Welcome to Cat Sabbath: Saturday, May 15, 2021: National Chocolate Chip Day. It’s also World Whisky Day, International Day of Families, Peace Officers Memorial Day, Astronomy Day, Bring Flowers to Someone Day, Straw Hat Day, Plant a Lemon Tree Day, and, best of all, International Conscientious Objectors Day. Remember, the Sabbath was made for cats, not cats for the Sabbath.
News of the Day:
The trouble in Israel continues, and has been strongly exacerbated by the internecine violence between Israeli Jews and Arabs, as well as threats from Jordan and Lebanon:
By Friday evening, Israel faced furious demonstrations in at least 60 places across the West Bank and new protests just across the borders with Jordan and Lebanon, all atop the vigilante violence between Arabs and Jews within Israel, and the continuing battle with Gaza militants.
From Salon via reader Charles. The indictment they’re preparing from would come from Manhattan. but how many of you think Trump will really be indicted? (One can hope.)
BUT, there’s this:
But the report also noted an “obscure clause” in Florida law regarding interstate extradition that gives Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close Republican ally of the former president who is reportedly considering his own 2024 presidential bid, to intervene or investigate “the situation and circumstances of the person” in question “and whether the person ought to be surrendered” to law enforcement in a different state.
No thank you article of the day. (This is connected with religion, of course.) The best way to deal with death, for me at least, is to know you’re gonna die but then don’t dwell on it. Don’t do what Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble tells you to do—ponder it constantly, keeping skull mementos around!
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 584,725, an increase of 610 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 3,372,845, an increase of about 13,000 over yesterday’s total.
Stuff that happened on May 15 include:
- 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest; she is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.
Boleyn was executed by beheading four days later.
- 1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).
Do you know Kepler’s Third Law? Neither did I—you can read about it here.
- 1817 – Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
Here’s the hospital, still in use as a hospital and clinic.
- 1911 – In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an “unreasonable” monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.
- 1940 – World War II: After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrender to Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
- 1940 – Richard and Maurice McDonald open the first McDonald’s restaurant.
Here’s that first McDonald’s no longer operating. But I still remember when a burger, fries, and a shake were each 15¢. Buy ’em by the bag!
This streak is still unbroken and probably will remain so. In second place is Wee Willie Keeler, who hit safely in 45 consecutive games in 1896-1897. Pete Rose, with 44, is in third place.
- 1948 – Following the expiration of The British Mandate for Palestine, the Kingdom of Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel thus starting the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
It’s still going on!
- 1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.
- 1991 – Édith Cresson becomes France’s first female Prime Minister.
Cresson, still the only female PM France has ever had:
- 2004 – Arsenal F.C. go an entire league campaign unbeaten in the English Premier League, joining Preston North End F.C with the right to claim the title “The Invincibles“.
Notables born on this day include:
Among the 14 kids of this polymath was his most famous offspring, Rabindranath Tagore.
Author of the Oz books:
- 1859 – Pierre Curie, French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)
- 1891 – Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian novelist and playwright (d. 1940)
Do read his The Master and Margarita, one of the great novels of our time. A satire of Soviet society, it was published by his wife—26 years after his death. And the greatness of this novel is one thing that Adam Gopnik and I do agree on! Bulgakov:
- 1902 – Richard J. Daley, American lawyer and politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1976)
- 1915 – Paul Samuelson, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
- 1923 – Richard Avedon, American sailor and photographer (d. 2004).
He was a great fashion photographer but I like his portraits like this one:
- 1930 – Jasper Johns, American painter and sculptor
- 1981 – Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress and singer
- 1987 – Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player
Those who passed away on May 15 include
The only authenticated portrait of Dickinson, taken in 1846 or 1847, when she was but 16 or 17. But there’s another one likely to be her as well.
- 1967 – Edward Hopper, American painter (b. 1882)
“Cat Studies” by Edward Hopper:
- 2007 – Jerry Falwell, American pastor, founded Liberty University (b. 1933)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Szaron enjoy the sun and engage in some persiflage:
Hili: I’m worried about the information from the stock exchange.Szaron: Which one?Hili: In Shanghai.
Hili: Niepokoją mnie informacje z giełdy.Szaron: Z której?Hili: W Szanghaju.
Kulka and Szaron, photos by Paulina:
From Nicole (NSFW?):
Two tweets from Barry. Look at this frog!
Vietnamese Mossy Frog pic.twitter.com/5gLD4kgkm6
— Diane Doniol-Valcroze (@ddoniolvalcroze) May 12, 2021
Barry says, “I just love the nod. Sound up.” I don’t understand where Bucky is going to be brought if he doesn’t snore. I can’t make out the words. The “beefs”?
I don't think Bucket is very happy about this bargain.🐶@ElayneBoosler's #tailsofjoy is all volunteer, so 100% of every dollar of every donation and purchase is used to save animals’ lives.
📹IG funnydogsclips pic.twitter.com/YL8GqEQPVA
— Elayne Boosler's Rescue Dog, Ralph (@BooslerS) May 10, 2021
Tweets from Matthew. For sure this woman hasn’t bathed a cat!
— Sarah Scullin (@ScullinSarah) May 14, 2021
Is that a serious question? If it fits, he sits!
please look at this. how the fuck did he cram himself in here pic.twitter.com/YArlXp2Wt0
— meg (@shrimpliker) May 14, 2021
A gorgeous Flower Hat Jellyfish:
— モラモラ (@molamola_diving) May 14, 2021
First swim for the ducklings. Given their peeping, I think they’re a bit distressed. (Sound up.)
— caenhillcc (@caenhillcc) May 14, 2021
I don’t think I like the image of the Emeritus Professor:
I’m excited to share the news that my promotion to (Full) Professor is now fully approved! 🥳
In honor of this milestone, I have incorporated this stage into one of my favorite academic memes: pic.twitter.com/2tmd8hOT8S
— Sharlene Santana (@SESantanaM) May 13, 2021