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Today is the 2nd day of the 26th week, the 25th day of the 6th month, the 176th day of 2018 and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Color TV Day -- The first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities in 1951
- Day of the Seafarer
- Global Beatles Day -- “All you need is love” is a song written by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney, first performed on this day in 1967 by The Beatles on the BBC produced program, Our World, broadcast to 26 countries via satellite and watched by 400 million
- Independence Day -- Mozambique from Portugal in 1975.
- Leon Day -- six months away from Christmas day. Leon is Noel spelled backward and is a day some crafters begin planning their homemade gifts and decorations and there are only 182 shopping days left..
- Mitch Lane Day -- someone by the name of Mitchell (Mitch) Lane has been making YouTube videos for some time. He was made famous after achieving a personal best (PB) of 6.25 seconds and then yelling "Mom, I got a PB! Moooom!"
- National Catfish Day – the actual fish, not the online pretender
- National Strawberry Parfait Day
- Please Take My Children to Work Day
- World Vitiligo Day – celebrated since 2011, the purpose is to spread awareness of this disorder that causes a loss of color in the skin creating a variety of patterns on the skin from loss of pigment
1786 – Gavriil Pribylov discovers St. George Island of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.
1898 - Salvation Army group [affectionately referred to as "Sally Ann"] finishes 882 km trek over the Chilkoot Pass from Skagway Alaska to organize a mission for the Klondike gold miners; provides food, shelter, and medical services until 1912.
1900 – The Taoist monk Wang Yuanlu discovers the Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of ancient texts that are of great historical and religious significance, in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China.
1910 – The United States Congress passes the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of females for “immoral purposes”; the ambiguous language would be used to selectively prosecute people for years to come.
1910 – Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird is premiered in Paris, bringing him to prominence as a composer.
1923 – Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH.4B biplane
1944 – The final page of the comic Krazy Kat is published, exactly two months after its author George Herriman died.
1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.
1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
1981 – Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.
1984 – American singer Prince releases his most successful studio album, Purple Rain.
1997 – An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 38 mins 09 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"One of the great diseases of this age is the multitude of books that doth so overcharge the world that it is not able to digest the abundance of idle matter that is every day hatched and brought into the world"
~ Barnaby Rich (c. 1540 – 10 November 1617), English author and soldier
As the use of the printing press spread, thoughtful men became concerned about the sheer volume of information that was battering the common man, and decrying the sometimes frivolous uses of the new social medium. There is no doubt that plaint can be echoed by just about everyone today – we are constantly battered with different stories, with different emphasizes on the stories that almost amount to completely different versions, and are having a hard time with that word “fact” as our perceptions seem to trump objectivity. Between “fake news” and “alternative facts”, coupled with editing both photographs as well as sound and video recordings, it has gotten to the point that no one actually knows what to believe anymore. Certainly I have expressed my weariness with the constant upsets in the news lately, but although I think it has gotten worse in the past two years, my fatigue definitely started about a year in the term of Obama – the waves vitriolic and constant vilification were distasteful to me. I had hoped it was just a knee jerk reaction of being uncomfortable with change, but now I fear it is more than that as the partisan divide deepens.
The great danger is that all moderates will be totally worn out and only the radicals on each end of the spectrum will be left. I’m not sure that hasn’t already happened, actually….
Yup, they all sound alike to me – loud, obnoxious, self-righteous, and bossy. And I’m tired of the turmoil and ugliness – it doesn’t address the problems.
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