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.
Hili: Podczas wirtualnej podróży lubię wyglądać przez wirtualne okno.
Ja: I co tam widzisz?
Hili: Nie da się tego opowiedzieć.