Good 38º cloudy morning.
Yesterday the dark clouds and gloom hung out for awhile...
Then the clouds lifted and we had blue sky and wind. We topped at 76º.
That gloom didn't bother Dude... he was still a happy camper laying on the grass and keeping an eye on the gate!
Picture of the Day... perfect timing
Interesting about Ben Franklin's choice of our national bird....
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Also, he was a famous writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, etc. If he had his way at the time, the turkey would have been named the national bird of the USA.
U.S. history tells us the story that Ben Franklin proposed the turkey as the national symbol. The story began to circulate in American newspapers around the time of the country’s centennial and were based on a January 26, 1784, letter in which he panned the eagle and extolled the virtues of the gobbler (turkey) to his daughter, Sarah. In doing so he was not delivering a critique of the Great Seal of the United States but a new medal issued by the Society of the Cincinnati, an association of Continental Army veterans. “For my own part I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country,” he wrote. The Founding Father argued that the eagle was “a bird of bad moral character” that “does not get his living honestly” because it steals food from the fishing hawk and is “too lazy to fish for himself.” In contrast, Franklin called the turkey “a much more respectable bird” and “a true original native of America.”
Here's Mr. and Mrs. Wild Texas Turkey in my yard....
From Mr. Food
- 3 cups warmed mashed potatoes
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons real bacon bits
- 2 tablespoons sliced fresh chives, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
***Feel free to use either instant of homemade mashed potatoes, whatever works for you!
Historically this date...
1328 – Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognizes the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
1707 – The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1785 – Kamehameha I, the king of Hawaii, defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaii.
1915 – The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany.
1930 – The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.
1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City
1945 – World War II: Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda commit suicide in the Reich Garden outside the Führerbunker. Their children are murdered by Magda by having cyanide pills inserted into their mouths.
1948 – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
1960 – Cold War: U-2 incident – Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
1991 – Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record.
2007 – The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
2011 – Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2.
And births this date include...
1925 – Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (d.2013)
Darn! He was so cute when he was young!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo