It’s June 14th, which means the year has exactly 200 days to go. On this day in 1777, the U.S. adopted the Stars and Stripes as its official flag, and, in 1822, Charles Babbage published a paper describing his “difference engine”, now recognized as the world’s first computer. Finally, on June 14, 1907, Norway finally granted women the right to vote.
Notables born on this day include Boy George (1961; he should probably be called “Man George” now) and Steffi Graf (1969). Those who died on this day include Edward Fitzgerald (1883), the great translator of the Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam; Mary Cassatt (1926), G. K. Chesterton (1936), Jorge Luis Borge (1986); and Anne Nicol Gaylor (2015), founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and mother of Annie Laurie Gaylor, its current co-President. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Andrzej inquires of the Editor about her plans for work. It’s amazing that, with a cat at the helm Listy can even function as a website.
A: What are your plans?Hili: First I will take a nap and then I will eat something.A: And work?Hili: Don’t worry, everything will get done.
Ja: Jakie masz plany?
Hili: Najpierw się prześpię, a potem coś zjem.
Ja: A praca?
Hili: Nie martw się, wszystko będzie zrobione.
And, we have a new reader’s cat, shown in a photo sent by his staff Nick C.:
I’m a reader of your website and I thought you might enjoy the attached picture. My wife opened our linen cupboard to put away some towels and was greeted by our black and white cat Nelson (we’re sure he prefers Lord Nelson), who had decided the the gap left for said towels suited him rather nicely.
Look at that face!