when things get tough....
Today is the 3rd day of the 21st week, the 19th day of the 5th month, the 140th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Boy's Club Day
- Celebrate Your Elected Officials Day
- Dinosaur Day
- May Ray Day
- National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National Devil's Food Cake Day
- National Hepatitis Testing Day
- National Scooter Day
- World IBD [Inflammatory Bowel Diseases] Day
1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).
1571 - Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founds Manilla in the Phillipines
1780 – New England's Dark Day, an unusual darkening of the day sky, was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada.
1845 – Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition depart from Greenhithe, England.
1857 - Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patent the electric fire alarm
1883 - William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody opened Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska
1884 - Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1885 - 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
1892 - Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1898 - US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901, known as "souvenir cards"
1900 - World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) linking Italy and Switzerland opens
1910 - Passage of Earth through tail of Halley's Comet causes near-panic
1911 – Parks Canada, the world's first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
1934 - Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Sat Review of Lit" Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars
1953 - Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
1961 – Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
1971 – Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 - "Smokey & the Bandit" fim starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason premieres
1983 - NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506
1989 - Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
1993 - Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
1995 - World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai
1996 - STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
1997 – The Sierra Gorda biosphere, the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, is established as a result of grassroots efforts.
1997 - "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US
1999 - Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas
2007 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time
2011 - Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, project to search for dark matter, led by Samuel C. C. Ting, installed on the International Space Station
2161 - Syzygy: 8 of 9 planets aligned on same side of sun
I was going to give you facts and figures about the costs of COVID-19, but the numbers don’t convey the story at all. I don’t actually know what to say about the difference between “stay at home” and “safer at home” orders, about the need for folks to stop acting like spoiled brats over haircuts and nails, about how I feel seeing armed folks patrolling government buildings. I know folks who make double what I do, but they got an assistance check because their adjusted gross income after all their deductions was less than mine. I read about the assistance given to small businesses, but know places that are going to go under because they haven’t gotten any help with the rent for their premises while they are closed as In seven weeks, only 7.5% of the available funds to help have been disbursed. And while I work in the safety of my home, too many are being told to either go back to work or lose their jobs. So I haven’t been writing because I simply do not have a lot to say about all these things, about how angry I am or how anxious or disgusted or discouraged for others have said it far more articulately and wittily than I.
Hmmm, I may need to work on that positive thinking thing again….
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