It’s Thursday, June 23, and it stormed a treat last night: sheets of rain, booming thunder, and there were even tornado warnings in Chicago (none materialized). Even now it is drizzly with thick fog, but at least it’s cooled down. The good news is that I have a new electric toothbrush–my first–and I never have to move my arms again while brushing! On this day in 1868, the first typewriter was patented by Christopher Ltham Sholes, and, in 1926, the first SAT exam (the “college boards”) was given in the US. On a more somber note, on June 23, 1942, a train full of Jews arrived at Auschwitz from Paris, and the Nazis made their first selections for the gas chamber. If you’re ever near Krakow, Poland, do make the trip to Auschwitz.
Notables born on this day include sex worker Alfred Kinsey (1894), Alan Turing (1912, died by suicide in 1954), Wilma Rudolph (1940), Joss Whedon (1964) and Zinedine Zidane (1972). Those who died on this day include my hero Jonas Salk (1995). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili spied two strange dogs in the field on her walk to the river, which spooked her (she doesn’t like strange dogs at all), so she returned to the safety of her orchard.
Hili: Wracam do domu.
Hili: Nie zadaję się z obcymi psami.
And here’s noble Gus, proud after flushing a sparrow from under the barbecue (it escaped):