It’s Sunday, December 11, 2016, meaning that it’s National “Have a Bagel” Day, which sounds pretty good to me, though there’s small chance of having my favorite: an onion bagel with a schmear and a good piece of lox. If Adam Gopnik is reading this, I’d urge him (being in the right city) to celebrate appropriately. It’s also International Mountain Day and, in Argentina, National Tango Day, honoring Julio de Caro (a conductor and composer of tango) in 1899.
On this day in 1936, Edward VIII’s abdication became effective; Wikipedia characterizes that as a “crisis”. And, on December 11, 1962, Arthur Lucas became one of the last two people executed in Canada (both on the same day). The method was hanging. Now the U.S. stands with Japan as the only First World democracies that still kill prisoners. On December 11, 1964, Che Guevara spoke to the United Nations (in Spanish). Here’s his speech with English subtitles. Within five years he was dead: captured and shot in Bolivia.
Notables born on this day include Robert Koch (1843), Max Born (1882), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918, the speaker at my graduation from Harvard), Tom Hayden (1939), John Kerry (1943), and Hailee Steinfeld (1996). Those who died on this day include Sam Cooke (1964) and Bettie Page (2008). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is discovering one of the rules of dealing with the Internet:
Hili: May just anybody write in the Internet whatever they think?A: Basically, yes.Hili: But you don’t have to read it?
Hili: Czy w Internecie każdy może napisać co myśli?
Ja: W zasadzie tak.
Hili: Ale nie musicie tego czytać?