Thursday, June 24, 2010

Front Seat Madness

As I got into the car, Little Girl climbed into the back seat, which I thought was unusual. There is usually a mad dash by several people for the passenger front door handle, and arguments over it get loud and fervent, with lots of "you had it last time!" accusations.

"Why aren't you getting in the front?" I asked. "I thought you loved to ride shotgun."

An eye roll as only a twelve-year-old who has been PMSing since she was 2 could pull off.

"Mom, don't you know the front seat is no fun unless you have someone to fight for it?"

I should have known.

Today is

Bannockburn Day, Scotland (decisive battle of the first Scottish War of Independence, led by Robert Bruce)

Burning of the Lamps in Egypt at Sais -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar, a celebration of Isis and Neith

Carabobo Day, Venezuela

Celebration of the Senses

Dia del Indio, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru (day of the Indian)

Feast of Rahmat - Baha'i

Fisherman's Day, Zaire

Gioco Del Calcio, Italy

International Fairy Day

Inti Raymi Pageant, Peru (Inca sun god festival, celebrating the new year and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere)

Lost Handkerchief Day -- Fairy Calendar

Manila Day, Philippines

Midsummer Day

Museum Comes to Life Day

National Bomb Pop Day

National Creamy Pralines Day

National Forgiveness Day

National Puppeteers Festival

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Quebec

St. John the Baptist's Day (patron of auto routes, candlemakers, health spas, Quebec, road workers, wool workers)

Sunrise Rituals at Stonehenge, UK

Swim a Lap Day


Anniversaries Today:

Eton College is founded by Henry VI, 1441

Birthdays Today:

Sherry Stringfield, 1967
Joe Penny, 1956
Mick Fleetwood, 1947
Jeff Beck, 1944
Michele Lee, 1942
Phil Harris, 1904
Jack Dempsey, 1895
Roy O. Disney, 1893
Ambrose Bierce, 1842
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813

Today in History:

Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place, 972
A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion, 1374
John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland; the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings, 1497
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines, 1571
Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1604
The colony of New Jersey is founded, 1664
Kingston, Jamaica is founded, 1692
The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England, 1717
The first republican constitution in France is adopted, 1793
The decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain, the Battle of Carabobo takes place, 1821
First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français, 1880
The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens, 1901
Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract, 1916
The first airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto begins, 1918
Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the third prime minister, 1939
The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible, 1948
The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government, 1963


  1. National forgiveness day?
    Wow. If a whole dang nation is doing that, I'm impressed.

    Er... did they mention which nation it was?

  2. It didn't specify, but most of these are US holidays. In the spirit of the day, why not forgive the guy who cuts you off in traffic or the person who holds up the line at the register at the store with an overcomplicated transaction? It might make you feel so good to just let that stuff roll off of you that you might want to do it every day.


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