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Carol H Tucker

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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)


 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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