Daily Report – Wednesday, July 4, 2018

After only a few days at home, The Wife heads out to the big city for another stint at the retailer there on today’s The Diary of a Nobody. In other news from The Shire, Sparrow asks for a raise at the hotel, he takes The Wife to dinner before her departure and his left index finger laceration is healing and doesn’t figure to present any long-term health problems.

There wasn’t The Thought for the Day one or two years ago, so today we dug into the archives for one from Henry David Thoreau, a frequent contributor to this feature. Today, in a quote from Walden, HDT talks about wisdom.

And, as a bonus, we are pleased to feature The Daily Dose column from one year ago today, some thoughts on what our Founding Fathers might think of their country in the second decade of the 21st century. It’s a hell of a column, and we felt so good about it we put it in the Gaylon Hall of Fame.

On This Date:
In 1054 – A supernova – an exploding star – is witnessed by assorted civilizations across the planet. Written accounts of the event are found in both Chinese and Arab texts and less reliable accounts are credited to some European cultures. The Chinese accounts are rather detailed, with the event referred to in one account as a ‘guest star’ that only faded ‘after a year or more’. The remnants of the supernova are known as the Crab Nebula and can be seen in the Taurus constellation.

In 1925 – The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia A’s 1-0 in 15 innings at Yankee Stadium. Both Herb Pennock of the Yankees and Lefty Grove of the A’s pitch complete games, with Pennock, rather impressively, retired 18 of the first 19 batters he faced and the last 22 batters he faced. The Yankees won on a Steve O’Neil single which scored Bobby Veach.

In 1966 – The Beach Boys hit #1 for the first time as I Get Around reaches the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. It was the first of four #1’s for the Beach Boys (Help Me Rhonda, Good Vibrations, Kokomo)I Get Around also went to #1 in Canada and was Billboard’s 5th biggest song of 1966.

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