Sunday Open Thread: June 24 was a date for prodigious battles and much more
and it is also Sweetmorn, Confusion 15, 3184 YOLD
(for you Discordians out there)
World History this day
217 BC - Hannible pulled history's greatest ambush and first known turning movement at Lake Trasimene
0637 - The Battle of Moira (Ireland's largest)
1314 - The Battle of Bannockburn (if you don't know, ask a Scot)
1340 - The Battle of Sluys - annihilation of the French Fleet
1374 - An outbreak of St. John's Dance in Aachen (or this the arts?)
1497 - John Cabot landed in Newfoundland and began to talk funny
1597 - The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reached Java.
1622 - Battle of Macau: the Dutch failed to steal Macau from the Portuguese
1779 - The Great Siege of Gibraltar began
1793 - France's first Republican constitution was adopted
1812 - Napoleon's Grande Armee crossed the Neman, invading Russia.
1821 - The Battle of Carabobo paved the way for Venezuela's independence.
1932 - A bloodless revolution overthrew King Prajadhipok of Siam
1948 - The start of the Berlin Blockade
1950 - South Africa passed the Group Areas Act formally segregating races
1954 - The Viet Minh hammered the French at the Battle of Mang Yang Pass
2010 - Julia Gillard became the first female Prime Minister of Australia.
US History this day
1922 - The APFA renamed itself the NFL
1943 - The Battle of Bamber Bridge pitted racist white US MPs against black US soldiers
1947 - Kenneth Arnold saw 9 UFOs near Mount Rainier, the first widely reported UFO sighting*
1949 - Hopalong Cassidy was first aired on NBC, the first TV "Western"
1957 - Ther Supremes held that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. (Roth v US) **
1973 - Thirty two people were killed in an arson attack on a second floor gay bar, The UpStairs Lounge.
2004 - Capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in New York.
*doing an estimated 1200 mph, no less
** establishging a precedent for outlawing and punishing behavior one cannot define, a miserable farce of a decision.
Science & Technology this day
0109 - Trajan inaugurated the Aqua Traiana
1981 - The Humber Bridge, then the world's longest, opened for traffic
The Arts this day
1880 - First performance of O Canada, eh. But is it art?
Misc. this day
1717 - The first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world,The Premier Grand Lodge of England, was founded
2012 - Lonesome George, the last known Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, died
Birthdays of Note this day
1771 - Eleuthere Irenee du Pont, founded DuPont and made a fortune making gunpowder
1813 - Henry Ward Beecher, minister, accused adulterer, abolitionist, suffragest
1842 - Ambrose Bierce, author, essayist and journalist
1883 - Victor Francis Hess, physicist, discovered cosmic rays
1901 - Harry Partch, composer and music theorist who used just ntonation
1904 - Phil Harris, singer, songwriter and actor
1917 - Ramblin' Tommy Scott, singer and guitarist
1917 - Joan Clarke, cryptanalyst
1929 - Carolyn S. Shoemaker, astronomer, comet hunter, co-discoverer of Shoemaker-Levy 9
1942 - Arthur Brown, singer and songwriter from a crazy world
1944 - Jeff Beck, guitarist and songwriter
1944 - Chris Wood, saxophonist, flautist
1945 - Colin Blunstone, singer and songwriter
1947 - Mick Fleetwood, drummer
1947 - Peter Weller, Buckaroo Banzai
1949 - John Illsley, singer, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1959 - Andy McCluskey, singe, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1960 - Siedah Garrett, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1961 - Curt Smith, English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1967 - Jeff Cease, guitarist (black crows)
1986 - Solange Knowles, singer, songwriter, and actress
Deaths of Note this day
1519 - Lucrezia Borgia, politician
1969 - Frank King, cartoonist
1969 - Willy Ley, author, historian, space exploration advocate
2010 - Fred Anderson, saxophonist
2013 - Alan Myers, dummer
2014 - Eli Wallach, Tuco, et. al.
So now some music
Photo: Statue of Robert the Bruce in Bannockburn, public domain
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