Sunday Open Thread: February 11 is Inventors' Day
World History this day
0055 -- Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus died, setting up Nero to take over
1826 -- University of London was founded
1856 -- The British East India Company annexed Awadh.
1929 -- Italy and the Vatican signed the Lateran Treaty
1943 -- Ike was picked to command the allied armies in Europe.
1971 -- The Seabed Arms Control Treaty was signed prohibiting nukes on the ocean floor
1979 -- The Iranian Revolution set up a theocracy under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
1990 -- Nelson Mandela was released from prison
2011 -- Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of protests.
US History this day
1794 -- The First session of United States Senate opened to the public
1861 -- The House unanimously resolved to guarantee noninterference with slavery in any state.
1937 -- GM recognized the UAW, ending a sit-down strike
Science & Technology this day
1939 -- A P-38 Lightning flew from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.
1981 -- A radioactive coolant leak at TVA Sequoyah 1 nuke plant in Tenn. contaminated eight workers. **
1997 -- Discovery was launched to service the Hubble
*** about 100,000 gallons leaked into the cntainment building somehow in spite of the facts that nukes are 100% safe.
The Arts this day
1840 -- Gaetano Donizetti's opera La fille du regiment premiered
1843 -- Giuseppe Verdi's opera I Lombardi alla prima crociata premiered
1903 -- Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premiered
Misc. this day
1534 -- Henry VIII of England was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England because god really dug Henry.
Birthdays of Note this day
1802 -- Lydia Maria Child, journalist and activist ***
1805 -- Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, an explorer
1839 -- Josiah Willard Gibbs, physicist and mathematician
1847 -- Thomas Edison, engineer, inventor, businessman
1855 -- Ellen Day Hale, painter and author
1898 -- Leo Szilard, physicist
1900 -- Ellen Broe, nurse and nursing training and education pioneer
1914 -- Matt Dennis, pianist, arranger, singer and songwriter
1914 -- Josh White, singer, songwriter, guitarist and activist
1926 -- Paul Bocuse, chef
1934 -- Manuel Noriega, dictator, CIA asset, beloved of US until he wasn't useful anymore
1935 -- Gene Vincent, singer and guitarist
1937 -- Phillip Walker, singer and guitarist
1939 -- Gerry Goffin, songwriter
1941 -- Sergio Mendes, pianist and composer
1942 -- Otis Clay, singer and songwriter
1943 -- Alan Rubin, trumpet player
1962 -- Sheryl Crow, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
*** She was an abolitionist, women's rights activist, Native American rights activist and opponent of US expansionism in the 1800s.
Deaths of Note this day
1650 -- Rene Descartes, mathematician and philosopher, thought he thought
1868 -- Leon Foucault, physicist
1940 -- Ellen Day Hale, painter and author
1948 -- Sergei Eisenstein, director and screenwriter
1963 -- Sylvia Plath, poet and author, tortured by shrnks
1994 -- Paul Feyerabend, philosopher
2000 -- Lord Kitchner, grand master of Calypso
2006 -- Peter Benchley, author, screenwriter and demonizer of elasmobranch fish
2008 -- Frank Piasecki, engineer, designed the flying banana
2009 -- Estelle Bennett, Ronette
2012 -- Whitney Houston, singer, songwriter, producer, actress
2013 -- Rick Huxley, bassist
So now some music
Photo: Image from page 110 of "Hill's album of biography and art
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