Good morning fans,
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Speaking of The Diary of a Nobody, Sparrow avoids needing a shower after using a plunger at the hotel, plus he whines his way out of two four-hour shifts at the retailer, only to be sentenced to an eight-hour shift. He also gets his first decent rest in a while, too.
One year ago in The Thought for the Day we featured a quote from one of History’s most translated writers, Robert Louis Stevenson. The author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped died young (44) and was never particularly healthy and today’s thought talks about our duty to be happy.
On This Date:
In 1409 – The Catholic Church has three claimants to the papacy – two more than usual – when the Council of Pisa elects Pope Alexander V. Alexander, along with Pope John XXIII had been elected in opposition to Pope Gregory XII, who would end up outliving both of them. After a two-year period without a pope, Martin V was elected in 1417.
In 1901 – Confusion in the American League (AL) office results in the Boston Red Sox, then known as the Americans, showing for their originally scheduled game in Philadelphia. For good measure, the umpire shows up, too. Unfortunately, the AL had changed the schedule and Philadelphia was in Washington playing the Senators, while Boston should have been in Baltimore, where a few thousand fans were waiting for them to show up.
In 1982 – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 1oo for the seventh and final week with Ebony and Ivory. The song remains Wonder’s biggest hit and McCartney’s biggest hit outside of the Beatles. It also went to #1 in Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway and Spain.
Have a good day,