Monday Open Thread; Mole Day starts at 6:02 am
October 23 is the 296th day of the year, there are 69 days left
Today's number is 23
The 9th prime and the sum of 3 consecutive primes; 5, 7 and 11
The atomic number of Vanadium
The number of chromosomes in a human sperm or ova (haploid)
The number of times that Julius Caesar was stabbed.
The 23 enigma is the belief that most incidents and accidents, events and happenstances, and stuff, are somehow directly connected to the number 23. Robert Anton Wilson, William S. Burroughs, The Illuminatus! Trilogy (fnord), Principia discordia, etc. Like this open thread, for example.
The exponent in 6.02 x 10^23
Title 23 of the US Code is Highways. Coincidence?
was the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Varro
Herod the Great allegedly built a palace in Jerusalem.
was the Year of the Consulship of Pollio and Vetus
Tthe Greek geographer Strabo finally published his "Geography", a work describing the world known to the Romans and Greeks in Emperor Augustus' day. No similar works of similar antiquity exist.
Pliny the Elder, a Roman scientist and writer, was born.
Liu Xuan, a descendant of the Han Dynasty overthrew Wang Mang and ended the Xin Dynasty. Restored the Han Dynasty, he did.
Today's Number is also Avagadro's, at 6:02 it will be 6:02 10-23, and thus it is mole day (6.02x10**23 particles per mole, ya know)
OK, moving on
On this day in:
1707 -- The first meeting of Great Britain's Parliament
1739 -- The War of Jenkins' Ear began.
1850 -- The US' first National Women's Rights Convention began
1861 -- Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, today it is merely ignored
1906 -- Alberto Santos-Dumont achieved the first heavier than air flight in Europe
1915 -- 25,000 - 33,000 women marched on NYC's Fifth Avenue demanding suffrage ***
1917 -- Lenin called for the October Revolution.
1929 -- The New York Stock Exchange began to crash.
1935 -- Dutch Schultz and others were gunned down in a bar in Newark, New Jersey
1942 -- The Second Battle of El Alamein took place
1942 -- The Battle for Henderson Field on Guadalcanal began
1944 -- Battle of Leyte Gulf began
1946 -- The UN General Assembly convened for the first time
1955 -- Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem took control of "South Vietnam"
1956 -- The Hungarian revolution began
1972 -- A 5 month US bombing campaign against North Vietnam ended
1973 -- Nixon agreed to turn over the tapes
1983 -- The Marines barracks in Beirut was hit by a truck bomb
1989 -- The Hungarian Republic was declared
1998 -- "Land for peace" between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat
*** Note that they didn't waste time with DC or other socio-political backwaters, but went straight to the seat of power.
Born this day in:
1927 -- Sonny Criss, saxophonist and composer
1933 -- Carol Fran, singer, songwriter and pianist
1940 -- Ellie Greenwich, singer, songwriter and producer
1943 -- Alida Chelli, actress and singer
1944 -- Mike Harding, singer, songwriter and comedian
1945 -- Kim Larsen, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1947 -- Greg Ridley, bass player, Humble Pie co-founder
1949 -- Wurzel, singer and guitarist
1951 -- Charly Garcia, singer, songwriter and keyboard player
1952 -- Pierre Moerlen, drummer (Gong, tubular bells,)
1956 -- Dianne Reeves, singer
1956 -- Dwight Yoakam, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1958 -- Rose Nabinger, singer
1959 -- "Weird Al" Yankovic, singer, songwriter, comedian, actor
1960 -- Mirwais Ahmadzai, keyboard player and songwriter
1964 -- Robert Trujillo, bass player and songwriter
1967 -- Dale Crover, singer, songwriter, and drummer
1972 -- Jimmy Wayne, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1974 -- Christine Yoshikawa, pianist
1975 -- Jessicka, American singer and songwriter
1990 -- Paradise Oskar, singer, songwriter and guitarist
Died this day in:
1939 -- Zane Grey, dentist and author
1950 -- Al Jolson, actor and singer
1978 -- Maybelle Carter, singer and autoharp player
2004 -- Robert Merrill, singer and actor
2012 -- Michael Marra, singer and songwriter
2013 -- Gypie Mayo, guitarist and songwriter
2014 -- Joan Quigley, Whitehouse astrologer under Reagan
2014 -- Alvin Stardust, singer and actor
2015 -- Leon Bibb, singer
2016 -- Pete Burns, singer and songwriter
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Mole Day (International observance)
So, for music,
picture is a US Government work credited to Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation