It’s Monday, September 19 in Chicago, and it’s National Butterscotch Pudding Day! The chances are slim that any of us will have this comestible today, as I haven’t seen it on any menus in decades. But I’m sure you can buy the Jell-o brand in the store. It is good.
On this day in 1881, President James Garfield died of his wounds after an assassin shot him on July 2 (he almost certainly died of infection); Garfield, who had assumed the Presidency only that year, was succeeded by Chester Arthur. On Sept. 19, 1959, Nikita Krushchev was prohibited from visiting Disneyland due to security issues; he was mad. And, on this day 1991, Ötzi the Iceman, the preserved body of a 5000-year-old Copper Age man, was discovered by two tourists on the border between Austria and Italy. It remains the oldest “mummy” found in Europe.
Notables born on this day include Duke Snider (1926), Adam “Batman” West (1928), Cass Elliot (1944; went to my high school), Jeremy Irons (1948), and Twiggy (née Lesley Hornby, born 1949 and therefore almost my age). Those who died on this day include, beside James Garfield, mountaineer Lionel Terray (1965), Hermes Pan (1990), Skeeter Davis (2004), and Eddie Adams (also 2004). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili, the spoiled cat, is slaking her thirst with some whole milk:
A: Why are you so thirsty?Hili: Some mice are too salty.
Ja: Co ci się tak pić chce?
Hili: Niektóre myszki są przesolone.
And in the fields around his Forever-Home-to-Be, Leon exculpates himself:
Leon: It wasn’t me, it was beavers!
And out in Winnipeg where the caribou roam, Gus is hiding: