September 3rd is
U.S. Bowling League Day
Penny Press Day *
Welsh Rarebit Day
International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of
Discrimination Against Women *
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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Australia – Flag Day
Belgium – Antwerpen:
Laundry Day Festival
India – Kerala: First Onam
Arezzo: La Giostra del Saracino
Venice: Regata Storica
Netherlands – Zundert: Bloemencorso
(81 st Queen’s BD flower parade)
Qatar – Independence Day
San Marino – Republic Foundation Day
Scotland – Braemar:
The Braemar Gathering
Taiwan – Armed Forces Day
Tokelau – Tokehega Day
(maritime treaty of Tokehega)
On This Day in HISTORY
301 – San Marino, the world’s oldest continuous republic, is founded by Saint Marinus
1189 – Richard the Lionheart is crowned as King Richard I of England
1499 – Diane de Poitiers, French noblewoman and courtier, as the mistress of King Henry II of France, she wields much influence and power at the French Court
1653 – Roger North born, English lawyer, historian and biographer; Lives of the Norths, and his autobiography give insights into the Baroque period in Britain
1666 – The Royal Exchange burns on the second day of the Great Fire of London
1783 – Treaty of Paris is signed by Great Britain and the now independent United States of America, ending the Revolutionary War
1802 – William Wordsworth composes a sonnet entitled Composed on Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
1803 – Prudence Crandall born, American educator, establishes a private school for girls which is boycotted when she admits an African American student; considered the first integrated classroom in the U.S.; official State Heroine of Connecticut
1811 – John Humphrey Noyes born, American founder of the Oneida Community, and author of Male Continence
1824 – Caroline Soule born, American author, editor, ordained minister; co-founder of the Women’s Centenary Aid Association, Universalist Church of American Missionary
1833 – The New York Sun begins publication. Edited by Benjamin Day, first successful “Penny Press” * newspaper. Slogan: “It Shines for All.” Sold for a penny, instead of six cents like the larger papers, it depended on advertising revenue to make up the difference. Affordable for the working poor, the penny press increased their interest in local and national news printed, not always accurately, along with scandals, police crime reports, local births, deaths and marriages not covered in more expensive papers.
1838 – Frederick Douglass boards a train in Maryland escaping from slavery, carrying the “sailor’s protection” papers of from a brave co-worker at the Baltimore shipyard where he worked
1849 – Sarah Orne Jewett born, American author, noted for setting her stories on the southern seacoast of Maine; The Country of the Pointed Firs, A White Heron
1856 – Louis Sullivan born, influential American architect of the Chicago School, and precursor of the Prairie School; known for “form follows function” philosophy
1868 – Mary Parker Follett born, American social worker and management consultant, pioneer in the fields of organizational theory and behavior
1875 – Ferdinand Porsche born, Austrian automotive engineer
1875 – First official game of polo in Argentina after introduction by British ranchers
1888 – Thomas Milton Rivers born, American virologist and bacteriologist; Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research head; aided in polio vaccine development
1895 – Charles H. Houston born, African American lawyer, Howard University Law School dean; NAACP Litigation Director; a leader in dismantling Jim Crow laws
1897 – Sally Benson born, American screenwriter and short story author, known for her collected stories titled Junior Miss, published in The New Yorker and adapted for Broadway and radio
1899 – Sir Macfarlane Burnet born, Australian physician and virologist; 1960 Nobel Prize for predicting acquired immune tolerance; develops theory of clonal selection
1907 – Loren Eiseley born, American anthropologist, educator and author; The Immense Journey, Darwin’s Century and The Unexpected Universe
1914 – WWI: French modernist composer Albéric Magnard is killed defending his estate against invading German soldiers
1920 – Tereska Torrès born, French author; best-selling novel Women’s Barracks is a fictionalized account of her experiences during the war; first notable pulp fiction to show Lesbian relationships
1921 – Marguerite Higgins born, American journalist, war correspondent during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War
1926 – Alison Lurie born, American author and English professor, known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel Foreign Affairs
1930 – Cherry Wilder born, pseudonym for Cherry Barbara Grimm, New Zealand author, known for science fiction and fantasy including the Torin Trilogy
1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell is first to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour, reaching 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah
1940 – Artie Shaw and the Gramercy Five record “Summit Ridge Drive”
1943 – WWII: The Allied invasion of Italy begins on the same day that U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign the Armistice of Cassibile aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta
1944 – Anne Frank and her family are on the last transport train from Westerbork to the Auschwitz concentration camp
1951 – The soap opera Search for Tomorrow debuts on CBS-TV
1967 – Swedish motorists stopped driving on left side of the road and began driving on the right side
1971 – Qatar becomes an independent state
1976 – NASA spacecraft Viking 2 lands on Mars, takes first close-up, color photos of the planet’s surface
1981 – International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women * – the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women(CEDAW), an international treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, goes into force. 189 states have ratified, but several countries signed subject to certain declarations, reservations, and objections. U. S. has signed, but not ratified the treaty. The Holy See, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Tonga are not signatories to CEDAW
1989 – U.S. starts shipping $65 million in military aircraft and weapons to Columbia for its fight against drug lords
1994 – Crosby, Stills and Nash release “After the Storm” album
2005 – George W. Bush orders more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
2013 – Hunters in Mississippi catch a record 727-pound alligator
I’ve tasted alligator. Uch.
It looks awful enough, I’m not surprised it tastes bad too.
Gator tail is good, not as good as frog legs (fresh not frozen) but good. Like anything else you have to know how to cook it.
Fillets from an ancient old gator like the one in the photo would be as tough as shoe leather. Like most other meat, bigger is not better. Older is not better. Meat from a young gator three or four feet long would be a completely different dining experience.
About the only thing that monster would be good for is making purses and boots. He will probably end up in the Tony Lama display at your local western store.
Now that’s luxury.
Considering where you live, I am reasonably certain you are no stranger to protein from certain reptiles. Critters which would not occur to folks from other parts of the country to put on the menu.
When my kid was little I had him in a nursery school with kids from families a lot wealthier than I was, and his buddies had little alligators on their knitted shirts. These shirts were kind of expensive for me so I’d pick up any (torn, stained, wrong size, ANY) Izod clothes at the thrift shop and carefully snip off the logo and then sew it on his clothes. He wasn’t taking it as a sign of status but he liked the “style” of it. Sometimes I’d sew two alligators on one shirt, or an alligator and a few colorful buttons. He was the MAN!