G’day, as the Aussies say, on Sunday, July 19, 2020: National Daiquiri Day, celebrating Papa’s favorite drink. It’s also National Ice Cream Day, National Raspberry Cake Day, and National Flitch Day (celebrating bacon; a flitch is one side of a pig).
To make a version of Hemingway’s famous daiquiri, go here.
News of the Day: This is nasty. Trump or one of his minions have ordered federal agents (apparently a diverse gang assembled by the Department of Homeland security) into Portland, Oregon, where, dressed in camouflage gear, they snatch protestors off the streets and stuff them into unmarked vans. From the New York Times report:
The agents in Portland are part of “rapid deployment teams” put together by the Department of Homeland Security after Mr. Trump directed federal agencies to deploy additional personnel to protect statues, monuments and federal property during the continuing unrest.
The teams, which include 2,000 officials from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard, are supporting the Federal Protective Service, an agency that already provides security at federal properties.
Agents have been dispatched to Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C., to guard statues, monuments and federal property, such as the federal courthouse in Portland, according to homeland security officials.
Civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis died on Friday at 80 of pancreatic cancer. He was a tireless advocate of equality, for which he worked his whole life, including more than three decades in Congress. One of the iconic photographs of the struggle for civil rights in the Sixties is of Lewis being beaten by Alabama State Troopers during the Selma voting rights march in 1965. He’s in the foreground below, and sustained a fractured skull. Remember, this was a peaceful march, but an act of civil disobedience. Partly because of these images, Lyndon Johnson presented the the Voting Rights Act to Congress about a week later and signed it into law five months later.
Here’s Joe Biden’s new campaign ad about the pandemic. It doesn’t mention Trump, but the message at the end is something you’d never see in a Trump ad (h/t: Jeremy):
Stuff that happened on July 19 includes:
- AD 64 – The Great Fire of Rome causes widespread devastation and rages on for six days, destroying half of the city.
- 1553 – Lady Jane Grey is replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after only nine days on the throne.
- 1843 – Brunel’s steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and screw propeller, becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world.
The ship has been refurbished, and you can see it now in Bristol. Here it is:
- 1848 – Women’s rights: A two-day Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York.
- 1900 – The first line of the Paris Métro opens for operation.
- 1903 – Maurice Garin wins the first Tour de France
Here’s Garin. He won the 1904 Tour, too, but was disquaolified for cheating:
- 1942 – World War II: The Second Happy Time of Hitler’s submarines comes to an end, as the increasingly effective American convoy system compels them to return to the central Atlantic.
- 1963 – Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 meters (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.
- 1969 – Chappaquiddick incident: U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy crashes his car into a tidal pond at Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.
- 1976 – Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.
This is the national park that contains Mount Everest. The first time I trekked to the mountain, it was not yet a national park. Here’s a gif of one of the most beautiful sights on Earth, and it’s the view of Everest I got when I climbed an adjacent “peak”, Kala Patthar. Skip base camp and climb that hill; the view is infinitely better.
- 1983 – The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published.
Notables born on this day were few, and include:
- 1834 – Edgar Degas, French painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1917)
- 1860 – Lizzie Borden, American woman, tried and acquitted for the murders of her parents in 1892 (d. 1927)
- 1922 – George McGovern, American lieutenant, historian, and politician (d. 2012)
Here’s Lizzie Borden, who was aquitted for the murder of her father and stepmother, but is likely the person who did it anyway.
Those who went toes up on July 19 were even fewer, and include:
- 1374 – Petrarch, Italian poet and scholar (b. 1304)
- 2014 – James Garner, American actor (b. 1928)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is worried about the level of the Vistula since there was a long drought followed by torrential rains.
A: Where have you been for so long?Hili: I’ve been checking the level of water in the river.
Ja: Gdzieś ty była tyle czasu?Hili: Sprawdzałam poziom wody na rzece.
A tweet from reader Simon that scared the hell out of me. You may want to turn off the loud music.
Soft money positions pic.twitter.com/Kr8ULk3DeI
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) July 18, 2020
This one, from reader Barry, is also scary:
We were all worried about Skynet. Meanwhile, nunchuck bears.pic.twitter.com/ZfGMIkYFl3
— Kevin Brackett (@KevinRBrackett) July 12, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. As Ernst Mayr hypothesized, the first step in major evolutionary innovations is often a change in behavior. . .
And this, O best beloved, is how the bat got her wings. https://t.co/LKHMG1g6Nv
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) July 18, 2020
Well, this is an anecdote (well, maybe 139 anecdotes), but it’s not to be ignored completely, either:
Vital news from CDC released yesterday:
Two hairstylists in Springfield MO developed Covid symptoms. Kept working for days anyway, serving 139 customers while symptomatic.
But they wore masks!
With result, they did not infect *any* of the 139.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 18, 2020
This Weddell seal is having either a nightmare or gas:
A Weddell seal vocalizing while sleeping in Antarctica 💭 Weddells have a wide vocal repertoire, typically making such vocalizations underwater in social interactions.
Rare occasion captured by @johnbozinov pic.twitter.com/a3FYqFS0fp
— Mark Malone (@soundmigration) July 17, 2020
My money was on the shrew:
Who wins in a maze: a systematic exploration yet unafraid shrew? or a wild and chaotic little mouse?https://t.co/QcIgPGImu5
— Adam J Calhoun (@neuroecology) July 15, 2020
I have to say that I didn’t understand this one until Matthew explained it to me:
i’ve been laughing at this for 5 minutes 😂 pic.twitter.com/GpeDaAkVC3
— ℓєєуα (@L_Cdat) July 13, 2020