National Navajo Code Talkers* Day

1834 • 19-year-old Richard Henry Dana, author of Two Years Before the Mast, sets sail from Boston Harbor beginning his two-year stint as a seaman.

1935 –
United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired. and it’s days are quietly being numbered. is it just me or are we no longer a ‘first’ world country?

birthday boys •
1771 –
Sir Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist (d. 1832)
1867 – John Galsworthy, English writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1933)

audio • NPR’s Studio360 gives an indepth feature on the EVERYTHING L.Frank Baum and OZ related.

backlash • Lech Walesa, called for Guenter Grass to surrender his honorary citizenship of Gdansk.

something newish • here’s a nice review of Michael Allen’s blog/book ‘Grumpy Old Bookman’ via Carol Delle @ Wray’s Books.

audio • NPR
has a report on the Wikipedia gathering last week in Boston.

distopia watch • the thought police are still ahead in the civil suits steming from the ‘03 confiscation of an Atlanta student’s personal journal containing a dream depicting her shooting a math teacher.

* Navajo Code Talkers Association

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