Monday OT: Dec 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 2 is day 336 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Sweetmorn, The Aftermath 44, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 188.8.131.52.17 by the Mayan Long Count
On this day in history:
1823 – President James Monroe warned European powers not to interfere in the Americas.
1845 – U.S. President James K. Polk proposed that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
1859 – Abolitionist leader John Brown was hanged
1942 – A team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
1943 – The town of Bari, Italy, was inadvertently subjected to a US mustard gas attack when a German bombing raid blew up secret US stockpiles of the gas on a wharf and a liberty ship. This was the only use of poison gas in the European theater during WWII.
1949 – The Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others was adopted.
1954 – The US Senate voted 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy
1956 – The Granma reached the shores of Cuba's Oriente Province carrying Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement
1961 – Fidel Castro declared that Cuba would adopt Communism.
1962 – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield became the first American official to comment adversely on the Vietnam war's progress.
1970 – The US Environmental Protection Agency began operations.
1976 – Fidel Castro became President of Cuba
1980 – Four American missionaries were raped and murdered by a Salvadoran Junta death squad.
2001 – Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Born this day in:
1859 – Georges Seurat, painter
1866 – Harry Burleigh, composer, a major influence in "American music"
1909 – Joseph P. Lash, activist and author
1917 – Sylvia Syms, singer
1923 – Maria Callas, soprano and actress
1929 – Dan Jenkins, journalist and author
1929 – Leon Litwack, historian and author
1930 – Gary Becker, economist and academic,
1931 – Wynton Kelly, pianist and composer
1941 – Tom McGuinness, guitarist, songwriter, author, and producer
1946 – David Macaulay, author and illustrator
1948 – Toninho Horta, Brazilian guitarist and composer
1950 – John Wesley Ryles, country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1950 – Paul Watson, activist, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
1960 – Peter Blakeley, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1960 – Razzle, rock drummer (Hanoi Rocks)
1960 – Rick Savage, singer, songwriter, and bass player
1968 – Nate Mendel, singer, songwriter, and bass player
1986 – Tal Wilkenfeld, bass player and composer
Died this day in:
1547 – Hernán Cortés, good riddance
1594 – Gerardus Mercator, mathematician, cartographer, and philosopher
1665 – Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, author and salonnière
1814 – Marquis de Sade, philosopher, author, and politician
1859 – John Brown, abolitionist
1881 – Jenny von Westphalen, German author (b. 1814)
1885 – Allen Wright, Principal chief of the Choctaw Nation; an irony master who proposed the name "Oklahoma", from Choctaw words okra and umma, meaning "Territory of the Red People."
1892 – Jay Gould, infamous robber baron
1918 – Edmond Rostand, poet and playwright, author of Cyrano
1966 – L. E. J. Brouwer, mathematician and philosopher
1980 – Romain Gary, author, director, and screenwriter
1990 – Aaron Copland, composer and conductor
1997 – Michael Hedges, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1999 – Charlie Byrd, guitarist
2008 – Odetta, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actress
2009 – Eric Woolfson, singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer
2013 – Junior Murvin, singer and songwriter
2014 – Bobby Keys, saxophonist, check this guy's history out.
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (United Nations)
Maybe somebody could figure out a way to get rid of the open slave markets that came into being once the US and NATO got rid of Gaddafi and left behind a failed state.
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Image is fighting slavery
It's an open thread, so do your thing