Today's event is very zen. No muss, no fuss. Just ... let it go.
Life is long. Life is full of obstacles and stress and complications. But it can be so much more, if you let it. Today is the day to forget your troubles, and just breathe. In and out.
I once heard stress perfectly described by use of a glass of water. If you hold it in your hand for a moment, you barely notice the weight. The longer you hold it, the heavier it seems to be. This is true with stress. The more you focus on it, the more you allow it to fill your life, the heavier it will be.
So today, let it go. The world will keep on spinning, life will continue to go on. Just breathe, and live.
Today is also Baby Boomer's Recognition Day, Pink Flamingo Day, Public Service Day, and Ryan Moran Day.
Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:
- Henry Hudson's crew mutinied and set Hudson, his son John, and 7 others adrift in a small boat in 1611. They were never heard from again.
- Empress Catherine II granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev in 1794.
- The Pacific Fur Company, headed by New York fur dealer John Jacob Astor, was established in 1810 to trade furs in the Northwest and on the Pacific Coast.
- Christopher Latham Sholes patented his "Type-writer" in 1868.
- Hockey's first great star Frederick "Cyclone" Taylor, a charter member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was born in Tara, Ontario in 1883.
- Frederick Douglass became the 1st African-American man to be nominated for the American Presidency in 1888.
- In the 1896 federal election, the Liberals defeated the Conservatives with 118 seats to 88. Wilfrid Laurier became Canada's first French-Canadian prime minister and marked a turning point in Canadian politics after years of Conservative Party rule.
- German fighter plane, a Focke-Wulf FW190, was captured intact when it mistakenly landed at RAF Pembrey in Wales in 1942.
- Photographer Raymonde April, whose practice has influenced the development of photography in Québec and Canada, was born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1953.
- Walt Disney's "Lady & the Tramp" was released in 1955.
- The first Juno Awards were presented in 1970.
- The "David Letterman Show," debuted on NBC-TV in 1980.
- A Boeing 767 ran out of fuel and was guided by its pilot, with luck and skill, to a safe landing at Gimli, Manitoba in 1983.
- The worst air disaster associated with Canada and the third worst in history was the explosion, likely from a terrorist bomb, of Air India Flight 182 from Toronto in 1985. The plane crashed into the North Atlantic off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 on board.
- Bob Dylan accepted an honorary doctor of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university, in 2004.
- An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale hit 60 km north of Ottawa in 2010, causing tremors that shook central Ontario and part of Quebec. Though no lives were lost and only minimal damage occurred, the quake was unique in that it was felt as far as New York.
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