Saturday, November 7, 2009

What did you say?

In honor of International Tongue Twister Day:

A quick witted cricket critic.

How many boards
Could the Mongols hoard
If the Mongol hordes got bored?
from the comic Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Waterson
Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
Seventy seven benevolent elephant.

Today is:

Book Lovers Day

Feast of Stolen Fire

Independence Day, Ecuador

International Tongue Twister Day

Magazine Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Notary Public Day

Revolution Day, Bangladesh

St. Florentius' Day

St. Willibrord's Day (patron of Holland; against epilepsy, convulsions)

World Community Day

Birthdays Today:

Keith Lockhart, 1959
Joni Mitchell, 1943
Joan Sutherland, 1926
Al Hirt, 1922
Billy Graham, 1918
Dean Jagger, 1903
Leon Trotsky, 1879
Madame Curie, 1867

Today in History:

The oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, the Ensisheim Meteorite, strikes around noon in a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France, 1492
Pierre Gassendi observes the transit of Mercury as predicted by Kepler, 1631
Anne Htchinson is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic, 1637
Lewis and Clark first sight the Pacific Ocean, 1805
The first edition of the "London Gazette", the oldest surviving journal, is published, 1865
The first Thomas Nast cartoon depicting the Republican Party Elephant is published, 1874
Edward Bouchet becomes the first black to receive a PhD from a US college (Yale), 1876
The first air freight shipment is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse (from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio), 1910
Mao Tse Tung proclaims the "Chinese People's Republic", 1931
Fiorello H. La Guardia is elected the 99th mayor of New York City, 1933
Arthur L Mitchell becomes the first black Democratic congressman (from Illinois), 1934

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