We’re set for a beautiful and COOL weekend in Chicago, with highs today about 74°F (23°C), and no rain. And hooray—today is National Hummingbird Day! Since many readers have hummingbird feeders, make sure you check yours, and perhaps give them a special treat, like maple syrup or honey!
On this day in 1935, Malcolm Campbell became the first person to exceed 300 mph in a car, driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and averaging 301.337 mph (484.955 km/h) in two runs. Exactly 8 years later, in 1943, Zyklon B, which produces cyanide gas, was first used by the Nazis to exterminate people. That was at Auschwitz, and the victims were Soviet prisoners of war.
Notables born on this day include the actor Alan Ladd (1913). Below is my dad (right) with Ladd (left) in front of the Parthenon in Athens; Ladd was there to film Boy on a Dolphin with Sophia Loren, in 1956. My dad, an Army officer, had helped the film crew procure vehicles and gas from the Army motor pool, for gas was still scarce in postwar Greece. I also have a photo of my dad with the young Sophia Loren, which I’ll post on her birthday (Sept. 20; someone remind me the day before!).
Those who died on this day include Ivan Turgenev (1883), E. E. Cummings (1962), Pauline Kael (2001), and Sun Myung Moon (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is quoting Karl Marx (“Freedom is consciousness of necessity”)! How did she learn that quote? Anyway, she looks cute:
A: What are you thinking about?Hili: About the problem of consciousness of necessity.A: And?Hili: It’s a weak consciousness.
Ja: Nad czym myślisz?
Hili: Nad problemem uświadomionej konieczności.
Ja: I co?
Hili: Słabo uświadomiona.