09/20 is National Gibberish Day
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And let us not forget 126.96.36.199.15 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
On 09-20-1066 Harald Hardrata beat two Yorkish earls at the Battle of Fulford causing Harold Godwinson to rush north with his army to fight Harald at Stamford bridge. This diversion and the loss of troops, followed by the forced march back to Hastings may have contributed to the English loss to William the Bastard and subsequent Norman conquest of England.
The Old Prussians were an indigenous Baltic tribe, culture, and language who were also pagans. Accordingly, pursuant to papal doctrine of the era, they had to be forcefully converted to Christianity or exterminated. The duchy or Polans, among others, gave it a shot and failed and eventually Christendom sent in the Teutonic Order or Teutonic Knights, a crusading order of Germanic Catholic storm-troopers (and brigands) nominally headquartered in Acre who were able to succeed in conquering the Old Prussians. The Old Prussians, however revolted, several times, one of which is famously known as The Great Prussian Uprising which started on this day in 1260. All of their resistance was futile and the Old Prussians, their language, culture, and religion are gone, exterminated except for those of the humans as were Germanized, Christianized and assimilated. This particular Catholic genocide goes by the name Prussian Crusades, a subunit of the Northern Crusades. It wasn't at all specifically related to the Cathar genocide which took place in Languedoc in the 1200s; the Cathars weren't pagans (nature worshippers) but merely insufficiently orthodox Christians, like the Rus. The crusade against the Rus, of course, failed miserably, a lesson that nobody yet has managed to learn.
On September 20, 1854, British and French troops defeated Russian troops at The Battle of Alma, one of the major battles of the Crimean War. The allies, Emperor Napoleon III's France, The Ottoman Empire, The British Empire and Sardinia, won the majority of the major battles and forced Russia to sign the Treaty of Paris in March of 1856, under which it ceded some territory, and made some other concessions, but they failed to steal Crimea itself.
On 09-20-1920, the "Black and Tans", a terrorist paramilitary force created by the British government to suppress the Irish Revolution, burned the town of Balbriggan and killed two local men, This was the first Black and Tan atrocity against an entire town and resulted in some international attention. It was even discussed and mildly criticized by some in Britain's Parliament, though nothing was done and the Black and Tans weren't even ordered to cease their war upon Irish civilians or refrain from terrorist crimes against humanity.
On September 20, 2019, roughly 4 million world wide marched concerning climate change. The world's politicians and corporate chiefs sprang into action spewing vast volumes of hot air, which only added to the problem because they did nothing to offset it, or anything else.
On this day in history:
1066 – Harald Hardrada defeated York's earls Morcar and Edwin at Fulford,
1187 – Saladin beseiged Jerusalem.
1260 – The Great Prussian Uprising against the Teutonic Knights began
1498 – The Nankai tsunami washes away the building housing the Great Buddha at Kotoku-in. It has been outside since then.
1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sailed from Sanlúcar de Barrameda in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
1737 – The Walking Purchase forced the Lenape-Delaware to cede 1.2 million acres of tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.
1854 – British and French troops defeated Russian troops at the Battle of Alma.
1870 – The Bersaglieri corps entered Rome, unifying Italy.
1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-tested the first US gasoline-powered automobile.
1920 – The "Black and Tans" burned the town of Balbriggan and killed two local men
1941 – Lithuanian Nazis and local police began a mass execution of 403 Jews in Nemencine.
1942 – In the course of two days German and Ukranian Nazis and police murdered at least 3,000 Jews in Letychiv.
1962 – James Meredith was temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.
1973 – Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs at tennis
1977 – Vietnam was admitted to the UN
1990 – South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia
2001 – George W. Bush declared a "War on Terror".
2007 – Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of the Jena Six
2011 – The US military ended Clinton's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy,
2019 – Roughly 4 million people demonstrated world wide about climate change
Born this day in:
“One of the necessary accompaniments of capitalism in a democracy is political corruption.”
~~ Upton Sinclair
917 – Kyunyeo, poet
1593 – Gottfried Scheidt, organist and composer
1614 – Martino Martini, missionary, cartographer and historian
1685 – Giuseppe Matteo Alberti, violinist and composer
1778 – Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, admiral, cartographer, and explorer
1800 – Benjamin Franklin White, singer and composer
1819 – Frederick Ellsworth Sickels, inventor
1831 – Kate Harrington, poet and educator
1833 – Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Isoldier and journalist
1842 – James Dewar, chemist and physicist
1844 – William H. Illingworth, photographer
1847 – Susanna Rubinstein, psychologist
1851 – Henry Arthur Jones, playwright and critic
1876 – Carleton Ellis, inventor and chemist
1878 – Upton Sinclair, novelist, critic, and essayist
1895 – Walter Dubislav, logician and philosopher of science
1899 – Leo Strauss, political scientist, philosopher, and academic
1902 – Stevie Smith, author and poet
1906 – Vera Faddeeva, mathematician
1913 – Sidney Dillon Ripley, ornithologist and academic
1921 – Chico Hamilton, drummer, composer, and bandleader
1924 – Gogi Grant, singer
1924 – Jackie Paris, singer and guitarist
1925 – Bobby Nunn, singer
1927 – Colette Bonheur, singer
1927 – John Dankworth, saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer
1927 – Red Mitchell, bassist, composer, and poet
1928 – Donald Hall, poet, editor, and critic
1929 – Joe Temperley, saxophonist and clarinet player
1930 – Richard Montague, mathematician and philosopher
1935 – Keith Roberts, author and illustrator
1938 – Eric Gale, guitarist and producer
1947 – Billy Bang, violinist and composer
1947 – Mia Martini, singer
1948 – Victoria Mallory, singer and actress
1948 – George R. R. Martin, novelist and short story writer
1948 – Chuck Panozzo, bass player
1948 – John Panozzo, drummer
1956 – Jennifer Tour Chayes, mathematician and computer scientist
1956 – Steve Coleman, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader
1956 – John Harle, saxophonist, composer, conductor, and producer
1957 – Alannah Currie, singer and songwriter
1959 – Joseph Alessi, trombonist and educator
1960 – Dave Hemingway, singer, songwriter, and drummer
1962 – Jim Al-Khalili, physicist, author, and academic
1964 – Randy Bradbury, bass player
1966 – Nuno Bettencourt, singer, songwriter. and guitarist
1967 – Gunnar Nelson, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1967 – Matthew Nelson, singer, songwriter and bass player
1969 – Patrick Pentland, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1969 – Tim Rogers, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1969 – Ben Shepherd, musician and songwriter
1975 – Jason Robinson, saxophonist and composer
1987 – Jack Lawless, drummer
1990 – Phillip Phillips, singer, songwriter and guitarist
Died this day in:
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.
~~ Annie Besant
1533 – Veit Stoss, sculptor
1684 – Kim Seok-ju, scholar and politician
1793 – Fletcher Christian, lieutenant and mutineer
1803 – Robert Emmet, commander
1815 – Nicolas Desmarest, geologist and scholar
1839 – Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet, admiral
1863 – Jacob Grimm, philologist and mythologist
1884 – Leopold Fitzinger, zoologist and author
1898 – Theodor Fontane, author and poet
1908 – Pablo de Sarasate, violinist and composer
1933 – Annie Besant, theosophist and activist
1957 – Jean Sibelius, violinist and composer
1971 – Giorgos Seferis, poet and diplomat
1973 – Jim Croce, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1984 – Steve Goodman, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1985 – Helen MacInnes, librarian and author
1996 – Paul Erdos, mathematician and academic
1996 – Paul Weston, pianist, composer, and conductor
2005 – Simon Wiesenthal, human rights activist, Holocaust survivor
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
National Fried Rice Day
National Gibberish Day
National Pepperoni Pizza Day
National Punch Day
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Pablo de Sarasate
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