If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -- J.R.R. Tolkien
April 21, 2024
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A mix of sun and cloud
Wed 24 Apr
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noun (noh-BLESS-uh-BLEEZH)

Noblesse oblige refers to the idea that people who have high social rank or wealth should be helpful and generous to people of lower rank or to people who are poor.

// As the inheritor of a great fortune, he was raised to have a strong sense of noblesse oblige, not only volunteering and donating to charity, but advocating for structural change to address inequality.

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“As is usually the case, actual research reveals that the pair bond of the cardinal is not really sacrosanct. The ostensibly quaint couples we see regularly have a 20% divorce rate, which is of course better than our own, but they are not exactly swans. And while they are mated, they are generally monogamous, but polygyny is known. It is, however, usually observed in cases where the male of an adjacent territory goes missing or because an unmated female persists in foraging and remaining in a male’s territory. A strange form of noblesse oblige. It has not been determined whether these second pairings produce any offspring.” — Bill Chaisson, The Eagle Times (Claremont, New Hampshire), 20 Jan. 2024

"First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end." - Aristotle
- Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher and historian (Voyage in Italy), born in Vouziers, Ardennes, France (d. 1893)
- Eve Arnold, American photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
- Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
- Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), born in Transylvania, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2005)
- Herbert Schlosser, American television executive (NBC - hired Johnny Carson; championed Laugh-In; conceptualized Saturday Night Live), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2021)
- [Alfred] "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Gotham; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The Chicken; "Cold Sweat"), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2021)
- Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
- (Nicole) Nickey Barclay, American rock singer-songwriter, piano player, Hammond organist (Fanny - "Solid Gold"), and session musician (Joe Cocker, Barbra Streisand; Keith Moon), born in the USA

On this date in 1988, Death Valley, California, one of the driest spots in North America, was "drenched" with 1.53 inches of rain. The valley's average annual rainfall is less than two inches.

- Black longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis, Missouri
- "All Quiet on the Western Front" based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
- Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
- Dr Michael E Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
- "Nightline" reverts from 1 hour to ½ hour format
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock and UK government come under criticism for lack of personal protective equipment and testing for COVID-19 (despite pledge to test 100,000 a day only 19,000 done April 20th)
- Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), born in Chappes, France (d. 1982)
- Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal
- Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
- Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel

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