Today is the 4th day of the 43rd week, the 23rd day of the 10th month, the 296th day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Event Organizers Day
- International Print Day
- Lung Health Day
- Medical Assistants Recognition Day
- National Boston Cream Pie Day ((I was in elementary school when I first tasted this treat; it became and remains my very favorite kikd of cake or pie))
- National Canning Day
- National Croc Day
- National iPod Day – Apple released the iPod in 2001
- National Mole Day
- National Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day
- Paralegal Day
- Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
- TV Talk Show Host Day
- Unity Day
1760 - First Jewish prayer books printed in North America
1775 - Continental Congress approves resolution barring blacks from army ((so much for liberty and equality for all))
181 -3 The Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon is turned over to the rival British North West Company (the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest was dominated for the next three decades by the United Kingdom).
1814 - the first plastic surgery is performed (England) ((I included this but couldn't verify it, indeed, if you google the topic you'll find that cosmetic surgery has been performed throughout human history))
1819 - the first ship sails through the Erie Canal from Rome, New York to Utica, New York
1910 - Blanche Scott becomes the first woman to fly at a public event in the US at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1915 - the first national horseshoe throwing championship (Kellerton, Iowa)
1933 - John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana. They take $75,000 [equal to $1,438,356.87 in 2019]
1934 - Jean Piccard & Jeanette Ridlen attain balloon height of 17.341 m (rec)
1941 - Walt Disney's animated film "Dumbo" released
1958 - USSR lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam
1958 - The Smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo
1961 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1964 - Time Magazine uses term "op art" for 1st time ((do you remember those psychedelic design pictures from the late 1980’s that you had to cross your eyes to see the 3-D picture they depicted?))
1972 - "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
1972 - Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
1977 - Paleontologist Elso Barghoorn announces discovery of a 3.4-billion year old one-celled fossil, one of the earliest life forms on Earth
1981 - US national debt hits $1 trillion ((38 years later, as of June 2019, federal debt held by the public was $16.17 trillion and intragovernmental holdings were $5.86 trillion, for a total national debt of $22.03 trillion.))
1984 - STS 51-A launch vehicle moves to launch pad
1987 - France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
1987 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 - US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) returns from space
2009 - The United Nations "Rotterdam Rules" convention regulating international maritime carriage of goods is ratified with its twentieth signature.
2018 - Microplastics found in human stools for the first time by Austrian scientists
2018 - World's oldest intact shipwreck, ancient Greek vessel 2,400 years old, found at bottom of the Black Sea by archaeologists
My friend and I went to see Everybody this past weekend – an old morality play where God wants Death to deliver to Him Somebody to explain what they have been doing with their lives. In the end, Everybody got Death’s okay to bring Somebody along, but only gets to take Love and Every Shitty and Evil Thing You Ever Did with them into the afterlife to give a presentation to God about what living was about – nothing else wants to come along, not friends nor family nor stuff nor even Mind and Understanding make that final trip into the unknown.
Now the fact that they stripped Everybody of mind and understanding surprised me in retrospect. In many ways, I consider my ability to think and to comprehend as part of my spirit, or the essence that makes me “me”, or my soul if you wish. Certainly if there is to be an afterlife in any way, shape, or form, my spirit or essence or soul would be what would be in residence, neh?
I always wanted to leave a Carol-sized hole in the world when I left it, but in my self-centered hubris, I hadn’t realized that it would only be the size of a single, tiny grain of sand – a thought that is both humbling and comforting as I get older.
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