Tuesday: Hili dialogue

June 4, 2019 • 6:45 am

It’s Tuesday, the Cruelest Day: June 4, 2019. And it’s National Cheese Day. To celebrate, I will have some sharp cheddar with my salad. It’s also International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression and Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 Memorial Day (see below).

Google notes with an animated Doodle (click on screenshot) that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a huge event in the history of the LBTGQ rights movement. The riots, however, took place on June 28, 1969.

On this day in 1561, the steeple of “Old” St Paul’s cathedral in London was destroyed by a fire caused by lightning. Then the entire cathedral was destroyed in London’s Great Fire of 1666. It was one of the greatest cathedrals in Europe, with the tallest spire and, they say, wonderful stained glass. Here’s a reconstruction and an engraving of what it looked like:

On June 4, 1783, the Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrated their hot air ballon (the montgolfière). Here’s that first flight in Annonay, pilotless but attaining a height of about 2000 m:

On June 4, 1912, Massachusetts became the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage. However, what Wikipedia doesn’t tell you is that it applied only to women and children under 18, and didn’t really set a wage, but mandated that a wage should be greater than the cost of living. Very magnanimous of them!

On this day in 1913, at “The Derby” horse race in Epsom, England, the suffragette Emily Davison ran out in front of King George V’s horse and was trampled, dying four days later. The jockey recovered in a few days, and the fate of the horse I cannot determine. Davison, who had been jailed and force-fed several times for her suffragette activities, may have been trying to place a suffrage banner on the horse and miscalculated.  She was a martyr to women’s rights.

Here’s a video of the event (warning: you see her get hit) and then a photo of her below that:

On June 4, 1917, according to Wikipedia, “the first Pulitzer Prizes [were] awarded: Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.”

On this day in 1919, the U.S. Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing suffrage to women. It was sent to the states for ratification and, in 1920, Tennessee became the last of the 75% of states required to make the amendment law.

On June 4, 1939 there was a sad event in the history of the Holocaust. According to Wikipedia, the ship St. Louis, carrying 963 Jewish refugees, “[was] denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps.”

On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway began with a strike on Midway Island by much of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The battle was over by June 7, with irreparable damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet.  Exactly two years later, a U.S. Navy ship captured the German U-boat U-505; according to Wikipedia, it was “the first time a U.S. Navy vessel had captured an enemy vessel at sea since the 19th century.” The sub (below) is now a few blocks from where I sit, at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where you can see inside (it’s remarkably cramped!):

Today is the 30th anniversary of the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army. At least 241 people were killed, and historical images and documentation of the demonstrations, like the famous photo of “Tank Man“, are suppressed in China, so that many young Chinese don’t even know of these protests.

Finally, it was on this day in 2010 that Falcon 9 Flight 1 took place—the maiden flight of the Space Falcon 9 rocket.

It was not a bumper day for either births or deaths. Notables born on this day include George III of the UK (1738), Rosalind Russell (1907), Robert Earl Hughes (1926), Ruth Westenheimer (1928, still with us), and Michelle Phillips (1944).

Hughes (1926-1958) was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human then recorded (1069 pounds or 485 kg). But the list of the world’s heaviest people shows that Wadlow was surpassed by John Brower Minnoch, (1941-1983), the heaviest human being ever recorded, weighing in at about 1400 pounds (!) or 635 kg. His wife weighed only 110 pounds. Much of his weight was not fat, but accumulated body fluid (about 900 pounds) from chronic edema.  Before he died in hospital he lost over 900 pounds, but it was too late.

Those who died on June 4 include Reinhard Heydrich (1942), Dorothy Gish (1968), and Don Zimmer (2014).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili isn’t having much luck hunting:

Hili: The more I look…
A: The more what?
Hili: The more no mouse is there.
In Polish:
Hili: Im bardziej się przyglądam…
Ja: Tym bardziej co?
Hili: Tym bardziej nie ma tam żadnej myszy.

In Hawaii, my BFF Pi is in his box, which has been newly decorated with his own image made of paint and brushed-out Pi fur! Installation by Persis and Nilou:

Speaking of boxes and cats, Merilee sends “The Last Box On Earth”

From Facebook, of course:

A tweet sent by reader David: a beautiful balloon isopod!

