Today is the 5th day of the 43rd week, the 24th day of the 10th month, the 297th day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY ON ...
- 40-Hour Work Week Day – despite all the dire predictions of economic collapse resulting, the US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect on this day in 1940, setting both a minimum wage [25 cents per hour. Adjusted for inflation, that would be worth about $4.45 today] and a 40 hour week
- Black Thursday
- Food Day
- National Bologna Day
- National Crazy Day
- National Good & Plenty Day
- Recycle Your Mercury Thermostat Day
- Take Back Your Time Day
- United Nations Day -- the Charter of United Nations comes into effect in 1945
- Unity Day
- Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day
- World Development Information Day
- World Polio Day
- World Tripe Day
1260 - The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
1818 - Felix Mendelssohn aged 9 performs his first public concert in Berlin
1836 - Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts
1851 - William Lassell discovers Ariel and Umbriel, satellites of Uranus
1861 - First US transcontinental telegram is sent (from San Francisco to Washington, DC)
1881 - Levi P Morton, US ambasador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty
1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.
1908 - Billy Murray hits the charts with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
1911 - Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.
1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
1929 - "Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8% as investors dumped more than 13 million shares
1938 - US forbids child labor in factories
1939 - Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"
1939 - Nazi require wearing of Star of David by Jews
1939 - Nylon stockings go on sale for first time (Wilmington, Delaware)
1946 - A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket, launched from Whites Sands US, takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
1948 - The term "cold war" was used for the first time in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.
1951 - United Nations publishes its first postage stamps
1954 - Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States' support to South Vietnam ((what a slippery slope that turned out to be))
1971 - Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
1973 - John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
1979 - Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter
1980 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 - Intelsat 5 re-enters Earth's atmosphere 5 months after it failed
1989 - France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
1990 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.
1995 - Total solar eclipse in SW/S Asia (2m09s)
2001 - NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.
2002 - Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced the release of an upgraded MSN Internet service with Disney content.
2003 - Concorde makes its last commercial flight
2006 - MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby
2009 - First International Day of Climate Action, organized with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
2017 - Albert Einstein's "Theory of Happiness", written as a note for a bellboy instead of a tip in Tokyo in 1922 sells for $1.56 million
2018 - Scientists confirm East Island in Hawaii, half a mile long, has been wiped out after contact with Hurricane Walaka
2018 - EU directive bans single-use plastics by 2021
This morning as I came down the hall I noticed a plastic bottle in the middle of the walkway. It was position just on the edge of the five steps that go down to the exit to the garage door. At first as I walked towards it, I thought it had been dropped, but then I could see it was about 2/3 filled with water and the top was off. Where it was positioned? I stopped as I realized this was no accident, the bottle was clearly left there deliberately. There was no way to go past without knocking it over, which would not only soak the walker’s feet but would throw water all over the steps as well, making them slippery. There was no one around to see or laugh at the reaction of the person who was going to get wet or fall, but the intent to cause that was there. While not an horrendous an act of cruelty, someone took the time and energy to booby trap the steps – and why?
Hearing a family coming up behind me, I quickly stooped and picked it up, discarding it in the trashcan as I walked to my car, shaking my head and pondering whether or not this was just a harmless prank or an expression of casual cruelty.
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