Sir James Murray

Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, lexicographer and primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) from 1879 until his death on July 26, 1915.

Alfred Marshall

One of the founders of neoclassical economics, Alfred Marshall was born on July 26, 1826. First impression: he looks like he was a barrel of laughs. Possibly in the room at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank in Mary Poppins?

Alfred Marshall. Photograph taken in 1921.

July 23rd: It’s Hard to Hold a Candle in the Cold November Rain

Increasing size of antlers year on year in different European game species, 1891 illustration

July 23rd is the 204th day of the year. As mentioned yesterday, tonight is the full moon. July’s full moon is known as the Buck Moon indicating that we have reached the time of year for new antlers to start growing on the heads of bucks. I guess I knew they shed them, but truthfully, that bit of trivia was lost to me. It is really kind of an amazing process. I feel like I should start cultivating some sort of physical transformation for the changing season too. I guess I could stop cutting my hair and shaving my legs, but it won’t be nearly as impressive. Maybe if I also stop cutting my nails. That should make for an interesting Thanksgiving.

Speaking of unruly tangles, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t also tell you that today Slash turns 56. Put November Rain on repeat, and wave around your lighters.

Pee Wee Reese

Major League Baseball shortstop for the Brooklyn and LA Dodgers, Harold Peter Henry “Pee Wee” Reese was born July 23, 1918 in Ekron, Kentucky.

Pee Wee Reese displayed in a trading card manufactured by the Bowman Gum Company, 1954.