It’s Friday, November 25, 2016, and most Americans will have recovered from yesterday’s food coma. If you have, then take advantage of the fact that today is National Parfait Day. It’s also Black Friday, when, traditionally, Americans assail the stores hoping to snap up bargains, crushing each other in the process. Finally, it’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The date honors the murder of four siblings, the Mirabel sisters, beaten to death in 1960 on orders of the Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo for their political activism.
On this day in 1915, Albert Einstein presented the equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. On November 25, 1952, Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap” opened in London’s West End—and it’s still running after 64 years, the longest continuously performed play in history. And on this day in 1999, the 5-year-old Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez was rescued trying to reach the U.S. in an inner tube. As you might remember, on orders of Janet Reno he was forcibly sent back to his father in Cuba, inciting a huge protest among many Americans.
Notables born on this day include Lewis Thomas (1913; does anybody read his essays any more?), Joe DiMaggio (1914), Percy Sledge (1940), John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960, died in a plane crash in 1999), and Jill Hennessy (1968♥). Those who died on this day include Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1944), famous for handling the Chicago Black Sox case of cheating in baseball, Upton Sinclair (1968), and footballer George Best (2005). Best (born 1946), abused his body severely with alcohol (he had a liver transplant, and, at the end, asked that a picture of him on his deathbed be published with the caption “Don’t be like me.”) Despite that, he is still considered one of the best footballers of all time, and the best Irish player in history; here are a few highlights showing his skill at dribbling:
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili sagaciously comments on how the interpretation of historical events changes with time:
Hili: Is history sensitive to fashion?A: Very much so.
Hili: Czy historia jest wrażliwa na modę?