It’s Sept. 10, 2016 (lots of commemorations tomorrow for 9/11), and TV Dinner Day.
I’m pretty sure this is an indigenous American habit, but when I was a kid the family would watch television while eating special TV dinners you could buy frozen at the store and then reheat. Each one consisted of an aluminum tray with several compartments: one for a “meat”, one for potatoes, and then several vegetables. They were dreadful, and I’m not sure they even make them any more. And we, like many other families, had a set of TV. Dinner Trays: folding trays on legs that you could set up in front of a chair. The idea was to watch television and eat at the same time. Here’s a TV dinner in situ (this one even has dessert: baked apple slices); you can see more here.
Does anybody still do this? If you’re “of a certain age,” as they say, you’ll remember these.
On this day in 1960, Abebe Bikila became the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal (Rome Olympics); he ran the marathon in bare feet! And, on September 10, 2008, the Large Hadron Collider, the instrument that found the Higgs Boson, was turned on in Geneva.
Notables born on this day include Arnold Palmer (1929), Roger Maris (1934), and Misty Copeland (1982). Those who died on TV Dinner Day include Mary Wollstonecraft (1797), Huey Long (1935; he was assassinated), and Jane Wyman (2007). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the Princess is fishing for compliments:
Hili: How do I look?A: Amazing.Hili: I thought so.
Hili: Jak wyglądam?
Hili: Tak myślałam.