Today’s Google Doodle (click on screenshot) celebrates Mexican mariachi music. As C|Net reports, “The Doodle features a mariachi serenade of the classic song Cielito Lindo – roughly translating to Lovely Sweet One.” You’ve surely heard the song before:News of the Day:
Most important, it’s EVOLUTION DAY, for it was on November 24, 1859 that Darwin published On the Origin of Species. A transformation of human thought between two covers! And, as a special treat, two pages of Darwin’s draft manuscript of the book (most of which was probably destroyed by the printer), have surfaced. Information below:
Nov 24 marks #EvolutionDay, 161 yrs since #CharlesDarwin 's #OntheOriginofSpecies 1859. 2 pp from Darwin's MS draft were recently unearthed, scans from a private collector #US were given to #JohnvanWyhe @NUSingapore now on #DarwinOnline #HistSci @christs_college @Cambridge_Uni pic.twitter.com/zoEJ5g8zXZ
— DarwinOnline (@uk_darwin) November 22, 2020
But wait! There’s more. Here are the pages:
Sadly, we have a loss that more than counterbalances this find: two of Darwin’s precious notebooks, worth millions, have been missing for 20 years from the Cambridge University Library, and they just now admitted it. This includes the notebook with Darwin’s famous “family tree” diagram of species:
They should have kept this stuff locked in a safe! Here’s a tweet with the BBC article announcing the loss:
Bugger! 🤬 https://t.co/LTvLzSGKSA
— 𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝙳𝚊𝚛𝚠𝚒𝚗 🐵 (@friendsofdarwin) November 24, 2020
Matthew’s new book on the brain is in the running TODAY for the Baillie Gilford Prize, an award for the best nonfiction book of the year, and worth £50,000 (see tweet below) The results will be announced at 6 p.m. GST. Fingers crossed for Dr. Cobb! All the contenders are shown in the tweet below.
There is just one day to go until we announce the #BGPrize2020 winner! Tune in tomorrow from 6pm (GMT) over on our Facebook and YouTube pages for the virtual celebration hosted by @PeterBazalgette. Who do you want to see win? https://t.co/IMnl8QCP8m pic.twitter.com/GPEyrRvINW
— BaillieGiffordPrize (@BGPrize) November 23, 2020
Michigan certified Biden’s victory in that state, putting yet another nail in the Orange Man’s coffin. (Trump tried to influence them by inviting Republican state legislators to the White House.) He hasn’t yet conceded, but he did issue the following tweet implying that he knows he lost Emily Murphy is the head of the General Services Administration, responsible for declaring the victor and then releasing funds to facilitate the Presidential transition. She has done both.
…fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
Here’s Joe Biden’s latest cabinet picks with their positions:
Alejandro Mayorkas: Head of Homeland Security
Avril Haines: Director of National Intelligence
Janet Yellen: Secretary of the Treasury
Antony Blinken: Secretary of State
Linda Thomas-Greenfield: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Jake Sullivan: National Security Advisor
John Kerry: Climate Czar
Ron Klain: Chief of Staff
So far so good—at least according to the little I know about most of these people.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 257,629, an increase of about 1,000 from yesterday’s figure. One American is dying every minute from the virus. The world death toll is 1,403,683, 1,394,833, a huge increase of about 9,000 over yesterday’s report, and the biggest daily increase I’ve seen yet.
Stuff that happened on November 24 includes:
- 1429 – Hundred Years’ War: Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieges La Charité.
- 1642 – Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen’s Land (later renamed Tasmania).
- 1859 – Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.
You want a first edition, first printing? This one will cost you $400,000 in US currency (h/t Matthew):
- 1917 – In Milwaukee, nine members of the Milwaukee Police Department are killed by a bomb, the most deaths in a single event in U.S. police history until the September 11 attacks in 2001.
- 1922 – Nine Irish Republican Army members are executed by an Irish Free State firing squad. Among them is author Erskine Childers, who had been arrested for illegally carrying a revolver.
- 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is killed by Jack Ruby.
Oswald’s shooting was broadcast live on television. Here’s a photo of Ruby attacking Oswald, with the caption, “Credit…Bob Jackson/Dallas Times-Herald, via Associated Press.”
You can see the video here.
- 1971 – During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.
- 1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy” (after The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds“), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia‘s Afar Depression.
