March 20, 2017 Open Thread; Spring Equinox, Ostara, Mabon
March 20 is the 79th day of the year. There are 286 days left.
Today's number is 20
An icosahedron has 20 faces
A dodecahedron has 20 vertices.
20 is the atomic number of calcium.
"what's your 20?" = "10-20" = "where are you?"
20 is one meaning of "a score"
A 20 is a Jackson until 2020 when it will be a Tubman
20 is an android app, - some sort of game
20 is 2 times 10, the bases of two very widely used number systems
Base 20 number systems are known as "Vigesimal", which brings us to the fact that
The Maya used a Vigesimal number system
20 is an impossible perfect score in France
Title 20 of the US Code is EDUCATION.
was the Year of the Consulship of Appuleius and Nerva
Parthia and Rome entered into a peace treaty.
was the Year of the Consulship of Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus and Cotta
Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso committed suicide rather than face trial for the murder of Germanicus
On this day in:
1815 -- Napoleon Bonaparte's "Hundred Days" rule began.
1852 -- Uncle Tom's Cabin was published
1883 -- The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property was signed
1915 -- Einstein's general theory of relativity was published.
1923 -- Pablo Picasso's first US showing took place
1933 -- Himmler ordered the creation of Dachau
1942 -- MacArthur promised to return to Bataan
1952 -- The US Senate ratified a peace treaty with Japan
1956 -- Tunisia gained its freedom from France
1985 -- Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod
1987 -- The FDA approved AZT to fight AIDS
1995 -- The Aum Shinrikyo cult staged a sarin gas attack
2003 -- The coalition of the witless invaded Iraq on false pretences
Born this day in:
43 BCE -- Ovid, poet
1612 -- Anne Bradstreet, Puritan poet, first woman published in England's American colonies
1811 -- George Caleb Bingham, luminist painter
1821 -- Ned Buntline, journalist, author, publisher, and know-nothing leader
1828 -- Henrik Ibsen, poet, playwright, and director
1840 -- Illarion Pryanishnikov, painter
1856 -- John Lavery, painter
1884 -- Philipp Frank, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher, Vienna Circle member, Philosophy of Science
1890 -- Beniamino Gigli, tenor and actor
1904 -- B. F. Skinner, psychologist and author, pigeon fancier
1906 -- Ozzie Nelson, actor and bandleader
1915 -- Sister Rosetta Tharpe, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1917 -- Vera Lynn, singer
1918 -- Marian McPartland, pianist and composer, Jazz Master, founded Halcyon Records
1922 -- Larry Elgart, saxophonist and bandleader
1925 -- John Ehrlichman, lawyer, criminal, Nixonian scumbag
1928 -- James P. Gordon, physicist and engineer, designed & built first maser.
1928 -- Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers.
1934 -- Willie Brown, lawyer, and politician
1936 -- Harold Mabern, jazz pianist and composer
1937 -- Jerry Reed, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor
1939 -- Don Edwards, guitarist, singer, and songwriter
1939 -- Walter Jakob Gehring, biologist and academic
1948 -- Nikos Papazoglou, singer and songwriter, formed band named oblique order
1950 -- Carl Palmer, drummer and songwriter
1955 -- Ian Moss, guitarist, singer, & songwriter
Died this day in:
1726 -- Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher
1964 -- Brendan Behan, Irish republican, poet, novelist, short story author and playwright
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Ostara (Northern Hemishpere)
Mabon (Southern Hemishpere)
Great American Meatout (United States)
Extraterrestrial Abduction Day
International Astrology Day
New Year (Thelema)
Feast of the Supreme Ritual (Thelema)
So, for music Beniamino Gigli Ozzie Nelson Sister Rosetta Tharpe Vera Lynn Marian McPartland Larry Elgart Harold Mabern Jerry Reed Don Edwards Nikos Papazoglou Carl Palmer Ian Moss
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
OK, what's on your minds?
Bonus: some ELP
I won’t be here when this publishes, sorry. Carry on.