Day By Day

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This Day In History

Indeed it is the most wonderful time of the year. Yesterday we celebrated chocolate, today it is maple syrup. Yes, indeed, today is "National Maple Syrup Day". So start your day with a stack of pancakes, or even better, french toast, and smother them in butter and maple syrup, and this evening treat yourself to hot maple syrup poured over vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmm.

On this day in 1843 Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was published.

And on this day in 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright, bicycle repairmen from Dayton, Ohio, achieved what the best scientific minds of their generation had been unable to do -- the flight of a self-propelled, heavier than air aircraft. Just think about it. Little more than a century ago there were no airplanes. Now we are on the verge of initiating commercial space flight. What a marvelous time we have grown up in!

And on this day in 1944 the Roosevelt administration announced that thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent would be released from prison camps in which they had been held and would be allowed to return to their homes. Just imagine if Bush had tried to do something like that.

The times they have been a-changin'.

That's all for today. I'm up against a deadline.