It’s Saturday, July 16, another work week has passed, and the weather in Chicago has improved dramatically, with a high temperature today of only 24° C (77° F), and no rain. In Poland the cherries continue to ripen, while in France it’s Holocaust Memorial Day. The coup d’etat in Turkey appears to have failed, with over a thousand Army officers jailed, and the country continues its regression into Muslim theocracy. Ataturk would be appalled.
On this day in 1935, the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City; thinking about it, it’s not clear why we have to pay to park on roads that we as taxpayers paid for in the first place. In 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in his 56th consecutive baseball game, a record that still stands, and is unlikely to be broken in our lifetimes. In 1951, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was published, a book that had an enormous influence on my generation, and in 1969, the Apollo mission, which was to land the first astronauts on the Moon, was launched in Florida.
Notables born on this day include Mary Baker Eddy (1821) and Orville Redenbacher (1907). Those who died on this day include Hilaire Belloc (1953), Kitty Wells (2012), and Johnny Winter (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is climbing the grapevines and assessing the fruit. As usual, she’s just making up stuff.
Hili: These grapes are sour.A: Did you try them?Hili: No, but I read a fable about a certain fox.
Hili: Te winogrona są kwaśne.
Hili: Nie, czytałam bajkę o pewnym lisie.