Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another work week, and if you’re reading this you made it through alive. And by the time you read this, I’ll most likely be flying to LA. for a few days of R&R. As I noted, posting will be light until my return on Tuesday. It’s June 17, and on this day in history Mumtaz Mahal, wife of emperor Shah Jahan, died while giving birth. The result: her grieving husband built her a marvelous tomb, the Taj Mahal. Along with Machu Picchu and Mount Everest, it is one of the three most beautiful things I’ve seen on this planet. On this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French, arrived in pieces in New York Harbor. In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled 8–1 that schools could not require that students recite Bible verses or the Lord’s Prayer in public schools. A great victory for secularists! Finally, it was on this day in 1972 that 5 people, who turned out to be employed by the White House, were arrested for breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. That ultimately led to the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon’s resignation.
Notables born on this day include Igor Stravinsky (1882) and Nobel laureate and geneticist François Jacob (1920). Not many notables died on this day; one is dancer Cyd Charisse (2008). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is not only coopting Cyrus’s bed, but sticking her butt in his face:
Cyrus: Hili, there are limits.Hili: Of what?Cyrus: Of my patience.
Cyrus: Hili, są granice.
Cyrus: Mojej cierpliwości.
And out in Winnipeg, Gus is chilling, but also showing that he’s the Most Photogenic Cats in Canada: