Monday Open Thread: July 16 is the beginning of the Islamic calendar.
July 16 is the 197th day of the year, there are 168 days left
Tis Boomtime, Confusion 51, 1367 YOLD
Today's number is 16
16 = 4 squared and 2 to the fourth or 4**2 and 2**4. Coincidence? I don't think so.
(I know of no other number that is both a**b and b**a where a is unequal to b)
16 is the base for the Hexadecimal numeral system, aka Hex
Counting in Hex runs from 0 to 9 then A,B,C,D,E, and F for 10 through 15
Hex is used a ton in computer science, computers and computing
16 is sulfur
There are 16 ounces in a pound
Title 16 of the US Code is CONSERVATION
was the Year of the Consulship of Ahenobarbus and Scipio
Caesar Augustus reorganized the German provinces and made Trier their capital.
(Trier just installed at least one traffic control light with charactures of Karl Marx on thw wait and walk lenses to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth there)
Elsewhere in 16 BCE,
Roman legate Marcus Lollius was defeated by a Germanic horde. This was/is called "The Lollian Disaster" because the German raiders bagged the legionary standard (the Eagle).
16 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Taurus and Libo
A Roman army of 50,000 men commanded by Germanicus won a victory at Idistaviso, defeating the German war chief Arminius and recovering the lost eagles of Varus' legions. (Those were the 3 eagles Varus lost in 9 BCE, not the paltry lone eagle Lollius lost in 16 BCE.)
On this day in:
0622 - The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
1769 - Imperialist colonial slaver Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Diego de Alcala.
1790 - The District of Columbia was established as the capital of the US
1927 - Augusto Cesar Sandino attacked occupying U.S. Marine invaders at Ocotal, but was driven off by dive bombers.
1931 - Emperor Haile Selassie signed the first constitution of Ethiopia.
1945 - The US detonated a test A-Bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
1965 - The Mont Blanc Tunnel opened
1969 - Apollo 11 was launched
Born this day in:
1723 - Joshua Reynolds, English painter
1862 - Ida B. Wells, investigative journalist, activist, NAACP co-founder
1872 - Roald Amundsen, explorer
1896 - Trygve Lie, union leader and politician
1928 - Robert Sheckley, author and screenwriter
1932 - John Chilton, trumpet player and composer
1938 - Tony Jackson, singer and bass player
1939 - William Bell, singer and songwriter
1939 - Denise LaSalle, singer, songwriter and producer, but not Koko
1941 - Desmond Dekker, singer and songwriter
1946 - Barbara Lee, Actual progressive US politician
1948 - Pinchas Zukerman, violinist and conductor
1948 - Ruben Blades, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1952 - Stewart Copeland, drummer and songwriter
1953 - Douglas J. Feith war criminal, "the dumbest f***ing guy on the planet".(Tommy Franks)
1968 - Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia
Died this day in:
1546 - Anne Askew, author, tortured and burnt at the stake for heresy
1953 - Hilaire Belloc, author and historian
1981 - Harry Chapin, guitarisst, singer and songwriter
1989 - Herbert von Karajan, condustor
2003 - Celia Cruz, singer and actress
2008 - Jo Stafford, singer
2012 - Kitty Wells, singer, songwriter and guitarist
2014 - Johnny Winter, singer, songwriter and guitarist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Flight Attendant Safety Professionals' Day
National Daiquiri Day
National Hot Dog Day
Take Your Poet to Work Day
picture: The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei
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