Kida the Mosquito -- so called because she is always buzzing around. Our aging, asthmatic Siamese, as i always say. She manages, as you can probably tell from that stare, to rule the roost, age and asthma be danged.
Today is: Day of the Fallen against the Colonial Repression -- Angola Day To Mourn Racism -- anniversary of the day ethnic discrimination was outlawed worldwide in 1969 Dimpled Chad Day -- if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays Eleventh Day of Christmas Feast
of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1st US-born Saint; Patron of Apostleship of
the Sea, people ridiculed for their piety, widows; Shreveport, LA;
against in-law problems, the death of children, the death of parents) Festival of Fufluns -- Etruscan (god of wine, also of spring and rebirth; date approximate) Get Out Your Boxer Shorts Day -- internet generated, and why, i do not know Independence Day -- Myanmar Martyrs' Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo National Spaghetti Day Ogoni Day -- Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People of the Niger River Pop Music Chart Day -- Billboard magazine published the first one today in 1936 St.
Pharaildis' Day (Patron of difficult marriages, victims of abuse,
widows; Bruay, France; Ghent, Belgium; against childhood diseases) Trivia Day -- celebration of those who have a doctorate in uselessology, sponsored by PunsCorp World Braille Day -- birth anniversary of Louis Braille World
Hypnotism Day -- to remove myth and misconception, and promote the
truths and benefits of hypnotism Anniversaries Today: Utah becomes the 45th US state, 1896 Birthdays Today: Michael Stipe, 1960 Matt Frewer, 1958 Grace Bumbry, 1937 Dyan Cannon, 1937 Floyd Patterson, 1935 Jesse White, 1917 Jane Wyman, 1914 Sterling Holloway, 1905 Charles "Tom Thumb" Stratton, 1838 Louis Braille, 1809 Jakob Grimm, 1785 Today in History: Titus Labienus is defeated by Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina, BC 46 Columbus leaves the "New World" on return from his first voyage, 1493 Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City's only physician, Joost Sweiter, "because he is a Jew", 1570 Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire, 1698 Andre Méchain discovers M80, the globular cluster in Scorpio, 1781 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government, 1847 4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY, 1863 The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City, 1865 Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule, 1878 The last known sighting of an eastern cougar, in Ontario, 1884 Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs the first appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22), 1885 Thomas
Stevens is the first man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF); his
itinerary accounts "DISTANCE ACTUALLY WHEELED, ABOUT 13,500 MILES", 1887 The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter, 1912 The first elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho, 1915 Sputnik 1 reenters the atmosphere and burns up, 1958 Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon, 1959 Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, 1972 Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first American-born saint, 1975 Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC, 2004 The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history, 2007 The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building is officially opened, 2010