Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Comeaux and Strontium and Dates and More (Random Tuesday)

Stacy Uncorked

And now, a bit of random news from around here, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.

Comeaux got "fixed" and microchipped yesterday.  Dumpling is still at least two weeks away from being big enough for her surgery.  When he got home, Comeaux was still very loopy, and poor Dumpling kept trying to get him to play.  He would lie there and fall asleep with her chewing on his ears.  Finally i had to take pity on him and put him up on a chair she could not climb so i could watch him and he could nap in peace.  

Bigger Girl is going forward with her roller derby training.  She now has the money for her own skates and safety equipment instead of having to use the general team equipment.

Yesterday at work she got to make the special whatever it is they make in the science lab on campus where she has her student job.

"Mom," she said, "it was very labor intensive, but I got to do it!  I had to measure out exactly .000237mg of sodium for the solution.  Do you know how hard it is to measure out exactly that much sodium?  Oh, and I've decided I hate working with strontium."

My sentiments exactly, i responded, then went and looked up strontium.  No, i don't want to work with it much, either, but i'm not a scientist.  Being the janitor, i'd just have to clean up after the scientist, i'm sure.

Little Girl came in and discussed her plans about going to school in a small town about a 45 minute drive from here.  While we were talking, she opened the fridge and grabbed the container of dates.

"Oh, dates!  I didn't know you had dates.  I'm going to go on a date!"  She grabbed one, then laughed and grabbed another, saying "I may go on a double date!"  Got to love a kid with a sense of humor.

Yesterday i started trying to call Ms. JAI around 11am to see if she needed me.  (Like many of my other older clients, she has earned the right to sleep in if she wants, and she wants.)  Every time i called i got the message that "your call cannot be completed at this time" and it worried me.  Around 1pm, i gave up and went over there to check up on her.

Turned out she'd accidentally left the phone off the hook, and was wondering why i hadn't called.  She was glad i'd come, she wanted all the sinks, tubs, and toilets scoured with the pumice stone.  Also, her phone didn't stop ringing while i was there.  All the people who had tried to call her since the night before were as worried as i was!

Sweetie has a new pastime.  When he watches a movie on DVD, he stops at each scene and writes down all the product placements he sees.  No, i don't know why this is so fascinating to him, but if it keeps him amused, let him have at it.

Today is my appointment to take the twins in for their glamor shots, a/k/a getting my annual mammogram.  Ladies, if you need one, please make that appointment soon.  Gentlemen, you know you need to see a doctor once a year also and get certain things, like PSA levels, checked.  Please don't delay.  Early detection is critical in saving lives.

Today is:

Bureflux -- Discordian Calendar

Cobweb Pie Making Day -- Fairy Calendar

Dia de la Bandera Nacional -- Ecuador (Day of the National Flag)

Dominion Day -- New Zealand (trad.)

Durga Puja -- Hindu (start of the five day celebration of the goddess Durga)

European Day of Languages -- European Union

Festival of Venus Genetrix -- Ancient Roman Calendar

International Tool Day -- internet generated, now gladly embraced by toolmakers

Johnny Appleseed Day -- birth anniversary of John Chapman

Love Note Day -- take pen and paper and send that special someone a love note today, the idea of Leona Hamel of QC, Canada

Mesothelioma Awareness Day -- bringing to light this cancer caused by asbestos exposure  

National Pancake Day

National Voter Registration Day -- US (Celebrating Democracy in America

Old Holy Rood Day -- OS calendar (the day blackberries become unsafe for picking) related observance
    Mid-Autumn Day -- Scottish Highlands (traditional; considered the day harts begin to mate and a weather prognostication day)

Search for Your Baseball Cards Again Day -- on lots of trivia sites; recommended because you never know

September Revolution Day -- Yemen

Sts. Cosmas and Damian's Day (Patrons of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, barbers, blind people, chemical industry/manufacturers, doctors/physicians/surgeons, hairdressers, midwives, people with hernias; Alberobello, Italy; Ossimo, Italy; against blindness and pestilence) related observance:
    Begin now to lay in supplies for your Michaelmas supper on the 29th

