Today is the 6th day of the 39th week, the 27th day of the 9th month, the 270th day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Ancestor Appreciation Day
- German Butterbrot Day
- Google's Birthday
- Hug a Vegetarian Day
- Love Note Day
- Morning Show Hosts Day
- National Bakery Day
- National BRAVE Day
- National Chocolate Milk Day
- National Corned Beef Hash Day
- National Crush a Can Day
- National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National Scarf Day
- Native American Day – first celebrated in 1916
- Save the Koala Day
- Sport Purple for Platelets Day
- Vegan Baking Day
- World Tourism Day
1066 - William the Conqueror's troops set sail for England
1590 - Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.
1822 - French scholar Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone
1825 - George Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1" becomes the 1st steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England
1892 - Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company
1905 - The physics journal Annalen der Physik publishes Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc².
1908 - Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
1912 - WC Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the first blues song
1921 - American swimmer Johnny Weismuller sets his first 2 world records in the 100m and 150yd freestyle events the A.A.U. Nationals meet in Brighton Beach, NY ((I still say he was the best Tarzan, although not the closest to the book character))
1937 - the first Santa Claus Training School opens (Albion NY)
1937 - Balinese Tiger declared extinct.
1960 - Europe's first "moving pavement" (travelator), opens at Bank station on the London Underground
1962 - Rachel Carson publishes 'Silent Spring' about the deleterious impacts of pesticide use in the US on the environment
1964 - Findings of the Warren Commission into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy released, finds Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone
1967 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1973 - Soyuz 12 carries two cosmonauts into Earth orbit where they stayed for 2 days
1973 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1973 - “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)
1978 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1990 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
2003 - Smart 1 satellite is launched.
2008 - CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
2012 - The Mars Curiosity rover discovers what evidence of a fast-moving streambed-in Mars
2015 - A "Supermoon" coincides with a lunar eclipse creating a "Blood Moon" over much of the earth
2018 - Half of all orca could die through pollution involving polychlorinated biphenyls in the ocean, according to study published in "Science"
The pacing of what we call progress with the full hubris of humankind is rather interesting sometimes. From having a book of matches considered an innovation worthy of being patented to Einstein’s famous E=mc² was only a span of 13 years. From Rachel Carson’s warning about the impact of pesticides on the land to the warning about PCBs in the ocean is a stretch of 56 years – obviously we didn’t listen very well. It took three years from finding the stream bed to actually finding water on Mars. In the 82 years since the Balinese tiger went extinct to July 2019, there are now only 3,900 tigers in the wild all over the world. Want to talk about human impact on ecology? How about seven  nuclear tests over a 23 year period? I don’t remember hearing much about conspiracy theories before the Warren Commission report, but finding Oswald acted totally alone seems so improbable that to this day there are so many unanswered questions. Was this the start of popular conspiracy theories?
I’m just glad it’s Friday.
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