It’s Sunday, July 26, 2020, and we slowly wend our way towards August. Make my bed soon, for I’m weary wi’ hunting and fain wald lie down.
It’s National Bagelfest, though there’s not much to celebrate in the U.S. since decent bagels are rarer than truths from the mouth of Trump. Abjure those donut-shaped pillows of air that Americans call bagels and head for Montreal, where the genuine item is still to be had. Finally, it’s Esperanto Day, celebrating a language I tried to learn as a kid and am now glad I didn’t, as it’s proved to be useless.
Here are a couple of photos of my largesse in Montreal in March, 2016: these bagels are boiled in water with honey and then baked in a wood-fired over. Note that there are no goyische cinnamon-raisin bagels on the menu:
You call that a bagel? Now this is a bagel!
News of the Day: The good news: there are 10.5 million mallards in the U.S. They are in no danger of extinction. Now for the bad news.
Protests have revived in the U.S., and some of them have become violent. The NYT reports that there was violence in Portland (this is the norm there), Seattle (where a riot was declared), and Texas, where one man was shot and killed. The police aren’t immune from creating some of this violence.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 146,314, an increase of about 1000 deaths over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 644,090, a big increase of about 7000 deaths from yesterday.
Stuff that happened on July 26 includes:
- 1745 – The first recorded women’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, England.
- 1803 – The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world’s first public railway, opens in south London, United Kingdom.
- 1861 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan assumes command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.
- 1882 – Premiere of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal at Bayreuth.
- 1918 – Emmy Noether‘s paper, which became known as Noether’s theorem was presented at Göttingen, Germany, from which conservation laws are deduced for symmetries of angular momentum, linear momentum, and energy.
Here’s the first page of Noether’s famous paper. Her real name was Amelie Emmy Noether, but she used her middle name in science papers.
- 1944 – World War II: The Red Army enters Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine, capturing it from the Nazis. Only 300 Jews survive out of 160,000 living in Lviv prior to occupation.
- 1947 – Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council.
- 1953– Cold War: Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution. The movement took the name of the date: 26th of July Movement
Castro went to prison for two years for the attack; here he is back then in police custody:
- 1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
- 1971 – Apollo program: Launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo “J-Mission”, and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
- 1990 – The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
- 2016 – Hillary Clinton becomes the first female nominee for President of the United States by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
We will not speak of this; I lost several hundred dollars betting, with some confidence, that Trump could not win the Presidency.
- 2016 – Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.
Here’s a cool movie taken from inside the plane, which is quite sophisticated:
Due to glitches, the flight lasted from March 2015 to July, 2016
Notables born on this day include:
- 1856 – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)
- 1874 – Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American bassist, composer, and conductor (d. 1951)
- 1894 – Aldous Huxley, English novelist and philosopher (d. 1963)
- 1928 – Elliott Erwitt, French-American photographer and director
Here’s a famoous image by Erwitt:
- 1938 – Bobby Hebb, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
- 1943 – Mick Jagger, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
- 1956 – Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater
- 1959 – Kevin Spacey, American actor and director
- 1964 – Sandra Bullock, American actress and producer
I love this video of Bullock on the Jonathan Ross show, singing along to “Rapper’s Delight”. She’s 55 today.
- 1973 – Kate Beckinsale, English actress
Those who abjured life on July 26 include:
- 1926 – Robert Todd Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, 35th United States Secretary of War, son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1843)
Here’s Robert Todd Lincoln, and I have to say that there is virtually no resemblance to his dad:
McCay is one of my favorite cartoonists, having produced two surrealist strips, “Little Nemo” and “Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend”. Here’s a strip from the former:
- 1952 – Eva Perón, Argentinian politician, 25th First Lady of Argentina (b. 1919)
- 1971 – Diane Arbus, American photographer and academic (b. 1923)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is inspecting the state of the cherries. The harvest will begin within a few days, and I won’t be there to have fresh cherry pie. (However, many kg of cherries have been frozen awaiting my arrival some day.)
Hili: There are still a lot of pink cherries.A: Yes, we have to give them a few more days.
Hili: Ciągle jest jeszcze sporo jasnych wiśni.Ja: Tak, trzeba jeszcze dać im kilka dni.
Here’s a fortune I got in a fortune cookie yesterday. There’s a misspelling in the first line, but, beyond that, somebody’s trying to rub it in.
From Charles, a Bruce Tinsley cartoon:
A meme from Bruce:
Two tweets from reader Barry. This is TRUTH/
— GasMan 💉🇳🇿 (@GasmaNZ) July 24, 2020
Tweets from Matthew: A beautiful midnight sunset in Norway.
Senja, Northern Norway at midnight last night!
I’ve never experienced a sunset like it 🤯 pic.twitter.com/UB3l9otcml
— Matt Robinson (@Astromackem) July 25, 2020
A tweet from Matthew himself. This is very grim and sad, but it’s nature (not that that makes it more comfortable).
Fucking dinosaurs. https://t.co/jJcwPjg5hb
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) July 25, 2020
Another klepto cat, this one stealing laundry (the link at bottom goes to a longer article):
"I had no idea that my angel was also a petty thief" 😹 https://t.co/OKc2w0m7Oy
— The Dodo (@dodo) July 25, 2020
This is a good one:
PG Wodehouse – Thank You, Jeeves
12A Wodehouse – Jeeves Briefly Sees a Boob
15 Wodehouse – Jeeves 2: Judgment Day
18 Wodehouse – Fuck Off, Jeeves
— Rick Burin (@rickburin) July 23, 2020
All morning? Hell, it’s the best thing I’ve seen all week:
Qantas’ final 747 is heading for the plane graveyard in the Mojave Desert, but not before drawing a kangaroo in the sky.
— Craig Bratt (@craigybratt) July 22, 2020
Get a load of these frisky stoats:
— Highland Boundary (@HighlandBndry) July 21, 2020