The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1878 and is going strong. Ten years later in 1888 the first successful adding machine was patented – and I don’t think anyone has used one in over 30 years. In 1983 Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino was assassinated at Manila International Airport most likely by supporters of strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who the US supported. His widow, Corazon Aquino got revenge by becoming President herself after Marcos was ousted from power by the Peoples Power Revolution in 1986. And in 2017 a solar eclipse transversed the US – an amazing event that my wife and I were able to witness along with several family members.

Scottish engineer William Murdoch, the inventor of gas lighting, was born in 1754. American composer and bandleader Count Basie was born in 1904. Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain was born in 1936. ‘Gambler” Kenny Rogers was born in 1936. And Clarence Williams III of the Mod Squad was born in 1939.

Exiled Soviet theorist, revolutionary leader, and creator of the Red Army, Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City in 1940.

This is World Senior Citizens Day