Today is the 4th day of the 9th week, the 26th day of the 2nd month, the 57th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ....
- Ash Wednesday
- Carnival Day
- For Pete's Sake Day
- Inconvenience Yourself Day
- Levi Strauss Day
- National Personal Chef Day
- National Pistachio Day
- Pink Shirt Day - stand against bullying in schools, workplaces, homes, and online.
- Tell a Fairy Tale Day
- Thermos Bottle Day
- The first day of Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá'í Faith) (Please note that this observance is only locked into this date the Gregorian calendar on this date if Bahá'í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which it doesn't in all years)
1606 – The Janszoon voyage of 1605–06 becomes the first European expedition to set foot on Australia, although it is mistaken as a part of New Guinea.
1616 – Galileo Galilei is formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun
1863 - Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency
1907 - US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500
1909 – Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
1916 - Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
1917 - the first jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company
1930 - the first red and green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)
1935 – Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of radar in the United Kingdom.
1936 - Ferdinand Porsche introduces the "Volkswagen"
1952 - PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
1960 - Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"
1966 – Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
1970 - Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
1971 – U.N. Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 - 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
1983 - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks
1987 - the first release of Beatles compact discs
1987 - NASA launches GEOS-H
1987 - USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
2012 - 84th Academy Awards: "The Artist" wins five Oscars and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927,
2013 - A flexible battery capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed
I am not a fan of spring, never have been. Or more correctly, I am not a big fan of that space of time between the Valentine’s Day and Easter, which seems to incorporate a lot of what is traditionally thought of as spring. Far from seeing it as a time of renewal, for me it is a time of doldrums and depression, of the cone of silence descending, of broken connections and riven relationships. I have never been quite certain why this is or what triggers it, I just hunker down and live through it, hoping that those who love me will still be around afterwards. It kicked in last week this year.
Maybe it is the allergies that kick in.
Maybe it is my birthday.
Maybe it is the dregs of winter.
Maybe I just don’t like the harbinger of humid heat.
But after the 70th spring, I don’t think I’m likely to change my mind anytime soon….