Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away

No, we haven't had as much rain as the victims of the flooding in Tennessee. Yes, it could be worse. The problem I have is that rain is depressing and scary. It reminds me of days and nights spent bailing out this house over the years. It reminds me that this place will have to be torn down because of all the damage rain has done over the years. It reminds me that we will lose all that we have had to put into it eventually.

Rain is a downer for me, and I have had enough of it.


Today is

Biographer's Day

Love a Tree Day

NASCAR Day

National Sea Monkey Day

St. Brendan's Voyage Day (St. Brendan the Voyager, patron of sailors and Ireland)

St. Honoratus' Day

St. John of Nepomuk's Day (patron of bridges, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia)

Wear Purple for Peace Day


Anniversaries Today:

Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, marries Marie Antoinette, 1770
Edgar Allen Poe marries his cousin Virginia Clemm, 1836


Birthdays Today:

Megan Fox, 1986
Jim Sturgess, 1981
Tori Spelling, 1973
David Boreanaz, 1971
Gabriela Sabatini, 1970
Tracey Gold, 1969
Janet Jackson, 1966
Olga Korbut, 1955
Debra Winger, 1955
Pierce Brosnan, 1953
Bob Edwards, 1947
Liberace, 1919
Woody Herman, 1913
Henry Fonda, 1905
William Seward, 1801


Today in History:

The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence is re-established as a republic, 1527
Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England, 1532
Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer, James Boswell, in London, 1763
Denmark abolishes slave trade, 1792
The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail, 1843
Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer, 1866
A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight, 1919
Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc, 1920
Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel, 1948
The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines, 1951
Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, 1960
China's Cultural Revolution begins, 1966
India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favour of merging with India, 1975
Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1975
Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote, 2005

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