Today is June 11, graduation day at the University of Chicago. On this day in 1776, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston were appointed by the Continental Congress to draft the U.S.’s Declaration of Independence; it was, of course, adopted on July 4 of that year. On this day in 1963, segregationist governor George Wallace of Alabama stood in front of a door at the University of Alabama to block registration of two black students (it was unsuccessful, as they registered later in the day). On the same day, President John F. Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights Act, the definitive legal end to segregated facilities in the U.S. It was to be guided through Congress and signed into law in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy’s successor after JFK’s assassination that November.
Notables born on this day include William Styron (1925), Gene Wilder (1933) and Hugh Laurie (1959). Those who died on June 11 include John Wayne (1979), Timothy McVeigh (executed in 2001), and Ruby Dee (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s had a bit of a fright, and is all bushed up:
A: Did something frighten you?Hili: No, I’m practising a “precautionary principle”.
Ja: Wystraszyłaś się czegoś?
Hili: Nie, ćwiczę “zasadę ostrożności”.
And, in nearby Wroclawek, Leon sees a black conspecific outside. It’s not clear if he wants to fight it or mate with it:
Leon: Let’s go! The black one is already running around on my lawn.