Today is the 4th day of the 5th week, the 29th day of the 1st month, the 29th day of 2020 [with only 330 shopping days left until Christmas], and:
- Curmudgeons Day
- Freethinkers Day
- National Carnation Day
- National Corn Chip Day
- National Puzzle Day
- Seeing Eye Dog Day
- Thomas Paine Day
- Earliest day on which Fat Thursday can fall, while March 4 is the latest; celebrated on Thursday before Ash Wednesday. (Christianity)
ON THIS DAY IN ...
661 - Rashidun Caliphate, then the largest empire in history, ends with the death of its leader, Ali. Succeeded by the Umayyad Caliphate.
1594 - Mathematician John Napier dedicates his "Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John" to King James VI, predicts end of the world in 1688 or 1700
1595 - William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is thought to have been first performed. Officially published early 1597.
1802 - First celebration of Burns night, in honor of poet Robert Burns's birthday by The Mother Club in Greenock (later realized his actual birthday 25th January)
1819 – Stamford Raffles lands on the island of Singapore.
1845 – "The Raven" is published in The Evening Mirror in New York, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe.
1856 - Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries)
1886 – Karl Benz patents the "Benz Patent-Motorwagen" in Karlsruhe, Germany, the world's first automobile with a gasoline burning motor
1892 - The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia
1896 - Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
1920 - Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week
1936 – The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson.
1959 – The first Melodifestivalen is held in Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden.
1959 - Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
1959 - 'The Great Smog' hits London, many die of chest and lung-related illnesses
1963 – The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced: Jim Thorpe, Red Grange and George Halas.
1964 - "Dr Strangelove", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, premieres
1964 - Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
1966 - Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres at the Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
1970 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1980 – The Rubik's Cube makes its international debut at the Ideal Toy Corp. in Earl's Court, London.
1986 - 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
1988 - United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36 hours 54 minutes 15 seconds
1996 - the 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
1996 - France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
1998 - Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
2005 – The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.
2014 - Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
2014 - Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice
2018 - Marvel film "Black Panther" directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman premieres in Los Angeles
2019 - US Postal Service suspends deliveries to ten states due to severity of the polar vortex
2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 36 mins 10 sec of light-travel time from Earth
The definition of a curmudgeon is “a bad tempered, difficult, cantankerous person”, and it is usually applied to old men, although it is definitely not limited by age or gender. As I approach my 70’s, and find myself deploring the manners of the world today, I find myself wondering if I have gotten old and crusty myself.
Well maybe a little intolerant of foolishness…..
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