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We have received an invitation to a wedding, and wedding invitations always make me both hopeful for the couple and nostalgic for the time, it seems not so long ago, when people didn't take bets on how long marriages would last. (Since this is a distant cousin, and i've never met the intended, i'm not speculating nor saying anyone is doing that in this instance, but i have heard of it.)
Boudreaux's wife Clothile an' Thibodeaux's wife Marie be talkin' recent about de upcomin' nuptials o' a couple dey both know. Dey talk it over a while, an' den Clothile say, "Sure I do hope dey goin' be happy."
An' Marie look at Clothile an' ax, "Now din't you jes' say you t'ink both o' dem be a bit crazy? What for you say dat an' den say you hope dey be happy?"
"Mais, it be better two crazy people marry an' stay dat way, dat way dey don' be messin' up two houses an' makin' two sane people miser'ble!"
Armed Forces Day -- Mauritania
Clerihew Day -- in honor of the poetic form he invented, the clerihew:
Edmund's middle name was Clerihew
A name possessed by very few
But verses by Mr. Bentley
Disability Awareness Day -- UK (the world's largest "not for profit" volunteer-led disability exhibition)
Don't Step On A Bee Day -- Wellcat Holidays wants to remind you, when going barefoot this time of year, watch out!
Feast Day of Knut the Reaper, Hela, Holda, and Skadi -- Norse deities whose celebration this day is due to their later association with Danish King Canute the Great
Independence Day -- Bahamas(1973)
International Carthage Festival -- Tunis, Tunisia (the country's biggest arts event and music festival, through Aug. 23)
Lá Cuimhneacháin Náisiúnta -- Republic of Ireland (National Day of Commemoration, honoring all Irish people who have died in war or as part of a UN peacekeeping mission)
Lady Godiva Day -- tradition says she took her famous ride on this day in 1040
National Pina Colada Day
Pick Blueberries Day -- variously set on different days in July depending on the website; with blueberries being so good for you, find a day to go gather or buy some soon
Silence Day -- followers of Meher Baba
St. Amalburga's Day (Patron of people with fever; Ghent, Belgium; against arm pain, bruises, and fevers)
Teddy Bear Picnic Day -- no idea why today, especially when the author of the song, Jimmy Kennedy, was born on July 20
Wyoming becomes the 44th US State, 1890
Jessica Simpson, 1980
Andre Nolan Dawson, 1954
Arlo Guthrie, 1947
Sue Lyon, 1946
Ron Glass, 1945
Arthur Ashe, 1943
Lawrence Pressman, 1939
Jerry Herman, 1933
David Norman Dinkins, 1927
Fred Gwynne, 1926
Jean Kerr, 1923
Jake LaMotta, 1921
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921
David Brinkley, 1920
Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert, 1917
John Gilbert, 1897
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, 1875
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, 1875
Marcel Proust, 1871
Nikola Tesla, 1856
Adolphus Busch, 1839
James Whistler, 1834
George Mifflin Dallas, 1792
William Blackstone, 1723
John Calvin, 1509
The Fox And The Hound(Animated film), 1981
"Your Hit Parade"(TV), 1950
Today in History
Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia at the Battle of Dyrrhachium, BC48
The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground, 1212
Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England, 1553
Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Mackenzie River delta, 1789
The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company, 1806
The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain, 1821
Big Ben, the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, rings for the first time, 1859
The eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys the famous pink and white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces of North Island, New Zealand, 1886
Meher Baba, self declared Avatar of the Age, begins his silence of 44 years; his followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration, 1925
In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act, 1925
Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world, 1938
Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit, 1962
Boris Yeltsin begins his 5-year term as the first elected President of Russia, 1991
In London scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution, 1997
Spain opens its first mosque since the Moors were expelled in 1492, in Granada, 2003
France O'Grady is appointed the first female General Secretary by Britain's Trade Union Congress, 2012