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It’s April 27, the 128th day of the year.  Yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 46 degrees at the Chicago crib and 48 degrees at the Chicago shore.

This day in history (from

4977 B.C., The universe is created, according to calculations by German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. He was wrong about a lot of things but right about many. In the 20th century, scientists developed the Big Bang theory, which showed that his calculations were off by about 13.7 billion years.

1773, British Parliament passes the Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company from bankruptcy and one that granted it a de facto monopoly on the American tea trade. A few months later, on Dec. 17 of that year, American colonists dumped 342 chests of tea imported by that company into the water at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, protesting “taxation without representation.”

1994, South Africa holds its first multiracial elections, with more than 22 million people casting ballots, choosing Nelson Mandela to head a new government there. 

Here are some of the things in store for the week:

City Council will meet at 5 p.m. tonight; but the Administration and Public Works and Planning and Development committee meetings have been cancelled. Discussion topics include the budget implications of this COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch elm disease injection program and capital improvements needed to stabilize the shoreline. Aldermen will also set a date for the presentation of the Harley Clarke proposals.

Lake Street Church will kick off its 2020 Passion Project at 7 p.m. on April 30 with a virtual concert featuring violinist James Sanders. The Passion Project features people who approach their lives and their work with passion.

Friday is the beginning of a new month. Is it irony or coincidence that Mental Health Month follows the “cruelest month”?

The City has decided to proceed with the Downtown Farmers Market, which will open for the season on Saturday. Social distancing rules apply. The layout will be a large square with designated entrances and exits and limited access. Shoppers must wear face coverings and are encouraged to come with a list and either a charge card or exact change.

Hang in there for another week, Evanston. Social distancing can become a habit. Check out the photos here to see who does it right – and who doesn’t really have to.     

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...