Archive for February 2019

Today in History: February 18

  In 1930 Tombaugh discovers Pluto. Once a planet, Now a pseudo.*   *”According to the IAU, a celestial body is a planet if it meets three key criteria: It must orbit the sun; it must be large enough that it pulls itself into a round shape by its own gravity; and it must clear... Read more »

Today in History: February 17

  In 1933 A  Senate vote begat* The end to Prohibition. I’ll  drink to that! *The Senate passed the Blaine Act which initiated the repeal of the 18th Amendment to  the Constitution which banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.

Today in History: February 16

  In 600 Pope Gregory* decrees “God bless you”  be said Right after a sneeze. *”Called ‘the Great,’ Gregory has been given a place with Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, as one of the four key doctors of the Western Church.”  []

Today in History: February 15

  In 399 B.C. Philosopher Socrates, seeker of truth, Was sentenced to death For corrupting Greek youth.  

On John Bolton's strange love of the bomb

  “As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country’s 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn’t think they will ‘have many more anniversaries to enjoy’—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war.”  []... Read more »

Senator Burr proves he is no Sherlock Holmes

  When numerous contacts with Russians occur, Collusion is easy for us to infer. But opposed to this, some Are thickheaded and dumb, Especially GOP Senator Burr.*   *Senate Intelligence chairman: No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion []

Today in History: February 14

  In 1803 Said John Marshall, “I’ve pull To declare Acts of Congress Unconstitutional.” *   *It’s called judicial review.

Today in History: February 13

  In 1633 Galileo had begun His punishment* for claiming The Earth went round the Sun. *”He was sentenced to formal imprisonment at the pleasure of the Inquisition. On the following day this was commuted to house arrest, which he remained under for the rest of his life. His offending Dialogue was banned; and in... Read more »

Today in History: February 12

  1924 Heard George Gershwin’s debut Of his piano concerto “Rhapsody in Blue”.* *”Gershwin’s original title for it was American Rhapsody. But, by chance, Ira had been to an exhibition of Whistler’s paintings and saw the painter’s Nocturne In Blue And Green of the Thames at Chelsea. Why not call the new piece Rhapsody In Blue... Read more »

Today in History: February 11

  In 1650 Descartes expired as everyone does. And so he thought And so he was.* *”Descartes was buried in Stockholm but is body was later transferred to Paris. The skull which lies with his remains in the church of St. Germain-des-Pres in Paris is almost certainly not that of Descartes. It appears that a... Read more »