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    I love both the staring cats and the wee posh boy with a name so much longer than he is.



    March 38, 1889:
    Eiffel Tower opens
    Eiffel Tower France

    Eiffel, a noted bridge builder, was a master of metal construction and designed the framework of the Statue of Liberty that had recently been erected in New York Harbor.



    Today in History 04-03-17
    Lighter Version:

    Annie Hall beats out Star Wars for Best Picture

    Star Wars:



    On this day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery.



    In Special Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:
    Dr. MLK funeral 1968
    Dr. King is assassinated
    from article…On April 3, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”



    Happy 151st Anniversary to ASPCA Today!
    ASPCA is founded

    On April 10, 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh, 54.

    In 1863, Bergh had been appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to a diplomatic post at the Russian court of Czar Alexander II. It was there that he was horrified to witness work horses beaten by their peasant drivers. En route back to America, a June 1865 visit to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in London awakened his determination to secure a charter not only to incorporate the ASPCA but to exercise the power to arrest and prosecute violators of the law.



    Today in History: April 14
    RMS Titanic hits iceberg
    Just before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic fails to divert its course from an iceberg, ruptures its hull, and begins to sink.

    titanic under water



    Wow – Great SF Earthquake 04-18-1906:

    sf earthquake



    1906 Enrico Caruso survives the San Francisco earthquake
    …“My valet, brave fellow that he is, goes back and bundles all my things into trunks and drags them down six flights of stairs and out into the open one by one.” That same valet would eventually find a horse and cart to carry the great Caruso and his many belongings to the waterfront Ferry Building—no mean accomplishment on a day when tens of thousands were attempting to escape the fires ravaging the city.



    Today in History:
    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins

    In Warsaw, Poland, Nazi forces attempting to clear out the city’s Jewish ghetto are met by gunfire from Jewish resistance fighters, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins.

    warsaw uprising

    warsaw ghetto uprising

    #NeveAgain #EndFascism!



    We’ve certainly had a string of solemn and serious ones recently, from the assassination of MLK on…

    I hesitated even to post that one. Most of the ghetto residents were either murdered there or taken to extermination camps; a few escaped to other areas of Warsaw in the confusion, where sadly most of those harboured by non-Jewish Poles were hunted down by house-to-house clearances, as were many Polish resistance members and other Warsaw residents.



    Happy Purrday to:
    Redon Art

    Born today in 1840 artist Odilon Redon. 🙂



    Belated Happy Purrday to:
    Born 04/24 – 1920 San Francisco artist Paul Wonner.

    still life with cat parrot flowers

    artist with cat



    May 1st: Happy Purrday to:
    Born today in 1855 painter Cecilia Beaux.
    Below: Beaux portrait “Man with the Cat (Henry Sturgis Drinker)”.

    Purrday artist



    Today in History 5-2-33
    Happy Anniversary to Nessie 😉
    This Day in History: Loch Ness Monster Sighted
    Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.



    Wow, already 56 years ago!
    first astronaut in space
    From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere 🙂



    Today in Historoy:
    V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain
    VE day

    On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.



    Yes, it is also being celebrated in France, as it was the day the Nazi forces capitulated. Some European countries prefer to celebrate their own Liberation Days, I always remember that it is on 25 April in Italy, as it is a statutory holiday there.



    Today in History: May 10th
    Transcontinental railroad completed

    Transcontinental RR completed

    On this day in 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history…



    Midweek Art Share:
    Born today in 1874 archaeologist Howard Carter.

    Below: Carter painting of “The Cat in the Marshes” a detail from the tomb of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hasan.
    purrday artist
    Born 5/8 in 1938 artist and writer Jean (Moebius) Giraud.

    purrday artist
    purrday art wht cat



    Today in History with Happy Birthday to:
    Madeleine Albright is born:
    Madeline Albright
    On this day in 1937, Madeleine Albright, America’s first female secretary of state, is born Maria Jana Korbelova in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). The daughter of Czech diplomat Josef Korbel, Albright fled to England with her family after the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939…
    The daughter of Czech diplomat Josef Korbel, Albright fled to England with her family after the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. Though Albright long believed they had fled for political reasons, she learned as an adult that her family was Jewish and that three of her grandparents had died in Nazi concentration camps. 🙁
    In 1993, Clinton appointed her ambassador to the United Nations. In that post, Albright earned a reputation as a straight-talking defender of American interests and an advocate for an increased role for the U.S. in U.N. operations. In late 1996, Clinton nominated Albright to succeed Warren Christopher as U.S. secretary of state



    As a social historian (or at least someone with a background in social history) I’ve met several people who had to flee fascism/Nazism for both political and “racial” reasons. Primo Levi was arrested as a partisan; his sister Anna Maria was an active partisan as she wasn’t swept up and sent to a concentration/death camp. She was in every bit as much danger as her brother, but her experience wasn’t as dehumanizing.

    Not to EVER downplay the humans destroyed by racism and genocide, but I do hope there will be little memorials to the cats destroyed by ignorant superstition – alongside marginal women, and the usual Jews and Gypsies persecuted in European and European-origin societies. Livia supports this (oh, at least she rubs up against me and purrs, but she does that all the time) but reminds me that Black lives matter, even when they are cats.



    Artists of the Month:

    Happy Purrday to:
    Born today in 1844 painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt.

    Below: “Sara Holding A Cat” (19080.
    lil girl holding cat

    Born in 1844 painter Henri Rousseau.

    henry and tabby




    Back then, it was not known that secondhand smoke adversely affects our feline friends…



    Born 05-23 in 1910 actor, dancer and musician Scatman Crothers.
    scatman Crothers
    Feline fact: The animated character from the film “The Aristocats”, Scat Cat, was originally written for Louis Armstrong and was originally named Satchmo Cat but when Armstrong became ill it was decided to replace him with Scatman Crothers and rename him “Scat Cat” and write a new song, “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat.”

    Blueberrry Hill:



    Big Ben goes into operation in London

    The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on this day in 1859.
    The name “Big Ben” originally just applied to the bell but later came to refer to the clock itself. 🙂



    It’s Thursday June 1st:
    Art Share of the Day: Happy Purrday to…
    Born today in 1856 painter W?adys?aw ?lewi?ski.
    artist of the day



    June 6, 1944
    #NeverAgain War to End All Wars!

    D DAY

    Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II.
    …Though it did not go off exactly as planned, as later claimed by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery–for example, the Allies were able to land only fractions of the supplies and vehicles they had intended in France–D-Day was a decided success. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.

    The heroism and bravery displayed by troops from the Allied countries on D-Day has served as inspiration for several films, most famously The Longest Day (1962) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It was also depicted in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (2001).



    Yes 73 years ago on this date was the beginning of end of the Nazi Regime.



    In 1949 George Orwell’s 1984 was published. 68 years later it’s the definitive go-to for government control.



    You got that one right PG. 🙁 Some time back used to discuss “game” – not quite the correct term – “What would be in your Room 101?” Of course no one was required to respond as beyond TMI and beyond scary. They used the “rats” in TV show “Nikita” (also excellent series IMHO.) Would be interesting idea for a book club.

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