Today is Monday, May 30, 2016, and it’s a holiday in the U.S.: Memorial Day. On this day in 1911, Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 motor race; as a child in Indianapolis, I used to listen to it on the radio every year, marking down the leader of each lap. Yesterday rookie Alexander Rossi won it—the first rookie winner since 2001—running out of fuel as he crossed the finish line.
Notables born on this day include Mel Blanc (1908), the voice of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and many other cartoon characters. Here is his real gravestone, which many of you will understand.
Exactly one year later, Benny Goodman was born.
Notables who died on this day include Joan of Arc (1431, not sure if the calendar is the same as ours), Voltaire (1778), Wilbur Wright (1912), and Rosalyn Yalow (2011). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is insouciant:
A: Hili, do you know where my ballpoint is?
Hili: I’m not your ballpoint’s keeper.
Ja: Hili, czy wiesz gdzie jest mój długopis?
Hili: Nie jestem stróżem twoich długopisów.
Nearby in Wroclawek, Leon is making himself into a furry statue. Notice the especially striking and bold markings over his eyes and on his front legs.
Leon: So I will be an adornment here.
And yesterday Gus took advantage of the balmy Winnipeg weather to lounge by the pond in his robe.