FYI April 30, 2019

On This Day

 
 
1863 – A 65-man French Foreign Legion infantry patrol fights a force of nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers to nearly the last man in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
The Battle of Camarón (French: Bataille de Camerone) which occurred over ten hours[1]:21 on 30 April 1863 between the French Foreign Legion and the Mexican army, is regarded as a defining moment in the Foreign Legion’s history. A small infantry patrol, led by Captain Jean Danjou and Lieutenants Clément Maudet and Jean Vilain, numbering just 65 men[1]:5 was attacked and besieged by a force that may have eventually reached 3,000 Mexican infantry and cavalry, and was forced to make a defensive stand at the nearby Hacienda Camarón, in Camarón de Tejeda, Veracruz, Mexico. The conduct of the Legion, who refused to surrender, led to a certain mystique — and the battle of Camarón became synonymous with bravery and a fight-to-the-death attitude.[2] In June 2017, the Warfare History Network declared this battle as one of the 17 greatest last stands in military history.[3]

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Born On This Day

 
 
1866 – Mary Haviland Stilwell Kuesel, American pioneer dentist (d. 1936)
Mary Haviland Stilwell Kuesel sometimes spelled Stillwell-Kuesel (April 30, 1866 – June 22, 1936) was a pioneer American dentist.[1] She was the founder of the Women’s Dental Association of the United States.
Biography
Mary Haviland Stilwell was born April 30, 1866 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1892, she founded the Women’s Dental Association of the U.S.[2][3] In 1902, she married Dr. George C. Kuesel,[4] a medical doctor.[5] They were associate members of the Fairmount Park Art Association.[6] She died June 22, 1936 in Philadelphia of coronary thrombosis.[4] Her correspondence is held in a collection by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.[7]

 
 

FYI

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By Associated Press: Texas stops sharing death row inmate’s final written statements The Texas Department of Criminal Justice now says the agency will only publicly relay verbal statements made in the execution chamber.
 
 
 
 
By Elizabeth Blackstock: Insurance Companies Are Monitoring Your Phone to See How Much You Use It While Driving
 
 
 
 
By Elisa Shoenberger: Three Mushers, One Impenetrable Blizzard, And The World’s Hardest Dog Sled Race
 
 
 
 
Today’s email was written by Jackie Bischof, edited by Jessanne Collins, and produced by Luiz Romero Quartz Obsession Ellipses: Wait for it…
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Compass, Fast Company’s new newsletter: NEW! This is why Google’s stock is tanking; $102 billion That’s what the sleep aid industry is estimated to be worth in 2023.; The father of electronic music’s lost instrument has finally been built and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Joshua Benton: A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it’ll definitely end well Because what good is a panopticon if you can’t generate some clicks?
Amazon is currently looking to hire someone with the title “Managing Editor, News.” But it’s not for the entire Amazon empire — it’s for the small slice of it that makes security-focused doorbells, Ring. (Amazon bought Ring last year for more than $1 billion.)

 
 
 
 
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Atlas Obscura: The promise and perils of resurrecting Native Americans’ lost crops; Cow Beauty Shots and more ->
 
 

 
 

The Rural Blog: New Ky.-based publication aims to bring nuanced coverage of justice, environment and culture in the rural South; Elk introduced in former surface mined land in Central Appalachia to help restore ecosystems and local economies; Widely available rural broadband could boost U.S. economy by $47 billion a year, USDA says in report and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Passive Voice: Malware Crosses the Streams; Facebook Gets a New Look; The Dictionary of Difficult Words and more ->
 
 


 
 

 
 

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