Even though all the celebratory stuff happened last weekend to work in with the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the festivities for the official birthday of the British Monarch are usually held on the second Saturday in June, the June birthday custom having been brought in by King George II in 1748. The real […]


Back around 1979, my father, nephew, and I were driving along in a car when a strange, bright, object flashed over some trees to the side of us. “What was that?” my nephew (then five) asked. Dad only half-jokingly suggested UFO, but neither of us could really answer him, and never did find out what […]


Question: When was the first recorded sighting of a UFO? Answer: 1639 https://www.history.com/news/americas-first-ufo-sighting

Tomorrow is Hug Your Cat Day – even if it doesn’t do great things. https://www.rbth.com/history/332805-hermitage-cats-siberia

Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s Queen on February 6th, 1952, but was crowned queen on June 2nd, 1953. The coronation was televised, but I didn’t watch it because (a) we didn’t have a telly in 1953, and (b) I was only an infant and not all that interested in such things. Later, however, my godmother […]

’Tis Graduation Month! https://www.homeschooldiploma.com/seven-graduation-traditions.html

Question: What was the name of the world’s first cruise ship? Answer: The Prinzessin Victoria Luise. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-worlds-first-cruise-ship-built-solely-luxurious-travel-180978254/

The Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens world food supplies, both in a reduction of what Ukraine usually provides to other countries and the ability to ship it to them. Which could lead to a repetition of the great famines of old. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-deadliest-famines-ever.html

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