It’s September 22, the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, and thus the first day of fall. If you live on the bottom part of the world, it’s the vernal equinox and the first day of spring. It’s also the 265th day of the year, which means we have only 100 days to go until 2017 is here. And, in the U.S., it’s National Ice Cream Cone Day.
On this day in 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged by the British for spying for the Continental Army. On Sept. 22, 1823, Joseph Smith claimed that he first found the golden plates pointed out by the angel Moroni; those plates were, of course, duplicitously “translated” into the Book of Mormon. And, on this day in 1980, Iraq invaded Iran at the beginning of a long and bloody war. It was, of course, due to Western colonialism.
Notables born on this day include Michael Faraday (1791) and Joan Jett (1958). Those who died on this day include, besides Nathan Hale, Irving Berlin (1989), Dorothy Lamour (1996), George C. “Patton” Scott (1999), and Yogi Berra (2015). In remembrance of Scott, here’s his mesmerizing opening speech in “Patton” (note: don’t bother going on about militarism). The movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1971, and Scott nabbed Best Actor Oscar, but he declined it. It truly is one of the best biographical performances on film.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, there’s a bad drought, but Hili just chuckles at the useless umbrellas sitting on the porch:
Hili: Nothing makes me laugh like an umbrella.
Hili: I don’t know, maybe because of this fierce drought.
Hili: Nic mnie tak nie śmieszy jak parasol.
Hili: Nie wiem, może z powodu tej wściekłej suszy.