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The British holiday, celebrated with fireworks and bonfires, commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Our previous moderator, Alex explained this one to me as being big in Great Britain.
Happy Guy Fawkes Day Alex!
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2011 – The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passes 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.
November 7, 1917
On November 7, 1917, the Bolshevik party seized power in Russia's capital, starting the communist October Revolution and leading to the founding of the Soviet Union.
IMHO, everything else pales in comparison to this one.
HAPPY VETERANS DAY!
On Saturday, November 11, 1911, a cold snap, known as the Great Blue Norther or 11/11/11, affected the Central United States. Many cities broke record highs, going into the 70s and 80s early that afternoon. By nightfall, cities were dealing with temperatures in the teens and single-digits on the Fahrenheit scale. This is the only day in many midwest cities' weather bureau jurisdictions where the record highs and lows were broken for the same day. Some cities experienced tornadoes on Saturday and a blizzard on Sunday. A blizzard even occurred within one hour after an F4 tornado hit Rock County, Wisconsin.
1835 – The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety).
Chronology of the Velvet Revolution
1898 – The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club defeats an all-star collection of early football players 16–0, in what is considered to be the very first all-star game for professional American football.
Valley Forge functioned as the third of eight winter encampments for the Continental Army's main body, commanded by General George Washington, during the American Revolutionary War. In September 1777, Congress fled Philadelphia to escape the British capture of the city. After failing to retake Philadelphia, Washington led his 12,000-man army into winter quarters at Valley Forge, located approximately 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Philadelphia. They remained there for six months, from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. At Valley Forge, the Continentals struggled to manage a disastrous supply crisis while retraining and reorganizing their units. About 1,700 to 2,000 soldiers died from disease, possibly exacerbated by malnutrition.
In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is often the shortest day of the year and is sometimes regarded as the first day of winter.
1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to male citizens regardless of race.
metmike: Black men could vote but NOT women..until 1920, with the 19th Amendment!
1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash along with the pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa, an event later known as The Day the Music Died.
1961 – The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass, and over the next 30 years, a "Doomsday Plane" is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States' bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC's command post.
1924 – George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue received its premiere in a concert titled "An Experiment in Modern Music", in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano.
metmike: Look at all the conflicts going on.........just a fraction actually. Humans have had a huge problem historically avoiding major conflicts and with constant human rights and other violations.
You should note in these posts, that there are usually numerous dates in history related to major wars, battles, riots, peace settlements and bad stuff in the past because humans couldn't get along or do the right thing. Human beings have had many hundreds of wars and been very corrupt in the past too. Recent times have actually been on the quiet side with regards to wars, historically.
You know exactly why I'm bringing this up right now.
Here's some positive stuff today!
Again, if you read from this link, you will note, numerous significant daily historic accounts of wars or battles from the past. Humans have always acted this way. We've made progress in recent decades in some realms......but still have an extremely long way to go!
1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.
1958 – Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey.
Hands Across America was a public fundraising event on Sunday, May 25, 1986, when 5 to 6.5 million people held hands for 15 minutes to form a continuous human chain across the contiguous United States.
Many participants donated $10 each to reserve their place in line. The proceeds were donated to local charities to fight hunger and homelessness and help those in poverty.
The event raised about $15 million for charities after operating costs.
The 2002 Eastern Mediterranean Event was a high-energy upper atmosphereexplosion over the Mediterranean Sea, around 34°N 21°E (between Libya and Crete) on June 6, 2002. This explosion, similar in power to a small atomic bomb, has been related to a small asteroid undetected while approaching Earth. The object disintegrated as a meteor air burst over the sea, and no meteorite fragments were recovered.
The event occurred during the 2001–2002 India–Pakistan standoff, and there were concerns by General Simon Worden of the U.S. Air Force that if the upper atmosphere explosion had occurred closer to Pakistan or India, it could have sparked a nuclear war between the two countries.
Near-Earth Objects Pose Threat, General Says
1943 – The Detroit race riot breaks out and continues for three more days. metmike: Most people are familiar with the 1967 race riot in Detroit(which was around 4 miles east of our house) but even I didn't know about this riot in 1943 until around 10 years ago). Dad was in the army then and missed it.
1972 – Watergate scandal: An 18½-minute gap appears in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives while breaking into the Watergate complex.
1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
This one totally got my attention with intrigue!
It is NOT a joke or made up. This is FOR REAL!
1972 – The United States Supreme Court rules in the case Furman v. Georgia that arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment
metmike: People are suddenly very tuned into the Supreme Court....so we have a couple other decisions by them today!
1911 – The United States, UK, Japan, and Russia sign the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911 banning open-water seal hunting, the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues.
The New York City draft riots (July 13–16, 1863), sometimes referred to as the Manhattan draft riots and known at the time as Draft Week, were violent disturbances in Lower Manhattan, widely regarded as the culmination of white working-class discontent with new laws passed by Congress that year to draft men to fight in the ongoing American Civil War. The riots remain the largest civil and most racially charged urban disturbance in American history. According to Toby Joyce, the riot represented a "civil war" inside the Irish Catholic community, in that "mostly Irish American rioters confronted police, [while] soldiers, and pro-war politicians ... were also to a considerable extent from the local Irish immigrant community."
President Abraham Lincoln diverted several regiments of militia and volunteer troops after the Battle of Gettysburg to control the city. The rioters were overwhelmingly Irish working-class men who did not want to fight in the Civil War and resented that wealthier men, who could afford to pay a $300 (equivalent to $6,600 in 2021 though a typical laborer's wage was between $1.00 and $2.00 a day in 1863) commutation fee to hire a substitute, were spared from the draft.
Initially intended to express anger at the draft, the protests turned into a race riot, with white rioters attacking black people, in violence throughout the city. The official death toll was listed at either 119 or 120 individuals. Conditions in the city were such that Major General John E. Wool, commander of the Department of the East, said on July 16 that, "Martial law ought to be proclaimed, but I have not a sufficient force to enforce it."
This is real pollution!
CO2 is a beneficial gas and the building block for all life, NOT pollution.
*Today, this record fire would have been blamed on the fake climate crisis. In 1988, the severe drought that led to this fire was caused by the natural La Nina in the tropical Pacific.
Exactly the same reason for the current drought here in 2022 in the West(being blamed on the fake climate crisis). Exactly the same reason for the Midwest Cornbelt's last severe widespread drought in 2012. During the last 30 years, the Midwest has had the LEAST amount of drought in history BECAUSE OF beneficial climate change during the current climate OPTIMUM for life on this greening planet.
1965 – Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages, becoming the first hurricane to cause over $1 billion in unadjusted damage.
2001 – Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.
metmike: I had the great fortune of having a gifted, world renowned doctor, Hill Hasting do a 3 hour left elbow reconstructive surgery that restored almost all of its functionality(after 4 failed, previous surgeries), including being able to throw batting practice, 2 times/week to the baseball teams that I coached for my son, Quinn for 8 years after that.
He co-invented an elbow replacement surgery!