It’s an overcast Saturday in Dobrzyn, but Hili, who was out all night, is sleeping cozily on the couch beside me, so all is well. It’s also August 6, which means it’s Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony Day, for it was this day in 1945 that the “Little Boy” atomic bomb was dropped by the Americans on Hiroshima, Japan, killing 70,000 people instantly and thousands more from radiation poisoning over subsequent years.
On this day in 1825, Bolivia gained independence from Spain, and, in 1914, Serbia declared war on Germany and Austria on Russia, beginning 4.5 years of a useless war that killed about 17 million people. On August 6, 1962, Jamaica became independent from the UK. And, exactly four years ago, the Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars (in some places the date is given as August 5). Once each year it plays itself a lonely version of “Happy Birthday,” a heartbreaking song that you can hear here.
Notables born on this day include Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809), Lucille Ball (1911, Stephen Barnard’s eagle “Lucy” is named after her), Robert Mitchum (1917), and Andy Warhol (1928). Those who died on this day include Anne Hathaway (Shakespeare’s wife; 1623), Ben Jonson (1637), Bix Beiderbecke (1931), and Marvin Hamlisch (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has conceived of the Nefarious Law of Gravity:
Hili: I’m thinking.A: What about?Hili: Is this apple tree throwing apples at me deliberately and if so, why?(Photo: Jerry Coyne)
Hili: Zastanawiam się.
Ja: Nad czym?
Hili: Czy ta jabłonka celowo zrzuca na mnie jabłka, a jeśli tak, to za co?
(Foto: Jerry Coyne)
And in Wloclawek, Leon is testing out the carved wooden furniture his staff has just bought for their new home:
Leon: I found myself a cool place, didn’t I?