United States Postal Service Day -- US (the first postmaster general under the current constitution, Samuel Osgood, was appointed this day in 1789)

Woman Road Warrior Day -- to recognize the traveling businesswomen in today's world

World Contraception Day -- International

Birthdays Today:

Serena Williams, 1981
Lawrence Leritz, 1962
Melissa Sue Anderson, 1962
Linda Hamilton, 1956
Jane Smiley, 1949
Mary Beth Hurt, 1948
Olivia Newton-John, 1948
Lynn Anderson, 1947
Brian Ferry, 1945
Anne Robinson, 1944
Kent McCord, 1942
Julie London, 1926
Jack LaLanne, 1914
George Gershwin, 1898
T.S. Eliot, 1888
Edmund Gwenn, 1877
John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, 1774
St. Francis of Assisi, 1181

Debuting/Premiering Today:

George(Magazine), 1995
"Knight Rider"(TV), 1982
"The Brady Bunch"(TV), 1969
"Hawaii Five-O"(TV), 1968
"Gilligan's Island"(TV), 1964
"The Beverly Hillbillies"(TV), 1962
"West Side Story"(Musical), 1957
"Lucia di Lammermoor"(Opera), 1835
"The Gladiator"(Play), 1831

Today in History:

In keeping a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus, Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, BC 46
Sir Francis Drake returns to England with Spanish treasure, 1580
In a battle between Venetians and Turks in Athens, the Parthenon and Acropolis are seriously damaged, 1687
New Jersey passes a bill requiring a license to practice medicine, 1772
Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first Secretary of State of the US, 1789
Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren't poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey, 1820
The Diamond Match Company patents book matches, 1892
New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire, 1907
Indonesia is admitted to the United Nations, 1950
Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time, 1973
The United Kingdom agrees to the handover of Hong Kong, 1984
An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse, 1997
Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel, 2008
Georgia changes its second language from Russian to English, 2010
Greek trade unions call for a strike to protest austerity measures, 2012

Monday, September 25, 2017

Big Brother/Little Brother (Awww Monday)

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It was very hard to get a photo of them because they were moving, here are Comeaux and Dansig.  Comeaux is "making biscuits" (treading his paws as he would have when nursing on his mama) on Dansig while Dansig gives him a bath.

Dansig is the only one of our adult cats to always unconditionally accept every kitten.

The kittens are always grateful for him.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Mozambique

Canterbury South Provincial Anniversary Day -- Canterbury South, New Zealand

Dominion Day -- New Zealand (Obs.)

Family and Community Day -- ACT, Australia

Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children(TM) -- US (sponsored by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, encouraging everyone to have a meal with the family, because all the studies show it's good for you!

International Ataxia Awareness Day -- highlighting the difficulties of living with the many forms of ataxia 

Join a Cabal of International Bankers Today Day -- internet generated, and only for people without a conscience

Kamarampaka Day -- Rwanda (Republic Day, marks the 1961 abolition of the monarchy)

Math Storytelling Day -- the brainchild of Maria Droujkova 

Metropolitan Opera in NYC Opening Night

National Comic Book Day -- internet generated, but go read one, they are fun

National Crabmeat Newberg Day

National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims -- US

National Food Service Employees Day -- because everyone wants to eat out once in a while 

National One-Hit Wonder Day -- US, remembering those who had only one hit on the rock charts

National Psychotherapy Day -- US (a day to wear turquoise and encourage education about how psychotherapy can help people

National Youth Day -- Nauru

Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival -- Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, Groton, and Marshfield, VT, US (all 7 towns take turns welcoming visitors during the famous fall foliage season, with local food, music, culture, and more; through Sunday)

Old Holy Rood Eve -- OS calendar Holy Cross Eve, the last day to pick blackberries (after this, the devil poisons them because when he fell from heaven, he landed in a blackberry bush)

Queen's Birthday Holiday -- WA, Australia

St. Cadoc's Day (Patron of the deaf; against cramps, deafness, glandular disorders, scrofula)

St. Finbarr's Day (Patron of Barra, Scotland; Cork, Ireland)

Toad Tempting Day -- Fairy Calendar

World Ataxia Awareness Day

World Pharmacists Day -- International Pharmaceutical Federation; this year's theme is "From Research to Healthcare; your Pharmacist is at your service." 

