Monday Open Thread: May 27 is Amelia Bloomer's birthday
May 27 is the 147th day of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Boomtime, Confusion 1, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 184.108.40.206.8 by the Mayan Long Count
Amelia Bloomer was the editor and eventually publisher of the first newspaper by and for women, The Lily. Originally a temperance activist, she became acquainted with both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and became a suffragist activist as well. She was also the person who introduced Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Susan B. Anthony and vice-versa. In the Lily she advocated for many things, including the idea that a woman's garb should be designed to meet her wants and necessitiese including her health and comfort. As fate would have it, Stanton visited Bloomer wearing an outfit designed by her cousin Elizabeth Miller which Bloomer enthusiastically adopted and began to promote in her writings to the extent that it became named after her. This happenstance has somewhat eclipsed her importance to the suffrage movement and the eventual, ongoing, women's rights movement.
Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...
On this day in history:
1703 – Tsar Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg
1905 – The Battle of Tsushima began, wherein a vastly inferior Japanese fleet annihilated a superior Russian fleet by crossing the T.
1919 – An NC-4 seaplane arrived in Lisbon after crossing the Atlantic, the first such crossing.
1933 – The Federal Securities Act was signed into law.
1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge opened to foot traffic
1962 – The Centralia mine fire, which still burns today, was started.
Born this day in:
1774 – Francis Beaufort, hydrographer and creator of the Beaufort Scale
1818 – Amelia Bloomer, journalist and activist
1819 – Julia Ward Howe, poet and songwriter
1837 – Wild Bill Hickok, gambler and gunslinger
1871 – Georges Rouault, a painter deemed to be a proto fauvist and expressionist
1894 – Dashiell Hammett,, novelist and screenwriter
1897 – John Cockcroft, physicist who "split the atom"
1907 – Rachel Carson, biologist, environmentalist and author
1912 – John Cheever, author
1915 – Herman Wouk, author and strawberry aficionado
1923 – Henry Kissinger, imperialist war criminal
1930 – John Barth, author
1934 – Harlan Ellison, author and screenwriter
1935 – Mal Evans, roadie
1935 – Ramsey Lewis, pianist and composer
1943 – Cilla Black, singer and actress
1944 – Alain Souchon, singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor
1945 – Bruce Cockburn, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1946 – Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, bassist and composer
1948 – Pete Sears, bass player
1950 – Dee Dee Bridgewater, singer, songwriter and actress
1957 – Siouxsie Sioux, singer, songwriter, musician, and producer; woman of the fairy mound, ben síde, baintsíde.
Died this day in:
1840 – Niccolò Paganini, violinist and composer
1867 – Thomas Bulfinch, mythologist, not to be confused with the political mythologists known as bullshitters.
2017 – Gregg Allman, musician, singer and songwriter
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Music goes here, iirc, well,
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
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Image is by Florence Headmaid: Victorian Edwardian style Bloomers with frill and lace ,and is public domain.
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