It’s Monday, June 20 (already so close to July?), and I hope that all the dads out there had some special noms and treats yesterday. It’s hot in Los Angeles: yesterday at 5 p.m. it was 98°F (37 °C). But it’s a dry heat and I didn’t find it oppressive. On this day in 1248, the University of Oxford (or “Oggsford”, as Meyer Wolfsheim called it in The Great Gatsby) received its royal charter. Wikipedia also notes that on this day in 1782, Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States. This caused considerable difficulty since the Great Seal required a lot of fish, something not provided for by first U.S. budgets. On June 20, 1972, the infamous and still unresolved 18½ minute gap appeared in the Watergate tapes, supposedly due to an error by the White House secretary. And on this day in 1975, the summer blockbuster “Jaws” was released—one film I have seen.
Notables born on this day include Errol Flynn (1919), Eric Dolphy (1928), and musicians Brian Wilson (1942) and Anne Murray (1945). Those who died on this day include Bugsy Siegel (1947), and Erwin Chargaff (2002), who discovered the DNA “rules” that the amount of C equals the amount of G and the amount of T equals the amount of A: an early clue, unrecognized, that the structure of DNA involves C pairing with G and T with A. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the staff’s loss is Hili’s gain, as she observes while strolling along the Vistula with Cyrus.
Hili: I don’t see any future for our cherries.A: Why?Hili: It seems we have a plague of starlings this year.
Hili: Nie widzę przyszłości dla naszych wiśni.
Hili: Wygląda na to, że mamy plagę szpaków w tym roku.
Up in Montreal, reader Anne-Marie has photographed the female squirrel who frequents her yard. This one is about as pregnant as they get, and is clearly enjoying the grape she was given. I predict a large litter!
And here is a very beautiful kitten from Bengal Cat World. Someday a kitten like this will be mine.