Birthdays Today:

Lee Norris, 1981
Catherine Zeta-Jones, 1969
Will Smith, 1968
Scottie Pippen, 1965
Tate Donovan, 1963
Aida Turturro, 1962
Heather Locklear, 1961
Michael Madsen, 1959
Jamie Hyneman, 1956
Christopher Reeve, 1952
Mark Hamill, 1951
Cheryl Tiegs, 1947
Michael Douglas, 1944
Robert Walden, 1943
Juliet Prowse, 1936
Glenn Gould, 1932
Barbara Walters, 1931
Shel Silverstein, 1930
Phil Rizzuto, 1918
Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906
Walter Wesley "Red" Smith, 1905
William Faulkner, 1897
Jean Phillippe Rameau, 1683 (baptismal date, as actual birth anniversary is unknown)
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, 1358 (Japanese Shogun)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beauty and the Beast"(TV), 1987
"Stepping Out"(Play), 1984
"Winterset"(Play), 1935
"Dorothy"(Comic opera), 1886

Today in History:

St. Ferment is beheaded in Amiens, France, after voyaging there to preach the gospel, 303
The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Anglo-Saxon era, 1066
Columbus begins his second voyage, with 17 ships, 1493
Vasco Nunez de Balboa becomes the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from the west coast of the Americas, 1513
The first printing press in the Americas begins operations, 1639
Old Style date; two very accurate clocks are set in motion at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England, the start of Greenwich Mean Time, 1676
Ethan Allan, American Revolutionary War hero, is captured, 1775
Benedict Arnold joins the British, 1780
The first all-black university in the US, Howard University, is created by Congress, 1867
Yosemite National Park is established by Congress, 1890
Charles Follis becomes the first black to play professional American football, 1904
Birth of the remote control -- Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the invention of the "Telekino" and guides a boat from the shore in the port of Bilbao, 1906
Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight from Mitchel Field proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible, 1929
Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integrated by the use of United States Army troops, 1957
In a referendum, the people of Norway reject membership of the European Community, 1972
Belize joins the United Nations, 1981
The last of the Magdalene Asylums closes in Ireland, 1996
The Vitim event, a possible bolide (comet nucleus) impact in Siberia, Russia, 2002
China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7, 2008
The Wildlife Authority of Uganda announces that, since 1999, the population of some of the animals in the country's game reserves have doubled in population, 2010
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announces that women will now be able to vote and run in municipal elections, 2011

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Silly Sunday: Weddings Are Funny

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This past Friday night, #1 Son was one of the groomsmen in a wedding.  He said the groom bawled like a baby when reciting his vows.  He then told the bride, "You better cry, too!" and she responded, "No, I'm not gonna cry!  Do you know how much this make-up cost?"

Boudreaux an' Clothile done been marry fo' many year, an' dey be at a weddin' of a frien'.  De priest be sayin' to the couple bein' marry, "You need to work to learn each other, the deep things and the not so deep things.  For example, young man, you need to remember what her favorite flower is."

At dat, Boudreaux turn to Clothile an' whisper, "Mais, I believe I know dat -- it be White Lily se'f-raisin', right?"

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Mozambique; Peru

Banned Books Week begins -- US (sponsored by the ALA, Celebrating the Freedom to Read, It's Everybody's Job; celebrate your right to read what you want!)

