It’s Friday, October 14, and thus the first day of Coynefest. Posting will be nearly nonexistent until Monday, as the symposium goes till tomorrow noon, and then there’s a party out in Indiana. . . With luck, Grania will keep the Hili dialogues going, and perhaps host a Caturday felid. On this day in 1066, the Normans defeated the British at the Battle of Hastings, and in 1322, Robert the Bruce defeated the forces of Edward II at Byland, producing an independent Scotland (for a while). On this day in 1908, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs haven’t won since–a sore spot for Cubbies fans! On this day in 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was published (see below; it’s the 90th anniversary), and, in 1947, Chuck Yeager exceeded the speed of sound flying the experimental plane the Bell X-1. On this day in 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began when a U.S. reconnaissance plane spotted Russian missile launchers in Cuba. I well remember my father, who was in the Army then, telling us that he may have to be “deployed”. That is the closest the U.S. has come to a nuclear war.
Notables born on this day include Dwight Eisenhower (1890) and Lillian Gish (1893). Those who died on this day include King Harold of England, killed in the Battle of Hastings (1066), Errol Flynn (1959), Bing Crosby (1977), Leonard Bernstein (1990), and Big Moe (2007). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has had the privilege of sleeping in the staff’s bed, where Cyrus is not allowed. Hili manages to mix a friendly greeting with an assertion of superiority:
Hili: I missed you.Cyrus: Where have you been?Hili: I was sleeping in their bed where you aren’t allowed to sleep.
Hili: Stęskniłam się za tobą.
Cyrus: A gdzie byłaś?
Hili: Spałam na ich łóżku, tam gdzie ty nie możesz spać.