Monday OT: October 7 is National Inner Beauty Day
September 30 is day 280 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, Bureaucracy 61, 3185 (discordian),
And let us not forget 126.96.36.199.1 by the Mayan Long Count
On this day in history:
The equivalent of October 7 3761 BCE is purportedly the epoch reference date for or beginning of the Modern Hebrew Calendar. As a goy, I'm not remotely up to speed on such matters, and that is a largely lunar calendar that uses intercalary days and other such features to be also a quasi-solar calendar and is seemingly not the first iteration and so I'm just putting this factoid out there and stand ready to be corrected by anybody who is certain and/or really groks it.
October 7, 1477 was the inaugural date for Uppsala University which, for reasons unbeknownst to me, had to get a permit from the Pope in order to exist. It's still there, and a good one too, so I assume that their permit is still valid.
On October 7, 1571, was the Battle of Lepanto. This is pretty universally help to be an earth shaker even though it was fought on water. The Ottoman Empire was moving into Europe, seemingly an unstoppable juggernaut, and then their fleet got seriously clobbered by the fleet of the Holy League. The battle is often compared to Salamis in many respects, starting with the fact that both fleets were composed almost exclusively of rowed vessels, in this case galleys and galleases, though some did possess gunpowder based artillery. It was, in fact, the last major naval battle fought almost entirely with such vessels. Interestingly enough, the Holy League's fleet was largely financed by Phillip II of España, who also gave the world the magnificent Spanish Armada, which was not nearly so victorious, so to speak.
On October 7, 1763, King George III of Britain, issued the Royal Proclamation of 1763. This proclamation prohibited all settlement in North America west of a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains. Everything west of this line was set aside as an Indian Reserve. Generally, all land with rivers flowing into the Atlantic Ocean were set aside for the colonies and all lands with rivers flowing into the Mississippi River was reserved for the Indians. This seriously angered colonial land speculators (surprise, surprise), especially in Virginia and Pennsylvania. (and here you thought that the American Revolution was all about quartering of troops and the Stamp Act, didn't you?)
On October 7, 1864, the USS Wachussett attacked and captured the CSS Florida in Bahia Harbor, Brazil. When some of the Confederate sailors jumped overboard, the crew of the Wachussett shot them in the water as they tried to escape. This seriously outraged the government of Brazil, who correctly asserted that it was a violation of Brazilian neutrality, so the US had a show trial in which the captain of the Wachussett was court-martialed and convicted, but the sentence was never cried out and he was later promoted for his glorious surprise attack victory over a largely unmanned ship (most of the crew being ashore) in a neutral port. Brazil also demanded that the CSS Florida be handed over to them for return to the surviving Confederate crew, but we accidently sunk it instead. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Even then, the US did whatever it damn well pleased.
On October 7, 1870, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian War, one Léon Gambetta escaped the siege of Paris in a hot air balloon. Heh.
On October 7, 1963, JFK signed the ratification of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Shockingly enough, it appears that the US has thus far abided by both the letter and spirit of this treaty.
On October 7, 2001, the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires, began.
Today, after 18 years of seemingly unrestricted war upon the civilian populace of Afghanistan, punctuated by sporadic successful attacks on suspected members of Al Qada, the Taliban and assorted warlords, our victorious forces continue to mercilessly pummel the sinister forces of
Eastasia Eurasia. Hiya Tommy, Ivan.
Born this day in:
1819 – Ann Eliza Smith, author and US Civil War hero
1870 – Uncle Dave Macon, singer, songwriter, banjo player, and comedian
1879 – Joe Hill, labor activist, songwriter, and poet.
1885 – Niels Bohr, physicist
1888 – Henry A. Wallace, agronomist and politician
1907 – Helen MacInnes, librarian and author
1911 – Vaughn Monroe, singer, trumpet player, and band-leader
1919 – Henriette Avram, computer scientist
1927 – Al Martino, singer and actor
1928 – Lorna Wing, (real) autism researcher
1937 – Chet Powers, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1939 – Harry Kroto, chemist
1944 – Judee Sill, singer, songwriter, and musician
1949 – Dave Hope, bass player not in Kansas anymore, Toto
1951 – John Mellencamp, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1964 – Sam Brown, singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer
1967 – Toni Braxton, singer, songwriter, producer, and actress
1968 – Thom Yorke, singer, songwriter and guitarist.
1975 – Tim Minchin, comedian, actor, and singer
1978 – Alison Balsom, trumpet player and educator
Died this day in:
1849 – Edgar Allan Poe, short story writer and poet
1959 – Mario Lanza, tenor and actor
2012 – Wiley Reed, singer, songwriter, and pianist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
National Frappe Day
National Inner Beauty Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
The Bahia Incident
Uncle Dave Macon
Image is author's own, taken 06-06-2012
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