Monday OT: September 23 is Celebrate Bisexuality Day (worldwide)
September 23 is day 266 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Sweetmorn, Bureaucracy 47, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 18.104.22.168.7 by the Mayan Long Count
On this day in history:
On September 23, 1338, the first naval battle of the hundred years' war, the Battle of Arnemuiden, occurred. Big whoop, but - it was the first known naval battle to involve gunpowder based artillery. Five, count 'em, five, English cogs were set upon by a huge French fleet. One English ship had 3 cannons and a hand gun, but they were merchant ships. Insofar as they were set upon by a sizable French fleet, we must assume that those were the equivalent of warships. After an entire day's combat, the French forced the English to surrender, captured the English ships and their cargo, and slaughtered all of the surviving crewmen. Total English fatalities were 1,000, to a mere 900 for the French. The war continued for well over 100 years, nonetheless.
1779brought us a more famous naval battle, though not necessarily by name, Battle of Flamborough Head. This ws the famous ship to ship duel between the Bonhomme Richard and the Serapis in which John Paul Jones declared that he had not yet begun to fight and which he eventually won. Cannons were de rigeur by this time, though two of Jones' 18 pounders exploded killing those nearby, causing Jones to abandon the use of an entire battery of 6 of them. This was a classic pyrrhic victory in many ways, but Jones won the battle and fame sufficient that in his later years he was hired by none other than Catherine the Great as a rear admiral in the Black Sea.
Neptune was discovered on this day in 1846, but nobody was able to plant a flag on it so it remained unclaimed.
Nintendo was founded in 1889.
1911 saw the first official airmail delivery.
The first flight across the Mediterranean took place in 1913.
In 1932 the unification of Saudi Arabia was finally completed.
The first public version of Mozilla Firefox was released in 2002.
Born this day in:
1215 – Kublai Khan, emperor and builder of Xanadu's pleasure dome.
1800 – William Holmes McGuffey, author
1851 – Ellen Hayes, a mathematician and astronomer who was controversial for being female, questioning the bible, wearing comfortable, utilitarian clothing, and supporting such things as suffrage, temperance, at least one labor strike, socialism and Sacco & Vanzetti
1863 – Mary Church Terrell, author, and activist
1867 – John Lomax, musicologist, teacher, and folklorist
1889 – Walter Lippmann, journalist and publisher, founder of The New Republic
1907 – Tiny Bradshaw, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1926 – John Coltrane, saxophonist and composer
1928 – Frank Foster, saxophonist and composer
1930 – Ray Charles, singer, songwriter, pianist, and actor
1935 – Les McCann, singer and pianist
1939 – Roy Buchanan, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1941 – George Jackson, activist and author
1943 – Julio Iglesias, singer and songwriter
1944 – Eric Bogle, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1945 – Ron Bushy, drummer
1947 – Don Grolnick, pianist and composer
1947 – Neal Smith, drummer and songwriter
1948 – Dan Toler, guitarist
1949 – Bruce Springsteen, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1950 – George Garzone, saxophonist and educator
1951 – Steven Springer, guitarist and songwriter
Died this day in:
0965 – Al-Mutanabbi, poet
1241 – Snorri Sturluson, historian, poet, and politician
1877 – Urbain Le Verrier, mathematician and astronomer who predicted the existence and location of Neptune
1939 – Sigmund Freud, neurologist, misogynist, quack, and author
1974 – Robbie McIntosh, drummer
2006 – Etta Baker, singer and guitarist
2013 – Ruth Patrick, botanist and immunologist
2017 – Charles Bradley, singer
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Celebrate Bisexuality Day (worldwide)
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