Monday OT: 01/18/21 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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OK, it's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Not that today has anything to do with the Reverend King, beyond that he was born in Jauary but that's better than at least one recent birthday celebration, so there we are. This is where I throw up a short pithy quote from the good doctor, so, well and good, I shall do so, a few, in fact:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The time is always right to do what is right.
A riot is the language of the unheard.
Do any of those do the man justice? His life, his actions, his prose, his rhetoric, his speeches, his influence on others and on history? Nope, not at all.
Every champion of the downtrodden acquires a great many enemies, especially amont the powerful and he was no exception. Jedgar The Hooved, the capo of a criminal conspiracy, colloquially known then as now as the Feebs became a sworn enemy of Dr. King and determined to take him down. The Hooved one even put him on his gang's COINTELPRO hit list. After all, did not Dr. King use the "E-Word", and is that not inherently communist? Everybody knows that the US is based on the principle that, as Pogo the Possum told us "some is more equal than others." Nonetheless, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1964, much to the chagrin of many.
And, speaking of peace, he was, of course, an opponent of the war in Viet Nam. At first he was reluctant to risk the usccess of the civil rights movement by getting entangled with the peace movement too, but as time passed he began speaking more and more about how wrong the war was and about the need to end it. He also began more openly and directly addressing the economic and class warfare aspects of the mistreatment of the US' Black populace. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
On this day in history:
1670 – Henry Morgan captured Panama.
1778 – James Cook became the first European to find the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands" because that's how "explorers" behave
1788 – The first ships of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from Great Britain to settle Australia arrived at there.
1806 – The British conquered the Dutch Cape Colony and made it a British Colony.
1896 – An X-ray generating machine was exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith.
1911 – Eugene B. Ely landed an airplane on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay, the first such ship landing in history
1915 – Japan issued the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China
1919 – The Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles, France.
1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began
1945 – The Red Army liberated Kraków, Poland
1974 – A Disengagement of Forces agreement was signed between Israel and Egypt
1976 – Lebanese Christian militias massacred 1,500 people in Karantina, Beirut.
1977 – Scientists identified the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease.
1978 – The European Court of Human Rights found the UK government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland
1983 – The International Olympic Committee restored Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals .
1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was officially observed for the first time in all 50 US states.
Born this day in:
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
1659 – Damaris Cudworth Masham, philosopher and theologian
1689 – Montesquieu, lawyer and philosopher
1779 – Peter Mark Roget, physician, lexicographer, and theologian
1854 – Thomas A. Watson, assistant to Alexander Graham Bell
1856 – Daniel Hale Williams, surgeon and cardiologist
1880 – Paul Ehrenfest, physicist and academic
1882 – A. A. Milne, author, poet, and playwright
1901 – Ivan Petrovsky, mathematician and academic
1905 – Joseph Bonanno, businessman
1921 – Yoichiro Nambu, physicist and academic,
1932 – Robert Anton Wilson, psychologist, author, poet, and playwright
1933 – Ray Dolby, engineer and businessman, founded Dolby Laboratories
1938 – Hargus "Pig" Robbins, session keyboard and piano player
1941 – Bobby Goldsboro, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1941 – David Ruffin, singer (The Temptations)
11943 – Dave Greenslade, keyboard player and composer
1953 – Brett Hudson, singer, songwriter, and producer
1963 – Carl McCoy, singer and songwriter
1969 – Jim O'Rourke, guitarist and producer
1971 – Amy Barger, astronomer
1971 – Jonathan Davis, singer and songwriter
1974 – Christian Burns, singer and songwriter
1976 – Damien Leith, Isinger, songwriter, and guitarist
1977 – Richard Archer, singer,songwriter, and guitarist
1982 – Quinn Allman, American guitarist and producer
1983 – Samantha Mumba, singer, songwriter, and actress
1984 – Kristy Lee Cook, singer, songwriter
1986 – Marya Roxx, singer and songwriter
1988 – Ronnie Day, singer and songwriter
Died this day in:
The pen is mightier than the sword.
It was a dark and stormy night ...
1425 – Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, politician
1783 – Jeanne Quinault, actress, salonista, and playwright
1873 – Edward Bulwer-Lytton, poet, playwright, and politician
1878 – Antoine César Becquerel, physicist and academic
1936 – Rudyard Kipling, author and poet
1966 – Kathleen Norris, journalist and author
1990 – Melanie Appleby, singer
2000 – Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, architect
2004 – Galina Gavrilovna Korchuganova, test pilot and aerobatics champion
2007 – Brent Liles, bass player
2010 – Kate McGarrigle, singer, songwriter, and musician
2010 – Robert B. Parker, author and academic
2011 – Sargent Shriver, politician and diplomat
2015 – Tony Verna, director and producer, invented instant replay
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Elementary School Teacher Day
National Peking Duck Day
Winnie the Pooh Day
It is also Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ; a truly horrifying goal that is luckily prodigiously unlikely to come to fruition.
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Peter Mark Roget
Ray Dolby - see below
Hargus "Pig" Robbins
The first Album recorded using Ray Dolby's then new Dolby SR technology was "In The Dark"
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