Reader Barry sent this, and I agree with his take: “Can there be such a thing as a “pet-friendly” dye? I don’t believe it. Any foreign substance that a cat or a dog is going to lick seems inherently suspect to me. At the very least, doing this, even if the dye is perfectly fine, seems wrong to me. It’s an insult to the natural beauty of these animals.”

Tweets from Heather Hastie, the first an interesting but a bit discomfiting sight:

I don’t think this cat is enjoying its belly rub, but at least it doesn’t bite. . .


Tweets from Grania: Popehat (Ken White, a First-Amendment lawyer) mocks The Federalist:

George Clooney stands up for rationality (I may have posted this before):

Ah, the awesome corvids:

Tweets from Matthew.  One generation between the first flight and a man on the Moon:

OMG these things are gorgeous! Mattew reminded that we posted about them six years ago.



21 thoughts on “Tuesday: Hili dialogue

  1. UDUMASS is a good one. Had not seen it. Maybe replace people with some of those birds. Why is Tuesday the worst day? Must go out and get my car serviced today – that is bad enough.

    1. That bit was done for Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

      I think calling people dumb ass is humorous for me to see on Kimmel’s show because, for all that anyone can say or show to argue against anti vaccination mania, and some point you really feel like saying … well, what George Clooney said.

  2. On the antlion: Nemopteridae is a family, not an order. In this case the order is Neuroptera

  3. Unfortunately name calling only seems to make them double down on the dumbassery, literally becoming double dumbasses before our eyes, like some kind of dumbass superheroes or something.

  4. Emily died doing what she loved best, running into a group of horses traveling at 40mph+.

  5. Wanted to mention – the guy on Jeopardy got beat yesterday. Won almost 2.5 million. He was beaten by a librarian from Chicago.

    1. Yeah, that was an incredible run. I’ll miss Mr. Holzhauer’s strange stiff smile. And it wouldn’t surprise me if his victor loses tonight. Seems to happen that way. A long standing champion loses, and the person who beat them loses the next game.

  6. It looks to me like Emily was trying to put something on some of the the horses too before also trying and failing on the last one.

  7. On June 4, 1783, the Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrated their hot air ballon

    That rather implies that there was a non-public demonstration beforehand. Which would have required rather a large room.
    Indeed, they did with a first test of about 1m^3, followed by a scale-up of x3, which “quickly lifted off its stand and collided with the ceiling.”

  8. In the clip of Emily Davison, the horse that hit her got up and walked away. It was probably OK.

    In fact, according to Wikipedia, horse and jockey raced again together two weeks later.

  9. I am in awe of the early fighters for women’s right to vote; it amazes me that it took so very long. With regard to Emily Davison, I believe the favored term is “suffragist” rather than “suffragette,” because the latter is a feminized diminutive.

  10. Maybe some punter can stop by and clarify for us, but I thought English thoroughbred races were (pace the video of the Derby race that was fatal to Emily Davison) run in a clockwise direction.

  11. Happy birthday, Michelle Phillips. In my youth, among my male coevals, Ms. Phillips was considered the beau idéal hippie chick.

  12. Green cat: “…even if the dye is perfectly fine, seems wrong to me. It’s an insult to the natural beauty of these animals.”

    Your proposition is agreed to by this panel and moves to the floor for a vote.

  13. There are three pieces of Wright’s propeller that Buzz took with him on Apollo 11 that recently sold on Heritage Auctions. They went for $112k, 125k and 175k. That’s a helluva lot of money for such small pieces of wood. Here’s one example.


  14. I’m sure the old St Paul’s was mourned at the time like Notre Dame was a few weeks ago.

    But I have to say, the old one looks to have been fairly standard Gothic cathedral style, flying buttresses, spire and so on. Wren’s replacement was Greek temple style, far more distinctive. And photos don’t do full justice to it, you have to stand in front of it and look up those columns soaring up into the sky to fully appreciate what an imposing piece of architecture it is.


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