Strange Cloud



July 26.


Just another ordinary day.


Going back in time…

July 26 wasn’t always an ordinary day.

Many significant things happened on that date.

War, for one.

We’re going way back.

In 657, the first Muslim civil war occurred along the Euphrates River.

Then, in 811, the Bulgarians beat the Byzantines (Score: 1-0).

In 1267, the Inquisition formed.

So far, July 26 isn’t exactly a party day.

1469—Wars of the Roses.

In 1656, Rembrandt declares he’s insolvent.

But wait.

Surely there’s some good news on July 26.

In 1775, the U.S. Post Office was created under Benjamin Franklin’s direction.

The world’s first public railway opened in London in 1803.

The first sugar cane plantation in Hawaii began in 1835.

In 1847, a man named Moses Garrish Farmer built a miniature train for children to ride.

How nice.

Next comes the American Civil War.

Not so nice.

With riots on July 26 in 1863 and 1864.

But other things happened around the world.

New Zealand moved their capital from Auckland to Wellington in 1865.

Guess they ran out of room.

In 1903, the first cross-country automobile trip from New York to San Francisco was completed on July 26.

Bet that took awhile.

In 1917, J. Edgar Hoover got hired as first director of the FBI.

After WWII, Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister in 1945.

In 1952, Mickey Mantle hit his first grand slammer.

In 1964, Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa was convicted of fraud and conspiracy.

In 1969, Sharon Sites Adams became the first woman to sail the Pacific solo.

On July 26, 1979 a national record rain of 43 inches fell in Alvin, Texas.

Pee Wee Herman was arrested in 1991 for exposing himself in an adult theatre.

Bet he’ll never forget that day.

In 2005, Mumbai, India got 39 inches of rain within 24 hours and the entire city came to a halt for two days.

And in 2015, a Shanghai meat dealer was arrested for selling out-of-date meat to McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

So today, July 26, 2017 may seem ordinary.

But the extraordinary could be right around the corner.

Or right in front of us.

Or right under our nose.

There’s just no tellin.’

That’s Mason


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Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.  


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