the last Monday of January
Today is the 2nd day of the 5th week, the 27th day of the 1st month, the 27th day of 2020, and:
- Auschwitz Liberation Day
- Better Business Communication Day
- Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
- Community Manager Appreciation Day
- Holocaust Memorial Day
- International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
- National Chocolate Cake Day
- National Geographic Day – founded in 1888 in Washington, D.C. for "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge"
- Punch the Clock Day
- Thomas Crapper Day
- Vietnam Peace Day - in 1973, the Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict's last recorded American combat casualty.
- World Breast Pumping Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1343 – Pope Clement VI issues the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. Nearly 200 years later, Martin Luther would protest this.
1591 - Scottish schoolmaster Dr. John Fian burned for witchcraft at Castle Hill, Edinburgh by order King James VI, as part of the Berwick witch trials.
1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
1820 – A Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev discovers the Antarctic continent, approaching the Antarctic coast.
1880 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his incandescent lamp.
1908 - Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte
1918 - "Tarzan of the Apes", the first Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater
1926 - Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his theory of wave mechanics and presents what becomes known as the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics
1939 - First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning
1948 - the first tape recorder sold
1951 – Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with Operation Ranger - there will be a total of 126 nuclear tests in all
1956 - "Heartbreak Hotel" single released by Elvis Presley, his first million-selling single
1961 - "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
1965 - he fist ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
1967 – The Soviet Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom sign the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.
1967 - A fire in the Apollo 1 Command Module kills astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee during a launch rehearsal
1970 - Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"
1976 - "Laverne & Shirley" TV spinoff from "Happy Days" starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams premieres on ABC TV
1982 - "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" opens at Royale NYC for 747 performances
1984 - Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial
1985 - 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth
1996 - France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
2019 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 36 mins 12 sec of light-travel time from Earth
In literature the gypsy [which I have just learned is actually considered a pejorative term] is a romantic figure, conjuring images of brightly covered caravans traveling across the countryside, fortunetellers with jangling bracelets, swarthy men with flashing knives, but we tend to forget the Roma was an actual people with their own culture and customs. The Nazis tried to exterminate the entire group of them, something that is overlooked in many Holocaust histories, but there are Roma who wander even today, adding a flavor of the exotic to the everyday life around them.
They certainly had the knack of living in tiny houses down before it became a fad!
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