Here’s Lucy’s skeleton, or rather the bits they found:
Notables born on this day include:
- 1713 – Junípero Serra, Spanish priest and missionary (d. 1784)
- 1713 – Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist and clergyman (d. 1768)
- 1784 – Zachary Taylor, American general and politician, 12th President of the United States (d. 1850)
- 1864 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter and illustrator (d. 1901)
Everyone thinks that this poster for the famous cabaret was done by Toulouse-Lautrec, but it wasn’t: the artist was Théophile Steinlen.
Here’s Toulouse-Lautrec and his grave in Verdelais, in southwest France. He was a very great painter.
- 1868 – Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (d. 1917)
- 1897 – Lucky Luciano, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1962)
- 1941 – Pete Best, Indian-English drummer and songwriter
- 1946 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)
- 1961 – Arundhati Roy, Indian writer and activist, recipient of Booker Prize
- 1990 – Sarah Hyland, American actress
Those who went belly-up on November 24 include:
- 1572 – John Knox, Scottish pastor and theologian (b. 1510)
- 1957 – Diego Rivera, Mexican painter and sculptor (b. 1886)
- 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of John F. Kennedy (b. 1939) [see above]
- 1991 – Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of Queen, and producer (b. 1946)
Mercury loved kitties and owned many. Here he is with two of them (and wearing a Hawaiian shirt):
- 2002 – John Rawls, American philosopher, author, and academic (b. 1921)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is politely and cutely asking for treats:
Hili: Could you be so kind and give me something very tasty?A: Will liver pate do?Hili: Yes, please.
Hili: Uprzejmie proszę o coś bardzo smacznego.Ja: Czy może być pasztet z wątróbki?Hili: Tak, poproszę.
A cartoon from reader Pliny the in Between’s site The Far Corner Cafe, titled, “You’re a mean one, President Grinch.”
From Facebook: One glance tells the (future) tale:
The meeting below is like having a panel of lions decide the fate of a gazelle. For more, go here. If white people aren’t supposed to decide what’s racist, how come BDS and opponents of Zionism are qualified to weigh in on anti-Semitism? Jewish Voice for Peace, despite its name, is an anti-Semitic organization.
Come hear @RashidaTlaib, @PeterBeinart, @BarbaraRansby and @marclamonthill discuss how to fight antisemitism – and how to fight back against false charges of antisemitism that seek to undermine progressive movements for justicehttps://t.co/pM4rRLIHhb
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) November 20, 2020
From Luana. Do you really want children this young to be so adamantly supported in gender transition? (Sound up.) My view is to wait until they’re in their late teens before you start giving them hormones or surgery.
Wtaf did I just watch? pic.twitter.com/8YKxBaqLjG
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) November 23, 2020
From Ken: “Tweet from Carl Bernstein identifying 21 GOP US senators who have privately expressed disdain for Donald Trump’s fitness for office, but who haven’t had the stones to say it in public:”
Here are all three of Bernstein’s tweets:
I'm not violating any pledge of journalistic confidentially in reporting this: 21 Republican Sens–in convos w/ colleagues, staff members, lobbyists, W. House aides–have repeatedly expressed extreme contempt for Trump & his fitness to be POTUS. (1/3)
— Carl Bernstein (@carlbernstein) November 23, 2020
With few exceptions, their craven public silence has helped enable Trump’s most grievous conduct—including undermining and discrediting the US the electoral system.
— Carl Bernstein (@carlbernstein) November 23, 2020
From Paul, if you need a bit of Internet insanity (sound up):
— Sony Kapoor (@SonyKapoor) November 19, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. Sound up to hear the pleasurable sounds of the massaged kitty:
Turkish massage of the day. pic.twitter.com/nGKvzhkyuw
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) November 23, 2020
What a great find!
— Alana de Laive (@alanadelaive) November 22, 2020
I’m not sure whether this cougar cub is worried about predators or interested in potential prey:
Watch how alert this cougar kitten is to changes in bird calls.
I imagine kittens monitor bird calls for possible sources of danger, especially when their mother is away (while kittens are mobile and eating meat at this age, they are still vulnerable to many predators). pic.twitter.com/USdQ0Xz7jN
— Max Allen (@CarnivoreLab) November 22, 2020