Good morning on September 7, 2016. The sun is rising now, with the red sky that’s said to predict a storm. But we won’t have one. Yesterday it was 93°F (34°C), but today the temperature will get to only 90°F (32°C). In other words, it’s hotter than a Szechuanese lunch. As I mentioned yesterday, today is National Beer Lover’s Day (note: the apostrophe shows that only a single beer lover is fêted), and, to go along with that, it’s also National Salami Day.
On this day in history, the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre began in 1857, during which, over four days, Mormons massacred 120 members of a wagon train, trying to make it look like an attack by Native Americans. That ruse didn’t work, and although many Mormons were involved, only one was convicted—and executed. And, on September 7, 1940, the Blitz began in London, with the Luftwaffe pounding the capital.
Notables born on September 7 include Grandma Moses (1860; she lived until 1961), Buddy Holly (1936), and Chrissie Hynde (1951♥). Those who died on this day include Karen Blixen (Isak Dinisen; 1962) and Keith Moon (1978). Blixen’s Out of Africa contains some of the finest prose ever written in English—and English was not her native language.
“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the North, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up, near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.”
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is too occupied for truth-seeking:
A: Do you want to know the truth?Hili: May I get to know it a bit later?
Ja: Hili, czy chcesz poznać prawdę?
Hili: A czy mogę ją poznać troszkę później?