It’s Thursday, December 8, 2016, and that means it’s National Brownie Day—a perennially favorite treat, at least in America (I haven’t seen them nearly as ubiquitous in, say, the UK). It’s also Finnish Music Day, honoring the birthday of composer Jean Silbelius (1865-1957). I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of his work, for I’m a classical-music ignoramus.
Wikipedia lists this as happening for the first time in 1660: “A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare’s play Othello.” On this day in 1941, Roosevelt gave his “day of infamy” speech to Congress, immediately after which the U.S. declared war on Japan. On this day in 1980, we lost John Lennon, murdered by Mark David Chapman in New York. Hard to believe he’s been gone 36 years! My theory has always been that Ringo will be the last Beatle to die.
Notables born on this day include Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Jean Sibelius (see above), James Thurber (1894), Lee J. Cobb (1911), Lucian Freud (1922), one of the few living painters whose work I like, Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925), Jim Morrison (1943, died 1971), Gregg Allman (1947), and Ann Coulter (1961, ↓). Those who died on this day include John Lennon (see above), Marty Robbins (1982), William Shawn (1992), and Martha Tilton (2006). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn,
Hili: It’s essential to have a clear division of labor.A: What do you suggest?Hili: You discuss and I will pronounce who is right.
Hili: Konieczny jest wyraźny podział ról.
Ja: Co proponujesz?
Hili: Wy dyskutujcie, a ja będę orzekać kto ma rację.