Today is the 3rd day of the 17th week, the 24th day of the 4th month, the 114th day of 2018, and:
On this day in ....
- Armenian Genocide [AKA the Armenian Holocaust] Remembrance Day -- that started with the arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul on this day in 1915
- National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
- New Kids on the Block Day
- Sauvignon Blanc Day
- School Bus Drivers' Day
- World Day for Laboratory Animals -- established in 1979 by the British National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS); this day was chosen as it marked the birthday of former NAVS president Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding.
- World Meningitis Day
1184 BC – Traditional date of the fall of Troy
1704 – The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published.
1792 - The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1800 – The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress".
1885 – American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West.
1895 – Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop "Spray".
1913 – The Woolworth Building, a skyscraper in New York City, is opened -- more than a century after its construction, it remains, at 792 feet (241 m), one of the 100 tallest buildings in the United States as well as one of the 30 tallest buildings in New York City.
1914 – The Franck–Hertz experiment, the first electrical measurement to clearly show the quantum nature of atoms, is presented to the German Physical Society.
1915 - The Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople at the start of what many scholars regard as the first genocide of the 20th century, in which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians died.
1916 – Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for the crew of the sunken Endurance.
1922 – The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
1923 – In Vienna, the paper Das Ich und das Es (The Ego and the Id) by Sigmund Freud is published, which outlines Freud's theories of the id, ego, and super-ego.
1952 - Vancouver actor Raymond Burr makes his TV acting debut on the Gruen Guild Playhouse in an episode titled, The Tiger; later stars in Perry Mason and Ironside series. Los Angeles, California
1962 - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal.
1967 – Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Quote of the day:
"Is the life I'm living the life that wants to live in me?"
~ Parker Palmer, American author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change.
When I first read this, I read “Is the life I’m living the one I want to live?” – and that is a totally different question that is asked rather often. But this question is a bit different and there are concepts that I have to ponder –e.g. fate, destiny, karma, The Sacred Contract, reincarnation. It goes back to one of my core perplexities, the question that I have never been able to answer for myself as a person – what is my purpose? Of course, when I am feeling really down I question whether or not I actually a purpose, but usually I’m stuck with trying to figure out  what is [or was] it and  did I already complete it or am I still working on it? I think that for some their purpose is obvious but for most of us, we are kinda stumbling about in the dark trying to figure it out. Apparently I am not alone in this – if you google the question, you can find a plethora [like 204 million results] of questions to ask yourself, guidelines to follow to discover it – even a set of instructions at WikiHow!
One of the more attractive concepts of an afterlife [to me at least] that I have heard of is the idea that after you pass through the doorway we all must reach, you matter-of-factly sit down and do a full after action review of your life in light of what it was you should’ve or were meant to have accomplished and review your choices and the results of those choices. Having done that, you then assess your take-aways from this life and decide what the next step is, whether you need to come back and try to learn “it” [whatever it is] again and if so, what variables you want to try and tweak. I have joked that at some point I probably complained about having long, thick hair so in this life I have had to deal with thinning locks and have at least learned to stop complaining about that feature of my anatomy!
Oh well, some musing on not-Monday….
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