Monday OT: Oct 19 - Rainforest Day
Boomtime, Bureaucracy 73, 3186 YOLD
And let us not forget 220.127.116.11.19 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
is what is wrong with the world today! I searched a picture sharing site for "Rainforest" and THAT came up as responsive. Worse yet, a large number of people "faved" it. We are so self centered, so completely all about ourselves, our doings, our possessions and our style that we can't see the forest or the trees! I wonder if anybody on that "journey" actually set foot in so much as the outer margins of the forest, a meter off of the paved pathway or stopped to examine a bug, flower or leaf. The rainforests drive our ecosystem, and like it, they are dying, but to far, far too many they are but a photo op, a place to display goods and acquisitions and perhaps take some selfies. Hell, this is closer to being a rainforest than that is, at least it is outdoors, even if it is in a desert.
Of course, that could well be where we are heading, especially with respect to that very amazon rainforest:
Amazon near tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah – studyhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/05/amazon-near-tipping-...
NB - I considered going with Multicultural Diversity Day, but there is something horribly wrong linguistically there. I mean, as opposed to what? Multicultural uniformity? Multicultural homogeneity? It just doesn't work.
On this day in history:
202 BC – The Romans beat Hannible at the Battle of Zama ending the Second Punic War
439 – The Vandals took Carthage
1386 – The Universität Heidelberg held its first lecture
1469 – Ferdinand II of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile, leading to the unification of Spain, The Spanish Inquisition, Columbus' voyages, and a host of other horrors.
1781 – The siege of Yorktown came to an end.
1789 – John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.
1812 – Napoleon began his retreat from Moscow.
1900 – Max Planck discovered Planck's law of black-body radiation.
1912 – Italy took what is now Libya from the Ottoman Empire.
1935 – The League of Nations placed economic sanctions on Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia.
1943 – Streptomycin was isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.
1944 – A coup was launched against Juan Federico Ponce Vaides, beginning the ten-year Guatemalan Revolution. This led to a brief period of democracy which, of course, forced the US to stage a coup against it because there is nothing the US hates more than actual democracy abroad.
1960 – The US imposed a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.
1973 – Nixon rejected a Court decision requiring him to turn over the Watergate tapes.
1987 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22% (But the real economy kept on going, hmmmmm)
Born this day in:
“Rise and demand; you are a burning flame.
You are sure to conquer there where the final horizon
Becomes a drop of blood, a drop of life,
Where you will carry the universe on your shoulders,
Where the universe will bear your hope.”
--Miguel Angel Asturias
879 – Yingtian, empress of the Khitan Liao Dynasty about which most us were taught absolutely nothing, like where, when, or what it was
1688 – William Cheselden, surgeon and anatomist
1784 – Leigh Hunt, poet and critic
1810 – Cassius Marcellus Clay, journalist, lawyer, and diplomat
1850 – Annie Smith Peck, mountaineer and academic
1858 – George Albert Boulenger, zoologist and botanist
1868 – Bertha Knight Landes, academic and politician
1879 – Emma Bell Miles, writer, poet, and artist
1882 – Umberto Boccioni, painter and sculptor
1895 – Lewis Mumford, historian, sociologist, and philosopher
1899 – Miguel Ángel Asturias, journalist, author, and poet
1907 – Roger Wolfe Kahn, bandleader and composer
1909 – Marguerite Perey, physicist and academic
1910 – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, astrophysicist, astronomer, and mathematician
1910 – Paul Robert, lexicographer and publisher
1916 – Jean Dausset, immunologist and academic
1916 – Emil Gilels, pianist
1916 – Minoru Yasui, soldier, lawyer, and activist
1917 – Sharadchandra Shankar Shrikhande, mathematician
1917 – Walter Munk, oceanographer, author, and academic
1922 – Jack Anderson, journalist and author
1926 – Arne Bendiksen, singer, songwriter, and producer
1926 – Joel Feinberg, philosopher and academic
1927 – Pierre Alechinsky, painter and illustrator
1931 – John le Carré, spook and author
1934 – Dave Guard, folk music singer, songwriter, arranger, and musician
1936 – James Bevel, civil rights activist and minister
1940 – Larry Chance, singer and songwriter
1944 – George McCrae, singer
1944 – Peter Tosh, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1945 – Divine, Divine
1945 – Gloria Jones, singer and songwriter
1945 – John Lithgow, John Whorfin, actor
1945 – Jeannie C. Riley, singer
1946 – Keith Reid, songwriter and lyricist
1948 – Patrick Simmons, singer, songwriter ,and guitarist
1951 – Demetrios Christodoulou, mathematician and physicist
1957 – Dorinda Clark-Cole, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1957 – Karl Wallinger, singer, songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
1960 – Ayuo Takahashi, singer and songwriter
1960 – Dan Woodgate, musician, songwriter, composer, and record producer
1962 – Bendik Hofseth, saxophonist and composer
Died this day in:
When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
1745 – Jonathan Swift, satirist and essayist
1897 – George Pullman, engineer and businessman
1937 – Ernest Rutherford, physicist and chemist
1943 – Camille Claudel, sculptor and illustrator
1944 – Dénes Konig, mathematician
1945 – N. C. Wyeth, painter and illustrator
1950 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet and playwright
1956 – Isham Jones, saxophonist, songwriter, and bandleader
1988 – Son House, singer and guitarist
1995 – Don Cherry, trumpet player
1997 – Glen Buxton, guitarist and songwriter
2005 – Ryan Dallas Cook, trombonist
2007 – Winifred Asprey, mathematician and computer scientist
2013 – John Bergamo, drummer and composer
2013 – Ronald Shannon Jackson, drummer and composer
2014 – John Holt, singer and songwriter
2014 – Raphael Ravenscroft, saxophonist and composer
2016 – Phil Chess, record producer. In its heyday, Chess Records had a huge stable of top notch musicians such that any performer could, if they got lucky, have a backing band including folks like Willie Dixon, Otis Spann, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter and the like. It was really a place like no other.
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Multicultural Diversity Day
LGBT Center Awareness Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Larry Chance (Philly doo wop)
Image is public domain
It's an open thread, so do your thing
Open Thread, Rainforest Day, Max Planck, streptomycin, Johnathan Swift, Peter Tosh, Son House, Phil Chess