Reminder: Starting tomorrow I’ll be in Pittsburgh for the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual convention, so posting will be light until Monday. If you’re going, see you there!
It’s October 5, 2016, and also National Apple Betty Day (if you don’t know this arcane dessert, go here). The reason for the name “betty” is lost in the mists of time, but Wikipedia notes that it was a favorite of Ronald and Nancy Reagan when they lived in the White House. It’s also International Day of No Prostitution, but somehow I don’t think that will be obeyed by anyone whose intentions were to engage a prostitute.
On this day in history, in 1793, Christianity was disestablished in France, those opposing it, of course, would be proponents of antidisestablishmentarianism (a real word). On October 5, 1944, women in France finally won the right to vote and, in 1962, The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do” (B side: “P.S. I Love You”) was released in the UK; nine years later, the first episode of Monty Python aired on BBC One. And on this day in 2001, Barry Bonds hit home runs #71 and #72, setting the record that stands today.
Notables born on this day include Peyton Rous (1879), Larry Fine of the Three Stooges and Ray Croc (both 1902), Mountaineer Willi Unsoeld (1926; his daughter, Nanda Devi Unsoeld, named after a Himalayan peak, died trying to climb that very peak), Václav Havel (1936), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958) and Maya Lin (1959). Those who died on this day include Lars Onsager (1976; I once shared a bathroom with him at Rockefeller University), Rodney Dangerfield (2004), and Bert Jansch and Steve Jobs (both 2011). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has a new toy, a “crunchy ball,” but, unlike Gus, she either hasn’t figured it out or is too lazy to use it herself. As Malgorzata reports:
Our clever Hili is not so clever when it comes to this toy. We bought it for her a few days ago and she didn’t yet get what to do with it. When Andrzej rolls it and the snacks fall out, she is very interested and eats the snacks. But when it stops she doesn’t push it. She sits, looks at it, looks at Andrzej, and waits.A: Do you like your new toy?Hili: Yes, very much but you have to roll it for me so that snacks will fall out.
Ja: Podoba ci się ta nowa zabawka?
Hili: Tak, bardzo, tylko musisz ją obracać, żeby chrupki z niej wypadały.
And out in the frigid wastes of Winnipeg, Gus is enjoying some afternoon sunlight: