Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Quote of the Day:

"Why does every black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a black person walking up the steps of a court house carrying a briefcase?" ~ Myrna Loy, American actress, born this day in 1905, challenging MGM bosses in the 1930s

Makes me wonder what she would say now.

Today is

Day of Airborne Forces -- Russia; Ukraine

Day of Azerbaijani cinema -- Azerbaijan

Distribution of Charity Monies -- Fairy Calendar, Imps only

Ilindan -- Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ukraine; other Slavic countries; Macedonia; Feast day of St Ilia the Prophet, also known as Elias or Elijah
also Republic Day in the Republic of Macedonia

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

National Night Out -- sponsored by National Association of Town Watch, to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness

Nuestra Senora de los Angeles -- Costa Rica

Shimizu Minato Matsuri -- Shimizu City, Japan (through the 4th, commemorates the reopening of Shimizu Port to international trade)

St. Elias' Day

St. Sidwell's Day (sometimes called St. Sativola)

Birthdays Today

Butch Patrick, 1953
Peter O'Toole, 1932
James Baldwin, 1924
Carroll O'Connor, 1924
Myrna Loy, 1905
Jack L. Warner, 1892
Elisha Gray, 1835

Today in History:

Philip II of Macedon leads his army to defeat the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, which secured Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean, BC338
Hannibal leads his Corinthian army to defeat the superior forces of Rome, BC216
Henry Hudson sails into what it is now known as Hudson Bay, thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean, 1610
First United States Census, 1790
First parachute jump in the US, 1819
Japan's samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms, 1869
Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, 1870
Wild Bill Hickok meets his death; shot in the back while playing poker, his hand, a pair of Aces and a pair of eights, is now called "Dead Man's Hand", 1876
Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary) dies, 1903
Typhoon in China kills about 60,000, 1922
The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson, 1932
Pakistan is re-admitted back into the Commonwealth of Nations, 1989
Iraq invades Kuwait, setting the stage for the Gulf War, 1990


  1. A woman before her time. I can't wait to see the new film, "The Help".

  2. PonyGirl, my mother was telling me about it. She grew up in Jackson, and one of her best friends lived next door to the author. It should be good, if they kept the movie true to the book.