Sunday Open Thread: August 19 is World Humanitarian Day
and it is also Sweetmorn, Bureaucracy 12, 3184 YOLD
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World History this day
1612 - The "Samlesbury witches" were put on trial. This was part of a onging flurry of witchcraft trials that were really just a continuation of the Anglican v Catholic blood feud in disguise. It is somewhat unique in that they got off, and did so becuse the Judge discovered and disclosed that the key witness was "the perjuring tool of a Catholic priest" after she broke down and confessed that it was all bullshit.
1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from the UK
934 - The German referendum of 1934 approved Hitler's appointment as head of state with the title of Fuhrer.
1945 - The Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh took control of Hanoi.
1953 - The CIA and MI6 overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and installed the authoritarian dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. This was the CIA's first regime change and established its bona fides as the Sekret US department of clandestine warfare, subversion, sabotage, murder and other criminal behavior.
2010 - The illegal US war against Iraq finally ended with the withdrawal of last of the United States brigade combat teams. Neither the international community nor the US government took any steps to punish the war criminals responsible for starting and conducting it.
US History this day
1692 - Five convicted witches were "executed" in Salem. Like all the other victims of the New England witch trials, they were victims of religious fanaticism, though moden apologists like to drag out the term "mass hysteria". Ignoring the origins of the diagnosis and the name "hysteria", the term is simply one of avoidance, trucked out when people would rather not discuss the causes of seeming group derangements. The simple fact is that the vast majority are the result of religious fanatacism and the side effects of various religious dogma and practices.
1812 - The US frigate USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia,
1848 - The New York Herald published the news of the California gold rush to the eastern US.
1854 - Based on a false claim that a Minneconjou warrior who had joined Lakota chief Matho Wayuhi's encampment had stolen a cow from a passing Mormon wagon train, the army at Fort Laramie sent 30 soldiers, two cannons and one drunk interpreter out to arrest the perpetrator and obtain reparations. After a long and fruitless discussion, the parlay was discontinued and a soldier murdered chief Matho Wayuhi by shooting him in the back as he walked away while another soldier shot and wounded an unnamed warrior. The Lakota counter attacked and killed the entire attacking party. This was called the "Grattan Massacre" and was a principle cause of the First Souix War.
Science & Technology this day
1940 - First flight of the US B-25 "Mitchell" bomber
1964 - The world's first geostationary communication satellite,Syncom 3, was launched by NASA.
The Arts this day
Misc. this day
2017 - Tens of thousands of farmed non-native Atlantic salmon were released into the wild in Washington State waters in the 2017 Cypress Island Atlantic salmon pen break. Though technically an "accident" there was pretty much a certainty that such an event would eventually happen, regardless of assorted putative "studies" assurances and the like which existed only to provide political cover for those approving the ecological disaster in the making.
Birthdays of Note this day
1631 - John Dryden, poet, playwright and critic
1646 - John Flamsteed, astronomer
1689 - Samuel Richardson, author
1902 - Ogden Nash, poet
1906 - Philo Farnsworth, inventor, TV pioneer and inventor of the fusor
1918 - Jimmy Rowles, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1921 - Gene Roddenberry, screenwriter and producer
1934 - Renee Richards, tennis player and opthalmologist. She won a major victory for transgender rights in Richards v US Tennis Assn.
1939 - Ginger Baker, drummer and songwriter
1940 - Roger Cook, songwriter, singer, and producer
1940 - Johnny Nash, singer and songwriter
1943 - Billy J. Kramer, singer
1945 - Ian Gillan, singer and songwriter
1946 - Bill Clinton, DLC politician, first admitted "New" Democrat, who advocated and implemented de-regulation, downsizing and outsourcing government, austerity, "welfare reform", more cops, more prisons, more federal crimes, longer sentences and all like that.
1948 - Elliot Lurie, singer and guitarist
1951 - John Deacon, bass guitarist and songwriter
Deaths of Note this day
1662 - Blaise Pascal, mathematician, physicist, and philosopher
1936 - Federico Garcia Lorca, poet, playwright, and director
1968 - George Gamow, physicist, cosmologist and author
1994 - Linus Pauling, chemist and biologist
2013 - Donna Hightower, singer and songwriter
So now some music
Salem Witchcraft Trials
Roger Cook wrote
Billy J. Kramer
Photo: Image taken from page 73 of '[Bill Nye's History of the United States. Illustrated by F. Opper.]' from The British Library
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