Open Thread for August 1, 2016, Jerry Garcia's Birthday Party
August 1 is the 213th day of the year. There are 152 days left.
Today's number is one
One is the first non zero natural number.
One is also the first odd number
One is the multiplicative identity. Any number times one is the original number
One is one squared. This is the only real number which is itself squared
One is its own cube and all higher powers, also unique
One is the square of its negative, unique among positive numbers
One is also, again uniquely, its own factorial
One is Hydrogen
One is a gender neutral indefinite pronoun
Group 1 of the periodic table is the alkali metals, but
Period 1 of the periodic table is hydrogen and helium.
One BCE was the Year of the Consulship of Lentulus and Piso
Ovid wrote the Ars Amatoria.
The Chinese Emperor, Ai of Han, died; succeeded by his nine year old cousin, Ping of Han. One Wang Mang was appointed regent by the Grand Empress Dowager Wang, and Former regent Dong Xian committed suicide. And you thought you had it bad.
Augustus sent Gaius east to invade Parthia but Phraates V agreed to cede Armenia to Rome instead of fighting.
Ptolemy of Mauretania was born
Empress Fu and Empress Zhao Feiyan died
Jesus, the son of God, was or was not born in this year or the following one or any one of many other years.
One CE was the Year of the Consulship of Caesar and Paullus
Ovid wrote the poem Metamorphoses
Confucius was given his first royal title
Areius Paianeius became Archon of Athens
Gaius Caesar married Livilla
Quirinius became an advisor to Gaius in Armenia. Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, like his dad, also served in Armenia.
Publius Quinctilius Varus, who haunts these columns, and Claudia Pulchra had a son, Quinctilius Varus
Lucius Annaeus Gallio, an eventual proconsul was born
Arshak II of Iberia, Sapadbizes of Kush & Amanishakheto of Kush died
Jesus, son of God, was or was not born in this year or the preceding one any one of many other years.
On this day in:
0527 -- Justinian I became the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
1498 -- Columbus became the first European to visit what is now Venezuela, alas.
1714 -- George, Elector of Hanover, became King George I of Great Britain
1759 -- The Battle of Minden (7 Year's War (Europe) aka French & Indian War (US))
1774 -- Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen gas, confirming Scheele's prior discovery
1798 -- Battle of the Nile (Battle of Aboukir Bay)
1800 -- The Acts of Union 1800 merged Ireland into Great Britain
1834 -- Slavery was abolished in the British Empire, slaves were emancipated in 1834 & 1838
1927 -- The Nanchang Uprising in the War between the Kuomintang and Communist Party
1944 -- The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation broke out in Warsaw
1957 -- The US and Canada formed NORAD
1960 -- Dahomey declared its independence from France.
1966 -- Charles Whitman killed 16 people at the University of Texas at Austin
1980 -- Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected President of Iceland
1981 -- MTV aired its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.
2007 -- The I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapsed during the evening rush hour.
2010 -- Convention on Cluster Munitions went into force but US didn't sign on.
2014 -- European Convention against violence against women went into force
Born this day in:
1744 -- Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, soldier, biologist, and academic
1770 -- William Clark, soldier, explorer, Indian Agent, and politician
1779 -- Francis Scott Key, lawyer, author, and poet
1809 -- William B. Travis, soldier and lawyer
1815 -- Richard Henry Dana, Jr., merchant seaman, author, lawyer and politician
1819 -- Herman Melville, author
1924 - Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, king
1931 -- Ramblin' Jack Elliott, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1932 -- Meir Kahane, rabbi and activist, founded the Jewish Defense League
1933 -- Dom DeLuise, American actor, singer, director, and producer
1942 -- Jerry Garcia
1946 -- Boz Burrell, singer, songwriter and guitarist (King Crimson and Bad Company)
1946 -- Rick Coonce, American drummer (The Grass Roots)
1951 -- Tim Bachman, singer and guitarist (Bachman--Turner Overdrive and Brave Belt)
1951 -- Tommy Bolin, singer, songwriter and guitarist (Deep Purple, Zephyr, and James Gang)
1953 -- Robert Cray, singer and guitarist
1958 -- Rob Buck, guitarist and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs) (d. 2000)
1959 -- Joe Elliott, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Def Leppard, Atomic Mass, and Down 'n' Outz)
1964 -- Adam Duritz, singer, songwriter and producer (Counting Crows and The Himalayans)
1978 -- Dhani Harrison, Esinger, songwriter and guitarist (Thenewno2, Traveling Wilburys, and Fistful of Mercy)
Died this day in:
0030 BC -- Mark Antony, Roman general and politician
1464 -- Cosimo de' Medici, Italian rule
1866 -- John Ross, Cherokee tribal chief
1903 -- Calamity Jane, frontierswoman and scout No, not a girl scout.
1911 -- Edwin Austin Abbey, painter and illustrator
1963 -- Theodore Roethke, poet
1977 -- Francis Gary Powers, spy pilot
1981 -- Paddy Chayefsky, author, playwright, and screenwriter
2005 - Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, king
2006 -- Jason Rhoades, sculptor
2007 -- Tommy Makem, singer, songwriter and banjo player
2013 -- Mike Hinton, American guitarist (Rainforest Band)
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Feast of the Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Cross
Official Birthday and Coronation Day of the King of Tonga (Tonga)
So, for music we gots:
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
New Riders of The Purple Sage with Garcia on Pedal Steel
Warren Zevon & Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia Band
Old and in the Way
Mike Hinton (with Merle Saunders & the Rainforest Band)
Jerry Garcia & Merle Saunders
Jerry Garcia Band
Babatunde Olatunji, Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, et. al.
Garcia & Saunders, all blues, 6/4/74
But, always remember