Monday Open Thread; September 4 is National Newspaper Carrier Day
September4rd is the 247th day of the year. There are 118 days left.
Today's number is 4
4 is the second squared number
4 is the smallest squared prime
4 is the only even squared prime
4 is both 2 doubled and 2 squared. It is the only number that is both 2x & x squared.
A number is divisible by 4 if its last two digits are divisible by 4. For example 1632 is divisible by 4 because 32 is divisible by 4 (4 x 8 = 32)
A Tetrahedron has 4 sides and 4 vertices. It is the simplest Platonic solid.
4 is the first positive non-Fibonacci number
4 pops up quite frequently in religions, magik, divination & superstitions, 'nuff 'bout that.
4 is beryllium
The four states of matter are: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.
There are four fundamental forces (electromagnetism, gravitation, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force).
There are 4 forms in the logical "square of Opposition": A ("All S is R"), I ("Some S is R"), E ("No S is R"), and O ("Some S is not R")
It takes 4 Supreme Court Justices to grant a writ of cert.
There were 4 classical Greek elements (earth, water, air & fire)
There are 4 seasons
There are 4 suits in a standard deck of playing cards
There are 4 horsemen of the Apocalypes, plus Basement Cat.
A "Four in hand" is a knot used in tying men's neckties
Title 4 of the US Code is FLAG AND SEAL, SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE STATES.
C'mon people, why not just "misc."
was the Was the Year of the Consulship of Sabinus and Rufus
Herod the Great died
Publius Quintilius Varus, then Governor of Syria (YES, that damn Varus again), took three of his four legions from Antioch to Jerusalem to restore order and crucified 2,000 Jewish rebels.
Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist was born
So let's hear it for Consuls
Sabinus and Rufus
was the Was the Year of the Consulship of Catus and Saturninus
Augustus adopted Tiberius to be his heir.
On this day in:
0476 -- The Western Roman Empire ended
1260 -- The Ghibellines whupped the Guelphs. (Ghibellines backed the Pope; Guelphs backed the Emperor)
1479 -- The Treaty of Alcacovas gave Isabel the Castilian throne and divvied the world between Portugal & Spain
1774 -- New Caledonia was first sighted by Captain Cook and crew
1781 -- Spanish settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (like, L.A., dude)
1870 -- Emperor Napoleon III of France was deposed
1882 -- Thomas Edison turned on the first commercial electrical power plant in history
1886 -- Geronimo (Goyaale)surrendered
1888 -- George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and patented a camera that used roll film
1923 -- Maiden flight of the USS Shenandoah.
1941 -- A German U-boat made the first attack against a US ship, the USS Greer.
1944 -- The British liberated Antwerp
1949 -- The Peekskill riots broke out after a Paul Robeson concert
1951 -- The first live transcontinental TV broadcast took place in San Francisco
1957 -- Orval Faubus(D), called out the National Guard to prevent black students from enrolling in Central High School.
1970 -- Salvador Allende was elected President of Chile. Kissinger started grooming Pinochet to take over.
1985 -- Buckminsterfullerene was discovered
1989 -- The first Monday night demonstration against the GDR
1998 -- Google was founded
2002 -- The Oakland As won their 20th consecutive game
Geronimo: It is a lie that Afghanistan is our longest war ever. We were at war with Geronimo (Goyaale) and his followers for over 30 years, and with the Apache for even longer. The so-called "Indian Wars" started shortly after the colonists and "settlers" stepped off the boat and lasted until well into the 1900s. So, the US "Indian Wars" ran from 1776 until the 1900s, well over a century. It is traditional to treat each campaign or group of campaigns with each band or group of bands or in each territory as a separate conflict so as to minimize the awareness and cognizance of what this really was, a century long genocidal war of extermination against the Native Americans. That is our longest and ugliest war by a long shot.
Born this day in:
1824 -- Anton Bruckner, organist and composer
1886 -- Albert Orsborn, 6th General of The Starvation Army
1908 -- Richard Wright, author and poet
1913 -- Mickey Cohen, businessman
1918 -- Gerald Wilson, trumpet player and composer
1930 -- Robert Arneson, sculptor
1937 -- Gene Ludwig, organist and composer
1944 -- Gene Parsons, singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, banjo player, Byrd
1945 -- Danny Gatton, guitarist
1946 -- Gary Duncan, guitarist
1946 -- Dave Liebman, saxophonist, flautist, composer
1951 -- Martin Chambers, drummer, singer, pretender
1958 -- Jacqueline Hewitt, astrophysicist, discovered Einstein rings
Died this day in:
1907 -- Edvard Grieg, pianist and composer
1965 -- Albert Schweitzer, missionary
1991 -- Charlie Barnet, saxophonist, composer, bandlesder
1995 -- Chuck Greenberg, saxophonist and composer
1995 -- William Kunstler, attorney and activist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Newspaper Carrier Day (United States)
National Macadamia Nut Day (United States)
???? Labor day?? I guess.
September 4 is not Labor Day. In the US, the first Monday of September, best known as the official end of summer when the kids go back to school, is "Labor Day", but only in the US. This year, it falls on today. International Workers' Day, which also known as Labour Day in some countries, happens annually on May Day. It is is a celebration of labor, labourers and the working classes and is promoted by the international labour movement, including some (gasp) socialist leaning organizations. In fact, the date was picked by a multinational organization of dirty pinkos to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chitown on May 4, 1886. Naturally, the US could never celebrate such a thing.
Were this labor day, I would play a lot of laborite music celebrating labor and unions and all that, but this is the US, so you get Woody and the Ludlow Massacre.
So, for music
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula
Albert Orsborn - Normally, these people get Judy Henske doing "The Salvation Army Song", but given that it is today
Facebook photo attribution: By Ben Wittick (The U.S. National Archives) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons