Monday Open Thread: February 18 is Julia Butterfly Hill's birthday
February 18 is the 49th day of the year
Prickle-Prickle, Chaos 49, 3185 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 184.108.40.206.10 by the Mayan Long Count
It is trivially easy to prove that there are no non-interesting numbers via a recursive reductio ad absurdum. As a result, it must be the case that both 18 and 49 are interesting numbers, but neither one interests me enough at this moment to spend much time on them here. 18 is the product of a prime and the square of a prime, and 49 is the square of a prime. They add up to 67, also a prime and the sum of 5 consecutive primes. Big W00t! Their product is 882, which is not even remotely prime, but it is the year in which Oleg of Novgorod captured Kiev, and made it his capital, forming the Kievan Rus'.
The Kievan Rus' is/are largely unknown in the US and little taught here, as is the replacing the 19-year-long Christianization of the "Rus' Khaganate" and its roughly 19 year long Christianiztion which the Kievan Rus' supplanted and replaced. This is, in part, due to a lack of certainty as to exactly who, ethnically, they were and in great part due to the fact that they are the source of the place names "Russia" and "Belarus" and the "Russian" language as in "native speakers of Rus". whose existence must be denied in order to support certain political narratives. The Kievan Rus, and the Rus Kaganate are interesting historical background that is worth looking into, at least a little, IMHO.
Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...
On this day in history:
1268 – The Livonian Order was defeated in the Battle of Rakvere. Like the Teutonic order, their effect on history is underappreciated
1878 – John Tunstall was murdered by Jesse Evans, starting the Lincoln County War in New Mexico.
1885 – Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published.
1930 – Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto.
1943 – The Nazis arrested the members of the White Rose movement, as governments tend to do with dissidents.
1957 – The British colonial government executed Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi.
1957 – The last instance of capital punishment in New Zealand.was carried out.
1970 – The Chicago Seven were found not guilty of conspiracy to incite riots.
1972 – The California Supreme Court invalidated California's death penalty.
2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen was busted for spying for the Soviet Union instead of spying on peaceniks and lefties.
Born this day in:
1745 – Alessandro Volta, physicist
1838 – Ernst Mach, physicist and philosopher
1848 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, stained glass artist
1898 – Enzo Ferrari, race car driver
1909 – Wallace Stegner, novelist
1914 – Pee Wee King, singer, songwriter, and accordionist
1921 – Mary Amdur, toxicologist and public health researcher persecuted for reporting on effects of smog
1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, journalist and author
1933 – Yoko Ono, performance artist, singer, and songwriter
1934 – Skip Battin, singer, songwriter and bass player
1939 – Bobby Hart, aka The Monkees, singer and songwriter
1941 – Irma Thomas, singer
1948 – Keith Knudsen, singer, songwriter, and drummer
1952 – Randy Crawford, singer
1952 – Juice Newton, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1953 – Robbie Bachman, drummer
1953 – Derek Pellicci, drummer
1957 – Vanna White, woman of letters
1974 – Julia Butterfly Hill, environmentalist and author
Died this day in:
1455 – Fra Angelico, priest and painter
1546 – Martin Luther, famous religionist vandal
1564 – Michelangelo, sculptor and painter
1851 – Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, mathematician
1910 – Lucy Stanton, activist, abolitionist and feminist
1915 – Frank James, businessman
1957 – Dedan Kimathi, Mau Mau rebellion leader
1973 – Frank Costello, businessman
2006 – Bill Cowsill, singer and guitarist
2013 – Kevin Ayers, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Music goes here, iirc, well,
Image is a Monarch Butterfly
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