what I CAN do....
Today is the 5th day of the 3rd week, the 16th day of the 1st month, the 16th day of 2020 [with only 343 shopping days until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Appreciate a Dragon Day
- Bean Day
- Book Publishers Day
- Civil Service Day
- Get to Know Your Customers Day
- International Hot and Spicy Food Day
- National Fig Newton Day
- National Good Teen Day
- National Nothing Day
- National Quinoa Day
- National Without a Scalpel Day
- Prohibition Remembrance Day
- Psychiatric Technicians’ Day
- Religious Freedom Day
1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
1492 – The first grammar of the Spanish language (Gramática de la lengua castellana) is presented to Queen Isabella I.
1493 - Christopher Columbus leaves the New World and sets sail for Spain
1501 - Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral and 6 ships begin their return voyage to Lisbon
1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.
1749 - Hoax article advertising fictitious theatrical performer "The Bottle Conjuror" drew huge crowds to the Haymarket Theatre, London, whose inevitable non-appearance caused a riot. It's alleged the Duke of Montagu perpetrated the fiasco to win a bet
1832 - Charles Darwin lands at Porto Prayo in the Cape Verde islands, the first landing of his HMS Beagle voyage
1868 - Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit
1877 - Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop
1897 - John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal
1909 – Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole
1920 – The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France
1936 - the first photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah, Florida
1939 - Daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuts
1951 - World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Texas, to 134th St, New York City)
1952 - New Dutch bible translation finished
1957 - three B-52s leave California for their first non-stop round world flights
1964 – Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
1965 - "Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV
1965 - The Searchers' "Love Potion Number 9" peaks at #3
1965 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1969 – Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
1973 - NBC presents 440th and final showing of "Bonanza"
1973 - USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
1974 - "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published by Doubleday
1976 - "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
1976 - Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
1978 - Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
1985 - "Playboy" announces end of stapling centerfolds
1989 - USSR announces plan for two-yr manned mission to Mars
2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
2016 - First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system
2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 36 mins 13 sec of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"You need to pay attention to what is going on. You should never think that you can’t make a difference in this world. You can. That is very, very important to understand."
~ Interview with Losang Samten by Anne Doran and Frank Olinsky, “The Mandala Master”
Of late, I have been tired, bone tired. And I have to admit that I feel rather helpless – what can I do about income inequity, rampant capitalistic greed, corruption in politics, climate change, the lack of a social safety net, or even the health and well-being of my family and friends. None of these, while within my area of concern, are within the circle of my control or even in the realm of my influence
But I can keep trying not to add to the cacophony by not raising a strident voice, and to add a little graciousness in the world by being more accepting and sharing. Doing those things are and will ever be, within my grasp.
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