Friday, August 25, 2006

This day in history
In 1944 Paris was liberated by the French 2nd Armored Division and the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.

In 1900 Friedrich Nietzsche died.

In 1814 the British burned Washington DC.

It is Independence Day in Uruguay.

Today is the 237th day of the year. It is the 2063rd day of the century (which began on Jan. 1, 2001, not 2000, dammit).

In 325 the Council of Nicea ended, establishing an official doctrine for Christianity, which was promptly ignored by Nestorians, Syrians, Donatists, Armenians, Coptics, Arians, Manicheans, and assorted Gnostics.

In most states, there are only 100 shopping days left until Christmas. In some states there are even fewer.

In 1914 a hurricane destroyed Galveston, Texas.

It is the saint's day for Genisius, patron saint of clowns. he was beheaded by Diocletian who did not have much of a sense of humor.

In 1981 Voyager 2 passed Saturn on its way out of the solar system.

In 1989 Voyager 2 passed Neptune on its way out of the solar system.

Today is the birthday of Walt Kelly, Elvis Costello, Mad Ludwig of Bavaria, Clara Bow, George Wallace, Ivan the Terrible, Martin Amis, Sean Connery, and me.

PS - Clever Wife and I are having too much fun on the road. I don't think we're coming back until we run out of money or break the car.

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