It’s December 19, 2016, with six shopping days left before Christmas and the beginning of Koynezaa. It’s National Hard Candy Day and National Oatmeal Muffin Day, presumably with the latter a palliative for the former. Otherwise, there are no notable holidays on the planet, save Goa Liberation Day in India.
On this day in 1777, George Washington and his Continental Army established winter quarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. What a tough time the winter must have been for his Army! In 1972, the Apollo 17 mission, the last manned lunar flight, returned to Earth. And on December 19, 1998, Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representative, the second President so indicted. Can you name the other one?
Notables born on this day include Nobel Laureate Albert Michelson (1892), Jean Genet (1910), Edith Piaf (1915, ♥), Phil Ochs (1940), and Jennifer Beals (1963). Those who died on this day include Emily Brontë (1848), Marcello Mastroianni, (1996), and Hope Lange (1993). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili pretends she’s immune to adulation and flattery, but you know she’s not!:
A: A reader wrote a letter saying that you are the best editor-in-chief in Poland.Hili: I do not pay attention to flattery.
Ja: Przyszedł list od czytelnika, który pisze, że jesteś najlepszą naczelną w Polsce.
Hili: Nie zwracam uwagi na pochlebstwa.
And here’s a photo of Harry, one of Matthew Cobb’s three cats (the other two are Ollie and Pepper), celebrating the holidays:
Here’s Ollie, nestling in tinsel:
And. . . Gus, who only visits the tree when fresh water is put in the stand (he drinks it, of course):