the end of a decade
Today is the 6th day of the 52nd week, the 27th day of the 12th month, the 361st day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Free Balloon Day (SpongeBob Squarepants)
- Howdy Doody Day – first broadcast in 1947 as the Puppet Playhouse on NBC
- Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
- National Fruitcake Day
- Visit the Zoo Day
- The third of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)
- The fifth day of Hanukkah
- The second day of Kwanzaa
537 - Hagia Sophia inaugurated by the Emperor Justinian I as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral
1831 - HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board departs England for a survey of South America, a voyage Darwin later said "determined my whole career"
1845 - Ether first used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia
1892 - Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)
1904 - 'Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie premieres at the Duke of York Theatre in London
1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City
1937 - Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio
1945 - International Monetary Fund formally established by 29 member countries based on ideas of Harry Dexter White and John Maynard Keynes
1960 - France performs nuclear test
1968 - Apollo 8 returns to Earth
1968 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1974 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1987 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1988 - Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
2001 - The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
2002 - "Chicago" (Best Picture 2003), based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones released.
2012 - NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2025
2019 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 35 mins 45 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"It is not necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paper work, and the other is nostalgia."
~ Frank Zappa, musician
Technically it isn’t the end of a decade, anymore more than 2000 was the beginning of the new century, but only the very pedantic make that point these days as 2019 wanes. As I look back, I don’t know what to say about what I have seen happening in society – the recession was declared over, but folks are still not working, and it seems like the bills are mounting to the skies while the middle class disappears and only the 1% can relax. And don’t get me started about politics and Calvinism and cruelty and the cult of exclusion! I have to struggle to even remember what 2010 looked like ((GOOGLE is my friend when I needed a wayback machine)), and even something as simple as what we know about our own Solar System came into question. And pop culture seems a little… less at the end of the decade.
On a personal level, our family has been both physically and emotionally scarred by this decade – we lost loved ones, and have had to learn to live with the battlefields left by the ravages of disease. On a brighter note, our family has grown too, and I cannot imagine life without my son-in-law or my two granddaughters, not to mention the slew of furry friends that have joined us.
Many of us are looking thoughtfully at the past as the calendar clicks over…..
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