10/18 is Multicultural Diversity Day
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And let us not forget 22.214.171.124.3 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
Multicultural Diversity There is a story widespread in business circles that illustrates, to them, the importance of having a multicultural workforce. It seems that after much brainstorming a company came up with a catchy name for a new product and spent a fortune on promoting it, it did well but absolutely would not sell in Japan. After a couple of focus groups got nowhere, they asked the owner of a local Japanese restaurant if he had any ideas. Said owner immediately replied that in Japanese the name of their product meant dog shit.
The simple fact is that everything you say, write and/or do is filtered through a great number of perspectives. In addition, words with the same ostensible denotation often have very different connotations in differing languages. Exposure to other cultures and those from such cultures is beyond simply broadening, it allows you to think in new and different ways and understand things in ways you wouldn't have thought of otherwise. Not only is is simply something we should indulge in out of universal brother and sisterhood, but it is good for you and even useful.
History is said by some to not be about persons and their acts and lives, but about a variety of other things. Regardless of ones views on the matter, now and them one finds a historical personage who certainly seems to have had an abnormally great impact on the course of history. Far too often, such persons had careers that were, at least in part, of a military nature. One such was Prince Eugene of Savoy, who was born on this day in 1663. He is definitely worth a good read. Here's part of the preface to his entry in da wiki:
He first saw action against the Ottoman Turks at the Siege of Vienna in 1683 and the subsequent War of the Holy League, before serving in the Nine Years' War, fighting alongside his cousin, the Duke of Savoy. The Prince's fame was secured with his decisive victory against the Ottomans at the Battle of Zenta in 1697, earning him Europe-wide fame. Eugene enhanced his standing during the War of the Spanish Succession, where his partnership with the Duke of Marlborough secured victories against the French on the fields of Blenheim (1704), Oudenarde (1708), and Malplaquet (1709); he gained further success in the war as Imperial commander in northern Italy, most notably at the Battle of Turin (1706). Renewed hostilities against the Ottomans in the Austro-Turkish War consolidated his reputation, with victories at the battles of Petrovaradin (1716), and the decisive encounter at Belgrade (1717).
It is Persons Day in Canada where, on this date in 1929, it was decided that women were persons, fully entitled to participate in government.
It is also World Menopause Day. Being incapable of participating in the process, I shall not speak to the matter.
On this day in history:
1540 – de Soto's forces destroyed the town of Mabila and killed Tuskaloosa.
1648 – Boston shoemakers formed the first US labor organization.
1775 – Poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery.
1851 – Moby-Dick was first published as "The Whale"
1860 – The Second Opium War ended with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin,
1867 – The US took possession of Alaska
1898 – The US took possession of Puerto Rico
1921 – The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was formed as part of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
1922 – The BBC was founded
1929 – The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council declared that women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law.
1945 – The USSR's nuclear program received plans for the United States plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs
1945 – A coup d'état overthrew president Angarita of Venezuela
1954 – Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio.
1963 – Félicette, became the first cat launched into space.
1967 – The Soviet probe Venera 4 reached Venus
1979 – The FCC allowed people to have home satellite earth stations without a license.
2003 – Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada was forced to resign and leave Bolivia.
2019 – NASA Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made the first all-female spacewalk
Born this day in:
“the intuitive recognition of the instant, thus reality... is the highest act of wisdom”
~~ D. T. Suzuki
1130 – Zhu Xi, philosopher
1536 – William Lambarde, antiquarian and politician
1547 – Justus Lipsius, philologist and scholar
1587 – Lady Mary Wroth, poet
1616 – Nicholas Culpeper, botanist
1663 – Prince Eugene of Savoy
1785 – Thomas Love Peacock, author and poet
1850 – Basil Hall Chamberlain, historian, author, and academic
1859 – Henri Bergson, philosopher and theologian
1865 – Logan Pearsall Smith, author and critic
1870 – D. T. Suzuki, author and scholar
1880 – Ze'ev Jabotinsky, general, journalist, and theorist
1893 – George Ohsawa, philosopher and academic
1894 – H. L. Davis, author and poet
1897 – Isabel Briggs Myers, theorist (quack) and author
1898 – Lotte Lenya, singer and actress (
1902 – Pascual Jordan, physicist and theorist
1904 – A. J. Liebling, journalist and author
1905 – Jan Gies, activist
1906 – James Brooks, painter and educator
1919 – Anita O'Day, singer
1919 – Camilla Williams, soprano and educator
1921 – Jerry Cooke, photographer and journalist
1921 – Beatrice Helen Worsley, computer scientist and academic
1923 – Jessie Mae Hemphill, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1924 – Buddy MacMaster, singer, songwriter, and fiddler
1926 – Chuck Berry, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1939 – Paddy Reilly, folk singer and guitarist
1939 – Jan Erik Vold, poet, author, and translator
1940 – Cynthia Weil, songwriter
1943 – Christine Charbonneau, singer and songwriter (d. 2014)
1947 – Laura Nyro, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1949 – Joe Egan, singer, songwriter
1949 – Gary Richrath, guitarist, songwriter, and producer
1951 – Nic Potter, bass player and songwriter
1952 – B?o Ninh, oldier and author
1955 – Vanessa Briscoe Hay, singer, songwriter, and keyboard player
1955 – Mark Welland, physicist and academic
1961 – Wynton Marsalis, trumpet player, composer, and educator
1963 – Sigvart Dagsland, singer, pianist and composer
1964 – Dan Lilker, American singer, songwriter, and bass player
1965 – Curtis Stigers, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1967 – Eric Stuart, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor
1974 – Peter Svensson, guitarist and songwriter
1979 – Ne-Yo, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor
1984 – Esperanza Spalding, singer, songwriter, and bassist
1985 – Andrew Garcia, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Died this day in:
Don't take life so serious, son, it ain't nohow permanent.
~~ Walt Kelly (Pogo)
1564 – Johannes Acronius Frisius, physician and mathematician
1570 – Manuel da Nóbrega, colonist
1871 – Charles Babbage, mathematician and engineer, invented the mechanical computer
1886 – Philipp Franz von Siebold, physician and botanist (
1889 – Antonio Meucci, engineer
1893 – Charles Gounod, composer and educator
1911 – Alfred Binet, psychologist and author
1931 – Thomas Edison, engineer and businessman
1934 – Santiago Ramón y Cajal, pathologist, histologist, and neuroscientist
1935 – Gaston Lachaise, sculptor
1942 – Mikhail Nesterov, painter
1973 – Margaret Caroline Anderson, publisher, founded The Little Review
1973 – Walt Kelly, illustrator and animator
1973 – Leo Strauss,political scientist, philosopher, and academic
1975 – K. C. Douglas, rural blues singer
1979 – Rebecca Clarke, viola player and composer
1984 – Henri Michaux, painter and poet
2000 – Julie London, singer and actress
2006 – Anna Russell, singer, educator, and actress
2007 – Lucky Dube, singer, songwriter and keyboard player
2008 – Dee Dee Warwick, singer
2009 – Nancy Spero, painter and academic
2012 – David S. Ware, saxophonist and composer
2015 – Robert W. Farquhar, engineer
2015 – Frank Watkins, bass player
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Alaska Day (Alaska, United States)
Multicultural Diversity Day
Persons Day (Canada)
World Menopause Day
International Adjust Your Chair Day
National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Jessie Mae Hemphill
Please see opera section below
Dee Dee Warwick
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