Monday OT: 01/04/21 is World Braille Day
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And let us not forget 18.104.22.168.16 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Even in Braille, it seems. The inventor of Braille, Louis Braille, was born January 1, 1809. Though there are many technological advances in use today, Braille literacy is till a very important tool all over the world for performing everything from very simple to very complex tasks.. Being able to read about things is arguably far more important to those who cannot see them.
It is also Ogoni Day. The Ogoni people live in the River State of Nigeria. They have been hammered by colonialism, extremely rapid modernization, the contamination and pollution of their environment and their food sources by Shell Oil and attacks, and human rights violations including assassinations and murders by the Nigerian Government in Support of Shell Oil. The Movement of the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) was formed by Ken Saro-Wiwa and others to seek redress from the government, but he and other leaders were executed by the government.
On this day in history:
1836 – Spain recognized the independence of Mexico with the signing of the Santa María–Calatrava Treaty.
1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, later known as x-rays.
1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars hit the streets in San Francisco.
1918 – Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.
1973 – The United States Endangered Species Act was signed into law by Pres. Richard Nixon.
Born this day in:
Access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge, and that is vitally important for us if we are not to go on being despised or patronized by condescending sighted people. We do not need pity, nor do we need to be reminded that we are vulnerable. We must be treated as equals — and communication is the way we can bring this about.
~~ Louis Braille
1643 – Isaac Newton, mathematician and physicist
1710 – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, composer, violinist, and organist
1785 – Jacob Grimm, philologist and mythologist
1809 – Louis Braille, educator, invented Braille
1813 – Isaac Pitman, linguist and educator
1839 – Carl Humann, archaeologist, architect, and engineer
1864 – Clara Emilia Smitt, doctor, author, and activist
1883 – Max Eastman, author, poet, and activist
1900 – James Bond, ornithologist and zoologist
1916 – Lionel Newman, pianist and composer
1937 – Grace Bumbry, operatic soprano
1940 – Gao Xingjian, novelist, playwright, and critic
1940 – Brian Josephson, physicist and academic
1942 – John McLaughlin, guitarist and songwriter
1946 – Arthur Conley, singer and songwriter
1947 – Chris Cutler, percussionist, lyricist and music theorist
1956 – Bernard Sumner, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1957 – Patty Loveless, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1960 – Michael Stipe, singer, songwriter ,and producer
1966 – Deana Carter, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
~~ Henri Bergson
1782 – Ange-Jacques Gabriel, architect
1804 – Charlotte Lennox, author and poet
1882 – John William Draper, physician, chemist, and photographer
1904 – Anna Winlock, astronomer and academic
1925 – Nellie Cashman, nurse, restaurateur, entrepreneur, and gold prospector
1941 – Henri Bergson, philosopher and academic,
1960 – Albert Camus, novelist, philosopher, and journalist
1961 – Erwin Schrödinger, physicist and academic
1965 – T. S. Eliot, poet, playwright, and critic
1969 – Paul Chambers, bassist and composer
1975 – Carlo Levi, painter, author, and activist
1986 – Christopher Isherwood, author and academic
1986 – Phil Lynott, singer, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1988 – Lily Laskine, harp player
2001 – Les Brown, bandleader and composer
2005 – Frank Harary, mathematician and academic
2005 – Robert Heilbroner, economist and historian
2011 – Gerry Rafferty, singer and songwriter
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Ogoni Day (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People)
World Braille Day
National Spaghetti Day
Free Flower Basket Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,
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