Today is the 5th day of the 24th week, the 14th day of the 6th month, the 165th day of 2018, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Army's Birthday -- The Continental Army was created on 14 June 1775 by the Second Continental Congress as a unified army for the colonies to fight Great Britain, with George Washington appointed as its commander.
- EID AL-FITR [at sundown] -- the end of the holy month of Ramadan
- Family History Day
- Flag Day
- International Bath Day
- National Bourbon Day
- National Nursing Assistants Day
- National Strawberry Shortcake Day ((the cake not the doll))
- Own Your Share of America Day
- Pause for the Pledge Day
- Pop Goes The Weasel Day
- World Blood Donor Day
1158 – Munich is founded by Henry the Lion on the banks of the river Isar.
1618 – Joris Veseler prints the first Dutch newspaper Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, in Amsterdam (approximate date).
1777 – The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States.
1789 – HMS Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 7,400 km (4,600 mi) journey in an open boat.
1822 – Charles Babbage proposes a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society.
1872 – Trade unions are legalized in Canada.
1919 – John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown depart from St. John's, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic flight.
1937 – Pennsylvania becomes the first (and only) state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.
1949 – Albert II, a rhesus monkey, rides a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 134 km (83 mi), thereby becoming the first monkey in space.
1951 – UNIVAC I is dedicated by the U.S. Census Bureau.1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words "under God" into the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
1959 – Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opens to the public in Anaheim, California.
1962 – The European Space Research Organization is established in Paris – later becoming the European Space Agency.
1966 – The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum ("index of prohibited books"), which was originally instituted in 1557.
1967 – Mariner 5 is launched towards Venus.
2002 – Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 36 mins 59 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Writing prompt of the day:
165. Suitcase: Write about packing for a trip or unpacking from when you arrive home.
I have talked to people who never ever check their baggage when flying – they always use a carryon, and in some cases that suitcase is even actually an appropriate size for a carryon too as opposed to the larger suitcases that don’t quite fit into the overheads and cause all kinds of problems. ((You know the ones – they take up almost the entire bin by themselves and folks get downright nasty about arguing about room at times.)). I don’t know how folks that pack so light do it actually when they are going someplace for more than a couple of days! By the time I get together an outfit for each day [with one backup just in case], put in the shoes [you have to switch off not only for look but to keep your feet in good shape], and add toiletries, I have usually exceeded the capacity of a carryon and am packing the larger suitcase that must be checked. At least checking the main suitcase means that I can get by with not having to use the overhead at all, but can shove it under the seat. Of course, being short and not needing as much foot room helps too….
I have never had a problem closing the suitcase, and I am very good at Tetris, but I have had issues with being able to pick it up easily and even when you roll things, there are times you have to pick that thing up
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