Good morning on a tense Tuesday, June 2, 2020: National Rocky Road Day, celebrating a confection made of chocolate, nuts, and marshmallow. It’s also National Rotisserie Chicken Day, and International Sex Workers Day. Since it’s National Candy Month, it’s appropriately I Love My Dentist Day (I do; he’s a nice guy and a great dentist—the official dentist of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, and he’s in attendance at every game to repair smashed choppers. There’s a dental clinic in the hockey stadium.)
My desert rose (Adenium obesum) is blooming; I’ve discovered over the years that the key is to withhold water when flower buds appear (I tend to overwater). The plant is native to Southern Africa and Arabia.
News of the Day: Concern about the pandemic is now compounded by concerns about demonstrations, about violence (in the demonstrations, by both cops and demonstrators), and about our so-called President. Here are the New York Times headlines; the first is especially dire. Click to go to the reports. (Note that the paper has now decided what we “need to know”, a HuffPost-like catering to the benighted.)
Here’s what you need to know:
- The police use tear gas to clear a path for Trump to visit a damaged church.
- Angry protests continue nationwide a week after George Floyd’s death.
- Looters ransack stores in New York City hours ahead of curfew.
- Military police and Army helicopters are deployed in Washington.
- Police officers targeted in attacks nationwide.
- The Times has reporters on the ground. Here’s what they are seeing.
- The protests’ growing toll: five deaths, thousands of arrests, millions of dollars in property damage.
A more extensive take on the first report:
Stuff that happened on June 2 include:
- 1692 – Bridget Bishop is the first person to be tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts; she was found guilty and later hanged.
- 1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
Here’s Barnum. There is no record of him ever saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
- 1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his wireless telegraph.
- 1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
- 1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised. [Notice that she’s the Queen of all those other countries, including Canada and New Zealand!]
Here’s “The Crownening”, note how long it takes to put the damn thing on her head!
- 1962 – During the 1962 FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history.
Here are some highlights of that game, which inspired the introduction of red and yellow cards, invented by the English ref of that match, Ken Aston:
- 1979 – Pope John Paul II starts his first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
- 1997 – In Denver, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died. He was executed four years later.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1740 – Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and politician (d. 1814)
- 1857 – Edward Elgar, English composer and educator (d. 1934)
- 1937 – Sally Kellerman, American actress
- 1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012)
- 1953 – Cornel West, American philosopher, author, and academic
Those who “passed” on June 2 include:
- 1941 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (b. 1903)
- 1942 – Bunny Berigan, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1908)
- 1962 – Vita Sackville-West, English author and poet (b. 1892)
- 1988 – Raj Kapoor, Indian actor, director, and producer (b. 1924)
- 2008 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1928)
Here’s Berigan’s most famous song (recorded1937), with great trumpet solos by the man: “I Can’t Get Started”. I used to play this song over and over again from my parents’ collection of old records. Berigan drank himself to death, dying at only 33.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili spurns sanitary strictures:
A: Don’t drink this water, I washed my tools in it.Hili: It’s a good, natural dirt.
Ja: Nie pij tej wody, ja w niej myłem narzędzia.
Hili: To jest dobry, naturalny brud.
A picture from Matthew labeled “Ollie looking daft.” Ollie is the killer moggy who laid my nose open with a deft swipe of his paw when I last visited Matthew in Manchester:
This is my own personal beef about the pandemic:
A tweet from our former President with his statement about the death of George Floyd. This is the kind of unifying statement that a real leader makes, and would be unthinkable issuing from the peabrain of our current “President”:
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020
. . . and from the satirical Babylon Bee:
Powerful: Protesters Spell Out 'Love' With Burning Homes And Businesseshttps://t.co/8QRmXZJgwf
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) June 1, 2020
From reader Ken, who notes this:
Alabama US senator Doug Jones (the guy that whipped Roy Moore’s ass in the 2017 special election), who generally has all the charisma of Mr. Whipple, gave a pretty rousing statement on his way to a rally for justice in Birmingham. (But then, he was the prosecutor who put the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing defendants away. Plus, he knows he probably doesn’t have a prayer in this year’s election and, as Mr. Kristofferson said, freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose):
We are all hurting.Headed to a rally for justice in Kelly Ingram Park pic.twitter.com/s1EGTMLe4A
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) May 31, 2020
From Barry: some interspecific love. Grania, who died on June 16 last year, would have loved this, as she sent me many tweets about animal friends of different species.
bear loves his tiger brother pic.twitter.com/vjoUNGBTxa
— ali (@ali33322216) May 31, 2020
A peaceful moment in nature with lovely deer. Bushy Park is actually in London, part of Hampton Court Palace.
A minute with deer in Bushy Park pic.twitter.com/7kcEwVEQGB
— Nikon Photographer (@Astrid_Tontson) May 31, 2020
What’s next: pedicures?
A chimp filing his nails https://t.co/QIti4Be6MX
— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) May 31, 2020
Moar wild boar in the streets, again in Poland. This is delightful!
Meanwhile, in Olsztyn, Poland… pic.twitter.com/UjdQNocInN
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) June 1, 2020
And a retweet by Dr. Cobb himself:
Lest we forget: after the virus has gone, we still have this existential threat to deal with. https://t.co/HKABwEXyge
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) June 1, 2020