The 181 day of the year
184 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- National Unassisted Homebirth Week
- Beans and Bacon Days
- National Tom Sawyer Days
- Rosewell UFO Days
- Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
- National Meteor Watch Day
ON THIS DATE...
1520: Montezuma II was murdered as Spanish conquistadors fled the Aztec capital of Tenochtilan during the night.
1572: Great Britain passed a Poor Law, giving assistance to the poor who were unemployed or vagrant.
1859: A French acrobat known professionally as Émile Blondin (Jean-François Gravelet) became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
1841: the Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train.
1936: "Gone With the Wind" was published.
1952: the daytime serial "The Guiding Light" debuted on CBS Television.
1953: the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The car sold for just over 32-hundred dollars.
1864: President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant.
1972: The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.
1974: Steven Spielberg filmed the famous July fourth scene for the film "Jaws." (Video)
1974: Mrs. Alberta King, the mother of Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated while playing the organ at a church in Atlanta.
1975: Cher married rocker Greg Allman.
1981: Grant Tinker was named president of NBC Television. He took over for the departing Fred Silverman.
1985: Yul Brynner left his role as King of Siam in "The King and I" after 46-hundred performances.
1985: James A Dewar died. He is famous for creating the treat called the Twinkie.
1992: the first pay bathroom open in New York City -- the price was 25 cents.
1994: the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the '94 National Championship and banned her from the organization for life for the attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan.
1998: U.S. officials confirmed that the remains of a previously unidentified soldier buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were those of Air Force pilot Michael Blassie who had been shot down during the Vietnam War.
Gone With the Wind (Taken from Link)
Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.
In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O'Hara.
Leap Seconds (Taken from Link)
About every one and a half years, one extra second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and clocks around the world. This leap second accounts for the fact that the Earth's rotation around its own axis, which determines the length of a day, slows down over time while the atomic clocks we use to measure time tick away at almost the same speed over millions of years.
WORD OF THE DAY
1. mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous
2. abrupt; terse; short, secret;
"Little Ralphe worked feverishly to decode the cryptic message of his Little Orphan Annie decoder pen"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The shortest book in the New Testament is 2 John with 13 verses.
WORD FROM THE WORD
I know that my Redeemer lives. —Job 19:25
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"