Clypping the Church Ceremony -- Painswick, Gloucestershire, England (since 1321, surrounding the church hand in hand for the Clypping Hymn and an open air ceremony)

Constitution Day/Recoronation of King Norodom Sihanouk -- Cambodia

Do Impressions of Famous People Around the Office Day -- again, i wonder about the intentions of those who start these things

Feast of Our Lady of Mercy -- Catholic Christian
    Lady of Mercedes Day -- Dominican Republic
    La Merce -- Barcelona, Spain

Festival of the Latest Novelties -- an internet generated holiday to celebrate everything from traditional whoopie cushions to some of the more modern and weird novelty gifts out there; a great day for practical jokers

Fukuro Matsuri -- Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan (a fun-for-tourists way to learn about Japanese culture, through tomorrow, and next weekend)

Gallbladder Good Health Day -- seems unsponsored, but there's information about keeping your gallbladder healthy here  

Going Forth of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Gold Star Mother's Day 2017 -- US (the day to honor mothers who have lost a child who was serving in the US Armed Forces)

Heritage Day -- South Africa

Independence Day/National Day -- Guinea-Bissau(1973)

Mahidol Day -- Thailand (commemorates the passing of Prince Father Mahidol Adulyadej, the "Father of Thai Modern Medicine")

Moose Day -- the day Bullwinkle J. Moose, from Frostbite Falls, MN, US, and his pal Rocky the Flying Squirrel debuted in 1959

National Bluebird of Happiness Day -- US (and no one knows why, but it's supposed to be a day to go spread some happiness)

National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Punctuation Day® -- US, but good punctuation matters everywhere!  info here 

New Caledonia Day -- New Caledonia

Republic Day -- Trinidad and Tobago

Santa Cruz Day -- Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving -- Pennsylvania Dutch followers of Silesian Reformation theology

St. Gerard's Day (Patron of Hungary)

St. Rupert's Day (Patron of Salzburg, Austria, where it is an official school and government holiday)

Transatlantic Telephone Day -- the first cable across the Atlantic was completed on this day in 1956

Tzom Gedaliah -- Judaism (Fast of Gedalia, a dawn to dusk day of fasting to lament the assassination of Gedalia the righteous governor of Judea)

World Rivers Day -- International 

World School Milk Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Morgan Hamm, 1982
Paul Hamm, 1982
Nia Vardalos, 1962
Kevin Sorbo, 1958
Alan Colmes, 1950
Gordon Clapp, 1948
Phil Hartman, 1948
Linda McCartney, 1941
Jim Henson, 1936
Anthony Newley, 1931
Sheila MacRae, 1924
Jim McKay, 1921
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896
John Marshall, 1755
Horace Walpole, 1717

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Nevermind"(Album release), 1991
"No More Lonely Nights"(McCartney single release), 1984
"The Love Boat"(TV), 1977
"60 Minutes"(TV), 1968
"Daniel Boone"(TV), 1964
"The Munsters"(TV), 1964
"Love of Life"(TV), 1951
"Once in a Lifetime"(Play), 1930

Today in History:

Prophet Muhammad completes his hijra from Mecca to Medina, 622
The last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration of the Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Komnenos, dies; the empire slips into terminal decline, 1180
The Dutch Republic surrenders New Amsterdam to England, 1664
The first autopsy and coroner's jury verdict is recorded in the state of Maryland, 1657
John Jay is appointed by George Washington as the first Chief Justice of the then six-person Supreme Court, which was instituted by the Federal Judiciary Act passed that same day, 1789
US Attorney General Office is created, 1789
The Northern Daily Times becomes the first provincial daily newspaper in London, 1853
Alexander Dey patents a dial time recorder, 1889
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy, 1890
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument, 1906
Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong, 1946
The Honda Motor Company is founded, 1948
Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England, and a Blue moon (in the astronomical sense) is seen as far away as Europe, 1950
Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona, 1957
President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation, 1957
The United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, 1962
Swaziland joins the United Nations, 1968
Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service, 1979
Periodic Great White Spot observed on Saturn, 1990
Hurricane Rita devastates Beaumont, Texas, southwest Louisiana, and finishing off some of the parts of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana that Katrina missed, 2005
The G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA, US, marks the first use of LRAD for crowd control in the US, 2009
Nigeria's government opens two swollen dams and displaces about two million people, 2010
The Mars Orbiter Mission, launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation, is successfully inserted into orbit around Mars, 2014 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ah, Modern Times (a Ten Things of Thankful Post)

Ten Things of Thankful

We live in such a tech heavy world now that sometimes i feel it's a mixed blessing.  These modern inconveniences, well, as inconvenient as they may be i cannot live without them.

