I am cooling my heels in the Baltimore airport en route to Chicago, writing in advance to wish you a happy October 5, 2019, and a joyous National Apple Betty Day, a toothsome dessert better known as “Apple Brown Betty” or “Apple Crumble.” It’s also Do Something Nice Day, Global James Bond Day (don’t ask me why they picked October 5), National Get Funky Day, and World Teachers’ Day.
Stuff that happened on October 5 includes:
- 1905 – The Wright Brothers pilot the Wright Flyer III in a new world record flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes.
Here’s the plane. Wikipedia adds: “On October 5, 1905 Wilbur made a circling flight of 24 miles (38.9 km) in 39 minutes 23 seconds, over Huffman Prairie, longer than the total duration of all the flights of 1903 and 1904. Four days later, they wrote to the United States Secretary of War William Howard Taft, offering to sell the world’s first practical fixed-wing aircraft.”
See here for the story. The successful plane was a French two-seater Voisin biplane, and the German plane, both of whose occupants were killed was an Aviatik biplane. Here’s the French plane. Note that the machine gun was in front of the propeller, so no synchronization of bullets with propeller was necessary.
- 1938 – In Nazi Germany, Jews’ passports are invalidated.
- 1943 – Ninety-eight American POWs are executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island.
- 1944 – The Provisional Government of the French Republic enfranchises women.
- 1970 – The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded.
- 1982 – Tylenol products are recalled after bottles in Chicago laced with cyanide cause seven deaths.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1829 – Chester A. Arthur, American general, lawyer, and politician, 21st President of the United States (d. 1886)
- 1864 – Louis Lumière, French director and producer (d. 1948)
- 1902 – Larry Fine, American comedian (d. 1975)
- 1902 – Ray Kroc, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1984)
- 1926 – Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer and educator (d. 1979)
- 1936 – Václav Havel, Czech poet, playwright, and politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic (d. 2011)
- 1943 – Steve Miller, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, worst rock and roll “artist” of our time [added by JAC]
- 1950 – Edward P. Jones, American novelist and short story writer
- 1951 – Bob Geldof, British singer-songwriter and actor
- 1958 – Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author
- 1959 – Maya Lin, American architect and sculptor, designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Civil Rights Memorial
Those who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on this day include:
- 1813 – Tecumseh, American tribal leader (b. 1768) [JAC: Read the entry; the man was a great warrior and a great leader, and died in battle. His goal was to establish a pan-Native-American nation east of the Mississippi in league with the British.
- 1880 – Jacques Offenbach, German-French cellist and composer (b. 1819)
- 1941 – Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1856)
- 2004 – Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1921)
- 2004 – Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-English physicist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
- 2011 – Bert Jansch, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1943)
There aren’t many videos of Jansch, one of my musical heroes. Here he is performing Black Waterside:
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili isn’t hungry (mirabile dictu!), but she wants to be hungry. The reason: she just ate. Malgorzata reports: “Yes, I’m holding Hili and she just came from the kitchen after eating a huge meal with her favorite sausage. She just couldn’t fit another bite into her stomach.”
Hili: I’m starting to long for the moment when I will be hungry.Malgorzata: Aren’t you hungry yet?Hili: Perhaps not yet.
Hili: Zaczynam tęsknić do chwili kiedy będę głodna.
Małgorzata: A jeszcze nie jesteś głodna?
Hili: Chyba jeszcze nie.
It’s some kind of anniversary for Leon: either his adoption day or his birthday; I don’t know which. If you wish, send me greetings and I’ll forward them to his staff.
Leon: Such an important day and no wishes, no presents?
From Pictures in History via Stash Krod: a real hammerhead shark. As Stash said, “Nailed it!”:
An amazing Facebook post by my friend Moto. The caption recounts the early life of Hank Aaron, who is still with us and will be 86 next February 5. I can’t vouch for the truth of the narrative, but what I have checked out seems right.
Two tweets from reader Barry. First a photo taken in the Library of Congress cafeteria, of all places. We have a plant in there!
This is funny as hell and I love it, but it's borderline improper. So I propose they add the note: "Peach mint must end in removal." https://t.co/EDks00unrp
— Tim Spalding (@librarythingtim) October 4, 2019
Barry thinks this is a marmoset, but I’m sure it’s not. I believe it’s a sugar glider. What say you?
My people need me! pic.twitter.com/nCfwJsGVVj
— Dave M (@SpotTheLoon2010) October 4, 2019
Two tweets from Heather Hastie. First, a miscreant tortoise, now with music:
After being buried under an avalanche of one person asking, here's the audacious theft with a scandalously appropriate soundtrack. 🔊 pic.twitter.com/RXZPNoKJ7s
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) September 26, 2019
And a real Chinese lucky cat. I suspect the owner is offstage giving cues, though.
"just smile and wave, son, smile and wave"
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) September 26, 2019
From Matthew: Teddy, the vociferous porcupine, noms pumpkin. Sound up to hear both the nomming and Teddy’s lovely voice.
Teddy the talking porcupine enjoys an autumnal treat.
Sound on, if you please. pic.twitter.com/PuQmCN3Srv
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) October 4, 2019
A goose and his staff go shopping at Wal-Mart. A lovely relationship, though the staff’s narration is a bit annoying;
This goose and his dad!!! https://t.co/dYhwZG76P9
— The Dodo (@dodo) October 2, 2019
This kauri tree lived for about 1500 years, long enough to document a near reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles. Click on the link to read more:
Ancient tree with record of Earth's magnetic field reversal in its rings discovered https://t.co/X2eABbWtDV
— Hoa Nguyen (@peacehearty) October 3, 2019
What Matthew calls an “oldie but goldie” from Doonebury. It’s of course from the Nixon era, but it’s strangely relevant today:
September 17, 1973. pic.twitter.com/L0NUOt2HVD
— Jeffrey Vagle (@jvagle) October 4, 2019