It’s Saturday, December 10, and the snow is on its way to Chicago: 5-10 inches are predicted for this afternoon and later. Fortunately, part of my retirement benefits include a free spot in the nearby University parking garage, where I will install my car before the storm hits. (Believe me, in my pre-retirement days when I parked on the streets, I’ve waited over two weeks for the snow to melt enough to dig my car out of big drifts). It’s National Lager Day in the U.S., but I may have an IPA instead, though I’m increasingly finding them too bitter since American craft brewers are overwhelming beers with too many hops. I dearly miss a good British pint like Landlord. It’s also International Human Rights Day, honoring the UN’s proclamation in 1948 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That resolution was adopted by a vote of 48-8. Who voted against it? Saudi Arabia, the USSR, Ukrainian SSR, Yugoslavia, Poland, South Africa, Czechoslovakia, and Byelorussian SSR.
Other events on this day in history include Martin Luther’s burning of his copy of the his copy of the Exsurge Domine in Wittenberg; the Bull censured many of Luther’s famous 95 theses. Into Luther’s bonfire also went other documents of canon law and Catholic theology. On this day in 1684, Newton read to the Royal Society his paper deriving Kepler’s laws from the principle of gravity. In 1884, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn was published; Ernest Hemingway, a big fan of the book, said this: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” Strong words, and an arguable thesis, but defendable nonetheless. In England, Edward VIII abdicated on this day in 1936, and, in 1978 the Nobel Committee, in a stunning move of premature plaudits, gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin and President of Egypt Anwar Sadat. Peace? Not by a long shot. It was a good try, though.
Notables born on this day include Ada Lovelace (1815), Emily Dickinson (1830), and the choreographer Hermes Pan (1909). Those who died on this day include Alfred Nobel (1896), Walter Johnson (1946), Jascha Heifetz (1987), Rick Danko (1999), and Richard Pryor (2005). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is musing in Greek. I’d amend her statement to “Time flies—and so do the birds.” Looking up “Panta rhei,” though, it seems to mean “Everything flows,” i.e., that things are constantly changing; the statement comes from Heraclitus.
Hili: Panta rhei.A: What does that mean?Hili: Time flies.
Hili: Panta rhei.
Ja: To znaczy?
Hili: Czas leci.