Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s the penultimate day of January: Monday, January 30, 2017, and it’s National Croissant Day in the U.S. (as opposed to France, where it’s always National Croissant Day). In India it’s Martyr’s Day, honoring all martyrs, with the day chosen because it was on January 30, 1948 that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi.

On this day in 1649, King Charles I of England was beheaded, and, exactly 12 years later, Oliver Cromwell, who died of natural causes, was exhumed from Westminster Abbey and posthumously beheaded. In 1933, Hitler was sworn in as the Chancellor of Germany. Finally, on this day in 1969, the Beatles did their final performance—on the roof of Apple records in London. Here it is from Vimeo, and some of the footage is in the movie “Let It Be”. It’s good! (Be sure to watch it on the original Vimeo site; it’s only 22 minutes long.)

Notables born on this day include Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), trumpeter Roy Eldridge (1911; see below), Gene Hackman (1930), Vanessa Redgrave (1937; she’s 80 today), Dick Cheney (1941), Phil Collins (1951), and Christian Bale (1974). Eldridge, nicknamed “Little Jazz,” was one of the best jazz trumpeters of all time, and I’m going to give you the treat of listening to his fabulous solo on the song “Rocking Chair,” performed by Gene Krupa’s band:

Those who died on this day include can-can dancer and model La Goulue (real name Louise Weber, 1929), Mahatma Gandhi and Orville Wright (both 1948), and Coretta Scott King (2006). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is going to Carolina in her mind:

Hili: While on a virtual journey I like to look out through a virtual window.
A: And what do you see?
Hili: It’s impossible to describe.
In Polish:
Hili: Podczas wirtualnej podróży lubię wyglądać przez wirtualne okno.
Ja: I co tam widzisz?
Hili: Nie da się tego opowiedzieć.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the life of Fred Korematsu (January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005), a Japanese-American activist born in the U.S. After Franklin Roosevelt issued internment orders for those of Japanese descent at the beginning of WWII, sending them to the American version of concentration camps, Korematsu became a fugitive, undergoing plastic surgery to try to look Caucasian. He was recognized, arrested, and convicted of a crime, with the U.S. Supreme court affirming the legality of Roosevelt’s order). Korematsu was then placed in an internment camp, living in a horse stall. He challenged the legitimacy of Roosevelt’s orders in the case or Korematsu v. US, but lost. The Executive Order was nullified decades later, Korematsu was later cleared, and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton.



  1. Frank Bath
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    I think we have to make it clear Cromwell died of natural causes and was later dug up and beheaded.

    • John Ottaway
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:46 am | Permalink

      You beat me to it

    • Graham Head
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:46 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I was going to say surely that should be ‘executed’.

    • Dominic
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:54 am | Permalink

      I prefer to call him Oliver Crumble…
      but then I am silly.

    • GBJames
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 7:22 am | Permalink

      Dug up and beheaded? I hope he learned his lesson!

    • Posted January 30, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      Fixed it, thanks.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

      … bit of a drastic treatment for warts, isn’t it?

  2. John Ottaway
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    A footnote on the “execution” of Oliver Cromwell, he had been dead for 12 years, when it was carried out

    His head was displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall for over 20 years, before it was taken down and sold on to numerous collectors who also displayed it

    It was only finally (re)buried, in 1960, 302 years after he died, (or 290 after he was executed)

    • Dominic
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:55 am | Permalink

      What about the rest of him?!

    • Veroxitatis
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      Cornell’s body was posthumously executed in just under 3 years after his death.

      • Veroxitatis
        Posted January 30, 2017 at 7:29 am | Permalink

        Cromwell’s (predictive text _ sigh!)

      • John Ottaway
        Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:01 am | Permalink

        You are correct. Thank you

        I confused it with being on the 12th anniversary of the execution of Charles I

        Not to make excuses, (before making excuses) I was taught in 1985 and thought I could manage it without using Google

        • Veroxitatis
          Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

          No problem. You were not far off in the case of Cromwell’s co-conspirator,Henry Ireton, his son in law. Incidentally, for reasons which I have been unable to discover it would appear that the village Oregon in Iowa was named after him.

          • Veroxitatis
            Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink

            Ireton. I give up!

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Which means yesterday was the antepenultimate day of January.

    • Dominic
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      I was thinking exactly that only the other way…. (?!) 🙂
      I mean, the day after the ultimate day – is that the post-ultimate day?
      Confusing myself…

    • Dominic
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

      And I suppose, that before you give someone an ultimatum, you give them a penultimatum!

    • Derek Freyberg
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      I think the only time I have heard “antepenultimate” before your comment was in Flanders and Swann’s “Madeira”, where the young lady was warned, with “his antepenultimate breath”, “My dear, should you look on the wine when it’s red, be prepared for a fate worse than death.”

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink


  4. rickflick
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    The rooftop Beatles is a good way to wake up in the morning. Thanks for posting it.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    The last performance eh. Oh to be 19 again.

  6. Hempenstein
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I wasn’t aware of Fred. Thanx for posting that – reposted that para on my FB stream. It also segues to a thought I had on waking up – will the next POTUS’ first exec order be the wholesale nullification of every one of Boss Tw**t’s?

    If more people woke up to this website instead of godawful banter radio (how do they stand that??) the country would be a better place.

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