Category: Reposted

It’s the birthday of Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon

Born in Liège (1903). He wrote over 500 novels and short stories, many of them featuring a compassionate detective named Jules Maigret, who enjoyed fine wine, his wife, and solving cases by pondering human nature, rather than using violence. Simenon said he got the idea for his detective while on a boating trip in The…



Will this happen here? The way things are going I believe it could.

It was on this day in 1972 that British army parachutists shot 27 unarmed civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland – an event known as “Bloody Sunday.” The protestors had been marching to oppose the new British policy of imprisoning people without a hearing. The Northern Irish conflict stemmed from a peace treaty signed…



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I didn’t know this about Asimov.

It’s the birthday of Isaac Asimov (1920) (books by this author). He was born in Petrovichi, Russia, and his family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old. He grew up in Brooklyn, where his family ran a candy store. Most people think of him as a science fiction author, and he…



It hasn’t been a hundred years that we have known this.

Astronomer Edwin Hubble announced the discovery of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way on this date in 1924. Before he made his discovery, everyone thought that our Milky Way galaxy was the only galaxy in the universe, and that there wasn’t much outside it besides the Magellanic Clouds, which are visible by the naked eye…



Thanksgiving Day for Cubs Fans

Today is Thanksgiving Day. Although the Thanksgiving festivities celebrated by the Pilgrims and a tribe of Wampanoag Indians happened in 1621, it wasn’t until 1789 that the newly sworn-in President George Washington declared, in his first presidential proclamation, a day of national “thanksgiving and prayer” for that November. The holiday fell out of custom, though,…



On this day in 1963 that President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot

It was about 12:30 p.m. on this day in 1963 that President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The Warren Commission published a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in shooting the president, a conclusion that less than half of all Americans believe. Don DeLillo’s…



The story that inspired Melville to write, “Moby Dick.”

On this date in 1820, a sperm whale attacked a whaling ship off the coast of South America. The Essex hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, and was captained by George Pollard Jr. Pollard was only 29, the youngest man to ever command a whaling ship; the Essex, by contrast, was pretty old, and she was also small for a whaleship….



Boodler

How many boodlers will there be in the new administration?  PRONUNCIATION:  (BOOD-luhr) MEANING: noun: Someone involved in bribery or corruption. Wordaday.com  



coulrophobia & kakistocracy

Another word we can use in today’s climate. coulrophobia PRONUNCIATION: (kool-ruh-FOH-bee-uh)