Monday OT: September 9 is the day the US got named
September 9 is day 252 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Boomtime, Bureaucracy 33, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 18.104.22.168.13 by the Mayan Long Count
Throughout history certain battles are generally regarded as having seriously altered the course of history. One such occurred on September 9th in what is now Germany.
On this day in history:
On September 9, 4 (CE), an alliance of Germanic tribes under the leadership of Arminius utterly and completely annihilated three Roman Legions, six cohorts of Roman auxiliaries, and three squadrons of Roman cavalry under the leadership of one Publius Quinctilius Varus (yes, that damn Varus). For the record, that damn Varus was a truly horrible piece of work and thoroughly merited such a fate. Even though their eagles were eventually recovered, two of the lost legions (Legio XVII and Legio XIX) were never reconstituted. Legio XVIII was briefly reconstituted under Nero, but later disbanded. This is generally regarded as Rome's greatest military defeat. Following their victory, the Germans then made a complete sweep or all Roman forts, towns and garrisons east of the Rhine and constituted a serious threat to cross the Rhine and invade "Gaul". The continuous steady expansion of the Roman Empire was stopped cold in the Region, and Rome never again attempted to conquer, hold, and rule German territory east of the Rhine outside of Mainz, which was established on the eastern bank of the Rhine some 80 years later.
In 1776, the Continental Congress officially named its domain the United States.
In 1839 polymath John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.
In 1892, Jupiter's third moon, Amalthea, was discovered.
In 1940, George Stiblitz, became the first to operate a computer remotely. operating a Bell Labs Complex Number Computer in New York from a modified teletype at Dartmouth College. ATDT, and all that.
In 1956, Elvis made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Some were shocked, some were thrilled, some watched something else and some were reading or having sex, or something.
In 1971, the Attica Prison Riot began
Born this day in:
1585 – Cardinal Richelieu, politician, eminence grise, all around sob and cardinal
1629 – Cornelius Tromp, Dutch general/admiral, well worth reading about, unless you're an anglophile
1737 – Luigi Galvani, electrifying physician and physicist
1754 – William Bligh, admiral, extremely skilled small boat sailor and navigator, asshole extraordinaire
1828 – Leo Tolstoy, author and playwright
1868 – Mary Hunter Austin, American author, poet, and critic
1876 – Frank Chance, victim of poetry or doggerel as the case may be
1894 – Arthur Freed, composer and producer
1927 – Elvin Jones, drummer and bandleader
1934 – Sonia Sanchez, poet, playwright, and activist
1935 – Chaim Topol, actor, singer, and producer
1940 – Joe Negroni, doo-wop singer
1941 – Otis Redding, singer, songwriter, and producer
1942 – Inez Foxx, singer
1942 – Danny Kalb, singer and guitarist
1945 – Dee Dee Sharp, singer
1946 – Bruce Palmer, bass player
1947 – Freddy Weller, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1950 – John McFee, singer, songwriter, guitarist, doobie, and producer
1952 – Per Jørgensen, singer and trumpet player
1952 – David A. Stewart, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1967 – Chris Caffery, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Died this day in:
1087 – William the Bastard, aka William the Conqueror, English king
1569 – Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painter
1834 – James Weddell, sailor and navigator
1901 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter and illustrator
1976 – Mao Zedong, philosopher, revolutionary, and politician
1993 – Helen O'Connell, singer and actress
1996 – Bill Monroe, mandolin player, singer, and songwriter
2003 – Edward Teller, physicist
2014 – Firoza Begum, singer
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
California Admission Day
Music goes here, iirc, well,
Dee Dee Sharp
David A Stewart
Image is a statue of Arminius in Teutoburger Wald
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