a stroll down memory lane
Today is the 5th day of the 31st week, the 2nd day of the 8th month, the 214th day of 2018, and:
- Dinosaurs Day
- International Sister Cities Day
- National Coloring Book Day
- National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
- National IPA Day [AKA India Pale Ale Beer Day]
- Take A Penny/Leave A Penny Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1610 – During Henry Hudson's search for the Northwest Passage, he sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay.
1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
1790 – The first United States Census is conducted.
1869 – Japan's Edo society class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms.
1870 – Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom.
1873 – The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco's famous cable car system.
1876 - Frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood in present-day South Dakota; aces and eights [a particular poker hand, popularly a two-pair of black aces and black eights] become known as "the dead man's hand"
1909 - The US Army acquired its 1st aircraft when it purchased the Wright Flyer "Model B" (Wright Military Flyer). It was the Wright Brothers' 1st commercial sale, and the 1st airplane purchased and put into service by any government
1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
1934 – Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.
1939 – Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.
1943 - PT-109, a Navy patrol torpedo boat commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. Kennedy was credited with saving members of the crew. ((not a bad book or movie, and the story certainly added luster to JFK when he went into politics))
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 43 mins 47 secs of light-travel time and Voyager II is currently 16 hrs 16 mins 32 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Writing prompt of the day:
214. Grandparents: Write about a moment in your grandparent’s life.
What a flood of stories comes to mind! Being the oldest grandchild on my mother’s side and the oldest grandchild on my father’s side of the family, I was often in the company of adults, and I found out pretty early on that if I kept quiet [usually pretending to read, which was pretty believable since I loved to do that], I heard a lot of family history as they talked about the old days.
The prompt also put me in mind of one particular incident with Grandmom Riley that comes to mind as I contemplate playing games with my own granddaughters I don’t know at what age Grandmom and I started playing games, but she usually took the time from housework to sit and play. At her house I didn’t have board games, but we played checkers and cards [mostly Go Fish]. One day we were playing checkers and she left to tend something in the kitchen and came back. She looked at the checkers, then looked at me and told me that I had cheated and moved my checker pieces while she was gone. “No!” I protested and she folded her lips and we kept playing and I won, of course, because I HAD cheated. Years later I asked her about that game and she didn’t remember it at all, but I remember just how badly I felt I absolutely had to win, and then how hollow the victory was because I knew I had cheated, and then how sad I was that she wouldn’t play checkers with me for a long time afterwards.
My kids and I played a lot of games – checkers, cards and SORRY are the ones I remember playing the most, but I don’t remember at what age we started and I don’t have any memories of any memorable meltdowns over losses. My older granddaughter is old enough to play, but the younger isn’t quite there yet, so she doesn’t get much chance to do so, and yes there are times when I just let her win even at tic-tac-toe because I remember how important it was to me and my grandmother doing that for me….
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