Good morning on The Cruelest Day: Tuesday (October 18, 2016). It is, however, National Chocolate Cupcake Day, undoubtedly invented by the U.S. Association of Chocolate Cupcake Manufacturers. Further, Wikipedia doesn’t know any statistics, for it says this about October 18: “This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).”
On this day in 1386, Heidelberg University opened for business, with a big sideline in dueling and drinking. On October 18, 1944, the state funeral of Erwin Rommel took place in Ulm, Germany. Hitler had ordered his best general, who had plotted against him, to either face trial or commit suicide with a cyanide capsule. Rommel chose the latter. And on this day in 1954, Texas Instruments announced the release of the first transistor radio. I well remember being glued to mine in bed as a small boy. But those days are long gone!
Notables born on this day include A. J. Liebling (1904), one of the great food writers of our time (read his splendid book Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, published in 1952), jazz singer Anita O’Day (1919), Pierre Trudeau (1919), Chuck Berry (1926; he’s ninety today!), George C. Scott (1927), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), and Martina Navratilova (1956). Those who died on this day include Thomas Edison (1931), Walt Kelly (1973), and Sylvia Kristel (2012♥). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is having delusions of grandeur—as usual.
A: Hili, what are you doing here?
Hili: I’m impersonating a statue of a famous cat.
Ja: Hili, co tam robisz?
Hili: Udaję pomnik bardzo znanego kota.
Leon: Hide! A change is apporoaching!