11/08 - World Pianist Day
Boomtime, The Aftermath 20, 3187 YOLD
And let us not forget 22.214.171.124.4 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
The New Orleans General Strike of 1892 was started by 3 unions, the Teamsters, the Packers, and the Scalesmen. All three unions were racially integrated so the businesses tried to use racist appeals to divide the workers and used racist propaganda, lies, and slanders to try to turn the public against them. Those attempts failed, and more and more other unions began calling for a general strike to support the three original participants. Eventually it evolved into a full blown general strike, and in the end, the workers' demands were pretty much met except for the institution of union shops. There are things to be learned from this, such as focusing on solidarity and the class struggle and the exceptional efficacy of general strikes. just sayin'.
On this day in history:
1291 – The Republic of Venice restricted glassmaking ito the "island of Murano"".
1519 – Hernán Cortés entered Tenochtitlán
1602 – Oxford's Bodleian Library was opened to the public.
1605 – Robert Catesby, Gunpowder Plot mastermind, was killed.
1745 – Charles Edward Stuart invaded England
1837 – Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
1892 – The New Orleans general strike began, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.
1895 – While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays.
1917 – The first Council of People's Commissars was formed
1923 – The Munich Beer Hall Putsch went down
1933 – FDR rolled out the Civil Works Administration
1957 – The UK conducted its first successful H -bomb test
1965 – The UK formally abolished the death penalty for almost all crimes.
1966 – An African American was elected to the US for the first time since Reconstruction.
1966 – LBJ signed an antitrust exemption law for US style football
2002 – The US Govt lied the UN into passing Security Council Resolution 1441, a prelude to its criminal invasion of Iraq.
2004 – More than 10,000 U.S. troops illegally besieged Fallujah.
Born this day in:
Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes which turns them into confusion and is the chief source of every error in our lives.
~~ Sarah Fielding
1656 – Edmond Halley, astronomer and mathematician
1706 – Johann Ulrich von Cramer, philosopher and judge
1710 – Sarah Fielding, author
1831 – Robert Bulwer-Lytton, poet (not That Bulwer-Lytton
1848 – Gottlob Frege, mathematician and philosopher
1854 – Johannes Rydberg, physicist and academic
1878 – Dorothea Bate, palaeontologist and archaeozoologist
1884 – Hermann Rorschach, shrink with blots
1897 – Dorothy Day, journalist and activist
1900 – Margaret Mitchell, journalist and author
1919 – James S. Ackerman, historian and academic
1923 – Jack Kilby, physicist and engineer,
1926 – Darleane C. Hoffman, nuclear chemist
1927 – Ken Dodd, singer and comedian
1927 – Chris Connor, singer
1927 – Patti Page, singer and actress
1944 – Bonnie Bramlett, singer and actress
1945 – Don Murray, drummer
11946 – Roy Wood, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1947 – Minnie Riperton, singer, songwriter
1947 – Margaret Rhea Seddon, physician and astronaut
1949 – Bonnie Raitt, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1950 – Mary Hart, journalist and actress
1951 – Gerald Alston, R&B singer
1951 – Larry Burnett, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1954 – Rickie Lee Jones, singer, songwriter, and producer
1955 – Patricia Barber, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1956 – Steven Miller, record producer and engineer
1957 – Porl Thompson, guitarist and songwriter
1958 – Don Byron, clarinet player and composer
1959 – Chi Chi LaRue, drag queen performer and director
1961 – Leif Garrett, singer, actor, and television personality
1970 – Diana King, singer and songwriter
1977 – Jully Black, singer, songwriter, producer, and actress
1977 – Bucky Covington, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1980 – Laura Jane Grace, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1982 – Sam Sparro, singer, songwriter, and producer
Died this day in:
“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”
~~ John Milton
977 – Ibn al-Qutiyya, historian
1308 – Duns Scotus, priest, philosopher, and academic
1494 – Melozzo da Forlì, painter
1527 – Jerome Emser, theologian and reformer
1599 – Francisco Guerrero, pianist and composer
1605 – Robert Catesby, conspirator, leader of the Gunpowder Plot
1674 – John Milton, poet and philosopher
1719 – Michel Rolle, mathematician and author
1965 – Dorothy Kilgallen, journalist, television personality, and game show panelist
1974 – Ivory Joe Hunter, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1978 – Norman Rockwell, painter and illustrator
1983 – James Booker, singer and pianist
1999 – Lester Bowie, trumpet player and composer
2003 – Guy Speranza, singer and songwriter
2009 – Vitaly Ginzburg, physicist and astrophysicist,
2013 – William C. Davidon, physicist, mathematician, and academic
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Intersex Day of Remembrance (New South Wales, Australia)
International Day of Radiology (European Society of Radiology)
National Aboriginal Veterans Day (Canada)
World Pianist Day
World Orphans Day
Harvey Wallbanger Day
Abet and Aid Punsters Day
World Urbanism Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Rickie Lee Jones
Ivory Joe Hunter
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