we seem to have lost our way....
Today is the 3rd day of the 21st week, the 22nd day of the 5th month, the 142nd day of 2018, and:
On this day ...
- Bitcoin Pizza Day -- remembering the first time a Bitcoin user purchased pizza with the cryptocurrency in 2010.
- Buddah Day (Celebration Date) Note: Historical date is always April 8)
- Canadian Immigrants Day
- Harvey Milk Day -- in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978
- International Day for Biological Diversity
- National Buy a Musical Instrument Day
- National Maritime Day
- National Solitaire Day -- Microsoft included Solitaire in Windows 3.0 in 1990 and everyone has been wasting time playing it ever since
- National Vanilla Pudding Day
- Sherlock Holmes Day – celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle’s 159th birthday
- US Colored Troops Day -- The United States War Department issued General Order Number 143 on May 22, 1863, establishing the Bureau of Colored Troops to facilitate the recruitment of African-American soldiers to fight for the Union Army.
- World Goth Day – did you know the first “goth” lived around 1760?
760 – Fourteenth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1570 – The first atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, is published with 70 maps.
1762 – Trevi Fountain is officially completed and inaugurated in Rome by Pope Clement XIII.
1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.
1819 – SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1826 – HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
1849 – Future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats, making him the only U.S. President to ever hold a patent.
1868 - The Great Train Robbery took place near Marshfield, Indiana in the US, as seven members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds. Pinkerton detectives floated a rumor about a big gold shipment and then nabbed the entire when they stopped the train -- they were hung by vigilantes on December 11th.
1900 – The Associated Press is formed in New York City as a non-profit news cooperative.
1906 – The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine".
1915 – Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, the only volcano besides Mount St. Helens to erupt in the contiguous U.S. during the 20th century.
1964 – Lyndon B. Johnson launches the Great Society.
1969 – Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon's surface.
1987 – First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
2012 – Tokyo Skytree opens to the public. It is the tallest tower in the world (634 m), and the second tallest man-made structure on Earth after Burj Khalifa (829.8 m).
2015 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 35 mins 18 secs of light-travel time and Voyager II is 16 hrs 13 mins 21 secs of light-travel time from Earth
54 years ago today the President of the United States stood before Congress and stated we as a people would eradicate poverty in our country, give every person a chance for better education, improve living conditions for everyone by rebuilding the infrastructure and cleaning up the environment, and end immigration nationality quotas. Why? Because the greatest nation on earth needed to make sure all prospered. The ambitious programs created a substantial backlash. Too much government! Socialism! Handouts! Foreign invasion! And slowly over the decades, the vision has been lost. As a teen I despised LBJ for what happened in Vietnam; as a student of history I have to admire his vision of society as well as his ability to wheel and deal and get things done.
THIS is what making America great again looks like to me!
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