the last Monday of 2020
Today is the 2nd day of the 53rd week [apparently because 01.01.2020 was on a Wednesday – technically 52 weeks and a couple extra days] , the 28th day of the 12th month, the 363rd day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN....
- Call a Friend Day
- Endangered Species Act Day
- Holy Innocents’ Day [AKA Childermas]: in Spain and Latin American countries the festival is celebrated with pranks (inocentadas), similar to April Fools' Day
- Independence Day: Mexico from Spain in 1836, with the signing of the Santa Maria-Calatrava Treaty
- National Card Playing Day
- National Chocolate Candy Day
- National Download Day
- National Short Film Day
- Pledge of Allegiance Day – recognized by Congress in 1945
1065 - Westminster Abbey in London consecrated
1612 - First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realizing it is a planet
1795 – Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto)
1836 - Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
1860 - Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn, New York, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad
1895 – The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines.
1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays.
1902 - Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US
1912 - 1st municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California as SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St (MUNI)
1928 - Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made
1934 - Film "Bright Eyes" premieres starring Shirley Temple and featuring the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop"
1948 - US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite
1949 - 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs
1957 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
1958 – "Greatest Game Ever Played": Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York's Yankee Stadium. 17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game.
1964 - Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins
1966 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1969 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1972 - Martin Bormann's skeleton is found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)
1973 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago" - a literary investigation of the police-state system in the Soviet Union
1976 - "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 - Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98
1981 - the first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
1984 - TV soap "Edge of Night" ends 28 year run
1984 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
1985 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1991 - Irene the Icon of Greek Orthodox church returns after being stolen
1997 - Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for WCW Championship
2000 - U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
2002 - LinkedIn is founded by Reid Hoffman and others in Mountain View, California
2013 - Early signs of Ebola epidemic: 2 year old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified hemorrhagic fever; mother, sister and grandmother soon follow
2020 - NASA Voyager is 21 hrs 05 mins 28 secs of light-travel time from Earth
We had such high hopes for the year when it started, but fate had other plans. From nasty political issues to a pandemic, the year has felt much longer than simply adding a leap day and an extra week [more or less] would indicate! And even worse, the problems of a divided country and COVID-19 will not go away, even though the inauguration of a new President and the distribution of vaccines are both hopeful signs.
Meanwhile, I am counting my blessings. I and my family have so far been able to remain healthy and employed, plus my granddaughters are enjoying their “unschooling”. My friends are also weathering the upset. I have much to be thankful for but I am not celebrating the new year, not yet….