Tuesday, December 29, 2009


The internet connection here is running so slowly this morning that it took me over 10 minutes just to get to the page to write this post.

I'm not sure what is up with this, but I hope it is not a picture of how my day is going to run.

Since I have to wait for Sweetie to get up to run an errand with me today, and he has a tendency to sleep until the crack of noon any time he has a day off, it just may be one of those "slow as molasses in January" days.

Today is:

Birthday of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (sun god)

Broadway Day

Festival of Autonomous Media

Fifth Day of Christmas

International Day for Biological Diversity

Kwanzaa, Day 4, Cooperative Economics

National Chocolate Again Day (Because someone, somewhere, believes it

can't be chocolate something-or-other day often enough.)

Paternoster Row Day

Pepper Pot Day

St. Gabriel - Ethiopia

St. Thomas of Canterbury's Day (patron of the blind)

St. Tropez's Day (patron of children; against gout)

St. Trophimus of Arles' Day

Tick Tock Day

Anniversaries Today:

Texas becomes the 28th US State, 1845

Birthdays Today:

Jude Law, 1972
Bryan "Dexter" Holland, 1966
Ed Autry, 1954
Ted Danson, 1947
Marianne Faithfull, 1946
Jon Voight, 1938
Mary Tyler Moore, 1936
Billy Mitchell, 1879
Andrew Johnson, 1808
Charles Goodyear, 1800

Today in History:

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church, 1170
The first nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston, 1782
Gas lights are installed at White House, during the Polk administration, 1848
The fir1st Young Men's Christian Association chapter in the US opens, in Boston, 1851
Emma Snodgrass is arrested in Boston for wearing pants, 1852
The first telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY, 1867
Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio), 1891
Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty, 1911
The first movie serial, "Adventures of Kathlyn," premieres in Chicago, 1913
Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans, 1930

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