Monday OT: January 27 was the official End of The Vietnam War
January 27 is day 27 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Boomtime, Chaos 27, 3186 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 22.214.171.124.13 by the Mayan Long Count
We are getting ready to head out on yet another multi-week adventure in the near future. This means that I need to write, post and schedule a whole bunch of OTs for the period of my absence, as well as some to bridge the gap between now and the start date. This means, among other things, that you shouldn't expect too much from them and will need to provide content as well as commentary yourselves (as if you don't already, heh). So, here we go ...
On this day in history:
1343 – Pope Clement VI issued the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences.
1785 – The first public university in the US, the University of Georgia, was founded, y'all.
1820 – A Russian expedition discovered the Antarctic continent
1825 – The U.S. Congress approved the "Indian Territory", paving the way for the "Trail of Tears".
1880 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his incandescent lamp.
1944 – The 900-day Siege of Leningrad ended.
1945 – The Soviet 322nd Rifle Division liberated the remaining inmates of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
1967 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft
1967 – The USSR, the US, and the UK signed the Outer Space Treaty
1973 – The Paris Peace Accords officially ended the Vietnam War.
1983 – The pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, broke through.
2010 – Porfirio Lobo Sosa became the "official" President of Honduras after the 2009 coup d'etat .
2011 – The Yemeni Revolution began with over 16,000 protestors demonstrating in Sana'a.
Born this day in:
1621 – Thomas Willis, physician and anatomist
1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, pianist and composer
1775 – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, philosopher and academic
1795 – Eli Whitney Blake, engineer, invented the Mortise lock
1803 – Eunice Hale Waite Cobb, writer, public speaker, and activist
1832 – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, novelist, poet, logician, essayist, proto-existentialist, and mathematician.
1850 – John Collier, painter and author
1850 – Samuel Gompers, labor leader
1878 – Dorothy Scarborough, author
1885 – Jerome Kern, composer and songwriter
1885 – Seison Maeda, painter
1895 – Harry Ruby, composer and screenwriter; friend of Groucho
1908 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., yellow journalist, propagandist, and publisher
1912 – Arne Næss, philosopher and environmentalist
1912 – Francis Rogallo, engineer and inventor
1918 – Skitch Henderson, pianist, composer, and conductor
1918 – Elmore James, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1924 – Harvey Shapiro, poet
1926 – Fritz Spiegl, flute player and journalist
1930 – Bobby "Blue" Bland, singer and songwriter
1944 – Nick Mason, drummer, songwriter, and producer
1946 – Nedra Talley, singer
1948 – Jean-Philippe Collard, pianist
1951 – Seth Justman, keyboard player and songwriter
1952 – G. E. Smith, guitarist and songwriter
1957 – Janick Gers, guitarist and songwriter
1959 – Keith Olbermann, journalist and author
Died this day in:
1596 – Francis Drake, captain and explorer (b. 1540)
1731 – Bartolomeo Cristofori, instrument maker, invented the Piano
1851 – John James Audubon, ornithologist and painte
1860 – János Bolyai, mathematician and academic
1901 – Giuseppe Verdi, composer
1910 – Thomas Crapper, plumber
1922 – Nellie Bly, journalist and author
1967 - Roger B. Chaffee, Gus Grissom, and Ed White, astronauts
1972 – Mahalia Jackson, singer
2006 – Gene McFadden, singer. songwriter, and producer
2009 – John Updike, novelist, short story writer, and critic
2010 – J. D. Salinger, author
2010 – Howard Zinn, historian, author, academic, and activist
2014 – Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter, musician, and activist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
International Holocaust Remembrance Day/Auschwitz Liberation Day
The End of The Vietnam War does NOT appear to be an official holiday, no doubt because we were then a garrison state, and needed wars and the threat of wars to keep the economy running, and because it slowed our planned transition to the all out permanent warfare state that we finally became.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's birthday is also not a holiday, curiouser and curiouser
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Image is Kim Phuc Phan
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