In 1974, a radio program called ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ had its first live broadcast on this date. Congratulations to Garrison Keillor, and thanks for decades of intelligent entertainment.
Best wishes to Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso – better known as the Dalai Lama – on this, his 75th birthday.
He has spent fifty of those years in exile and yet remains as serene and good-humoured as if he’d never left the Potala. He became essentially a citizen of the world, meeting with nearly every political and religious leader, and becoming affiliated with many organizations and institutions, including the University of Wisconsin (where they study meditation scientifically) and Emory University. He has received numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize.
He has been made one of only four honorary citizens of Canada, the others being Raoul Wallenberg (posthumously), Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Dalai Lama thinks it entirely possible that the next Dalai Lama might be female or even that there may be no future Dalai Lamas at all. In his book, Freedom in Exile, he considers the possibility that there would be no traditional search for his reincarnation and “So, I might take rebirth as an insect, or an animal – whatever would be of most value to the largest number of sentient beings.”
And, on this day in 1928, the ten largest hailstones in recorded history fell in Potter, Nebraska. The largest weighed a pound and a half.