Monday OT: Dec 16 is the first day of Las Posadas
December 16 is day 350 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, The Aftermath 58, 3185 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 188.8.131.52.11 by the Mayan Long Count
If you don't know and would like to -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas
On this day in history:
1689 – Royal assent is given to the Bill of Rights, enumerating certin rights in England.
1773 – The Boston Tea Party.
1843 – John T. Graves announced the discovery of octonions to William Hamilton ,.
1907 – The Great White Fleet began circumnavigating the world
1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe vanished forever from Alcatraz in what is described as an attempted escape by the usual sources.
1947 – The first practical point-contact transistor was built.
1968 – The Second Vatican Council in an arrogant and fatuous act of political theater claimed to have revoked the Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain. This was preposterously stupid and ineffectual both because the expulsion was long moot, having occurred in 1492 and because the Vatican had no power whatsoever to revoke it, since it was issued not by the Papacy but by Ferdinand and Isabella.
1979 – Libya and four other OPEC nations raised crude oil prices, driving the US batshit crazy
Born this day in:
1534 – Hans Bol, artist
1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
1775 – Jane Austen, author
1776 – Johann Wilhelm Ritter, chemist, physicist, and philosopher
1787 – Mary Russell Mitford, author and dramatist
1804 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, mathematician
1863 – George Santayana, poet, philosopher, and author
1895 – Marie Hall Ets, author and illustrator
1901 – Margaret Mead, anthropologist and author
1905 – Piet Hein, mathematician
1917 – Arthur C. Clarke, author
1921 – Eulalio González, actor, humorist, singer, songwriter, director, producer, and screenwriter
1930 – Sam Most, flautist and saxophonist
1936 – Morris Dees, lawyer, activist and co-founder of the SPLC
1945 – Tony Hicks, singer and guitarist
1946 – Benny Andersson, pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer
1949 – Billy Gibbons, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1951 – Robben Ford, guitarist and songwriter
1951 – Mark Heard, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
Died this day in:
1474 – Ali Qushji, astronomer, mathematician, and physicist
1594 – Allison Balfour, witch
2007 – Dan Fogelberg, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
First day of Las Posadas
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Great White Fleet
Image is Boston_Tea_Party
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