It’s the penultimate day of November: the 29th, and it’s the year 2016, which means it’s National Chocolates Day. In honor of that, I’ve put some powdered cocoa into my latte to make it into a sort-of mocha. It’s also William Tubman‘s birthday, celebrated in Liberia, where he was that nation’s longest-serving President.
On this day in history, there was a particularly horrible event; as Wikipedia notes, “The crew of the British slave ship Zong murders 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea to claim insurance.” The courts ruled that killing slaves was legal and the insurers indeed had to pay. If you have the stomach, read the entry about how women and children were shoved through the ship’s portholes to their deaths. One quails at how callous human nature was in those days, and marvels at how things have changed. In 1899, the FC Barcelona Association football club was founded, and, on this day in 1963, Lyndon Johnson convened the Warren Commission to investigate the murder of John F. Kennedy.
Notables born on this day include Louisa May Alcott (1832; see below), as well as her father Amos Bronson Alcott (1799). Also born on November 29 was the popular theologian C. S. Lewis (1898), whose book Mere Christianity I’ve recently read (thanks, Grania!), amazed that so many people found its arguments convincing. But of course they wanted to be convinced of a faith they already had, except for atheists like Francis Collins, who said they were converted by that mushy book. Finally, today’s the birthday of Kim Delaney (1961; ♥). Those who died on this day include Natalie Wood (drowned 1981; ♥). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili, although an atheist cat, finds invoking religion convenient at times:
Hili: The basket fell over. Let me in otherwise I will be blamed.
A: And who knocked the basket down?
Hili: The Holy Ghost.
Hili: Kosz się przewrócił. Wpuść mnie do domu, bo będzie na mnie.
Ja: A kto go przewrócił?
Hili: Duch Święty.
And out in Winnipeg, where snow has blanketed the ground, reader Taskin sends a photo of a disappointed Gus, which has this caption:
All dressed up and nowhere to go:
Finally Google has a Doodle honoring Louisa May Alcott and her book Little Women, though it’s not animated:
Today’s Doodle portrays Beth, Jo, Amy, and Meg March, as well as Jo’s best friend Laurie, their neighbor. The March family of Little Women was based on Alcott’s own, and the coltish Jo was Louisa’s vision of herself: strewing manuscript pages in her wake, charging ahead with the courage of her convictions, and cherishing her family above all.