It’s December 6, National Gazpacho Day—a toothsome soup. It’s also Independence Day in Finland, celebrating its independence from Russia in 1917. On this day in 1768, the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published. 97 years later, the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution, banning slavery, was ratified. On December 6, 1933, a federal judge ruled that James Joyce’s Ulysses was not obscene. And, exactly 20 years later, Vladimir Nabokov completed his excellent (but controversial) novel Lolita.
Notables born on this day include Ira Gershwin (1896), Baby Face Nelson (1908), Dave Brubeck (1920), and JoBeth Williams (1948, ♥). Those who died on this day include Jefferson Davis (1889), Honus Wagner (1955; as a kid, he used to throw baseballs against my great-grandmother’s outhouse), B. R. Ambedkar (1956), and Roy Orbison (1988). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the former lodgers, including their lovely daughter Hania, have come to visit Malgorzata, Andrzej, Hili, and Cyrus. Here Hania shares a tender moment with the cat:
Hili: Go and conquer the world!Hania: First, the backyard.
Hili: Idź i zdobywaj świat!
Hania: Najpierw podwórko.
As usual, there’s snow in Winnipeg. Reader Taskin built a snow cat in the image of Gus (except its ears are longer), and Gus posed next to it.