The modern inconvenience of phones never ceases to amaze me.  They ring when you least want them to, and it's often a scammer ignoring the Do Not Call list.  Even when my children won't answer my calls, however, i am thankful to know if they really need to get in touch with me for an emergency situation, they can do so.

Cars really are a modern inconvenience.  Without them we'd have to work within walking distance of our homes, like people did in the old days.  As in, usually, out in the fields of their own farms.  Being able to drive to a workplace farther than you can easily walk has opened new worlds and made mechanics very busy and very happy.  Even when i am in a hurry and no one in front of me wants to look up from the phone and drive when the light turns green, i am grateful for The Jalopy and Lunceford the Land Yacht that get me where i need to be.

Air conditioners are a modern inconvenience in their cost to operate.  Even so, i would not want to live without them, and i'm especially thankful for them when it's so hot out that our car seat belt buckles can double as branding irons.

TV is a modern inconvenience of the highest order in its ability to distract us 24/7 from whatever it is we need to be doing.  Even though i don't have one any more, i'm grateful it exists to entertain and sometimes (depending on the station) inform and enlighten.  Also when the children were young, i'd never have gotten to sit down during the day if i hadn't been able to get them to watch a short Disney movie on VHS every day.

GPS is a marvel of modern inconvenience in its ability to get people lost.  Yesterday it got me to a place i'd never been, and back home, and only had me turned around once, so i'm thankful it exists and works most of the time.

Alarm clocks, the modern inconvenience you love to hate, even as you are grateful to be at work on time.

Elevators are the modern inconvenience that made skyscrapers possible, because who doesn't want to live and work way up in the air in a big city?  Still, every time i don't have to climb several flights of stairs, i am thankful for elevators, and Mr. Otis, who didn't invent them but made them practical and useful.

Radio is my modern inconvenience of choice when it comes to entertainment and i am very thankful for it most of the time.  Annoying when tuned to certain genres and played at an alarmingly high volume in the car that just passed, it is very soothing when used as background sound and gives me just enough news to keep me informed without being overwhelmed.

Microwave ovens very modernly and inconveniently make it possible for us to live off of not quite real food that has been possibly rendered unsafe by the very means used to warm it up.  Will i give up my microwave?  No way!  My gratitude for being able to cook things very quickly when i get home and i'm tired, or let the others in the house cook for themselves, knows no bounds.

Finally, the biggest modern inconvenience we all know and love, computers.  While i wait for what studies have shown is an average of two seconds for a web page to open, listening to half a song on the radio and washing three dishes during that two seconds, i am often struck by how much more i can get done now in two seconds than ever before.   Really, though, without these marvels, we couldn't do what i'm doing now, reaching across miles to interact with people from all ages and stages and walks of life all over the globe.  As much as i sometimes want to whack the screen with something when it's not cooperating, i am very thankful for the people i have in my life now that i would never have met without computers and the internet.

Are you thankful for a modern inconvenience or two that make your life better and cause trouble at the same time?  Let us know, or write up any list of things for which you are thankful and link up at Ten Things of Thankful.  We'd love to have you.

Today is:

Al-Yaom Al-Watany -- Saudi Arabia (National Day/Founding of the Kingdom)

Augustalia -- Roman Empire (birthday of Caesar Augustus, still the traditional New Year's Day in Constantinople and in the Eastern Orthodox Church)

Bunster Winding -- Fairy Calendar

Checkers Day/Dogs in Politics Day -- thanks to Mr. Nixon; and i'm tempted to further comment, but this one is too easy

Citua -- Ancient Inca Empire (feast to the Moon, and to banish disease, in the month of Coyaraimi, date approximate)

El Grito de Lares -- Lares, Puerto Rico (anniversary of the first uprising against Spanish rule in 1868)

Fall Migration Festival -- Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ, US (nature photography workshops, guided viewing of the abundant and diverse species here at this time, and more; through tomorrow)

Feast of the Ingathering -- UK traditional (also called Harvest Home; in Scotland, Kirn; in northern England, Mell-Supper.  Celebrations will be held in rural areas for the next few weekends, celebrating the end of the harvest.)

