The Daily Dose/January 29, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™
Notes from around our human experience.
Leading Off is running intermittently right now.
Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually.
The Diary of a Nobody – At the veterans service office (VSO), Sparrow fields a phone call. Today’s Diary.
…and he regularly calls me about things that are beyond the scope and interest of a VSO…Today he was in rare form, announcing he’d received a letter from Social Security declaring his checks would be getting withheld at a 15% rate…Why is this, he wondered his tone, as always, implying it’s in my hands now.
On This Date
History’s long march.
In 1856 – Queen Victoria of Great Britain establishes the Victoria Cross for valor by members of the British military in the Crimean War, which would end the following month. Since its inception, a total of 1,355 men have won the award, including three who have won it twice. The Victoria Cross is awarded for “conspicuous bravery…in the presence of the enemy” and the Victoria Cross has been awarded only 15 times since World War II, most recently in 2013 for valor in Afghanistan.
In 1964 – The 9th Winter Olympics open in Innsbruck, Austria. The Soviet Union won the most gold medals (11) and the most total medals (25) and the only US gold medal was won in 500-meter speed skating by Terry McDermott. As sometimes happens, sufficient snow refused to fall and the Austrian Army had to import snow from a pass near the Italian border. The Winter Olympics would return to Innsbruck twelve years later when the original host city, Denver, backed out.
In 1966 – The Beatles are at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for the fourth of six consecutive weeks with Rubber Soul. It was the seventh of 19 #1 albums for the group and the North American release produced zero chart singles. The album sold 1.2 million copies in its first nine days, an unprecedented total in an era when singles generally outsold albums and the record also spent eight weeks at #1 in Great Britain.
Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.
I only learned all this from the losses. Losses turn to lessons.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.
Billboard’s #1 song of 1989 was Look Away by Chicago, which spent two weeks at #1, eight weeks in the Top 10 and 24 weeks in the Hot 100.
Match wits with Gaylon. It’s not that hard.
How many nations participated in the 1964 Winter Olympics? – Answer next time!