It’s July 18, 2016, a steamy Monday here in Chicago, but it’s Nelson Mandela International Day, so let’s remember his legacy. Also on this day, in 1870, the First Vatican Council declared the Pope infallible (I prefer “inflammable”, as Archie Bunker called it) when speaking ex cathedra. This was, of course, just a committee decision, not some fiat from God. On July 18, 1925, Hitler published Mein Kampf, and, in 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, killing campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. And on this day in 1976, Nadia Comăneci received the first perfect 10 in gymnastics at the Olympics (in Montreal); it was on the uneven parallel bars. Hard to believe that she’s 54 now!
Notables born on this day include Vidkun Quisling (1887), Astronaut and politician John Glenn (1921, celebrating his 95th birthday!), and Hunter Thompson (1937). Those who died on this day include Jane Austen (1817), Mimi Fariña (2001), and, of course, Mary Jo Kopechne. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the cherry harvest will begin this week, so I’ll miss the bulk of it; but I am assured of constant pies made from frozen cherries. One reason the harvest is unexpectedly early is that there has been a lot of rain, which has kept our Hili impatiently indoors:
A: Hili, what are you doing?Hili: I’m trying to hear whether it stopped raining.
Ja: Hili, co ty robisz?
Hili: Słucham, czy przestało padać.
Leon and his staff are now in southern Poland, searching for an entire antique wood house, which will be disassembled and moved up to their new land near Wroclawek. Naturally Leon, riding in the car, is impatient, for he wants a snack.
Leon: Are we there soon?
In Montréal, the French sign has gone up at Le Cafe Sauvage:
And Matthew sent this Soviet poster that reads “There is no God!”
Oh, and if you want to know the vitals on Mike Pence, The Donald’s pick for GOP Vice Presidential Candidate, go see Heather Hastie’s summary at her website. Good post.