NIELS’ MORNING GREETINGS
ON: MAY 31
This day is here
in Belgium 8 hours and 12 minutes longer than December 21. Its length is 16
hours and 9 minutes – from 05.36 to 21.45.
See more – also in
English – about where you are on: www.dagenslaengde.dk
is called PETRONELLA’s DAY. She was a
daughter of the apostle
Peter – or at least his spiritual daughter. She had promised never to
marry. When a very rich and well regarded Roman gentleman suggested to her that
they should marry she asked for three weeks to reflect upon it. After she had
enjoyed the Holy Communion she starved herself to death. It happened in the
year 100 AC.
Belgium the day this year is called PENTECÔTE - Whitsun.
1915: Zeppelins are making some
of the first bombardments of London. 28 people were killed and 60 wounded. One of the main German Zeppelin bases was
near Tønder in the south of Denmark. It belonged to Germany until 1920. There
is a Zeppelin
Museum there now.
Fifth column - where
does that expression come from? And what does it mean?
It comes from
the Spanish civil war
1936-39. General Franco
was about to attack Madrid with 4 military columns – attacking from north,
east, south and west. At the same time he organized that fascist supporters
inside the city were ready for fight and at the right moment go into action and
attack the government forces from inside. They got the name the fifthcolumn.
expression was used about German spies, who under the cover of being
journalists, scientists or business people were German spions in Germany’s
neighbouring countries – ready to help, if and when German troops attacked the
country they were in.
During the Cold War the expression the
fifth column was used to describe the traitors, who for ideological reasons
felt more attached to another country than to their own – and therefore were
willing to give confidential information to the other country. The Soviet Union was very
active in using citizens of other countries in this role.
QUESTION FOR TOMORROW:
Taste blood – where does that expression come from? And what does it
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TODAY’s QUOTE & FAMOUS PEOPLE :
Even if you add
together all the reasonings of a man they cannot make up for the instinct of a
This was said by the French
philosopher, historian and author Francois
Voltaire – one of the most important persons in the era of Enlightenment.
If a film costs
5 mio. dollars and it looks as if it has cost 10 mio., then it is good. If it
looks as if it has cost 4 mio., it is bad.
Who among today’s persons has said that?
people born on this day:
1923: PrinceRainier III ( died 2005 )
1930: Clint Eastwood
1945: Rainer Werner
Fassbinder ( died 1982 )
people died on this day:
1809: Joseph Haydn ( 77 years )
1968: Preben Uglebjerg ( 37 years )
1983: Jack Dempsey ( 88 years )
Niels Jørgen Thøgersen
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