Today is the 2nd day of the 32nd week, the 5th day of the 8th month, the 217th day of 2019, and:
- Assistance Dog Day
- Civic Day
- Green Peppers Day
- International Traffic Light Day
- National Doll Day
- National Oyster Day
- National Underwear Day
- Work Like a Dog Day
The first of four Mondays in August and vacation is “only” 124 days away.
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1583 - Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire
1884 - Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
1891 - The world's first traveler's cheques issued (American Express)
1912 - Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo
1914 - The first electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
1926 - Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping
1953 - "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)
1957 - "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
1957 - Comic strip "Andy Capp" makes its debut
1957 - WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
1966 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1969 - Mariner 7 flies past Mars
1973 - USSR launches Mars 6
1981 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 - It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf
1989 - NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, the first to do so
2011 - NASA launches its Juno space probe from Cape Canaveral to orbit and study Jupiter
It has been a rough weekend here in the US -- there have now been 248 mass shootings this year. 246 people have been killed and 979 wounded.
This is going to take a lot more than thoughts and prayers to fix.
((picture courtsy of Sandra Boynton))
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