3/20 - Vernal Equinox, Ostara, Mabon
The Vernal Equinox is the astronomical beginning of spring, when the hours of daylight and the hours of night are approximately equal. The wiccan holiday Ostara celebrates the Vernal (or spring) Equinox. Because the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere, the wiccan holiday Mabon which celebrates the Autumnal Equinox applies south of the equator.
The FDA approved the drug AZT to combat AIDS on March 20, 1987. It took them 6 years to approve something that would neither cure nor prevent the disease, but simply ameliorate it some. Meanwhile, assorted religious bodies were able to outlaw to their adherents the use of condoms to actually prevent the spread of the disease in a matter of days. Some anti-condom warriors were elevated to somewhat high status. Since then tens of millions have died of AIDS related causes and some 38 million people have HIV. Something to think about.
Heh, it is Atheist Pride Day. That's just so sick I can't think of anything to do with it. "One Atheist, under god ...", wait! that's not how that goes at all, or shouldn't be, at any rate. Every time I try to attend some government meeting, committee, or hearing it turns out that it starts with a revival meeting. I'm not sitting through that. I just can't figure out what we're supposed to be proud of, national prayer day? Nah, that can't be it. Ah, I got it, only seven states clearly, expressly prohibit us from holding office, only 14%, W00t.
On this day in history:
1815 -- Napoleon Bonaparte's "Hundred Days" rule began.
1852 -- Uncle Tom's Cabin was published
1883 -- The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property was signed
1896 – The Qing dynasty post office opened, marking the beginning of a postal service in China.
1915 -- Einstein's general theory of relativity was published.
1923 -- Pablo Picasso's first US showing took place
1926 – Chiang Kai-shek initiated a purge of communist elements within the National Revolutionary Army in Guangzhou (The Canton Coup)
1948 – The first telecasts of classical music in the United States, (under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini), are given on CBS and NBC.
1952 -- The US Senate ratified a peace treaty with Japan
1956 -- Tunisia gained its freedom from France
1985 -- Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod
1987 -- The FDA approved AZT to fight AIDS
1995 -- The Aum Shinrikyo cult staged a sarin gas attack in Tokyo
2003 -- Shrub's coalition of the witless invaded Iraq on false pretences
Some people who were born on this day:
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.
43 BCE -- Ovid, poet
1612 -- Anne Bradstreet, Puritan poet, first woman published in England's American colonies
1811 -- George Caleb Bingham, luminist painter
1821 -- Ned Buntline, journalist, author, publisher, and know-nothing leader
1824 – Theodor von Heuglin, explorer and ornithologist
1828 -- Henrik Ibsen, poet, playwright, and director
1840 -- Illarion Pryanishnikov, painter
1856 -- John Lavery, painter
1884 -- Philipp Frank, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher, Vienna Circle member, Philosophy of Science
1879 – Maud Menten, physician and biochemist
1890 -- Beniamino Gigli, tenor and actor
1904 -- B. F. Skinner, psychologist and author, pigeon fancier
1906 -- Ozzie Nelson, actor and bandleader
1915 -- Sister Rosetta Tharpe, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1917 -- Vera Lynn, singer
1918 -- Marian McPartland, pianist and composer, Jazz Master, founded Halcyon Records
1922 -- Larry Elgart, saxophonist and bandleader
1925 -- John Ehrlichman, lawyer, criminal, Nixonian scumbag
1928 -- James P. Gordon, physicist and engineer, designed & built first maser.
1928 -- Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers.
1934 -- Willie Brown, lawyer, and politician
1935 – Bettye Washington Greene, chemist
1936 – Lee "Scratch" Perry, singer, songwriter, music producer, and inventor
1936 -- Harold Mabern, jazz pianist and composer
1937 -- Jerry Reed, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor
1939 -- Don Edwards, guitarist, singer, and songwriter
1939 -- Walter Jakob Gehring, biologist and academic
1948 -- Nikos Papazoglou, singer and songwriter, formed band named oblique order
1949 – Marcia Ball, blues singer-songwriter and pianist
1950 -- Carl Palmer, drummer and songwriter
1951 – Jimmie Vaughan, blues-rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1955 -- Ian Moss, guitarist, singer, & songwriter
1955 – Mariya Takeuchi, singer and songwriter
1964 – Natacha Atlas, singer and songwriter
1968 – Ultra Naté, singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ, and promoter
1976 – Chester Bennington, singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1995 – Kei, singer
Some people who died on this day:
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
~~ Brendan Behan
1726 -- Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher
1878 – Julius Robert von Mayer, physician and physicist
1964 -- Brendan Behan, Irish republican, poet, novelist, short story author and playwright
1983 – Ivan Matveyevich Vinogradov, mathematician and academic
1993 – Polykarp Kusch, physicist and academic,
2018 – C. K. Mann, a Highlife musician and producer
2020 – Kenny Rogers, singer
Some Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Ostara (Northern Hemishpere)
Mabon (Southern Hemishpere)
Atheist Pride Day
Extraterrestrial Abduction Day
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
International Day of Happiness
Act Happy Day
New Year (Thelema)
Feast of the Supreme Ritual (Thelema)
That does it, 2, count them, 2 Thelemic Holidays. This calls for
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Mariya Takeuchi, singer and songwriter
Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?
Open Thread, 20, Ostara, Mabon, Equinox, Vera Lynn, Carl Palmer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Henrik Ibsen, Larry Elgart