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January 31, 1919: Jackie Robinson Is Born

On this day in 1919, baseball great and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson smashed records and knocked down major social barriers on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.  



Test your knowledge of Jackie Robinson and his contributions off the field with PBS Black Culture Connection’s Jackie Robinson quiz.

Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY.

A Day In The Life - 31st January 1967: The Beatles complete filming for the Strawberry Fields Forever promotional video.

The second day of filming for the Strawberry Fields Forever promotional clip takes place on this day at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent.
On the previous day The Beatles intended to film a sequence in which Paul McCartney drops down from a dead oak tree, but poor light makes it not possible. That sequence, and several others, are filmed on this day instead.
In the final edit, the sequence is reversed so it looks as though McCartney leaps into the tree. The planned sequence involves him jumping from the tree and running backwards towards a piano.
The director of both the Strawberry Fields Forever and the Penny Lane clips is Peter Goldmann. The latter promo is later filmed on 5 February 1967.
During a break in the filming John Lennon buys a circus poster dating from 1843 in an antique shop. The poster, which advertises a circus in Rochdale, subsequently provides the inspiration for Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! on the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

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January 31st 1606: Guy Fawkes executed

On this day in 1606, Guy Fawkes (or Guido Fawkes) was executed for plotting against the British Parliament and King James I. Fawkes was born in York in 1570 and soon converted to Catholicism, which prompted him to fight in the Thirty Years’ War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers. His Catholic zeal led to his involvement with Robert Catesby in England, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarchy by blowing up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament. The group leased an undercroft beneath the House of Lords and stockpiled gunpowder there. The authorities were alerted by an anonymous letter and arrested Fawkes, who was guarding the explosives, on 5th November 1605. He was questioned and tortured until he divulged the details of the Catesby plot against the monarchy - Fawkes’s signature on his confession is a barely-evident scrawl after his long torture. Fawkes and his co-conspirators were hanged in Westminster, London on January 31st 1606 in front of jeering spectators. The failure of the plot is commemorated in England every November 5th; this tradition began soon after the original plot and was even enshrined in law until 1859.

This photograph was taken on Jan. 31, 1941, during a nigthtime air raid carried out by the Royal Air Force above Brest, France. It gives a graphic impression of what flak and anti-aircraft fire looks like from the air. In the period of three to four seconds during which the shutter remained open, the camera clearly captured the furious gunfire. The fine lines of light show the paths of tracer shells, and the broader lines are those of heavier guns. Factories and other buildings can be seen below. (AP Photo/British Official Air Ministry) (via World War II: Conflict Spreads Around the Globe - In Focus - The Atlantic)

Perjalanan Menghindarimu

Setiap perjalanan yang panjang selalu akan sampai pada tujuan. Bukankah selalu begitu?
Dan bagaimanapun aku telah berjalan, bukankah akan tetap pulang?
Detik yang menjadi menit, meter yang menjadi kilo, adalah proses yang kunamai kepergian, atau liburan. Entahlah aku tak hendak menamainya apa.
Yang kutahu banyak yang terjadi di selanya dan yang harus kubawa pulang setelahnya.
Hampir seribu jabat tangan dan ratusan potret-potret senyumku selama perjalanan yang masih kusimpan.
Perjalanan kereta; rintik hujan dan terik matahari; suhu rendah hingga tinggi; berjalan kaki; menemui fajar dan senja di tempat yang berbeda. Mereka menamainya perjalanan mencari bahagia. Bagiku, ini sementara. Pada akhirnya aku akan merindukan rumah, tempat aku bahagia tanpa mencarinya. Kamu.
Ada banyak alasan untuk melakukan perjalanan, menikmati kota-kota sebelum usiaku menua, merasakan tinggi gunung dan dalam laut sebelum waktuku melarut.
Dan satu lagi alasan yang selalu kunafikan, adalah menghindari untuk mengingat senyummu, menghindari untuk mencandui ucapan selamat pagi dan malammu. Menghindari untuk tetap menjatuhcintaimu seperti dulu, menghindari untuk tidak berhenti mengkhayalkan kamu.

Satu hari di perjalanan, aku bertemu denganmu di sekelebatan kenang. Seketika ingatan tentangmu datang menjadi hujan, aku kedinginan. Meraih-raih kehangatan dengan melupakan. Lalu aku diam, sudah ke mana rindu dan cintaku yang dulu?
Aku membunuhnya dengan diam, dengan tak membicarakannya lagi pada malam.
Aku mengeringkan air mata dengan menangis sejadi-jadinya suatu waktu.
Menghabiskan rindu dengan terpaksa mencabik-cabik sendiri hatiku.
Kehilangan adalah soal ingatan, aku tak pernah kehilangan kamu di ingatan, meski nyatanya kamu sudah tak ada sejak lama.
Mencintaimu nyatanya tak butuh dibuat mengerti, aku mati sendiri pada misteri yang tak perlu dicari.
Mencintaimu, aku pernah. Hingga tak mau tahu pada situasi yang harusnya dimengerti.
Aku pernah, menghujankan air mata pada telepon genggam. Pernah mengutuki keadaan karena rinduku ingin dimenangkan.
Aku pernah, mencintaimu dengan terlalu, menginginkanmu dengan menggebu.
Aku sedang menghindari yang pernah terjadi dulu.
Tapi, bukankah setiap perjalanan yang panjang selalu akan sampai pada tujuan?
Dan bagaimanapun aku telah berjalan, bukankah akan tetap pulang?


-Ririnsetya

January 31, 2015 at 12.16am