It’s now August 2; don’t expect much from me today as for some reason I didn’t sleep well and am wiped out. But, like Maru, I do my best. Today’s holiday is Our Lady of the Angels Day in Costa Rica, commemorating the finding of a mysterious icon of the Virgin. Real things that happened on this date include the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776; it was first signed on July 4, but the “official” copy was signed on August 2. On this day in 1870, the Tube, the first worlds underground tube subway, began running in England. And, in 1937, marijuana became illegal in the U.S. with the signing of The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Finally, on August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, launching the Gulf War.
Notables born on this day include Myrna Loy (1905 ♥), James Baldwin (1924), Peter O’Toole (1932), Garth Hudson (1937), and Isabel Allende (1942). Those who died on this day include Wild Bill Hickock (1876; supposedly shot to death during a game of poker while holding the “dead man’s hand“—aces and eights), Enrico Caruso (1921), Alexander Graham Bell (1922), Wallace Stevens (1955), William S. Burroughs (1997), and Shari Lewis (1998; who remembers Lamb Chop?). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Her Highness deigned to allow me to carry her inside after she announced her presence by jumping on the windowsill:
Jerry: Come, I will carry you in.Hili: Since you came the social services have improved.
Jerry: Chodź, zaniosę cię do domu.
Hili: Od czasu jak przyjechałeś mamy znacznie lepszą opiekę społeczną.