the last Wednesday in May
Today is the 4th day of the 22nd week, the 30th day of the 5th month, the 150th day of 2018, and:
On this day in...
- Loomis Day
- Mint Julep Day
- My Bucket's Got a Hole In It Day
- National Creativity Day
- National Senior Health & Fitness Day
- Save Your Hearing Day
- Water a Flower Day
- World MS Day
1431 - Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.
1539 – In Florida, Hernando de Soto lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.
1631 – Publication of Gazette de France, the first French newspaper.
1845 – The Fatel Razack coming from India, lands in the Gulf of Paria in Trinidad and Tobago carrying the first Indians to the country.
1868 – Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") is observed in the United States for the first time (by "Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic" John A. Logan's proclamation on May 5)
911 – At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ends with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race.
1914 – The new, and then the largest, Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, sets sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City.
1922 – The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C..
1958 – Memorial Day: The remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
1971 – Mariner 9 is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
1974 – The Airbus A300 passenger aircraft first enters service.
1975 – European Space Agency is established.
1982 - Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in the first of a record 2,632 consecutive major league baseball games.
1998 – Pakistan conducts an underground test in the Kharan Desert. It is reported to be a plutonium device with yield of 20kt TNT equivalent.
Quote of the day:
"Our lives—the people living right now—are built on the foundation of the lives given by previous generations. We are at the front line of the chain of lives going back to infinite time in the past."
~ Interview with Shinso Ito by Rachel Hiles, “Fire + Water”
When folks laugh about ancient homo sapiens, preening themselves on how much smarter we are today, I just shake my head. The creativity of our remote ancestors, their ability to manipulate their environment and the understanding they had of the world in which they lived is totally unparalleled. Just think about something as casual as eating steamed crabs – a delicacy here in Maryland requiring beer, rock salt and Old Bay – which is one of the messiest eating experiences one can have [and definitely worth it]. Take a good long, look at a Maryland blue crab
Now, think about the person, probably living on the Eastern Shore, who in some remote time figured out this creature was edible – and not only edible, but then figured out it was delicious if prepared correctly. For one thing they must’ve been really hungry and ready to try anything! But they also had to do a lot of careful planning and thinking out what they were doing, and when the first trial proved successful, they had to experiment with different techniques of preparation. These folks were primitive, but they weren’t stupid by any measurement.
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