Thunder is the horse mascot for the Denver Broncos, an American football
team. Three gray purebred Arabians whose coats turned white with age
have held this role since 1993, named JB Kobask, Winter Solstyce, and Me
N Myshadow. Ann Judge has been their rider and trainer for almost two
decades, and Sharon Magness-Blake has been their owner. The first
Thunder performed in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII, and Thunder III
appeared in XLVIII and Super Bowl 50. The mascot routinely attends
parades and other public functions, and makes hospital and school
visits. He has flown on airplanes, ridden in elevators, and appeared
indoors at press conferences and banquets. His duties include leading
the team onto the field at the start of every home game and galloping
down the length of the field whenever they score a touchdown or field
goal. Thunder also greets fans, and children are allowed to pet him. He
remains calm around exploding pyrotechnics and thousands of cheering
fans, situations that frighten most horses. Thunder shares mascot duties
with Miles, a human who wears a horse head mask atop a Broncos uniform.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Domitian, the last Flavian emperor of Rome, was confirmed by the
Senate to succeed his brother Titus.
António Manoel de Vilhena, Grand Master of the Knights
Hospitaller, laid the first stone of Fort Manoel in Malta.
Theodore Roosevelt became President of the United States at age
42, the youngest person ever to do so, eight days after William McKinley
was fatally wounded in Buffalo, New York.
President-elect of Lebanon Bachir Gemayel was assassinated when
a bomb exploded in the Beirut headquarters of the Phalange.
All 88 people aboard Aeroflot Flight 821 died when the aircraft
crashed on approach to Perm International Airport in Perm Krai, Russia.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(transitive) To triumph over (someone).
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Character is something you forge for yourself; temperament is
something you are born with and can only slightly modify. Some people
have easy temperaments and weak characters; others have difficult
temperaments and strong characters. We are all prone to confuse the two
in assessing people we associate with. Those with easy temperaments and
weak characters are more likable than admirable; those with difficult
temperaments and strong characters are more admirable than likable. Of
course, the optimum for a person is to possess both an easy temperament
and a strong character, but this is a rare combination, and few of us
are that lucky.
–Sydney J. Harris
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