"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never will be...nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." – Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday

Today is my youngest daughter's birthday. At 29 she's too young to remember the world-wide excitement during "the space-race."

Today, however, marks a couple of important dates in that "space race."

On April 12, 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space...and the first person to orbit the earth from space.

So, aside from Ellen's 29th birthday, today is Yuri's Day honoring the first steps humans took into space.

There's another anniversary in space. Thirty years ago today, a year to the day before the youngest Bloom came into the world, the US launched its first space shuttle.

In honor of the anniversary NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson hooked up late last week to pay homage to Yuri Gagarin when they whipped out their flutes for "the first space-Earth duet".





Ellen said...

Hooray for my birthday, and hooray for Yuri's Day! (and also for Equal Pay Day, which is today as well)

Stu said...

Equal Pay Day...I didn't know that one. You can get to it here: