05/22 - International Day for Biological Diversity
It is the International Day for Biological Diversity I know that a great many in the US have very negative views of "diversity" and hence dislike the word, but here we are talking about maintaining and/or restoring the complex ecosystems that keep us alive and are necessary for our long term survival as a species. There are still many who find that objectionable if it means things like not being allowed to drive their high powered quad atv anywhere and everywhere they feel like or hunting endangered species, but truly great numbers support or at least pay lip service to conservation, preservation, and similar ideas. Even many corporations and other businesses pretend to support such things as biological diversity or conservation and the like because it is good PR. That means that their marketing folks believe that there are great numbers of real people who believe that such things are good, else they wouldn't waste a single penny even pretending to support them.
In 1370, between six and twenty Jews were murdered and the rest of the Jewish community was banished from Brussels, Belgium, for allegedly desecrating consecrated Host. This is known as The Brussels Massacre
In 1520, the Aztecs obtained permission from the occupying Spaniards to celebrate the festival of Tóxcatl during the fall of Tenochtitlan. The Spaniards then massacred all of the nobles and warriors attending the ceremony because they had gold ornamentation and were unarmed and because they were conquistadores and that's what they did, it was their job. This is known as The Massacre In the Great Temple, The Massacre of Alvarado, or The Massacre at the Festival of Tóxcatl. Seeing as how the perps served under Cortes, it could also be considered to simply be business as usual, since Aztec warriors would've probably been very unruly slaves.
On this day in history:
0760 -- Halley's Comet sighting recorded in China
1762 -- The Trevi Fountain was completed. It is not known if coins were thrown into it.
1804 -- The Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Charles
1819 -- The SS Savannah set sail to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic
1826 -- HMS Beagle set sail on her first voyage
1840 – The penal transportation of British convicts to the New South Wales colony was abolished.
1846 -- The Associated Press was formed. Though originated by journalists, the AP stylebook is still widely used today.
1848 -- Slavery was abolished in Martinique.
1906 -- The Wright brothers got a patent on their flying machine
1915 -- Mount Lassen erupted
1941 -- British troops took Fallujah without using white phosphorus.
1943 -- Stalin disbanded the Comintern.
1947 -- The Truman Doctrine went into effect
1964 -- LBJ launched the Great Society, heretically intended to help actual humans
1967 -- Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping.
1968 -- The USS Scorpion sank
1972 -- Ceylon became Sri Lanka.I'd like to say that made things better, but ...
1973 -- Nixon confessed his role in the Watergate cover-up but wasn't punished
1990 -- North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen.
2015 -- The Republic of Ireland legalized same-sex marriage
The Great Society indeed
Some people who were born on this day:
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Arthur Conan Doyle
~~ Arthur Conan Doyle
1783 -- William Sturgeon, physicist and inventor, (electromagnet, electric motor)
1813 -- Richard Wagner, composer
1831 – Henry Vandyke Carter, anatomist, surgeon, illustator of Gray's Anatomy
1844 – Mary Cassatt, painter and educator
1846 -- Rita Cetina Gutierrez, poet, educator, feminist, and activist
1859 -- Arthur Conan Doyle, writer, physician, spiritualist and justice activist
1884 – Wilhelmina Hay Abbott, suffragist and feminist
1894 – Friedrich Pollock, sociologist and philosopher
1900 – Juan Arvizu, lyric opera tenor and bolero vocalist
1904 – Uno Lamm, electrical engineer and inventor
1905 -- Bodo von Borries, physicist, co-inventor of electron microscope
1907 – Hergé, author and illustrator
1912 – Herbert C. Brown, chemist and academic,
1914 -- Sun Ra, pianist, composer, bandleader, poet and, well, Sun Ra
1924 -- Charles Aznavour, singer, songwriter and actor
1925 – Jean Tinguely, painter and sculptor
1927 -- Peter Matthiessen, writer, editor, spook and co-founder of The Paris Review
1930 – Kenny Ball, jazz trumpet player, vocalist, and bandleader
1930 – Marisol Escobar, sculptor
1930 -- Harvey Milk, politician, murder victim
1934 -- Peter Nero, pianist and conductor
1937 – Facundo Cabral, singer and songwriter
1942 -- Ted Kaczynski, critic
1942 – Richard Oakes, civil rights activist
1946 – Lyudmila Zhuravleva, astronomer
1950 -- Bernie Taupin, singer, songwriter and poet
1950 -- Bill Whelan, composer and musician
1954 – Barbara May Cameron, human rights activist
1955 – Iva Davies, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1959 -- Morrissey, singer and songwriter
1966 -- Johnny Gill, singer, songwriter and producer
1991 – Suho, singer and actor
1994 – Athena Manoukian, singer and songwriter
Some people who died on this day:
Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
~~ Langton Hughes
0337 -- Constantine the Great, early influential christofascist proponent of homophobia
1540 – Francesco Guicciardini, historian and politician
1553 -- Giovanni Bernardi, sculptor and engraver
1868 – Julius Plücker, mathematician and physicist
1885 -- Victor Hugo, author, poet & playwright
1932 -- Augusta, Lady Gregory, activist, author, and playwright, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre
1967 -- Langston Hughes, poet, social activist, novelist, and playwright
1974 – Irmgard Flügge-Lotz, mathematician and aerospace engineer
1993 – Mieczysław Horszowski, pianist and composer
2010 -- Martin Gardner, mathematician, cryptographer, and author noted for his Scientific American column
Some Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Harvey Milk Day (California)
International Day for Biological Diversity
Unity Day (Yemen)
World Goth Day - Original Inspiration for Sack Like A Visigoth Day
Sun Ra (1982)
Johnny Gill with bonus millenial whoop
Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?
Cross posted from http://caucus99percent.com
open thread, Halley's Comet, Lewis and Clars, Beagle, Great Society, Nixon, Richard Wagner, Facundo Cabral, Sun Ra