Monday Open Thread: June 10 is Ballpoint Pen Day, Portugal Day & La Rioja Day
June 10 is the 161st day of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Sweetmorn, Confusion 15, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 188.8.131.52.2 by the Mayan Long Count
Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch on this day in 1892, which was good and proper. Many testified that she was a witch, and the great Cotton Mather declared that she clearly was such. What more evidence could one ask, are not multiple like assertions proof?
Also on this day, but in 1916, Hussein bin Ali declared the "Arab Revolt". This action against Turkey and in support of British forces bedeviled the Turks and greatly assisted Britain in WW I, but is little known, except as a footnote, background, or sideshow to the antics of one Airman T.E.Shaw, aka "Lawrence of Arabia".
The "Arabs" in question were rewarded by being deprived of self rule and forced into the pseudo-"Mandate" known as the British Mandate of Palestine and Transjordan. The non-Transjordanian portion of this pseudo-Mandate was not in fact administered for the benefit of the subject population until such time as they were ready for self rule as a real Mandate was supposed to be. From the start it was instead ruled as a quasi-colony in something of a holding pattern until such time as Britain could contrive to bring the Balfour Declaration to fruition.
Pursuant to said declaration, a small fraction of the populace was granted rule and suzerainty over about half of the country and populace as a free and independent state. The rest was denied statehood in seeming perpetuity, with no control over its borders, coasts, airspace, entry and exit, immigration, trade, or much of anything else and subject to an onerous embargo. This was done regardless of representations made in 1915 - 1916 to Hussein bin Ali who was seemingly unaware of the phrase "Perfidious Albion" (and most of English History).
Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...
On this day in history:
1692 – Bridget Bishop was hanged for being a witch. Cotton Mather heartily approved.
1793 – The Jardin des Plantes opened in Paris to become the worlds first public zoo a year later.
1898 – U.S. Marines landed on Cuba as part of the war on Spain
1916 – The Arab Revolt was declared by Hussein bin Ali. The Arabs were rewarded by being placed under the British Mandate
1963 – JFK signed The Equal Pay Act of 1963 which contained more loophole than law and therefore failed to meet its goal.
1964 – The 75-day Senate filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended, permitting its passage.
1980 – The African National Congress published Nelson Mandela's call to fight.
Born this day in:
1819 – Gustave Courbet, painter and sculptor
1907 – Dicky Wells, trombonist
1910 – Howlin' Wolf, singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player
1915 – Saul Bellow, author
1918 – Patachou, singer and actress
1922 – Judy Garland, singer and actress
1925 – Nat Hentoff, historian, journalist and author
1929 – E. O. Wilson, biologist and author
1931 – João Gilberto, singer, songwriter and author
1940 – John Stevens, drummer
1941 – Mickey Jones, drummer
1941 – Shirley Owens, singer
Died this day in:
323 BCE – Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia
1692 – Bridget Bishop, witch
1909 – Edward Everett Hale, author
1926 – Antoni Gaudí, architect
1940 – Marcus Garvey, journalist and activist
2002 – John Gotti, businessman
2004 – Ray Charles, singer, songwriter, pianist, and actor
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Ballpoint Pen Day
Peaches and Herb and Spice Day
Portugal Day (Portugal)
Day of La Rioja (Rioja)
Music goes here, iirc, well,
Not dome yet, of course, it's the Wolf's birthday. gotta play some Cream
Too many classics, great googly moogly
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Image taken from page 73 of '[Bill Nye's History of the United States. Illustrated by F. Opper.]'
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