Sunday Open Thread: November 12 is World Pneumonia Day
World History this day
1793 -- The first Mayor of Paris, was guillotined.
1918 -- Austria became a republic.
1927 -- Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party.
1956 -- Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia joined the UN
1956 -- Israeli soldiers shot Palestinian refugees to death in Rafah
US History this day
1936 -- The San Francisco--Oakland Bay Bridge began carrying traffic
1958 -- Rock climbers made the first ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
1969 -- Seymour Hersh broke the story of the My Lai Massacre.
Science & Technology this day
1970 -- Oregon's Highway folks blew up a beached Sperm Whale (go look up "exploding whale") ***
1980 -- Voyager I took the first close -up images of Saturn's rings.
2014 -- The Philae lander, reached the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
*** Should this be under Art?
The Arts this day
Misc. this day
Baha'u'lla'h was born
Birthdays of Note this day
1815 -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, activist
1833 -- Alexander Borodin, composer and chemist
1840 -- Auguste Rodin, sculptor
1842 -- John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, physicist (think Rayleigh scattering)
1894 -- Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe, zoologist and comparative psychologist, studied pecking order
1896 -- Salim Ali, ornithologist
1905 -- Louise Thaden, pilot, first woman winner of the Bendix Trophy
1911 -- Buck Clayton, trumpet player
1915 -- Roland Barthes, philosopher and theorist
1917 -- Jo Stafford, singer
1919 -- Jackie Washington, singer and songwriter
1923 -- Ian Graham, archaeologist and Mayanist
1924 -- Sam Jones, composer, bassist, and cellist
1930 -- Bob Crewe, singer, songwriter, and producer
1938 -- Mort Shuman, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1943 -- Errol Brown, singer and songwriter
1943 -- Brian Hyland, singer
1943 -- John Walker, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1944 -- Booker T. Jones, pianist, saxophonist, songwrite
1945 -- Neil Young, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1947 -- Buck Dharma, ditto
1953 -- Baaba Maal, singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist
1964 -- Vic Chesnutt, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1970 -- Sarah Harmer, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1976 -- Tevin Campbell, singer and songwriter
1976 -- Judith Holofernes, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1980 -- Shaun Cooper, bassist
Deaths of Note this day
1094 -- Duncan II of Scotland (any old Duncan will do today)
1793 -- Jean Sylvain Bailly, astronomer, mathematician, politician, mayor of Paris
1847 -- William Christopher Zeise, chemist (Zeise's salt)
1916 -- Percival Lowell, astronomer and mathematician
1955 -- Sarah Wambaugh, political scientist
1972 -- Rudolf Friml, pianist and composer
1987 -- Cornelis Vreeswijk, singer and songwriter
2003 -- Tony Thompson, drummer
So now some music
Booker T. Jones
Duncan II of Scotland
Photo: Image from page 57 of "The animals of New Zealand; an account of the dominion's air-breathing vertebrates" (1909)