Monday Open Thread; November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20 is the 324th day of the year, there are 41 days left

Today's number is 20


An icosahedron has 20 faces
A dodecahedron has 20 vertices.
20 is the atomic number of calcium.
"what's your 20?" = "10-20" = "where are you?"
20 is one meaning of "a score"
A 20 is a Jackson until 2020 when it will be a Tubman
20 is an android app, - some sort of game


Title 20 of the US Code is EDUCATION


20 BCE
was the Year of the Consulship of Appuleius and Nerva
Parthia and Rome entered into a peace treaty.


20 CE
was the Year of the Consulship of Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus and Cotta
Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso committed suicide rather than face trial for the murder of Germanicus


On this day in:

1695 -- Zumbi was killed by the forces of Portuguese bandeirante Domingos Jorge Velho.
1789 -- New Jersey was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
1805 -- Beethoven's opera, Fidelio, premiered
1820 -- An 80-ton sperm whale attacked the whaling ship Essex, inspiring Melville
1910 -- Francisco I. Madero started the Mexican revolution by issuing the Plan de San Luis Potosi
1945 -- Trials of 24 Nazi war criminals began at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice
1959 -- The UN adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The US was appalled
1962 -- The Cuban Missile Crisis ended
1969 -- The Plain Dealer published explicit photographs of dead villagers from My Lai
1969 -- Native American activists seized control of Alcatraz
1974 -- The DOJ filed its final anti-trust suit against AT&T. (Remember when we opposed monopolies?)
1980 -- A Texaco oil probe was droilled into a salt mine, draining Lake Peigneur into same
1985 -- Micro$oft Windoze 1.0 was released, condemning multitudes to bugware and malware
1994 -- The Angolan government and UNITA rebels signed the Lusaka Protocol ***
1998 -- Zarya, the first module of the ISS, was launched

*** During the Angola conflilcts, the US, at one point, was aiding rebels in their attacks on Angola's source of oil and oil revenues, the Cabinda exclave. Luckily, the Cabinda oil operations, run by Gulf Oil Corporation of the US, later merged into Chevron and thence into Chevron-Texaco, were ably defended from the US' proxy attacks by Cuban soldiers.



Born this day in:

1602 -- Otto von Guericke, physicist
1625 -- Paulus Potter, painter
1765 -- Thomas Fremantle, sailor, admiral, one of Nelson's buds.
1858 -- Selma Lagerlof, author, won Nobel for literature
1881 -- Arthur Marshall, pianist and composer
1884 -- Norman Thomas, preacher, socialist, pacifist & perrenial US Presidential candidate
1889 -- Edwin Hubble, astronomer, discovered expansion of the universe
1900 -- Chester Gould, cartoonist
1903 -- Alexandra Danilova, ballerina
1908 -- Alistair Cooke, journalist, PBS host
1921 -- Jim Garrison, lawyer
1924 -- Benoit Mandelbrot, mathematician
1925 -- George Barris, engineer and car designer
1925 -- June Christy, singer
1925 -- Robert F. Kennedy, politician
1937 -- Ruth Laredo, pianist
1939 -- Dick Smothers, little Dickie Smothers, actor and comic
1942 -- Joe Biden, politician
1942 -- Norman Greenbaum, one hit wonder
1942 -- Meredith Monk, composer and choreographer
1944 -- Mike Vernon, record producer
1946 -- Duane Allman, singer, songwriter, guitarist
1946 -- Judy Woodruff, journalist, talking had, CFR member
1947 -- Joe Walsh, singer, songwriter, guitarist
1948 -- Barbara Hendricks, singer
1954 -- Frank Marino, guitarist, singer and songwriter
1961 -- Jim Brickman, singer, songwriter, pianist
1971 -- Marco Oppedisano, guitarist and composer
1975 -- Dierks Bentley, singer and songwriter
1975 -- Davey Havok, vocalist
1977 -- Josh Turner, singer, songwriter, guitarist


Died this day in:

869 -- Edmund the Martyr, "Almost nothing is known about Edmund." - Wikipedia
1695 -- Zumbi, king of the Quilombo dos Palmares (escaped slaves & other fugitives)
1758 -- Johan Helmich Roman, violinist and composer
1764 -- Christian Goldbach, mathematician
1856 -- Farkas Bolyai, mathematician and geometer
1894 -- Anton Rubinstein, pianist, composer, and conductor
1910 -- Leo Tolstoy, author
1934 -- Willem de Sitter, mathematician, physicist and astronomer
1936 -- Buenaventura Durruti, activist
1973 -- Allan Sherman, comedian
1976 -- Trofim Lysenko, infamous biologist
1997 -- Robert Palmer, writer, musicologist, musician, producer
2005 -- Chris Whitley singer, songwriter, guitarist
2010 -- Chalmers Johnson, author


Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Universal Children's Day (International) NOT CELEBRATED IN THE US
The US has also refused to sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child, because we accord them none once born




So, for music,

Transgender Day of Remembrance


Mexican Revolution

Rights of the Child (USA Style)


Arthur Marshall

Norman Thomas

Edwin Hubbel

George Barris

Junc Christy

Ruth Laredo

Dick Smothers

Norman Greenbaum

Meredith Monk

Mike Vernon

Duane Allman

Joe Walsh

Barbara Hendricks

Frank Marino

Jim Brickman

Marco Oppedisano

Dierks Bentley

Davey Havok

Josh Turner

Edmund the Martyr

Johan Helmich Roman

Anton Rubinstein

Allan Sherman

Robert Palmer

Chris Whitley




Candy Darling


Mexican Revolution

Duane Allman


picture is of Huong Giang Idol, a famous transgender singer in Vietnam, and is a US Government Work

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Arrow's picture

A date that will live in infamy.

Morning EL

I liked DrDOS myself.

As always have a great day all.

Edit: 9=0 infamy=famy (I gotta stop trying to post with the tablet.)

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I want a Pony!

enhydra lutris's picture

processor and DesqView multi-tasker happily and efficiently until I was forced to change to winsnot to be compatible at work. I escaped for a bit when WARP came out, since it could read wintrash, but then M$ broke the compatibility and I had to return to Win, until I retired, then I moved to Ubuntu.

Have a wonderful day.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Lookout's picture

Thanks for all the music and the OT.

I play with a pair of twins that remind me of the Smother's brothers. They don't use the Mom liked you best line, but they have plenty of other jokes and just a funny banter between them. Always a pleasure to play tunes and laugh with them. Nothing better than laughing and singing...a good way to go through life.

Here's an online game called twenty if anyone is interested

Hope all of you have a good day!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

enhydra lutris's picture

molto busy plus mystery grief with one of my browsers. Music and laughter is indeed a wonderful thing, especially when you can combine them.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

smiley7's picture

pressure cooker full of joy and car trouble and all the intricacies of staying alive; so, your music is needed for this evening as i finish off a dinner started with a mirepoix for my son and I.

Happy evening to you!

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