To be sung to The Beatles' tune "Yesterday":
Yesterday, all those backups seemed a waste of pay,
Now my database has gone away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
Suddenly, there's not half the files there used to be,
There's a millstone hanging over me.
The system crashed so suddenly.
I pushed something wrong, what it was, I could not say.
Now all my data's gone and I long for yesterday.
Yesterday, the need for backups seemed so far away,
I knew my data was all here to stay.
Now I believe in yesterday.
Antique Marine Engine Exposition -- Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (annual exposition of pre-WWII marine engines and models; through tomorrow)
Bad Poetry Day -- Wellcat Holidays suggests you get back at your high school English teacher for making you read all that "good" poetry; get together with friends, write some truly awful stuff, and mail it to him/her!
Carnaval del Pueblo -- London Pleasure Gardens Royal Victoria Docks, London, England
Eid al Fitr -- Islam (End of Ramadan; begins at sunset, celebrated through the 21st)
India Independence Day Parade -- Devon Avenue, Rogers Park, Chicago, IL, US (yes, a Celebration of Indian and American Democracy; anything for a party, even another country's Independence Day, right?)
International Geocaching Day
International Homeless Animals Day
Jeshen -- Afghanistan (Independence Day, obs.)
Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon -- Leadville, CO, US (race 100 of the toughest miles in the country through the Rocky Mountains beginning at 4am; you have 30 hours to complete the course to the ghost town of Winfield and back)
Long Tan Day a/k/a Vietnam Veterans Day -- Australia
Mail Order Catalog Day -- the first one was published by Montgomery Ward this day in 1872, and was only one page (Do yourself a favor and opt out of the doggone things, save a few trees: www.catalogchoice.org )
Minnesota Renaissance Festival -- Shakopee, MN, US (one of the countries largest and finest; weekends through the end of September)
Sandcastle and Sculpture Day -- Nantucket, MA, US
National Honey Bee Day -- this year's theme: Sustainable Agriculture Starts With Honey Bees!
National Ice Cream Pie Day
National Science Day -- Thailand
National Soft Ice Cream Day
Parsi New Year -- Shahenshahi, India
St. Agapitus' Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)
St. Helena's Day (Mother of Constantine the Great; Patron of archaeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, dyers, empresses, nail smiths, needle makers; Birkirkara, Malta; Helena, MT, US; against fire and thunder)
The World's Greatest Carrot Festival -- Bradford, Ontario, Canada (unleash your inner Bugs Bunny!)
Toge-Pogling Season begins -- Fairy Calendar (Toges are normally pogled in groups of five or six, depending upon the size and strength of the individual Poge)
Vuelta a Espana -- Spain (the third of cycling's prestigious Grand Tours; through Sept. 9)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 1970
Patrick Swayze, 1952
Elayne Boosler, 1952
Martin Mull, 1943
Robert Redford, 1936
Roman Polanski, 1933
Rosalynn Carter, 1927
Shelley Winters, 1920
Greta Garbo, 1905
Max Factor, 1904
Meriwether Lewis, 1774
Virginia Dare, 1587 (first English child born in the Americas)
Today in History:
Founding of the oldest known Roman temple to Venus, BC293
Rome is occupied and plundered by Visigoths under King Alarik I, 410
Death of Genghis Khan (fell from his horse), 1227
A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the Japanese province of Higo, 1541
The Boston, Massachusetts Evening Post begins publishing, 1735
Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1834
Pierre Janssan discovers helium, 1868
German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers, 1903.
Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River, 1909
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless, 1917
19th US Amendment ratified (gives women the vote), 1920
Premier of The Wizard of Oz, 1939
The first commercially produced oral contraceptives are marketed, 1960
James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi, 1963
Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies, 1977
Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, 2005