It’s October 24, 2016, and appears to be National Food Day. In honor of that, please have some food today.
Tom Hayden died last night at age 76 from the aftereffects of a stroke. One of my youthful heroes, he was a noted anti-war and pro-civil rights activist, and one of the Chicago Seven tried in 1968 for protesting at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Charged with conspiracy and incitement to riot in that highly publicized trial, Hayden and his co-defendants were later acquitted. Hayden spent the rest of his life as an activist, winding up as a California state senator. Those of a certain age will also remember he was married to Jane Fonda for a short while.
On this day in 1260, the Chartres Cathedral was dedicated. It has some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world, so if you go to Paris, don’t miss a day trip to Chartres. Also on this day in 1945, the United Nations was founded with great hopes; it’s now devolved into a largely useless organization. And on this day in 1947, Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, giving them the names of his employees that he suspected of being Communists. Feel differently about Uncle Walt now?
Notables born on this day include Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632; see Matthew’s tribute a bit later today). Those who died on this day include Vidkun Quisling (1945; executed for treason), G. E. Moore (1958), Jackie Robinson (1972), Gene Roddenberry (1991), Rosa Parks (2009), and Maureen O’Hara (2015). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili makes her first comment on the American Presidential election. When I asked what Hili meant, Malgorzata explained:
It’s a choice between pest and cholera. What can someone, who – fortunately – doesn’t have to make this choice say about it? That the great America went crazy and wants to be governed either by a dangerous buffoon or by a dishonest, greedy politician who refuses to take responsibility for her actions?
And so Ms. Hili:
A: You’ve never said anything about the choice between Trump and Clinton…Hili: I better say nothing.
Ja: Nigdy nie mówiłaś co sądzisz o wyborze między Trumpem i Clinton…
Hili: I lepiej, żebym nadal nic nie mówiła.
Reader Keira McKenzie from Oz sends a lovely portrait of her black cat, Plushie with a caption:
She watches, she knows, she remembers.
And Grania sent a cat gif: