Sunday Open Thread: February 18 is Pluto Day (unofficial)
World History this day
1797 -- A fleet of 18 British warships invaded Trinidad.
1861 -- Victor Emmanuel II assumed the title of King of Italy.
1942 -- The Japanese began exterminating perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore.
1943 -- The Nazis arrested the members of the White Rose movement.
1947 -- The French gained complete control of Hanoi during the First Indochina War
1957 -- Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi was executed by the British colonial government.
US History this day
1861 -- Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional President of the CSA.
1970 -- The Chicago Seven were found not guilty
2010 -- WikiLeaks published the first documents disclosed by Chelsea Manning.
Science & Technology this day
1930 -- Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. ***
1977 -- The "Space Shuttle" Enterprise was "flown" on top of a 747
*** All horoscopes drawn before this dte re obviously wrong.
The Arts this day
1885 -- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published
Misc. this day
1954 -- The Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles.
Birthdays of Note this day
1201 -- Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Persian polymath and writer
1745 -- Alessandro Volta, physicist
1838 -- Ernst Mach, physicist and philosopher
1848 -- Louis Comfort Tiffany, stained glass artist
1898 -- Enzo Ferrari, race car driver and businessman
1906 -- Hans Asperger, pediatrician and medical theorist
1914 -- Pee Wee King, singer, songwriter, and fiddle player
1922 -- Helen Gurley Brown, journalist and author
1933 -- Yoko Ono, multimedia and performance artist, singer, songwriter, peace activist
1934 -- Skip Battin, singer, songwriter, and bass player
1939 -- Bobby Hart, singer and songwriter
1940 -- Fabrizio De Andre, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1941 -- Irma Thomas, singer
1947 -- Dennis DeYoung, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist
1948 -- Keith Knudsen, singer, songwriter, and drummer
1953 -- Robbie Bachman, drummer
1953 -- Derek Pellicci, drummer
1957 -- Vanna White, famous woman of letters
Deaths of Note this day
1294 -- Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor, Coleridge inspiration
1405 -- Timur, Mongol ruler
1455 -- Fra Angelico, priest and painter
1546 -- Martin Luther, religionist
1564 -- Michelangelo, sculptor and painter
1906 -- John Batterson Stetson, businessman
1957 -- Dedan Kimathi, Mau Mau leader
1973 -- Frank Costello, businessman
2006 -- Bill Cowsill, singer and guitarist
2013 -- Kevin Ayers, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (soft machine)
2017 -- Clyde Stubblefield, drummer (James Brown)
So now some music
Fabrizio De Andre
John Batterson Stetson
Photo: Pluto (very hi-res) by weta2000nz
It's an open thread, so do your thing