Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Laugh for the Day

Because i am so sore from the flu shot -- every muscle hurts -- i'm going with something easy today.

A link for your enjoyment.


Today is:

Bonn Om Touk -- Cambodia (Water Festival; through the 11th)

Chaos Never Dies Day -- internet generated, and just look in my closets if you want proof that we need this one

Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

Couch Beachcombing Day -- internet generated; also called sofa diving, you will be amazed what you will find!

Crystal Night -- marks the 1938 beginning of the Holocaust

Dia de los Natitas -- Bolivia (Day of the Skulls)

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Hawaiki Nui Va'a Race -- French Polynesia (through the 11th; canoe races)

Independence Day -- Cambodia

Inventor's Day -- Austria; Germany; Switzerland

Lord Mayor's Day -- London, England (traditional date)

National Scrapple Day

Neon Sign Day -- Georges Claude received a patent for the neon sign on this day in 1911

Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), Daughter of Frenzy, Banshee -- Scots Pagan (date approximate)

Paul is Dead Day -- Beatle's Conspiracy Theorists, who claim Paul died this day in 1966 and was replaced by Billy Campbell

Sadie Hawkins Day -- US, traditional date (based on Li'l Abner comic, a day for women to ask out the man of their choice; traditionally on Nov. 9, but often moved to the Saturday nearest; also widely observed on Feb. 29 because of a law passed by Parliament of Scotland in 1288)

Schicksalstag -- Germany (Fateful Day)

St.Theodore the General's Day (Patron of Brindisi, Italy, and of soldiers)

Tree Festival Day -- Tunisia (equivalent to Arbor Day)

Wish-Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Sprites)

Wizard of Id Day -- the comic strip made its debut this day in 1964

World Freedom Day -- US



Birthdays Today:

Chris Hericho, 1970
Lou Ferrigno, 1951
Tom Fogerty, 1941
Mary Travers, 1936
Carl Sagan, 1934
Spiro Agnew, 1918
Hedy Lamarr, 1913
James William Fullbright, 1905
Ed Wynn, 1886


Today in History:

Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery, 694
The Family de' Medici were expelled from Florence, 1494
Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1620
Hungarian parliament promises Protestants freedom of religion, 1681
The Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue in Jerusalem is set afire by Arabs, 1720
Napoleon becomes dictator of France, 1799
The first US pharmacy college begins classes in Philadelphia, 1821
The NY Symphony Orchestra holds its first public performance, 1858
The first documented Canadian football game is held, at the University of Toronto, 1861
Ulyses Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him, 1862
The Great Boston Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US president to visit other countries during his tenure, visiting Puerto Rico and Panama, 1906
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, destroys 19 ships and kills more than 250 people, 1913
Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect, 1921
Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965
First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published, 1967
Garry Kasparov 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion, 1985
The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered, 1994
The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 2005
The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause, 2007

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