On this day in 1935, Lhamo Dondrub was born in Amdo, Tibet to a farming family. At aged two, the young child was recognised as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. Upon becoming the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939, the child was renamed Tenzin Gyatso. In Tibetan Buddhism, Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara - the bodhisattva of compassion and Tibet’s patron saint. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their nirvana to remain on earth and assist humanity. Aged six, Gyatso began monastic education, which instructed him in the finer workings of Buddhist philosophy. In 1950, the fifteen year old Dalai Lama became the political leader of Tibet, and led negotiations with the Chinese after their invasion of his country. Peace talks were unsuccessful, and in 1959 the Chinese government brutally suppressed a Tibetan uprising. This led to fears for the Dalai Lama’s safety, and in March 1959 he and twenty of his entourage fled the capital, Lhasa, and embarked on a fifteen day journey on
foot over the Himalayan mountains to Dharamsala in India
where they had been offered asylum. Despite initial fears he had not survived the journey, the Dalai Lama eventually crossed into India. He was followed by around 80,000 Tibetans who also settled in ‘Little Lhasa’, which has become
the home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Tibet remains under
Chinese rule, and the Dalai Lama continues to try to find a peaceful
negotiation for Tibetan self rule; he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts.
So began The Times’ May 15, 1935, article about the dedication of the Griffith Observatory. Weirdly it wasn’t front-page news when the planetarium was formally opened to the public 80 years ago today. The article quoted below ran on the front page of the newspaper’s second section.
With a crowd of 500 present, including scientists civic leaders and others prominent in the Southland, the new Griffith Observatory on the hills of Griffith Park, was formally opened and dedicated last night.
Relating how the late Griffith J. Griffith had hoped before his death to see the planetarium and observatory come into reality, Bruce H. Grigsby, vice-president of the Security-First National Bank, trustee of the Griffith estate, formally presented the observatory to the city.
The observatory was accepted in behalf of the city by Mayor Shaw.
“This magnificent structure will augment instruction and increase the knowledge of our citizens for generations to come,” the Mayor said.
“It is with the greatest happiness that I accept this gift on behalf of the citizens of Los Angeles and they may be sure that it is one this city will always cherish.”
This picture ran inside the main section (digital reproduction is of much poorer quality than the original):
For my grandmother’s 80th birthday. She has always kept us in socks, until recent years when her vision got bad and she couldn’t knit anymore. She’s super proud of me, of that I learned to knit all by myself. So I made her socks.
I mostly like to knit cables or lace but I thought that because her vision is blurry it’s not obvious she could see any fancy structuring. So stripes, I thought, but something fun. And I like to think these are fun.
Donald is 80! I don’t know if it is his birthday today but apparently it is his 80th birthday this year. While Donald’s home country sadly does no longer even have a running comic book series featuring Donald Duck, the European market still seems to be eager to pay homage to our favorite duck. This here is a current prospectus for the latest releases of Donald Duck comic books in Germany. As you can see it can be used as a poster too. Happy birthday Donald!