Today is the 4th day of the 35th week, the 5th day of the 9th month, the 248th day of 2018 [with only 110 shopping days left before Christmas], and:
- International Day of Charity
- Jury Rights Day
- National Be Late for Something Day
- National Cheese Pizza Day
- National Shrink Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1666 – Great Fire of London ends: Ten thousand buildings, including Old St Paul's Cathedral, are destroyed, but only six people are known to have died.
1698 – In an effort to Westernize his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry.
1791 – Olympe de Gouges writes the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen. It led to her being accused, tried and convicted of treason, resulting in her immediate execution
1882 – The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.
1906 – The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin).
1927 – The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, Trolley Troubles, produced by Walt Disney, is released by Universal Pictures.
1957 - "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, the defining novel of the Beat Generation, was published.
1945 - Canada's first nuclear reactor, ZEEP - the Zero Energy Experimental Pile - goes into operation at Chalk River.
1958 - "Doctor Zhivago" by Russian author Boris Pasternak was published in the United States.
1959 - The first trunk dialing system from a public call-box is launched during a ceremonial phone call from Bristol to London.
1969 – My Lai Massacre: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai.
1977 – NASA launches the Voyager 1 spacecraft for a "Grand Tour of the solar system"
1980 – The Gotthard Road Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles (16.32 km) stretching from Göschenen to Airolo.
1984 – The Space Shuttle Discovery lands after its maiden voyage.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 50 mins 13 secs of light-travel time from Earth after 41 years of travel. Did you know the Voyager program was originally named Mariner-Jupiter-Saturn 1977?
Today’s writing prompt:
248. At the Park: Take some time to sit on a park bench and write about the sights, scenes, and senses and emotions you experience.
Sounds nice, huh?
Let me explain why that doesn’t sound like a great idea at the moment. Right now hereabouts it is over 95 F with a humidity level that goes well beyond “humid” and is best described as something more appropriate for the rainforest bordering the Amazon or Congo rivers. Even at night the mercury is struggling to get below 80. The heat index is soaring, the bugs are biting mercilessly, there is an air quality alert, and if you think I am going to go out there and SIT, you have another think coming. This suggestion was clearly made by someone who thinks of September as the meteorological start to Fall and is convinced there is a crisp air about that makes you think of apple cider and turning leaves and long leisurely walks.
Yeah, I’m staying in the A/C
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