05/03 is "The Third of May"
Pungenday, Discord 50, 3187 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 126.96.36.199.15 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
The Third of May 1808 is a painting by Francisco de Goya which memorializes the execution of hundreds of Madrileños by French occupying forces on that date. This was the aftermath of a popular uprising by Madrid's citizenry against the French forces on May 2, 1808 ( El Dos De Mayo ), now a holiday in Madrid, which was one of the events that set off The Peninsular War. The Dos de Mayo Uprising wasn't an organized unified event, but numerous ad hoc rebellions that broke out across Madrid, including an attack on The Mamelukes of the French Imperial Guard , a french cavalry unit that had been sent to clear the streets, by the citizenry. That particular piece of the uprising was also memorialized by Francisco de Goya, as, what else, The Second of May 1808 aka The Charge of the Mamelukes.
The two paintings shown are hung in Madrid's Prado as part of a very good collection of Goya's works there.
Memo to Julian Assange
Today is "World Press Freedom Day". Much will be made of this by assorted politicians and governments and the petty, sycophantic stenographers who feed the world recycled government and corporate press releases under the guise of "News" while you languish in prison for the crime of real journalism, for having had the audacity to expose US war crimes and report other unwelcome truths. Know that you are appreciated. Know that many see through this sham of a holiday with its mind numbing irony and support you, but not the hordes of stenographers who are quite happy to see you imprisoned and tortured for doing what they, for whatever reasons, cannot bring themselves to do.
On this day in history:
1616 – The Treaty of Loudun ended the French civil war.
1715 – A total solar eclipse predicted by Edmond Halley was visible across northern Europe, and northern Asia
1802 – Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.
1808 – The Madrid rebels were executed near Príncipe Pío hill.
1855 – Brigand William Walker departed San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1867 – The Hudson's Bay Company gave up all claims to Vancouver Island.
1928 – The Jinan incident began, leading to huge losses for Chiang Kai-shek's NRA
1945 – German prison ships Cap Arcona, Thielbek and Deutschland were bombed and sunk by the RAF.
1947 – New post-war Japanese constitution went into effect.
1948 – The Supremes held that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable (Shelley v. Kraemer ).
1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the US landed a plane at the North Pole.
1963 – The cops in Birmingham, Alabama began using violence against "Birmingham campaign" protesters.
1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (spam) was sent by Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the US
1979 – Margaret Thatcher won the UK general election
2001 – The US lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission
Born this day in:
Politics have no relation to morals.
~~ Niccolò Machiavelli
1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, historian and philosopher
1678 – Amaro Pargo, corsair
1695 – Henri Pitot, physicist and engineer who invented the Pitot tube
1768 – Charles Tennant, chemist and businessman
1844 – Richard D'Oyly Carte, talent agent and composer
1860 – Vito Volterra, mathematician and physicist
1892 – George Paget Thomson, physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1898 – Septima Poinsette Clark, educator and activist
1902 – Alfred Kastler, physicist and poet, Nobel Prize laureate
1903 – Bing Crosby, singer and actor
1905 – Werner Fenchel, mathematician and academic
1912 – May Sarton, poet, novelist and memoirist
1913 – William Inge, playwright and novelist
1919 – Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter, musician, and activist
1920 – John Lewis, pianist and composer
1928 – Dave Dudley, singer and songwriter
1928 – Jacques-Louis Lions, mathematician
1929 – Denise Lor, singer and actress
1933 – James Brown, singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, and actor
1933 – Steven Weinberg, physicist and academic
1934 – Frankie Valli, singer and actor
1938 – Napoleon XIV, singer, songwriter and record producer
1944 – Pete Staples, bass player
1950 – Mary Hopkin, singer and songwriter
1950 – Dag Arnesen, pianist and composer
1951 – Alan Clayson, Esinger, singer, songwriter, and journalist
1951 – Christopher Cross, singer, songwriter, and producer
1953 – Bruce Hall, singer, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1953 – Jake Hooker, guitarist and songwriter
1954 – Angela Bofill, singer and songwriter
1959 – David Ball, keyboard player and producer
1964 – Sterling Campbell, drummer and songwriter
1977 – Maryam Mirzakhani, mathematician
1978 – Paul Banks, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Died this day in:
No one is 100 percent male or female. We all have elements of both male and female in our bodies. I just am more of a woman than I am a man.
~~ Christine Jorgensen
1779 – John Winthrop, mathematician, physicist, and astronomer
1910 – Howard Taylor Ricketts, pathologist
1916 – Tom Clarke, rebel executed by occupation troops
1916 – Thomas MacDonagh, poet and rebel executed by occupation troops
1916 – Pádraic Pearse, teacher and rebel leader executed by occupation troops
1989 – Christine Jorgensen, trans rights advocate
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Public Radio Day
Sun Day (International)
World Press Freedom Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Richard D'Oyly Carte
Six More Days
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