Today is the 4th day of the 3rd week, the 15th day of the 1st month, the 15th day of 2020:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Day
- Humanitarian Day - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, started in 2009 by a committee for King Days of Respect.
- Museum Selfie Day
- National Bagel Day
- National Booch Day - First celebrated in 2019, created by KeVita, a beverage company, to celebrate kombucha.
- National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
- National Hat Day
- National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
- Wikipedia Day – the free Wiki or content encyclopedia, launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, went online on this day in 2001
- The second day of the sidereal winter solstice festivals in India
ON THIS DAY IN ...
588 BC - Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah's reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.
1541 – King Francis I of France gives Jean-François Roberval a commission to settle the province of New France (Canada) and provide for the spread of the "Holy Catholic faith"
1759 – The British Museum opens to the public.
1785 - Mozart's string quartet opus 10 premieres
1797 - the first top hat worn by John Etherington of London
1818 – A paper by David Brewster is read to the Royal Society, belatedly announcing his discovery of what we now call the biaxial class of doubly-refracting crystals. On the same day, Augustin-Jean Fresnel signs a "supplement" (submitted four days later) on reflection of polarized light.
1831 - the first documented US railroad honeymoon trip is taken by Mr & Mrs Pierson, of Charleston, South Carolina
1846 - Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky's first novel "Poor Folk" is published in the St Petersburg Collection almanac
1861 - Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis
1870 – A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the Democratic Party with a donkey ("A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" by Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly).
1895 - Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St Petersburg
1907 - 3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee De Forest
1907 - Gold dental inlays first described by William Taggart, who invented them
1919 – Great Molasses Flood: A wave of molasses released from an exploding storage tank sweeps through Boston, Massachusetts, killing 21 and injuring 150.
1927 - The Tennessee Supreme Court overturns (on a technicality) John T. Scopes' guilty verdict for teaching evolution — but the law itself remains in force
1936 – The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
1943 - World's largest office building, the Pentagon is completed to house the US military
1945 - The Manhattan Project's G-5 Group, headed by Physicist's Donald Kerst and Seth Neddermeyer, take their first betatron pictures of a nuclear implosion at the Los Alamos Laboratory
1948 - "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", film based on B. Traven's novel, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart premieres
1961 - Berry Gordy signs The Supremes with Motown Records
1962 – The Derveni papyrus, Europe's oldest surviving manuscript dating to 340 BC, is found in northern Greece.
1962 - Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] is the subject of the BBC TV programme "This is Your Life"
1964 - the Teamsters negotiate the first national labor contract
1965 - Soviet underground nuclear test creates the atomic lake Chagan, Kazakhstan
1967 – The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10.
1969 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
1969 - Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1974 - TV sitcom "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC, starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross and Ton Bosley
1975 - Pioneering female comedian Phyllis Diller get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1976 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1997 - Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
2005 - ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
2005 - An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system
2009 - Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the "Miracle on the Hudson"
2016 - American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m
2019 - Chinese scientists confirm they have germinated a cotton seed on the moon on board the Chang’e 4 lander
2019 - Plastic will outweigh fish in the world's oceans by 2050 according to report by the World Economic Forum
2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 36 mins 13 sec of light-travel time from Earth
Once my father, home because of a steel strike, told me that Republicans were the party of the rich and Democrats were the party of the worker. I was going to pontificate on the perfidy of the GOP, how they haven’t cared for the common folks in my memory, with special invective aimed and Nixon, Reagan, and Trump. I was going to snarl at those who perceive these Presidents differently. My blood pressure was spiking as the torrent of words poured out, the keyboard clacking quickly.
And then I paused….
You know what? Right this moment, I don’t need to play the blame game today.
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