This year is going to be one of the best for music in a long time. Four of my favorite musicians are releasing albums this year. I’ve already posted about Jeffrey Foucault (why haven’t you bought that album yet?). Now Josh Ritter (listen to the entire album–The Animal Years—here!)–again, I’m thinking “Thin Blue Flame” is the best song of the year; instant classic–, Bill Mallonee (Permafrost), and Woven Hand (Mosaic) are set to release their new albums. Good. And Good.
Day: 8 April 2006
A Procrastination Game
Gotta love the internet. This from Tutal: “Go to Wikipedia, enter in your birth date but not the year. List three neat events, three births and two deaths, include the year.”
Here’s my list:
1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay.
1963 – During a 200,000-person civil rights rally in at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his famous I have a dream speech.
1907 – UPS is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington.
[Honorable mentions: I’ve got declarations of war (twice in 1916) and riots (1964, 1968). The late summer heat must get to some people.]
1749 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and scientist (d. 1832)
1774 – Elizabeth Ann Seton, first American-born Catholic saint (d. 1821)
1828 (O.S.) – Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (d. 1910)
[Honorable mentions to the celebrities: Lou Piniella (1943), Shania Twain (1965), and Jack Black (1969)–hmm, Jack’s mustache is eerily reminiscent of Tutal’s…]
388 – Magnus Maximus, Roman usurper against Valentinian III
1784 – Junípero Serra, Spanish Franciscan missionary (b. 1713)
Feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo (d. August 28, 430).
I would also like to note a significant event sharing my daughter’s birthday: 1920 – The United States Postal Service rules that children may not be sent via parcel post. And I was hoping to send her to her grandparents’ for Christmas!