Sparrow has a pretty busy day off on The Diary of a Nobody, including going out to lunch, conducting a job interview and chatting with his neighbor Jerry.
One of the pleasures of reading is finding new authors to read and The Thought for the Day from two years back is from Saul Bellow’s novel Ravelstein. We found it at a book sale at a small town library. The character being quoted is named Chick, as we recall, and he talks about ignoring the calendar and crossing the plateaus he was meant to cross, a familiar theme at The Thought for the Day.
On This Date:
In 2004 – The first transit of Venus since 1882 occurs, visible in Asia, Africa and parts of the Americas. A transit is when one celestial body comes between another body and the sun and when the bodies are relatively close together, such as earth and her moon, they are known as eclipses.
Transits of Venus come in pairs, the next one was in 2012, and pairs of transits happen irregularly, always a century or so apart. The next transit of Venus is in 2117. The first recorded transit that was observed by humans came in 1639.
In 2000 – The Dallas Stars defeat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 in three overtimes in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It remains the longest 1-0 game in Stanley Cup Finals history. The Devils still lead the series and would claim the Stanley Cup in Game 6.
In 1985 – Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears goes to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would spend one week at the top and was the second and final #1 song for the group, following 1984’s Shout.
Have a great day,