Open Thread for May 30, Happy Memorial Day
May 30 is the 150th day of the year. There are 215 days left this year.
30 is --
30 is the sum of the first four square numbers: 1+4+9+16
5 x 6; half of the base for the decimal system x half of the base for the duodecimal system = half of the base for the Sexagesimal system (Sumeria, Babylonia). Distributive law at work. There is a lot here but I won't get into it.
30 is zinc
30 is reporter and editor code for end of story
30 is the minimum age to be a US Sentor
30 seconds over Tokyo was a book about the World War II "Doolittle Raid" written by Major Ted William Lawson which was also made into a movie
M30 is a globular cluster in the constellation Capricorn
There were 30 uprights in Stonhenge's Sarsen Circle
There are 30 variations in Bach's Goldgerg Variations
.30 caliber was both a machine gun and a carabine used by the US military
.30-30 and .30-06 were historically significant weapons (a carabine & a rifle)
Title 30 of the US Code is MINERAL LANDS AND MINING
Was the Year of the Consulship of Octavian and Crassus
Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian, aka Augustus, became Roman Consul for the fourth time, captured Alexandria and annexed Ancient Egypt to the Roman Republic.
Cleopatra comitted suicide and Ptolemy XV Caesarion was executed, which ended the Ptolemaic dynasty, the last dynasty of Ancient Egypt.
Mark Antony, Cleopatra VII, Ptolemy Caesar, Marcus Antonius Antyllus, and Hyrcanus II, king of Judea all died. Eventual king of the Marcomanni, Maroboduus, was born.
Was the Year of the Consulship of Vinicius and Longinus
Phaedrus translated Aesop's fables
Nerva, an eventual Roman Emperor and Poppaea Sabina were born
Regardless of the date, the Last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a United States federal holiday dedicated to remembering the people who died while serving in the United States's military.
On this day in:
On this day in:
1431 -- Joan of Arc was burned at the stake In Rouen
1539 -- Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers he found no gold, but a make of car was named after him.
1814 -- The Treaty of Paris (1814) was signed & Napoleon was exiled to Elba.
1854 -- The Kansas--Nebraska Act became law quickly creating Bleeding Kansas
1868 -- Decoration Day was observed in the United States for the first time
1911 -- Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 ends with in his Marmon Wasp
1922 -- The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C..
1925 -- Shanghai Municipal Police Force shot and killed 13 protesting workers.
1937 -- The Chicago police shot and killed ten labor demonstrators.
1948 -- A dike along the Columbia River broke, obliterating Vanport, Oregon.
1958 -- The remains of two unidentified American servicemen, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
1961 -- Rafael Trujillo was assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
1966 -- Surveyor 1was launched
1967 -- Biafra declared independence, sparking a civil war.
1968 -- Charles de Gaulle dissolved the French National Assembly.
1971 -- Mariner 9 was launched to study Mars.
1972 -- Members of the Japanese Red Army carried out the Lod Airport massacre.
1989 -- The 33-foot high "Goddess of Democracy" was unveiled in Tiananmen Square.
2003 -- A government-sponsored mob massacred at least 70 people in Burma.
2012 -- Charles Taylor, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
2013 -- Nigeria passed a law banning same-sex marriage.
Born this day in:
1814 -- Mikhail Bakunin, philosopher
1846 -- Peter Carl Fabergé, goldsmith and jeweler
1896 -- Howard Hawks, director, producer, and screenwriter
1899 -- Irving Thalberg, American screenwriter and producer
1901 -- Cornelia Otis Skinner, actress and author
1902 -- Stepin Fetchit, actor, singer, and dancer
1909 -- Benny Goodman, clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader
1924 -- Armando Peraza, drummer (Santana)
1926 -- Johnny Gimble, singer, songwriter and fiddler. Texas playboy.
1926 -- Christine Jorgensen, trans woman
1932 -- Pauline Oliveros,accordion player and composer (Deep Listening Band)
1944 -- Lenny Davidson, guitarist and songwriter (The Dave Clark Five)
1949 -- Klaus Flouride, bass player, songwriter, and producer (Dead Kennedys)
1955 -- Topper Headon, drummer and songwriter (The Clash, Mirkwood, and The Moors Murderers)
1960 -- Stephen Duffy, singer, songwriter and guitarist (Duran Duran, The Lilac Time, The Devils, and Me Me Me)
1964 -- Wynonna Judd, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Judds)
1964 -- Tom Morello, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Axis of Justice, and Street Sweeper Social Club)
1966 -- Stephen Malkmus, singer, songwriter and guitarist (Pavement, Silver Jews, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks)
1967 -- Tim Burgess, singer, songwriter (The Charlatans and The Chavs)
1967 -- Sven Pipien, bass player (The Black Crowes)
1974 -- CeeLo Green, singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley)
Died this day in:
1252 -- Ferdinand III of Castile
1431 -- Joan of Arc, heretic, martyr and saint
1593 -- Christopher Marlowe, poet and playwright
1640 -- Peter Paul Rubens, painter
1744 -- Alexander Pope, poet, essayist, and translator
1778 -- Voltaire, philosopher and authorthe Wright Company (b. 1867)
1953 -- Dooley Wilson, actor and singer. Played it again.
1960 -- Boris Pasternak, poet, novelist, and literary translator, Nobel Prize laureate
1961 -- Rafael Trujillo, no good SOB, but not that SOB, who was Somza
1980 -- Carl Radle, bass player and producer (Delaney & Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos)
1993 -- Sun Ra, pianist, composer, bandleader, legend
1994 -- Ezra Taft Benson, Ag Secretary, religious leader, and whackdoodle
2000 -- Tex Beneke, saxophonist, singer, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra)
2012 -- Pete Cosey, guitarist. Played with Miles.
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
This May 30th is Memorial Day in the U.S.
It is Anguilla Day, commemorating the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution in 1967.
It is the feast of:
Joan of Arc, both a Saint and a Heretic burnt at the stake
Ferdinand III of Castile after whom San Fernando Valley was named. Well gag me with a spoon.
So, for music we gots --
OK, it's open thread time, so go for it