Today is the 5th day of the 9th week, the 27th day of the 2nd month, the 58th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Anosomia Awareness Day
- Digital Learning Day
- Independence Day - Dominican Republic from Haiti in 1844
- International Polar Bear Day
- National Chili Day
- National Kahlua Day
- National Protein Day
- National Retro Day
- National Strawberry Day
- National Toast Day
- No-Brainer Day
- Pokemon Day - First appearance of Pokémon in role-playing video game "Pocket Monsters Red and Green" for Game Boy in Japan in 1996
- World NGO Day
- The second day of Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá'í Faith) (Note: this observance is only on this date in the Gregorian calendar if Bahá'í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which it does not in all years)
380 – Edict of Thessalonica: Emperor Theodosius I and his co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II declare their wish that all Roman citizens convert to Nicene Christianity.
425 – The University of Constantinople is founded by Emperor Theodosius II at the urging of his wife Aelia Eudocia
837 - 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1700 – English explorer William Dampier is the 1st British person to visit the Pacific Island of New Britain, which he names
1812 – Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.
1827 - the first Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
1870 – The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships.
1883 - Oscar Hammerstein patents the first cigar-rolling machine
1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
1965 - France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1971 – Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start performing artificially-induced abortions.
1973 - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
1974 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 - France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
1990 - Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy
2018 - Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice
2019 - First gun control legislation for 25 years passed by US House of Representatives, with new federal background checks
2019 - Doctors announce world's second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia
This is a fine time to find out that I don’t know how to wash my hands. According to this article, I should be "... applying soap and scrubbing the palms, the back of the hands, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. A person should scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing the soap and drying the hands with a clean towel." Now I can guarantee that I do not stand in a public bathroom, using the harsh soap provided, and lather up that elaborately. And I’m still astonished that 30% of the people using restrooms don’t even wash their hands at all afterwards!
But it is rather disingenuous to say this is the first line of defense in the spread of the corona or any virus. What would be more helpful, would first of all be to have an actual test that can be administered when someone exhibits the symptoms without charging the possible patient an arm and a leg. And then publish a clear list of what we, the public, should be looking for that doesn’t sound like everyday ailments. Allergy season is kicking in and that means sufferers are drooping, complete with coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Colds and flu are also about, and seriously, I don’t know anybody who can stay home because they have the sniffles. So at what point is it needful to hie off to the doctor?
Incidentally, now is probably not the time to start reading The Stand …..