Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Felicitas or Felicity (patron saint in charge of infertility problems) and the Seven Brothers, Paschasius, Ulrich, Rufina, and Secunda.
Birthdays: Saul Bellow (1915), Arlo Guthrie (1947), Jean Kerr (1923), and Jerry Herman (1933).
Today is Admission Day in Wyoming. In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state and the first with woman suffrage. When it appeared Congress was not going to approve Wyoming's application for statehood as long as it allowed woman suffrage, which it had done since 1869, the territorial legislature responded:
will remain out of the Union a hundred years
Today is the 117th anniversary of the birth of Texas antique collector and philanthropist, Ima Hogg, only daughter of Texas Governor (1891-95) James Stephen Hogg. It is thought that Governor Hogg named his daughter "Ima" to get himself noticed politically. Wyoming's anniversary having kick-started the feminist part of me, I can't help wondering if Governor Hogg would have played so fast and loose with the name of a son.
The highest official temperature in the United States, 134 degrees F, was recorded on this date in 1913 at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley.