April 12: today in history (from Wikipedia)
1606 – "The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of English and Scottish ships." And by The Who, which formed round about that time.
1917 – "World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans."
1981 – "The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place - the STS-1 mission." Most people thought we'd have bases on Mars by now; instead it's, "hey, let's settle for orbiting the earth."
Notable quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)
"The fundamental purpose of property rights, and their fundamental accomplishment, is that they eliminate destructive competition for control of economic resources. Well-defined and well-protected property rights replace competition by violence with competition by peaceful means." - Armen A. Alchian (April 12, 1914 – February 19, 2013) SOURCE
"I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book. I just start with the part of the story that's most vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there." - Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916)
"There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting." - David Letterman (born April 12, 1947)
Song of the Day
Happy 52nd, Art Alexakis!