this Monday's musing
Today is the 2nd day of the 21t week, the 21st day of the 5th month, the 141st day of 2018, and:
On this day in ...
- American Red Cross Founder's Day
- I Need a Patch for That Day
- National Memo Day
- National Strawberries and Cream Day
- National Waiters and Waitresses Day [AKA National Wait Staff Day]
- Rapture Party Day [AKA End of the World Day] -- Harold Egbert Camping, American Christian radio broadcaster, author and evangelist, predicted that Jesus Christ would return to Earth on this day in 2011. The saved would be taken up to heaven in the rapture, and that there would follow five months of fire, brimstone and plagues on Earth, with millions of people dying each day and the world would end on October 21st, 2011
- Sister Maria Hummel Day
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
1554 – Queen Mary I grants a royal charter to Derby School, as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England. The school became co-educational and comprehensive in 1972 and was closed in 1989
1703 – Daniel Defoe imprisoned on charges of seditious libel for publishing anonymously in December 1702 pamphlet entitled The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church, purporting to argue for their extermination.
1758 – Ten-year-old Mary Campbell is abducted in Pennsylvania by Lenape [also known as the Delaware] during the French and Indian War. She is returned six and a half years later.
1785 - First trial by jury in Canada under British common law.
1832 - The first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore.
1871 – Opening of the first rack railway [AKA a rack-and-pinion railway, cog railway, or cogwheel railway, it is a steep grade railway] in Europe, the Rigi Bahnen on Mount Rigi in Central Switzerland
1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
1892 - The opera "I Pagliacci" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo was first performed, in Milan, Italy.
1894 – The Manchester Ship Canal in the United Kingdom is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
1904 – The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1937 – A Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
1946 – Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1951 – The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition: A gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.
1956 - The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb, over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1959 - The musical "Gypsy" starring Ethel Merman opened on Broadway.
1992 – After 30 seasons Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.
1999 - Susan Lucci, star of the ABC soap opera "All My Children," won her first Daytime Emmy Award for best actress in the 19th straight year she was nominated.
2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
2010 – JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket. The vessel would make a Venus flyby late in the year.
2018 - NASAVoyager is 19 hrs 35 mins 15 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Tomorrow is promised to no one, Grandmom Hughes used to remind us – but barring something unusual happening, we all know that eventually we will simply wear out. As I get older, one of the things that is kinda sorta (not) talked about is the idea of an expiration date as we all come to the realization that there are fewer days ahead of us than are behind us in the natural course of things. While I have always said that I will live to be 100. , I am quite aware that in my family, no woman has lived past the age of 83, and even more aware that is a mere 15 years away. What if we could peer into my cells and actually see that ticking little time clock? What would we do with that information? Would I want to know? Time to wind up affairs and say good-bye VS just living until you die
*sighs* Mondays always make me feel very mortal…..
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