Today is the 3rd day of the 39th week, the 24th day of the 9th month, the 267th day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Festival of Latest Novelties
- Gallbladder Good Health Day
- Innergize Day – for all you folk who want a reason to take a mental health day off
- Kiss Day – yes another one if you missed February 13th
- National Bluebird of Happiness Day
- National Cherries Jubilee Day
- National Familial Hypercholesterolemia Day
- National Punctuation Day
- National Voter Registration Day– If you haven’t registered, please do so. If you have? Please verify your registration is current.
- National Woman Road Warrior Day
- Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
1493 - Christopher Columbus embarks on his second expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships
1657 - first autopsy and coroner's jury verdict is recorded in Maryland
1852 - Henri Giffard, a French engineer, makes first engine powered dirigible/airship flight with steam power
1853 - first round-the-world trip by yacht by Cornelius Vanderbilt
1889 - Alexander Dey patents dial time recorder
1951 - USSR performs nuclear test
1952 - American fast food restaurant chain "KFC" [Kentucky Fried Chicken] opens its first franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah
1958 - first welded aluminum girder highway bridge completed in Urbandale, Iowa
1960 - USS Enterprise, first nuclear power aircraft carrier, launched
1964 - first Minuteman II ICBM was tested
1966 - France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
1968 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 - Soviet space probe Luna 16 lands on earth after first unmanned round trip to moon
1978 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1979 - CompuServe began operation as first computer information service
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1981 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1987 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
2015 - Pope Francis becomes the first pope to address the US Congress. Names Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day as his American heroes.
2017 - Plastic polystyrene rubbish discovered for first time only 1,000 miles from the north pole by international team of scientists
2019 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 23 mins 34 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Writing prompt for the day: “For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do?”
Well I am going to assume that one cannot change the past – so no going back and wiping out something you regret or setting yourself up to succeed. Plus you cannot do something like grant yourself the winning lottery ticket because you don’t have today’s number. No, it has to be something that you can do right now. And I know what I would change – I would take my daughter’s pain away.
You see, she won the war against cancer – she defeated stage 3C breast cancer. But as she puts it, she won the battle and now she has to live with the battlefield – a body that for two years was deliberately and systematically poisoned, radiated, and mutilated. Her body and her mind have been unbearably battered, and she pays the price every single hour of every single day as she tries to come back to health and well-being. So if time stopped, if between one breath and the next, I could take away her pain I would.
But I can’t. All I can do is admire her indomitable and gamin spirit as she continues to get up and faces each and every day
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