read a book
Today is the 5th day of the 35th week, the 6th day of the 9th month, the 249th day of 2018, and:
The earliest date on which the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is performed [it will be on the 10th this year]
- Barbie Doll Day
- Fight Procrastination Day
- Great Egg Toss Day
- Independence Day -- Swaziland from the United Kingdom in 1968
- National Coffee Ice Cream Day
- Read a Book Day ((isn’t that every day though?))
- Stillbirth Remembrance Day
ON THIS DAY IN...
1492 – Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.
1522 – The Victoria returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition and the first ship to circumnavigate the world.
1620 – The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower to settle in North America. (Old Style date; September 16 per New Style date.)
1628 – Puritans settle Salem which became part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1775 - George Washington issues his Address to the Inhabitants of Canada asking for their support in the American war of independence; calls for volunteers to accompany Benedict Arnold and his Virginia and Pennsylvania militia in the invasion of Québec.
1803 – British scientist John Dalton begins using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
1847 – Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.
1916 – The first self-service grocery store Piggly Wiggly was opened in Memphis, Tennessee by Clarence Saunders.
1936 - British aviatrix Beryl Markham becomes the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, taking off in England and crash-landing in Nova Scotia twenty-one hours later.
1943 – The Monterrey Institute of Technology is founded in Monterrey, Mexico as one of the largest and most influential private universities in Latin America.
1952 - Canadian television broadcasting begins at 4 p.m. on this day as CBFT-TV in Montréal (now part of CBC's French network Radio-Canada) goes on the air with the movie Aladdin and His Lamp, followed by a cartoon, then a broadcast of Jean Cocteau's drama Oedipus Rex, a news segment and a bilingual variety show
1959 -- The first Barbie doll was sold for $3.00 Today, a mint condition Barbie from 1959, wearing a black and white bathing suit and clutching sunglasses, can garner more than $20,000 on eBay.
1962 – The United States government begins the Exercise Spade Fork nuclear readiness drill.
1962 – Archaeologist Peter Marsden discovers the first of the Blackfriars Ships dating back to the second century AD in the Blackfriars area of the banks of the River Thames in London.
1991 – The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been known as Leningrad since 1924.
1995 – Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that had stood for 56 years.
1996 - Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers.
2001 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants became the fifth player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season. (He finished the year with a record 73 homers.)
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 50 mins 25 secs of light-travel time from Earth
I can tell you when I learned how to read – it was in first grade. I can tell you which book broke my mother’s habit of reading every book I read and quizzing me on the contents because she didn’t believe I was actually reading because I was devouring them too quickly – Bambi, a Life in the Woods – and that it was somewhere around the 3rd grade, but I cannot be more precise than that. She took one look at the book I was holding [I was required to show her all the books I was getting checked out at the library] and decided there and then that  I was limited to a book a day and  it would take too much of her time to keep checking up on me. To her frustration, I took that “book a day” limit to heart – and once I found out that even looking at a magazine counted as my reading for the day, I started picking longer and more difficult books to read because they would last longer. Back then, Penguin Books had a “classics” series that had very distinctive covers, and the Middle River Library had bought if not the entire series, then a good portion of them. Stubbornly I started working my way through the alphabet in the fiction area. This was before The Hobbit was accepted as a classic – I didn’t dive into Middle Earth until I encountered The Fellowship of the Ring as a junior in high school. I didn’t read one right after the other, but whenever I didn’t know what to read, that was how I picked my next book. My mother was more than a little disgruntled – I would turn down an invitation to go outside and play because I hadn’t finished my book for the day. She tried everything to limit the amount of time I spent just reading, but I was addicted. I was not a happy child – plain and pudgy, socially inept, a nerd/geek long before it was cool, in a dysfunctional family – and I had found a way to escape.
The doorway is always there for me. No matter how upset I am, no matter how broke I am, no matter what I have to deal with, all I have to do is open the book and let my mind slip the bounds of reality.
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