It’s Hump Day: Wednesday, October 12, 2016. That means it’s National Gumbo Day, and if you’ve never had a good cup or bowl of this Cajun delicacy—a thick seafood, chicken, and sausage stew/soup—your life is the poorer for it. I recommend either Dooky Chase’s or The Gumbo Shop, both in New Orleans. It’s also Freethought Day, celebrated internationally, with the date chosen to mark the end of the Salem Witch Trials.
On this day in 1773, the first mental hospital in the U.S. opened: Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. Although the original building has been restored and is now a museum, a hospital by that name is still operating in Williamsburg (the town where I went to college). In 1810, Germany held its first Oktoberfest to honor a royal wedding. And on October 12, 1979, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was published. I haven’t yet read it, but really want to.
Notables born this day include Robert Fitzgerald (1910), Dick Gregory (1932), Luciano Pavarotti (1935), and Kirk “Banana Boy” Cameron (1970). Those who died on this day include Edith Cavell (executed on October 12, 1915), Sonja Henie (1969), and John Denver (1997). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili mourns the passing of summer and her ability to roam freely in good weather:
Hili: Just a few changes and there is no summer.A: That’s right, you never know where it disappears.
Hili: Jak mało trzeba, żeby lato się skończyło.
Ja: To prawda, nigdy nie wiadomo gdzie ono znika.