One week from today I’ll be home, which will be sad, as I’ll miss Dobrzyn. I won’t be traveling again until October—and then just to Pittsburgh. Today is August 10, 2016, and I’ll give a truncated version of today’s Big Events, since Grania informed me that listing many of them is too much for readers to absorb in the morning!
On this day in history, 2003 (from Wikipedia): “The highest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom, 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) in Kent, England. It is the first time the United Kingdom has recorded a temperature over 100 °F (38 °C).” It won’t be the last! It’s not all that rare to temperatures like that in Chicago—even higher if you factor in humidity. I understand that Brits die by the score at temperatures like that.
A notable born on this day: Phoolan Devi, the “Bandit Queen” of India (1963-2001), who, born in Uttar Pradesh to a low-caste family, led a rough and colorful life. She was a folk hero to Indians, especially women, despite her leading a gang that committed murders (she often murdered men who abused women and/or low-caste Hindus). She was arrested, jailed for 11 years, released, elected to the Indian parliament, and then assassinated in New Delhi the age of 37.
A notable who died on this day was Rin Tin Tin (1918-1932), the most famous American movie dog: a German shepherd who starred in many Hollywood movies and was a hug box office draw. Tin was succeeded by many other faux Rin Tin Tins (I remember some from my youth). The original d*g was rescued from a battlefield in World War I.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili gave me a warm greeting on my return from Poznan:
Hili: So how was it in Poznań?Jerry: Wonderful, but even though it is nice everywhere, Dobrzyń is best of all.
Hili: Jak ci było w Poznaniu?
Jerry: Wspaniale, chociaż wszędzie dobrze, ale w Dobrzyniu najlepiej.