Good morning on a chilly (in Chicago) December 13, 2016, which is National Popcorn String Day. That’s not popcorn for eating, but for threading on a string and draping around your Christmas tree. In Poland today is Martial Law Victims Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the declaration of martial law in Poland in 1981 (Wikipedia says 2002, but that appears to be wrong).
On this day in history, the Council of Trent began in 1545. In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin their third and final walk on the Moon, which is the last time that humans have set foot on that body. I know some decry the enormous costs of manned spaceflight, and the lack of scientific rewards (though there have been some), but I still see it as a tremendous adventure, and feel that our species is enriched by having traveled to another planet. No other species is remotely capable of doing something like that. And, on December 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured, hiding in a hole, near Tikrit.
Notables born on this day include Alvin C. York (1887), Van Heflin (1908), Dick Van Dyke (1925), and Steve Buscemi (1957). Those who died on this day include a writer and three painters: Donatello (1466), Wassily Kandinsky (1944, one of my favorites), Henry James (1947), and Grandma Moses (1961; she died at 101 and her real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses).
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is making bon mots:
A: What are you doing?Hili: I’m trying to catch the right moment.
Ja: Co ty robisz?
Hili: Próbuję złapać właściwy moment.