Today is the 4th day of the 39th week, the 25th day of the 9th month, the 268th day of 2019 [with only 90 shopping days left until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Banned Websites Awareness Day
- Binge Day
- International Ataxia Awareness Day
- Math Storytelling Day
- National Comic Book Day
- National Crab Meat Newburg Day
- National Food Service Employees Day
- National Lobster Day
- National One-Hit Wonder Day
- National Psychotherapy Day
- National Research Administrators Day
- National Tune-Up Day
- National Women's Health and Fitness Day
- See You at the Pole
- World Dream Day
- World Lung Day
- World Pharmacist Day
- World School Milk Day
1492 - Crewman on Pinta sights "land"-a few weeks early
1513 - Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crosses the Panama Isthmus becoming first European to see the Pacific Ocean
1639 - First printing press in America
1639 - Suzuki Shosan, Samurai monk of Zen Buddhism, found awakening
1789 - US Congress proposes the Bill of Rights -- the first ten amendments to the newly ratified Constitution, ratified in 1791 and guaranteeing such rights as the freedoms of speech, assembly, and worship.
1804 - Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, becomes effective
1820 - French Physicist Francois Arago announces electromagnetism in his discovery that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell could laterally attract iron filings to itself
1878 - British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking
1906 - Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the Telekino at Bilbao before a great crowd, guiding a boat from the shore, considered the birth of the remote control
1926 - Henry Ford announces an 8 hour, 5-day work week because he wanted to provide a customer base for his product
1932 - Poona Act signed by Madan Mohan Malaviya and B R. Amedkar in India, reserving legislative seats for depressed classes (untouchables)
1949 - Evangelist Billy Graham begins his "Los Angeles Crusade" in a circus tent erected in a parking lot
1956 - Transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation from Newfoundland to Oban
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1965 - Beatle cartoon show begins in US
1973 - 3-man crew of Skylab 3 make safe splashdown in Pacific after 59 days
1974 - Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
1980 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1982 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1983 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
1992 - US Mars Observer launched from Space shuttle
1997 - STS 86 (Atlantis 20) launches into orbit
2008 - China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
2016 - World's largest radio telescope at 500m wide in Guizhou Province, China begins operating
Today I highlighted a couple of the historical events.
In 1878, there was already concern about tobacco, nicotine addiction, and the health of users. It took 86 years to react to those concerns, and even longer to get smoking banned in public places such as restaurants and work, and there are still those who scoff at the evidence and smoke.
In 1926, Henry Ford, the father of the assembly-line and a great believer in productivity, making a god of efficiency, understood the working class had to have both money and leisure time in which to spend and enjoy it. This is a lesson that apparently the oligarchy that rules us all hasn’t grasped in the ensuing 93 years. The old saw about the “rich get richer and the poor get poorer” was never so apt as it is today.
In 1974, we knew that human activity was affecting the ozone layer. Now, 45 years later, we are still arguing with folks who don’t believe climate change is real and not doing enough to mitigate the human impact upon the environment.
We know what has to be done. We’ve known for years. The 1% put their profit ahead of everyone else’s wellbeing. It’s that simple
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