1. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development—commemorating the need to respect cultural diversity and promote international harmony and adopted in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; great idea but in large parts of the world, especially areas where jihadist Islam runs rampant, the idea falls on deaf ears.
2. Sister Maria Hummel Day—commemorating the works of Bertel Hummel born in Germany on who entered a convent after World War I taking the name Sister Maria Innocentia; a nun with artistic talent she started painting porcelain figurines that began very popular especially to those GIs who were able to buy them during World War II and during the post war occupation of Germany.
3. 2003 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2003 on a three week run Get Busy by Sean Paul, a Jamaican Reggae, rap, and hip hop singer who appeared on the scene in 1998 and is still performing today. Here is a link (apologies for the Nissan ad) to a music video of Sean Paul performing Get Busy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2EjmlGnrno
4. National Hummus Day—a dip that goes back to ancient Egypt and easy to make—take 1 can of chickpeas, 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic to taste (try 1-2 cloves), 2 tablespoons olive oil, and the juice of half a lemon in a food processor or blender, and whirl until smooth. Even the photo below looks tasty:
1. 5. It You Want a Concert Just Ask—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1904 of one of the true pioneers of jazz, Fats Waller who is also known as having been kidnapped by four of Al Capone’s thugs in order for him to play at a surprised party for Al Capone. He died far too early from pneumonia contracted on a train trip and at his funeral in Harlem, more than 4,000 people attended justifying the remark of future Congressman Adam Clayton Powell that “Fats always played to a full house.”
2. On this day in:a. 1881 Clara Barton formed the American Red Cross.
b. 1927 Charles Lindbergh touched down at Le Bourget Field outside of Paris after becoming the first aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic.
c. 1932 five years to the day after Charles Lindbergh’s successful flight across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart after being forced down due to bad weather landed in a pasture at Derry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
d. 1979 riots in San Francisco broke out after conviction of Dan White for the murders of Mayor Dan Moscone and gay Supervisor Harvey Milk; the demonstrators were expecting a murder verdict, but the jury was swayed by what came to be known as the “Twinkie defense.”
e. 2014 the 911 Museum at the World Trade Center, New York City, was opened to the public.
Reflections on facing danger during wartime:“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them." Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross and Civil War Nurse Brave and dynamic woman indeed whose battlefield nursing exploits probably save 100’s of soldiers from death.
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