Day 135

From my good friend Dave- notable events on October 19th

1386 – The Universität Heidelberg holds its first lecture, making it the oldest German university.
1469Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.
1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis hand over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrender to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.
1812Napoleon Bonaparte retreats from Moscow.

1900Max Planck discovers the law of black-body radiation (Planck’s law).

1950 – The People’s Republic of China joins the Korean War by sending thousands of troops across the Yalu River to fight United Nations forces.
1960Cold War: The United States government imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.

1784Leigh Hunt, English poet and critic (d. 1859)
1945 – John Lithgow, American actor
1962 – Evander Holyfield, American boxer and actor
1966Jon Favreau, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1967 – Yōji Matsuda, Japanese actor
1967 – Yoko Shimomura, Japanese pianist and composer
1969 – Trey Parker, American actor, animator, producer, and screenwriter
1975Shian-Li Tsang, Japanese model
1977 – Dan Granot, American Hero
And some choice quotes, as well…
The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing.

There are two worlds: the world that we can measure with line and rule, and the world we feel with our hearts and imagination.

  • As quoted in The Farmer’s Wife, Vol. 36 (1933), p. 72

That there is pain and evil, is no rule
That I should make it greater, like a fool.

  • A Thought or Two on Reading Pomfret’s “Choice”, in The Poetical Works of Leigh Hunt, London: Edward Moxon, 1846, p. 147.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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