FYI December 16, 2016



On this date:

1497 – Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River, where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.


1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

While Samuel Adams tried to reassert control of the meeting, people poured out of the Old South Meeting House to prepare to take action. In some cases, this involved donning what may have been elaborately prepared Mohawk costumes. While disguising their individual faces was imperative, because of the illegality of their protest, dressing as Mohawk warriors was a specific and symbolic choice. It showed that the Sons of Liberty identified with America, over their official status as subjects of Great Britain.


1930 – Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew are killed by a 200-strong posse, following a botched bank robbery, in Clinton, Indiana


1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.



1485 – Catherine of Aragon (d. 1536)


1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (d. 1827)



1804 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, Ukrainian mathematician and academic (d. 1889)


1869 – Bertha Lamme Feicht, American electrical engineer (d. 1943)


1917 – Ruth Johnson Colvin, American author and educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide


1961 – Bill Hicks, American comedian and musician (d. 1994)

Bill Hicks

Early on, Hicks began to mock his family’s Southern Baptist religious beliefs. “We were Yuppie Baptists,” he joked to the Houston Post in 1987. “We worried about things like, ‘If you scratch your neighbor’s Subaru, should you leave a note?'” Biographer Cynthia True described a typical argument with his father:

The elder Hicks would say, “I believe that the Bible is the literal word of God.” And Bill would counter, “No it’s not, Dad.” “Well, I believe that it is.” “Well,” Bill replied, “you know, some people believe that they’re Napoleon. That’s fine. Beliefs are neat. Cherish them, but don’t share them like they’re the truth.”

Hicks did not, however, reject spiritual ideology itself, and throughout his life he sought various alternative methods of experiencing it. Kevin Slade, elder brother of Dwight, introduced him to Transcendental Meditation and other forms of spirituality. Over one Thanksgiving weekend he took Hicks and Dwight to a TM residence course, in Galveston. Worried about his rebellious behavior, his parents took him to a psychoanalyst at age 17. According to Hicks, after the first group session the analyst took him aside and told him, “You can continue coming if you want to, but it’s them, not you.”




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