After a disjointed week, Sparrow is pleased to start a long period where he doesn’t have to clock in anywhere on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody…After the usual stuff around the house, he offers some remote IT help for the hotel and even manages to squeeze in lunch at the Mexican joint in the next county.
The Thought for the Day didn’t run one or two years ago today, so we offer one from November of last year, from Benjamin Franklin, one of the more useful people our species has produced. Mr Franklin talks about putting the talents you were born with to work, a common theme at this feature because what else are we supposed to do with our lives?
On This Date:
In 1959 – The first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere opens at Disneyland. Despite its utility, the monorail has never really caught on in the United States, mainly used at airports and amusement parks, though they are common in other parts of the world, particularly Japan.
In 1966 – The longest game in professional baseball to date is played in the Florida State Leauge when the Miami Marlins defeat the St Petersburg Cardinals 4-3 in 29 innings. The record would stand until a two-day, 33 inning International League game in 1981, and it remains the longest uninterrupted game in the history of professional baseball.
In 1980 – Funkytown by Lipps Inc remains at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the third of four weeks. While Lipps Inc was not a true one hit wonder – their previous single peaked at #64, and they would have hits on the Dance and Soul charts, and in other countries – Funkytown would remain their only US Top 40 hit.