the last Monday of 2019
Today is the 2nd day of the 1st week, the 30th day of the 12th month, the 364th day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Bacon Day
- Falling Needles Family Fest Day
- Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
- National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
- No Interruptions Day
- The fifth day of Kwanzaa. (United States)
- The sixth of the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Western Christianity)
1731 - the first US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)
1809 - Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston
1853 - A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon (ornithopod dinosaur) created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London
1873 - American Metrological Society forms (NYC) weights, measures & money
1879 - Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" premieres
1924 - Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society
1927 - Japan dedicates the first subway in Orient (route under 2 miles long)
1936 - Beginning of the "feud" between comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny on Allen's "Town Hall Tonight" show
1939 - "Of Mice and Men", starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released
1948 - "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
1953 - The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
1963 - "Let's Make A Dea," debuts on NBC-TV
1967 - The Beatles' song "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays there for three weeks
1968 - Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"
1969 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1971 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1973 - the first picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab)
1974 - Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
1976 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1978 - "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
1980 - "Wonderful World of Disney" last performance on NBC-TV
1981 - "That Girl" single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)
1985 - IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
2012 - The opening of Line 6 of the Beijing subway makes it the longest metro network in the world at 442km
2019 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 35 mins 52 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"I don't know anybody who doesn't have a lost decade."
~ Marianne Williamson - American author, spiritual leader, politician, and activist
First, whatever the causes of the 2007 – 08 financial crisis, the recovery from it has been long and tortuous. While the stock market has apparently rebounded, and the 1% has prospered, the plight of average citizens has actually gotten worse as bills go up while wages stagnate. Second, despite the warmest decade ever recorded, we lost an opportunity to actively address climate change in such a way that we could actually achieve meaningful results. And last, all the things that I thought we had accomplished in the way of universal acceptance of differences seems to be wiped out by a flood of jingoism and intolerance the like of which simply appalls me on a very personal level.
As I start my 7th decade, I am struggling to stay optimistic about the world my granddaughters will live in when, like Bilbo, I "...think of how the world will be when winter comes without a spring that I shall ever see."
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