It’s Thursday, July 28, which makes it the day I fly to Poland. By this evening I’ll be heading east, hoping that I won’t be an honoree at another holiday today: World Hepatitis Day. Tomorrow’s Hili dialogue will be brought to you by Grania.
On this day in 1794, Robespierre was hoist by his own petard, which happened to be the guillotine. He was executed with two broken legs and a shattered jaw, the result of a suicide attempt. In 1821, Peru declared independence from Spain. On this day in 1973, the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, New York took place, reportedly the largest rock concert in history (600,000 hippies). I was there with two friends, and heard the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and the Band; it was a fantastic experience though I’m still sad that I didn’t make it to Woodstock.
Notables born on this day include Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844), Beatrix Potter (1866), Karl Popper (1902), and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929♥). Those who died on this day include (besides Robespierre), Johann Sebastian Bach (1750), Otto Hahn (1968), Roger Tory Peterson (1968), Francis Crick (2004), and Eileen Brennan (2013), who gave a great performance as the gruff but softhearted waitress Genevieve in The Last Picture Show. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is showing the usual cat ambivalence:
Hili: I don’t know whether or not to go for a walk with you.A: Toss a coin.Hili: It’s not a feline tradition.
Hili: Nie wiem, czy iść z wami na spacer?
Ja: Rzuć monetą.
Hili: To nie jest kocia tradycja.