It’s July 6—yes, that July 6, and it’s National Fried Chicken Day in the U.S., celebrating one of our great contributions to world cuisine. (I don’t want to hear about other nation’s fried chickens, which don’t even come close to the good southern U.S. product—its crispy golden skin damming in the juices that burst forth when pierced with a tooth.)
On this day in 1536, Sir Thomas More was executed for treason against King Henry VIII, and, in 1885, Louis Pasteur first used his rabies vaccine to save the life of a boy who bitten by an infected dog. On July 6, 1917, Lawrence of Arabia and Auda ibu Tayi crossed the desert to take the city of Aqaba from the Ottomans; you may remember that scene from David Lean’s wonderful movie. Finally, on this day in 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met; the Beatles were formed three years later, giving rise to the best rock music ever written.
Those born on this day include Marc Chagall (1887), Frida Kahlo (1907; died in 1954), and the current Dalai Lama (1935). Notables who died on this day include Thomas More (see above), the painter Odilon Redon (1916), William Faulkner (1962), Louis Armstrong (1971), and Roy Rogers (1998). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili considers dabbling in alchemy.
Hili: Do you see this stone?A: Yes, I do.Hili: Could it be a philosopher’s stone?
Hili: Czy widzisz ten kamień?
Hili: Czy to może być kamień filozoficzny?