Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 18 - Nelson Mandela Day


 It's comic con international week, starting today for one week only can we indulge in our comic con dreams, take in a "con" and feel no embarrassment over it. We say, "let's do it!"

Today is also Nelson Mandela Day. I really enjoyed the description the website (see below) put together for this day; "The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”"

 For more information on Mandela Day and how you can "Make Everyday a Mandela Day" take a look at

Lets look at today in history.

-390BC Roman-Gaulish Wars: Battle of the Allia - a Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome.
-1552 Rudolf II, of Habsburg, emperor of Germany (1576-1612) born.
-1591 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster, dies at 40.
-1610 Michelangelo Merisi, Italian artist (b. 1573) dies.

-1656 Battle at Warsaw: Swedish king Karel X Gustaafbeats Johan II Kasimir & occupies Warsaw.
-1817  Jane Austen, English novelist, dies at 41.

-1905 The Dominion Act created the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, effective September 1. Regina and Edmonton, respectively, became the capitals on July 20.
-1918 Nelson Mandela, Qunu South Africa, political prisoner (ANC)/President (1994-1999)/ Nobel (1993) was born.
-1921 The United Farmers of Alberta won the provincial election, forming the government until 1935. They chose Herbert Greenfield as premier.
-1925 Hitler publishes Mein Kampf.

-1926 Novelist Margaret Laurence, whose extraordinary qualities of love, fortitude and vitality were revealed through her writing, was born at Neepawa, Man.
-1950 Jack Layton, Canadian politician born.

-1966 Carl Sagan turns 1 billion seconds old (31 years, 8 month, 15 days, 17 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds).
-1967 Vin Diesel, American actor born.

-1977 Vietnam becomes member of UN.
-1980 Kristen Bell, American actress born.

-1992 Singers Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown marry.
-2012 Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army.

A new segment that might make its appearance on some of our future blogs, Books and Movies: The Goods.

Iris Johansen has recently released her new book Hunting Eve. You can check out it's book review by Kirkus here
Movies that have been released in theaters today are: The Conjuring, R.I.P.D. and Red 2

Joke of the Day

Where does George Washington keep his armies?
In his sleevies.

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!  

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