16 thoughts on “Wednesday: Hili dialogue

  1. On this day:
    1819 – Peterloo Massacre: Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.

    1876 – Richard Wagner’s Siegfried, the penultimate opera in his Ring cycle, premieres at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

    1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.

    1916 – The Migratory Bird Treaty between Canada and the United States is signed.

    1927 – The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.

    1929 – The 1929 Palestine riots break out in Mandatory Palestine between Palestinian Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.

    1930 – The first color sound cartoon, Fiddlesticks, is released by Ub Iwerks.

    1944 – First flight of a jet with forward-swept wings, the Junkers Ju 287.

    1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.

    1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico, United States, at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.

    1975 – Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam symbolically hands over land to the Gurindji people after the eight-year Wave Hill walk-off, a landmark event in the history of Indigenous land rights in Australia, commemorated in a 1991 song by Paul Kelly and an annual celebration.

    2012 – South African police fatally shoot 34 miners and wound 78 more during an industrial dispute at Marikana near Rustenburg.

    2020 – The August Complex fire in California burns more than one million acres of land. [They really need to get those space lasers under control…]

    1864 – Elsie Inglis, Scottish surgeon and suffragette (d. 1917).

    1865 – Mary Gilmore, Australian socialist, poet and journalist (d. 1962).

    1888 – T. E. Lawrence, British colonel, diplomat, writer and archaeologist (d. 1935).

    1892 – Otto Messmer, American cartoonist and animator, co-created Felix the Cat (d. 1983).

    1900 – Ida Browne, Australian geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1976).

    1902 – Georgette Heyer, English author (d. 1974).

    1904 – Wendell Meredith Stanley, American biochemist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971).

    1911 – E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (d. 1977).

    1939 – Trevor McDonald, Trinidadian-English journalist and academic.

    1940 – Bruce Beresford, Australian director and producer.

    1944 – Kevin Ayers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013).

    1949 – Scott Asheton, American drummer (d. 2014).

    1954 – James Cameron, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter.

    1958 – Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director.

    1958 – Angela Bassett, American actress.

    1962 – Steve Carell, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.

    1967 – Mark Coyne, Australian rugby league player.

    1967 – Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish journalist, actress, and author.

    And the days keeps on worryin’ me
    There’s a hellhound on my trail:

    1678 – Andrew Marvell, English poet and author (b. 1621).

    1705 – Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and theorist (b. 1654).

    1888 – John Pemberton, American pharmacist and chemist, invented Coca-Cola (b. 1831).

    1893 – Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist and academic (b. 1825).

    1899 – Robert Bunsen, German chemist and academic (b. 1811).

    1938 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1911).

    1948 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player and coach (b. 1895).

    1949 – Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author (b. 1900).

    1952 – Lydia Field Emmet, American painter and academic (b. 1866).

    1956 – Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor (b. 1882).

    1973 – Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888).

    1977 – Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor (b. 1935).

    1993 – Stewart Granger, English-American actor (b. 1913).

    2003 – Idi Amin, Ugandan field marshal and politician, 3rd President of Uganda (b. 1928).

    2018 – Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1942).

    2019 – Peter Fonda, American actor, director, and screenwriter. (b. 1940).

    2021 – Sean Lock, English comedian and actor (b. 1963).

    1. Approximate ages at death of today’s birth piggies:
      Elsie Inglis : 53
      Mary Gilmore: 97
      T E Laurence: 47
      Otto Mesmer: 91
      Ida Browne: 76
      Georgette Heyer: 72
      Wendell Meredith Stanley: 67
      E F Shumacher: 66
      Kevin Ayers: 69
      Scott Asheton: 65
      The others mentioned are still alive, I note that Madonna is about 65!
      I’m always fascinated at the ages people died, there is great discrepancy. Sometimes surprised at how young some ‘icons’ died.
      Since in SA we have ‘loadshedding’ (due to woefully inadequate planning -and probably corruption too- in the ruling party) I will not be able to do the ones that died this day: power will be off in a few minutes.

  2. Jeebus. The 1927 Dole Air Race sounds like a good idea. What could go wrong? Though I guess it wasn’t impossible since two fellas made it safely.

  3. Wow, something a cat would not be allowed to do?
    I’m sure most people here pay no attention to Baseball, however you should know that currently we have possibly the best player ever in this game. The people around L.A. know all about it. Better than Babe…yes. The name is Shohei Ohtani and yes, he is playing for the Angels. The best hitter and best pitcher at the same time, yes. It does not seem possible but it is. Just a very small review – month of June. Hit .394, 15 home runs in 27 games. Won two games pitching and stuck out 37 batters. And yes he is from Japan.

  4. I like it – but I’m also commenting to find an old Herbert Marcuse quote I need to correct. Spoiler: it’s from Essay on Liberation, not One-Dimensional Man.

    How do users find their comments?

    I cannot easily do this with a tiny mobile device..

    Gotta try something else.

    1. “How do users find their comments?”

      Have you tried site-specific search queries? I think I have the right syntax for Google as:

      site:whyevolutionistrue.com Marcuse

      Or to look for your comments (and mentions of you):

      site:whyevolutionistrue.com ThyroidPlanet

      1. Oh, with Google. Yeah, could do that – I was going for just whatever is here – which, I gather, is not going to work as it does not search comments or users… Thanks.

        BTW yes, it’s a bizarre pseudonym, my attempt at a Monty Pythonism, but I’m stuck with it for now.

    1. Understandable, really. “To His Koi Mistress” could lead to inter-species sex with mermaids, or horror of horrors, mermen!

  5. Something different: Ukraine admitted that the first attack on the Kerch bridge was by USVs (Unmanned Seafaring Vehicles).
    My engineer friends, that stated that the explosion would necessarily have been from below and not from the ‘truck on the bridge’, are vindicated. I posted that they decided it was from below at the time, but it appeared to have been contradicted later (and ridiculed): not so. My engineer friends are vindicated now. These guys (yes, all guys, not gals) know what they are talking about.
    They maintained, despite considerable flak, it must have been from below, despite all public narratives about the exploding truck. Kudos to them.

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