Good morning on Thursday, July 16, 2020: National Corn Fritters Day. I love these treats, but haven’t had one in years. Where can you get them? Look at these lovely fritters! Great with syrup, too.
News of the Day: First the good news: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is out of the hospital and doing well after being treated for an infection. She’s a tough old bird, having made it through FOUR bouts of cancer!
After the Supreme Court handed Trump a loss about turning over his tax returns, he’s raising new objections to the release. Remember during the 2016 campaign when he more or less promised to make them public?
And, as the Trumpster continues to lag at least ten points behind Biden in the polls, he’s getting frantic, and has just replaced his campaign manager.
An op-ed in the Washington Post urges Biden to choose Elizabeth Warren as his running mate because she’s committed to Black Lives Matter. But wouldn’t it be better to choose an actual woman of color, someone like Kamala Harris? On the other hand, should Biden not have a second term, Warren would probably be the better President.
Now here’s a really boneheaded move: Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia, has signed an executive order explicitly forbidding the state’s counties and cities from enacting mask requirements, voiding a dozen such orders already in place. The man is not just an idiot, but a murderous idiot.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 137,319, an increase of about 1000 deaths over yesterday’s report (thanks, Florida!). The world death toll now stands at 583,960 578,912, an increase of about 3,000 from yesterday.
Stuff that happened on July 16 (there was lots of stuff) include:
- 622 – The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
- 1054 – Three Roman legates break relations between Western and Eastern Christian Churches through the act of placing an invalidly-issued Papal bull of Excommunication on the altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Historians frequently describe the event as the start of the East–West Schism.
- 1661 – The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco.
And here’s that first banknote, which could be exchanged for gold or silver:
- 1769 – Father Junípero Serra founds California’s first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego, California.
- 1861 – American Civil War: At the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25-mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the war.
- 1915 – Henry James becomes a British citizen to highlight his commitment to Britain during the first World War.
Here’s James, and I don’t care what you say—I find him unreadable. He even looks unreadable.
- 1935 – The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- 1941 – Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as an MLB record.
Here’s a short video on Joltin’ Joe’s record, which contends that the 56-game record will ever be matched or bested:
- 1945 – World War II: The heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis leaves San Francisco with parts for the atomic bomb “Little Boy” bound for Tinian Island.
- 1945 – Manhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Here’s a short official video (without sound) of the Trinity test. I am become Death. . . .
- 1956 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes its last “Big Tent” show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; due to changing economics all subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas.
- 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
- 1979 – Iraqi President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr resigns and is replaced by Saddam Hussein.
- 1999 – John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when the Piper Saratoga PA-32R aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
- 2004 – Millennium Park, considered Chicago’s first and most ambitious early 21st-century architectural project, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1821 – Mary Baker Eddy, American religious leader and author, founded Christian Science (d. 1910)
- 1872 – Roald Amundsen, Norwegian pilot and explorer (d. 1928)
- 1887 – Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1951)
- 1907 – Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman, founded Orville Redenbacher’s (d. 1995)
- 1911 – Ginger Rogers, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1995)
- 1924 – Bess Myerson, American model, actress, game show panelist, and politician, Miss America 1945 (d. 2014)
As the first Jewish Miss America, Myerson was much beloved by young Jewish boys like me. As Wikipedia notes, “Her achievement, in the aftermath of the Holocaust, was seen as an affirmation of the Jewish place in American life. She was a heroine to the Jewish community, where ‘she was the most famous pretty girl since Queen Esther’.”
- 1941 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
Below is Dekker’s most famous song (one that I like a lot), Israelites (original recording here). Because the words are hard to hear, I’ve reproduced the lyrics below (Dekker goes through them twice). And there’s a funny video with misheard lyrics (h/t: Matthew).
Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir
So that every mouth can be fed
Poor me Israelites, ahGet up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir
So that every mouth can be fed
Poor me IsraeliteMy wife and my kids, they packed up and leave me
Darling, she said, I was yours to be seen
Poor me IsraelitesShirt them a-tear up, trousers is gone
I don’t want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde
Poor me IsraelitesAfter a storm there must be a calm
They catch me in the farm
You sound your alarm
Poor me Israelites[Repeat]
- 1956 – Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter
Those who found eternal quietus on July 16 include:
- 1557 – Anne of Cleves (b. 1515)
- 1882 – Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States 1861-1865 (b. 1818)
- 1981 – Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1942)
- 1985 – Heinrich Böll, German novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
- 1994 – Julian Schwinger, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
- 1999 – John F. Kennedy Jr., American lawyer and publisher (b. 1960)
- 2014 – Johnny Winter, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1944)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s neglecting her editorial duties for a quick wash:
A: The readers are waiting.Hili: I will wash myself quickly and run to the computer.
Ja: Czytelnicy czekają.Hili: Szybko się umyję i biegnę do komputera.
From Homer BlindWonderCat:
From Jesus of the Day:
A tweet from a righteously angry man. Do play the video in the second tweet.
Do we really have to wait for America to pass 5 million #COVID19 cases and 200,000 deaths by Election Day before we vote President* Trump out of office?
— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) July 14, 2020
This is absolutely unbelievable: ludicrous “signs of whiteness” from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian Institution (yes, it’s real: see origin here). Check out especially the supposed white “emphasis on scientific method”. JEBUS!
The National Museum of African American History & Culture wants to make you aware of certain signs of whiteness: Individualism, hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, more. (via @RpwWilliams)https://t.co/k9X3u4Suas pic.twitter.com/gWYOeEh4vu
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 15, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. This first one is an hourlong orbit of the Moon, and I have no idea how it was done. But it’s clever and mesmerizing.
— Rob Tilsley (@StargazerRob) July 15, 2020
Amazing that the goats tolerate this. Ride ’em, goatboy!
“According to the goatherd, this troop of wild bonnet macaques, which stays in a forest near a coffee plantation, formed a natural association with the goats that were willing to let the monkeys ride them.” – @msenz #KnowYourPrimates #PrimateInteraction#BonnetMacaque #Goat pic.twitter.com/oXc15bmBMQ
— Association of Indian Primatologists (A.I.P) (@IndianPrimates) July 15, 2020
An MP’s cat interrupts a Zoom meeting. Matthew notes that “DCMS = Department for Culture Media and Science.”
— Alain Tolhurst (@Alain_Tolhurst) July 14, 2020
Who would have guessed that Pluto and Ganymede have relatively more water than Earth?
This is a cool graphic showing the water content of various solar system bodies – Ganymede!! Who would have thought!! But the BIG surprise for me was Pluto. Whaaaaa?!?
— Dr. Jessie Christiansen (@aussiastronomer) July 15, 2020
Spot the goat! Once you spot it, you can’t unspot it.
Happy little goat hidden in a Kookaburra. Once you see it… pic.twitter.com/GjF9unfVuh
— Tim Kietzmann (@TimKietzmann) July 14, 2020