Concerning July 16th

Events large and small, miscellany, curiosities, &c.

Being the 197th day of the year, with 168 days remaining.

Born today : Chicago White Sox outfielder Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, implicated in the Black Sox scandal, in 1888.

Jackson was banned from baseball for life despite hitting .375 and fielding perfectly during the 1919 World Series, fixed by seven other players.

Departed today : Singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, “Taxi,” “Cat’s in the Cradle,” in 1981.

Today in history : Apollo 11, the first moon landing mission, was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida, in 1969.

Endeavour to learn something new every day.

Fact of the day : One in every eight boss-secretary romances leads to marriage.  From This Book…of More Perfectly Useless Information ~ See at

Quote of the day : “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” – Henry Ward Beecher.  From BrainyQuote

Word of the day : Declivity (dih-kliv-uh-tee) 1 : downward inclination; 2 : a descending slope .  From Merriam-Webster

July is named for the Roman emperor Julius Caesar.

National Hot Dog Month.

July birthstone : Ruby, for contentment.

July flower : The water lily, Nymphia ordorata.

“The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,
Through the flashing bars of July.” – Francis Thompson.

Professor D. O. Durant's Original Encyclopedic Calendar

“Whilst the publisher makes every effort to verify the accuracy of the information presented herein it should not be used to decide wagers, resolve border disputes, or settle disagreements between spouses. Thank you.”

From the preface of the first
edition of the calendar.