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A little breezy good news,
from my home state of Kansas,
as my Walmart workplace
has a big rack of kites on display:


About 700 megawatts of new wind farms are now under construction in Kansas, with more likely to be added this year, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2013 Market Report.

The state has nearly 3,000 megawatts of capacity already operating.

Read more here:

The wind is blowing in Kansas,
nearly every moment,
of every day.

When a cool front comes in,
the wind is from the north.

The rest of the time,
it's from the south.

The state was named after the south wind.

There was a tribe of natives,
who called themselves,
The People of the South Wind.

In their language,
that was,
The Kansa People.


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here we are again,
another bigjac Tuesday.

I'm posting events,
selected from
Chase's Calendar of events,
every Tuesday,
until further notice.

Plus a few items,
selected from other sources,
if I take time
to do so.

This is my new,
regular topic,
and here's the link,
in case you want to look for yourself:

Chase's Calendar of Events

Here we go:

April 8, 2014

International Roma Day

Children’s Day in Florida

National Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Happy 92nd Birthday, William D. Chase, cofounder of Chase’s Calendar of Events!

London Book Fair, Earls Court, London, England (Apr 8-10). See

Birth anniversary of former first lady Betty Ford (1918-2011).

40 years ago, on Apr 8, 1974, Hank Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935. Aaron finished his career in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs—a record that stood until Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run in 2007.

Happy Birthday! Kofi Annan, Patricia Arquette, Julian Lennon, John Schneider

April 9, 2014

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Winston Churchill Day (US)

In 1865, the Civil War ended.

In 1866, the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 was passed by Congress. It formed the basis for the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

In 1882, the most famous elephant in history, Jumbo, arrived in America from the London Zoo. P.T. Barnum purchased the seven-ton animal for $10,000. His name entered the English language to describe anything oversized.

75 years ago, on Easter Sunday 1939, Marian Anderson sang an open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, after having been denied the use of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall.

Happy Birthday! Hugh Hefner, Michael Learned, Tom Lehrer, Dennis Quaid,


Here's the link again:

Chase's Calendar of Events.

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