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Today is the 3rd day of the 24th week, the 12th day of the 6th month, the 163rd day of 2018, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ....
- Call Your Doctor Day
- Crowded Nest Awareness Day
- Ghost in the Machine Day
- Independence Day -- the Philippines from Spain in 1898.
- Little League Girls Baseball Day
- Loving Day -- the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states.
- Magic Day
- National Automotive Service Professionals Day
- National Jerky Day
- National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
- Red Rose Day
- Superman Day
- Victims of Orlando, Florida Attack Day
- World Day Against Child Labor
- World Pet Memorial Day
1240 – At the instigation of Louis IX of France, an inter-faith debate, known as the Disputation of Paris, starts between a Christian monk and four rabbis.
1381 – Peasants' Revolt: In England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. ((included just so I could comment "The peasants are revolting! Yes they are...."))
1550 – The city of Helsinki, Finland (belonging to Sweden at the time) is founded by King Gustav I of Sweden.
1690 - Henry Kelsey leaves York Fort with party of Stone and Assiniboine Indians on journey lasting two years to the country of the Assiniboines; Hudson's Bay Company employee will record First European description of grizzly bears and buffalo; First European to see the Canadian Prairies.
1817 – The earliest form of bicycle, the dandy horse, is driven by Karl von Drais.
1939 – Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
1939 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York.
1942 – Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday.
1954 – Pope Pius XII canonises Dominic Savio, who was 14 years old at the time of his death, as a saint, making him at the time the youngest unmartyred saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Side note -- In 2017 Jacinta and Francisco Marto, aged 10 and 9 at the time of their deaths, are declared saints.
1979 – Bryan Allen wins the second Kremer prize for a man powered flight across the English Channel in the Gossamer Albatross.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 36 mins 48 secs of light-travel time from Earth
The "ghost in the machine" is a philosophical term introduced by Gilbert Ryle in his 1949 book, The Concept of Mind, which claims the mind as an entity is totally separate from the body and Ryle has been characterized as an "ordinary language" philosopher. One of the book's central concepts is that as the human brain has grown, it has built upon earlier, more primitive brain structures, and that these are the "ghost in the machine" of the title. It has come to mean all those odd little tech glitches that pop up – you know, like when suddenly your mouse decides to go into scroll mode for seemingly no reason at all, or CHROME suddenly stops populating your online forms information, or OUTLOOK provides you with a pick list of email addresses that doesn’t include someone you email all the time.
Do you think that ghost could be related to the blasted tape recorder in our heads? You know, the one that starts screeching at you at 3 AM and never has a single nice thing to say?
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