Good morning; it’s Monday, November 21, 2016, and the long descent into winter is beginning, with a predicted high temperature in Chicago of only 39°F (4°C) today. It’s both National Cranberry Day and National Gingerbread Cookie Day; I suspect I’ll eat neither for some time. It’s also No Music Day (calling attention to “the cheapening of music as an art form”) and World Hello Day, whose object is “to say hello to at least ten people on the day. The message is “for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.” Yeah, try that with Putin—or ISIS! “Good morning, Vladimir.” “Good morning, Barack.”
On this day in 1905, Einstein’s “Miracle Year,” his paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content? was published in Annalen der Physik. It was the first place to express the famous equation E = mc². And on November 21, 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia became the first female United States Senator. On this day in 1953, London’s Natural History Museum formally announced, after many years, that the skull of “Piltdown Man” was a hoax. This was 41 years after the skull was “discovered.”
Notables born on this day include Voltaire (1694), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902), and Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears (1916), one of the few Jewish quarterbacks that football ever had. Those who died on this day include Deborah Raffin (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili spent the night out, and when it’s cold and she fails to come in by bedtime, her staff makes a little nest for her on the front porch. Apparently last night it wasn’t good enough!
Hili: I’m freezing here and you’re sleeping!A: But I left you my jacket.Hili: That’s not enough!
Hili: Ja tu marznę, a ty śpisz!
Ja: Przecież zostawiłem ci moją kurtkę.
Hili: To jeszcze nie dość!