Monday Open Thread: February 4 is Rosa Parks Day (California and Missouri)
February 4 is the 35th day of the year
It is also Setting Orange, Chaos 35, 3185 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 184.108.40.206.16 by the Mayan Long Count
Since it is the fourth, we'll divert ourselves with a problem involving 4. Specifically, the problem will involve four 4s. So, here we go:
Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...
On this day in history:
1555 – John Rogers was burned at the stake for being protestant. Though much is made of him being the first such martyr under Queen Mary, he previously spoke approvingly when the protestants burned one of their own for heresy. Ah well.
1703 – Forty-Six of the legendary Forty-seven Ronin committed seppuku
1789 – George Washington was elected the first President of the United States
1801 – John Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States. This was a BFD.
1861 – Delegates from six former U.S. states formed the Confederate States of America.
1899 – The US war on the Philippine people began with the Battle of Manila.
1945 – World War II: The Yalta Conference began.
1961 – The Angolan War of Independence and the greater Portuguese Colonial War began.
1999 – Amadou Diallo was murdered by New York City plainclothes officers, Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, who fired at him 41 times, hitting him with 19 shots. They claimed that they had thought that he was a rape suspect from a year earlier and, of course, got off, because that's what cops are supposed to do when they think that they see somebody that they once suspected of something, slaughter them.
Born this day in:
1818 – Emperor Norton, emperor of the US and protector of Mexico
1868 – Constance Markievicz, politician, nationalist, revolutionary, socialist, and suffragette
1875 – Ludwig Prandtl, physicist and engineer
1902 – Charles Lindbergh, pilot and explorer
1906 – Clyde Tombaugh, astronomer who discovered Pluto
1913 – Rosa Parks, civil rights activist
1921 – Betty Friedan, author and feminist
1936 – Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival
1941 – John Steel, drummer
1944 – Florence LaRue, singer and actress
1948 – Alice Cooper, singer, songwriter and student
1951 – Phil Ehart, drummer and songwriter
Died this day in:
1968 – Neal Cassady, novelist and poet
1975 – Louis Jordan, singer, songwriter and saxophonist
1983 – Karen Carpenter, singer
1987 – Liberace, singer, songwriter and pianist
2006 – Betty Friedan, author and activist
2007 – Barbara McNair, singer and actress
2013 – Donald Byrd, trumpet player
2013 – Reg Presley, singer and songwriter
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Rosa Parks Day (California and Missouri,
Music goes here, iirc, well,
Image is the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and is public domain
It's an open thread, so do your thing
I have a bunch of lab tests and will be in and out all day.