is upheld. In June 1819, Lord Eldon, the Lord Chancellor, introduced a bill to abolish private appeals following acquittals, and also abolish trial by battle, which passed in great haste
1828 – René Caillié becomes the second non-Muslim to enter (and the first to return from) Timbuktu, following Major Gordon Laing.
1862 – Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the experiment falsifying the theory of spontaneous generation, replacing it with the theory of biogenesis [complex living things come only from other living things, by means of reproduction].
1865 – Astronomer Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX's yacht, the L'Immaculata Concezion.
1884 – Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum genus -- principally a condemnation of Freemasonry as well as concepts and practices such as naturalism, popular sovereignty, and the separation of church and state.
1889 - Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.
1902 – Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.
1912 – Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, and Fenway Park in Boston.
1972 - The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.
The world of 1889 was relatively quiet, a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Sunday of the Julian calendar -- the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar -- and it started out with a total eclipse of the Sun is seen over parts of California and Nevada. There were events, but nothing that causes students to have to memorize that particular year There were a couple of births of note
There were no warnings, no dire predictions, no intimation the world was going to be put through a horrific holocaust and war a half of century later – in fact, the world looked pretty good from their perspective. There was only an infant crying in a crib, suckling at his mother’s breast, sleeping with that angelic peace that all little babies have, and giving off that warm clean scent of a new person. Every parent gazes down on their child with pride and love; every parent feels a frisson of fear that they will fail in their stewardship, somehow damaging this precious little vessel of humanity with all their future potential . Parents are not in full control of their kids’ choices, and as soon as they can think, parents may not even be within the sphere of influence – I can still remember with great clarity that moment of stunned realization that I could not force my 13 year old do his homework – and you constantly wonder if you could’ve done something different, been a better parent, helped your kids more.
- Albert Jean Amateau, a Sephardic Jew in Milas, Turkey. He was a Turkish rabbi, lawyer, and activist promoting both ties between the US and Turkey as well as more Jews in the workplace and government (d. 1996)
- Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland (d. 1918), a Swedish and Norwegian prince, the third and youngest son of King Gustav V of Sweden and Victoria of Baden.
- Marie-Antoinette de Geuser, French mystic (d. 1918) -- She was known as "Consummata". Being in close contact with the Carmelites, her state of health and the events of World War I did not allow her to take her vows
- Tonny Kessler, Dutch footballer (d. 1960)
- Adolf Hitler in the small Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, in Upper Austria on the Austrian-German border, the fourth of six children, to Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl.
By 1907, both of Hitler’s parents were dead and the young man of 18 moved out into the unsuspecting world to meet his destiny.
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