Saturday, Sunday August 24-25
“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
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Today in history
The Gutenberg Bible was completed on August 24, 1456.
Alaska became a United States territory 101 years ago today.
It was on this day in 1932 when Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop. Her trip took her from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey.
On August 24, 2006 The International Astronomical Union fired Pluto from it’s job as our furthest planet from the sun. Throwing a bone to Pluto for it’s long standing place and tenure as a planet, they declared Pluto a “dwarf planetoid object”. This is defined as a body that orbits the sun, has enough mass to be nearly round in shape, is not a moon, and finally, has not “cleared” it’s orbit of all debris.
Our deal for today is on an autographed copy of the paperback book called Sunken Gillnets: Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska by William H. Nicholson. Amazon gives the following description:
Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska
During the winter of 1978, dynamic change loomed on the horizon. Ultimately, this would change our lives for the better, since my friends and I began to think of fishing another species of fish, other than salmon. Over the last few months, we heard rumblings of a potentially lucrative new herring fishery not too far from Dillingham. It sounded like a fishery that targeted on a species not too much larger than a smelt. I was interested. So were many other residents who pondered how they could make money off so small a fish.
Some of the writers born August 24th include:
John Taylor (1578), Robert Herrick (1591), Max Beerbohm (1872), Earl Derr Biggers (1884), Jean Rhys (1890), Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Gaylord DuBois (1899), Fernand Braudel (1902), Mary Burchell (1904), James Tiptree, Jr. (1915), Léo Ferré (1916), Howard Zinn (1922), David Ireland (1927), Betty Dodson (1929), A. S. Byatt (1936), Susan Sheehan (1937), Paulo Coelho (1947), Alexander McCall Smith (1948), Orson Scott Card (1951), Oscar Hijuelos (1951), Marion Bloem (1952), Linton Kwesi Johnson (1952), Dick Lee (1956), Stephen Fry (1957), Chris Offutt (1958), Takashi Miike (1960), Major Garrett (1962), Dana Gould (1964), David Gregory (1970), Dave Chappelle (1973), John Green (1977), and Vahur Afanasjev (1979).
Some of the writers born August 25th include:
István Gyöngyösi (1620), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Nikolaus Lenau (1744), Bret Harte (1836), David Shimoni (1891), Paul Herman Buck (1899), Brian Moore (1921), Thea Astley (1925), Hal Fishman (1931), Patrick F. McManus (1933), István Gaál (1933), Charles Wright (1935), Virginia Euwer Wolff (1937), Frederick Forsyth (1938), Marshall Brickman (1941), Howard Jacobson (1942), Conrad Black (1944), Charles Ghigna (1946), Michael Kaluta (1947), Martin Amis (1949), Simon McBurney (1957), Simon McBurney (1957), Tim Burton (1958), Sterling Harwood (1958), Ian Falconer (1959), Lane Smith (1959), Marti Noxon (1964), Dan Parent (1964), Rachel Ray (1968), and John Witt (1969).
Today is Vesuvius Day. Today is the anniversary of when Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion, one of the largest explosions in recorded history. This was in 79 A.D. The Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were destroyed by this deadly volcano when they were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. About 3,360 people died in the eruption. Mount Vesuvius also exploded a second time in 1631. At that time, it killed approximately 3,500 people.
GoTopless Day always falls on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day (August 26th). On August 26, 1920 women earned the right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. The US Congress made August 26th into a nationally recognized date in 1971 and named it “Women’s Equality Day”. This Sunday people around the world are invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public. Gotopless.org has a “Boob Map” where you can find events in your area.
It’s Kiss and Make Up Day this Sunday, a great way to end a spat. Everyone, whether it be family, friends, or lovers, has an occasional fight. Today is the day to end the fight, kiss, and make up. Get over your issues and resolve your differences today.
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is on August 25. Who doesn’t love a bargain, especially in this economy. This day celebrates both the thriftiness and practicality of second-hand clothing. Two good ways to celebrate today are to buy second-hand clothing and making a donation. The point of this event is to draw attention to the money and earth-saving benefits of buying used clothing rather than buying only new items.
August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day. This well-loved concoction is a perennial favorite, made by mixing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally a dash of egg white, then shaking everything, straining, and serving straight or over ice. Traditionally, it is garnished with half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry .Historically, its recipe first appearing in print in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book The Bon Vivant’s Companion or How to Mix Drinks. There seems to be some dispute, as with many classic cocktails, as to its true origin. Some trace its development back to the early days of naval expansion back in the 1700’s. When sailors were coming down with scurvy (a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C) citrusy fruits like lemons and limes were used in drinks to ward off the disease. Due to problems preserving the fruit for long durations, sailors started adding sulphur dioxide, demerara rum, gin, and eventually whiskey, resulting in the whiskey sour. Another tale traces its birth to an English steward on a sailing ship. As a closet bartender, he was constantly experimenting with shaking and stirring things up. One variation states that possibly the same steward created it after opening a bar in an unnamed Peruvian city.
International Bat Night has taken place the last full weekend of August every year since 1997 in more than 30 countries. Groups from across Europe pass information to the public about the way bats live and their needs in ways that include presentations, exhibitions and bat walks. Bats are scary to many, this probably has been made much more so by the vampire and other scary stories that have used this misunderstood animal. These scary stories have led to bats becoming endangered. Most people don’t know that bats, like bees, pollinate plants.
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