Fish Amnesty Day (same as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the US, because it hurts fish to be caught!)

Geneva Area Grape Jamboree -- Geneva, OH, US (grapes, wine tasting, entertainment, rides, and food; through tomorrow)

Gettysburg Fall Antique Show -- Gettysburg, PA, US

Innergize Day -- the day to take time for yourself! always on the day after the equinox, so either the 23rd or 24th, depending on where you live

International Rabbit Day -- learn to care for these wonderful pets and promote responsible rabbit ownership 

International Restless Legs Syndrome Awareness Day -- on the birth anniversary of Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn, the neurologist who first described it

Kiwanis Kids' Day -- local clubs sponsor events for kids on the fourth Saturday of September

Marion County Country Ham Days -- Marion, KY, US (for those who love ham, and a PIGasus parade, and a Pokey Pig 5k, among other events; through tomorrow)

Museum Day -- The Smithsonian has information 

National Great American Pot Pie Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day -- US 

National Seat Check Saturday -- US (make sure your child's car seats are secured properly) 

Neptune Day -- planet discovered this day in 1846 by Johann Galle of Germany

St. Adamnan's Day (Patron of Donegal, Ireland; Raphoe, Ireland)

St. Padre Pio's Day

Taste of Morgan Hill -- Morgan Hill, CA, US (fine arts, entertainment, and plenty for the kids to do, too; through tomorrow)

Thrue Bab -- Bhutan (Blessed Rainy Day)

Waikiki Ho'olaule'a -- Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai'i, US (a huge, fun street party, part of the larger Aloha Festivals celebrations all over the Islands, to showcase the culture and beauty of Hawai'i)

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded, 1908

Birthdays Today:

Anthony Mackie, 1979
Ani DiFranco, 1970
Elizabeth Pena, 1961
Jason Alexander, 1959
Bruce Springsteen, 1949
Mary Kay Place, 1947
Paul Petersen, 1945
Julio Iglesias, 1943
Tom Lester, 1938
Ray Charles, 1930
John Coltrane, 1926
Mickey Rooney, 1920
Walter Pidgeon, 1897
Friedrich Paulus, 1890
Walter Lippman, 1889
Victoria Woodhull, 1838
William H. McGuffey, 1800
Kublai Khan, 1215
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus, BC63
Euripides, BC480

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Marcus Welby, M.D."(TV), 1969
"The Jetsons"(TV), 1962
"Threni: id est Lamentatines Jeremiae Prophetae"(Stravinsky dodecaphonic work), 1958

Today in History:

Concord of Worms, 1122
The first major battle of the Wars of the Roses, at Blore Heath in Staffordshire, 1459
First commencement exercises of Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., 1642
Liechtenstein declares its independence from the German Empire, 1719
John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats the HMS Serepis, 1779
Lewis and Clark arrive back in St. Louis from their explorations, 1806
The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York, 1845
Neptune is discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams, 1846
Nintendo Koppai, later known as Nintendo Company, Limited, is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi; it produces and markets the playing card game Hanafuda, 1889
The Phantom of the Opera (original title: Le Fantome de l'Opera), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published, 1909
The MS Princess of Tasmania, Australia’s first passenger roll-on/roll-off diesel ferry, makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait, 1959
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law, 1972
Juan PerĂ³n returns to power in Argentina, 1973
Saint Kitts and Nevis joins the United Nations, 1983
Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm; some passengers only receive minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history, 1991
The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released, 2002
Hurricane Jeanne strikes Haiti and leaves at least 1,070 dead, 2004
The identification of four genetically different types of breast cancer by researchers is announced, 2012