Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, June 19, and that means that today is Father’s Day, celebrated mostly in the U.S., where it was originally celebrated on this day in Spokane, Washington, but proclaimed a national holiday only in 1972 by, yes, Richard Nixon. Google Doodle celebrates the day with a cute cartoon:


On this day in 1865, Union forces landed in Texas, proclaiming to all that slavery had been ended and the slaves were now free. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had, of course, freed them several years earlier, but could not take effect until after the Civil War. This day is thus celebrated, especially by African-Americans, as “Juneteenth.” And, in 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, America’s most important piece of civil rights legislation in recent decades, was passed by the Senate.

Notables born on this day include Blaise Pascal, the Wager Man (1623), along with the Three Stooges’ Moe Howard (1897), Lou Gehrig (1903), Pauline Kael (1919), Aung San Suu Kyi (1945), and Salman Rushdie (1947). Those who died on this day include Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, executed in 1953 for spying, and actor James Gandolfini, who died in 2013 at only 51. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows some absolutely typical cat behavior:

A: Are you coming in?
Hili: I have to give it some thought.
In Polish
Ja: Wchodzisz do domu?
Hili: Muszę się zastanowić.
And out in Winnipeg, Gus helps with the laundry, challenging his staff to see if they can get their clothes whiter than he is!. What do you think?



  1. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 19, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I’m still wondering about Gus-wool.

  2. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    We have Father’s Day too, but it’s the first Sunday in September.

  3. rickflick
    Posted June 19, 2016 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Pascal was quite an incredible fellow. Checking his Wikipedia page, I see he was a child prodigy and “In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines. … he built 20 finished machines (called Pascal’s calculators and later Pascalines).”
    He also originated new fields of math and did important work in probability, which must have lead him to his wagering ways.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Those who died on this day include Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, executed in 1953 for spying …

    It was a queer, sultry summer that they executed the Rosenbergs, the summer Sylvia Plath didn’t know what she was doing in New York.

    (With apologies to the opening line of The Bell Jar. 😉 )

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