Good morning on the first day of December, 2016. Foodwise, it’s not a good day for your arteries, as it’s both National Fried Pie Day and National French Fried Clam Day. It’s also Military Abolition Day in Costa Rica, which, I believe is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t have an army; it was abolished in 1948.
On this day in 1918, Iceland became a sovereign state; are any Icelanders reading here? On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American seamstress, refused to surrender her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, launching the Montgomery bus boycott that was a major impetus for the U.S. civil rights movement. (This day is celebrated as Rosa Parks Day in Alabama and Oregon.) Parks, also a secretary for the local NAACP, was arrested for violating the segregation law of Montgomery city; here’s her booking photo:
On this day in 1847, Julia A. Moore, the “Sweet Singer of Michigan” was born; she was one of the worst poets in history and you can read some specimens of her work on her Wikipedia page; here’s a sample of her writing, this one about the Great Chicago Fire:
The great Chicago Fire, friends,
Will never be forgot;
In the history of Chicago
It will remain a darken spot.
It was a dreadful horrid sight
To see that City in flames;
But no human aid could save it,
For all skill was tried in vain.
Also born on this day was Lou Rawls (1933), Woody Allen (1935), Bette Midler (1945), and Carol Alt (1960, ♥). Those who died on this day include mathematician G. H. Hardy (1947) and J. B. S. Haldane (1964), both of whom made contributions to population genetics. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili claims intellectual hegemony over Andrzej. But how can one criticize her, as she’s so cute?:
Hili: I hope you agree with me.A: Absolutely.Hili: It’s good that we understand each other without words.
Hili: Mam nadzieję, że się ze mną zgadzasz?
Hili: Dobrze, że rozumiemy się bez słów.