Category: FYI


FYI December 15, 2016

On this day:

Bill of Rights Day

1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.


1890 – Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull is killed on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre.


1906 – The London Underground’s Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.


1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
Presented with data from researchers such as Alfred Kinsey and Evelyn Hooker, the sixth printing of the DSM-II, in 1974, no longer listed homosexuality as a category of disorder. After a vote by the APA trustees in 1973, and confirmed by the wider APA membership in 1974, the diagnosis was replaced with the category of “sexual orientation disturbance”.[28]

In 1973 homosexuality per se was removed from the DSM-II classification of mental disorders and replaced by the category Sexual Orientation Disturbance. This represented a compromise between the view that preferential homosexuality is invariably a mental disorder and the view that it is merely a normal sexual variant. While the 1973 DSM-II controversy was highly public, more recently a related but less public controversy involved what became the DSM-III category of Ego-dystonic Homosexuality. The author presents the DSM-III controversy and a reformulation of the issues involved in the diagnostic status of homosexuality. He argues that what is at issue is a value judgment about heterosexuality, rather than a factual dispute about homosexuality.



1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)


1863 – Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)


1869 – Leon Marchlewski, Polish chemist and academic (d. 1946)


1910 – John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)


1919 – Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer and host of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (d. 1973)


1923 – Uziel Gal, German-Israeli engineer, designed the Uzi gun (d. 2002)


1930 – Edna O’Brien, Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer


1946 – Carmine Appice, American drummer and songwriter



1966 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1901)


1993 – William Dale Phillips, American chemist and engineer (b. 1925)


2010 – Blake Edwards, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)






FYI December 14, 2016



On this date:

1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.


1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.



1631 – Anne Conway, English philosopher and author (d. 1679)


1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)


1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)


1916 – Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1965)


1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)



1799 – George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (b. 1732)


1943 – John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and businessman, co-invented corn flakes (b. 1852)


1998 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (b. 1924)


2015 – Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (b. 1927)




MonkeePuzzle: Today I learned – how to avoid death by snowblower


Diana Budds: Pantone’s New Color of the Year is Weird and Perfect


Eric Grundhauser: Exploring The Last Resort, Robert De Niro’s Forgotten ’90s Adventure Game  Also featuring Aerosmith, Cher, and Christopher Reeve.




FAA Anthem


FYI December 13, 2016

On this day:

1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States.


1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking: The city of Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, falls to the Japanese. This is followed by the Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese troops rape and slaughter hundreds of thousands of civilians.


1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or “Moonwalk” of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.



1780 – Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, German chemist, invented the Döbereiner’s lamp (d. 1849)



1814 – Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse and philanthropist (d. 1880)


1903 – Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986) Born & died on December 13.


1925 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer


1941 – John Davidson, American actor and game show host


1989 – Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress




1837 – Herman of Alaska, Russian missionary and saint (b. 1756)


1944 – Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress (b. 1908)


2007 – Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor and activist (b. 1936)




Jon Smith: How this mail chimp employee limits his email time to 90 minutes a day.


Rhett Jones: Repairing a $30,000 Tire Is an Insanely Complicated and Satisfying Experience

FYI December 12, 2016





1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.



1900 – Sammy Davis, Sr. American actor and dancer (d. 1988)


1915 – Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1998)


1937 – Buford Pusser, American police officer (d. 1974)



1947 – Wings Hauser, American actor, director, and screenwriter


On this date:

1950 –Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.


1985 – Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division

The accident was investigated by the Canadian Aviation Safety Board (CASB), which determined the probable cause of the crash was the aircraft’s unexpectedly high drag and reduced lift condition, most likely due to ice contamination on the wings’ leading edges and upper surfaces, as well as underestimated onboard weight. A minority report stated that the accident could have been caused by an onboard explosion of unknown origin prior to impact.



Videos December 11, 2016





FYI December 11, 2016

Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post: When every moment of childhood can be recorded and shared, what happens to childhood?



Rhett Jones: The Insides of Ordinary Objects in Macro Glory

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wold630: Easy Chocolate Ganache


In The Kitchen With Matt: Easy Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies




FYI December 10, 2016


In 1905 during a 10-day trip to Alaska sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), a group he co-founded, he made unwelcome advances on four prominent librarians who informed Association officials. As a result, Dewey was ostracized from the ALA.


Casey Chan: This Aerial Footage of China Basically Teleports You There




Videos December 10, 2016




FYI December 9, 2016



Maddie Stone:  Oh My God, NASA Launched a GIPHY Page and It’s Glorious


Andrew Liszewski: I Would Happily Live in This Gigantic AT-ACT Playhouse


Casey Chan: Watching a Helicopter Whip Carry Christmas Trees Gets Me in the Holiday Spirit


vakaati: Smart Terrarium




FYI December 8, 2016






John Glenn

Matt Schudel, The Washington Post:  John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95





Anna Merlan: Meet the Brave, Audacious, Astonishing Women Who Built the Standing Rock Movement






Casey Chan: This Dude Can Make a Basketball Spin on Damn Near Anything