Good morning! It’s Thursday, November 24 (I presume you know the year), which means that it’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. But for some reason it’s been declared National Sardines Day!
But, more important, it’s Evolution Day, an international day to remember the publication of a the book laying out what was, as Dan Dennett said, “The most important idea anyone ever had.” One can make a good case that he’s right. It was on this day in 1859 that Darwin’s Big Book was published, and I’ll put the whole name up so you can remember it. I always call it The Origin, but its full name is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Do you think you can remember that? Here’s the first page of the first edition, an edition now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars:
Exactly 18 years later, Black Beauty was published by Anna Sewell:
On November 24, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, the killer of John F. Kennedy, was himself killed by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas, Texas police headquarters. Many of us saw that live on television.
Notables born on this day include Laurence Sterne and Junipero Serra (both 1713), William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925), Pete Best (1941), and Ted Bundy (1946). Those who died on this day include, besides Lee Harvey Oswald, George Raft (1980), Freddie Mercury (1991), John Rawls (2002), and pitcher Warren Spahn (2003). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is looking everywhere for noms. Good thing she doesn’t have a credit card!
Hili: Not everything can be found on the Net.A: And what were you looking for?Hili: Something tasty.
Hili: Nie wszystko daje się znaleźć w sieci.
Ja: A czego szukałaś?
Hili: Czegoś smacznego.
Here’s a photo sent by Robin Cornwell showing her niece Quincey and Quincye’s cat Joe, both wearing tee shirts that show the other one. Robin says, “She carries that cat everywhere and he seems to like it.” Joe is five months old, and apparently has gotten used to being dressed.
Reader Taskin sends a photo of “Gus in a thoughtful moment…”
And a slur on biology from reader jsp: