Thursday, May 26, 2011

McCartney and Balthazar are now at their new foster home, and will be going to every adoption event possible until they get new homes.

All of the kittens except Jayden will now at least drink from the bowl on occasion. Several of them will drink from the bowl and still want a bottle after, i'm guessing for the comfort of sucking.

There is now a cooling pad and a fan under my laptop. It now only takes two ice packs to keep it running, which is better than four.

Bigger Girl's friend came through his surgery okay, so we will be visiting. He has warned her that he will be on morphine, and not to expect much clear conversation. Thus i expect the first visits to be rather short.

Today is

Bob Day -- an internet holiday i couldn't confirm, but if your name is Bob, you deserve a special day just for having that name!

Crown Prince's Birthday -- Denmark

Grand Prix de Monaco -- Monaco (premier Formula 1 race through the streets of Monte Carlo, run since 1929; through the 29th)

Hay Festival of Literature -- Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales (through June 5)

Holiday of the Receiving of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Independence Day -- Georgia; Guyana

Kodiak Crab Festival -- Kodiak, Alaska; a spring celebration with parades, music, food, races, and a blessing of the fleet, through the 30th

Mother's Day -- Poland

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Paper Airplane Day -- go make one, and have a blast

National Sorry Day -- Australia

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day -- Hawai'i

Sally Ride Day

St. Augustine of Canterbury's Day (patron of England)

St. Leonard's Day

St. Philip Neri's Day (patron of Rome)

St. Quadratus' Day

Anniversaries Today:

Boston University is founded by the Massachusetts legislature, 1869

Birthdays Today:

Helena Bonham Carter, 1966
Lenny Kravitz, 1964
Sally Ride, 1951
Pam Grier, 1949
Philip Michael Thomas, 1949
Hank Williams, Jr., 1949
Stevie Nicks, 1948
Brent Musburger, 1939
Miles Davis, 1926
James Arness, 1923
Peggy Lee, 1920
Jay Silverheels, 1919
Frankie Manning, 1914
Peter Cushing, 1913
Robert Morley, 1908
John Wayne, 1907
Dorothea Lange, 1895
Al Jolson, 1886

Today in History:

Armenian rebels battle the Sassanid empire and win the right to openly practice Christianity, 451
An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Japan, killing about 30,000, 1293
Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city, 1538
Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, 1647
Lewis and Clark first see the Rocky Mountains, 1805
The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress, 1830
Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners, 1857
The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote, 1868
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia, 1894
Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1896
The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, 1908
The world's longest-lasting tornado, lasting for over 7 hours and traveling 293 miles, strikes Mattoon, Illinois, 1917
British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana, 1966
Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing, 1969
The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2, 1970
Willandra National Park is established in Australia, 1972
George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center, 1977
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people, injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed, 1983
The European Community adopts the European flag, 1986
Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era, 1991
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York, 1998
Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes, 2003
The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the build-up to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, 2004
The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless, 2006

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