we didn't have a clue....
Today is the 3rd day of the 50th week ((I’ve never noticed that some years have 53 weeks in them before.)), the 8th day of the 12th month, the 343rd day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- AFL-CIO Day - American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions in 1886
- Bodhi Day - the day that Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha
- National Brownie Day
- National Christmas Tree Day
- National Lard Day
- Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day
- Take it in the Ear Day
- Toilet Paper Appreciation Day - first sold in the US by Joseph C. Gayetty in 1857
1660 – A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello.
1813 - Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres in Vienna with Beethoven conducting
1854 – In his Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived free of Original Sin.
1864 - Pope Pius IX promulgates the encyclical Quanta cura and its appendix, the Syllabus of Errors, outlining the authority of the Catholic Church and condemning various liberal ideas.
1864 - The Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is finally opened in Bristol, England, 5 years after his death
1864 - James Clerk Maxwell's paper "A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field" is first read by the Royal Society in London (published by the Royal Society 1865)
1915 - John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" appears anonymously in "Punch" magazine
1931 - Coaxial cable patented
1938 - Highest temperature to date for December in US recorded in La Mesa California
1952 - for the first time, a TV show portrayed a pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
1953 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech, which leads to an American program to supply equipment and information on nuclear power to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.
1956 - first test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
1956 - Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1965 - Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
1966 - US and USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1967 - The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 - Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before he is murdered on the same day
1981 - France performs nuclear test
1983 - 9th Space Shuttle Mission, Columbia 6, lands at Edwards AFB
1987 - US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
1989 - Great Britain performs nuclear test
1990 - Spacecraft Galileo flies by Earth at an altitude of 597 miles (960 km) to use the planet's gravity to build speed on its way to Jupiter
2010 - With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
2010 – The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus at a distance of about 80,800 km.
2013 – Metallica performs a show in Antarctica, making them the first band to perform on all seven continents.
2019 – First confirmed case of COVID-19 in China
2019 - Polar explorers Mike Horn and Børge Ousland complete an 1,800 km (1,118 miles) journey on drifting ice in darkness in the Arctic
2020 - NASA Voyager is 21 hrs 04 mins 13 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"During this time of giving, we should not place too much importance on material gifts; it’s our thoughts, words, and deeds that count. Sincere expressions of appreciation, praise, thanks, and an unexpected helping hand can be the most treasured gifts of all."
~ Reverend Earl Ikeda, “O Bodhi Tree, O Bodhi Tree”
I was going to write about gifts as both Hanukkah and Christmas are bearing down on us, but the fact that it was exactly a year ago when the virus was first reported brought me to a complete stop. Few will remember where they were a year ago, but I was on vacation and enjoying myself, immersed in the world of Harry Potter, in Universal Studios, Florida. The sun was bright, I was with my family, and we were all having a great deal of fun. We celebrated vacation, we celebrated the holidays, we toasted the New Year – and we didn’t have an inkling of the tsunami of death that was about to engulf all of us.
So many losses, so many families grieving ….
Wear a mask – and wear it properly
Wash your hands
Watch your distance