FYI January 23, 2019

On This Day

1368 – In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
The Hongwu Emperor (21 October 1328 – 24 June 1398), personal name Zhu Yuanzhang (Chinese: 朱元璋; Wade–Giles: Chu Yuan-chang), was the founding emperor of China’s Ming dynasty.

In the middle of the 14th century, with famine, plagues, and peasant revolts sweeping across China, Zhu Yuanzhang rose to command the force that conquered China and ended the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty, forcing the Mongols to retreat to the Eurasian Steppe. Zhu claimed the Mandate of Heaven and established the Ming dynasty at the beginning of 1368; later in the same year his army occupied the Yuan capital, Khanbaliq (present-day Beijing). Trusting only in his family, he made his many sons powerful feudal princes along the northern marches and the Yangtze valley.[1] Having outlived his first successor, the Hongwu Emperor enthroned his grandson via a series of instructions; this ended in failure, when the Jianwen Emperor’s attempt to unseat his uncles led to the Ming Yongle Emperor (r. 1402–1424)”.[2]

Most of the historical sites related to the Hongwu Emperor are in Nanjing, the original capital of the Ming dynasty.

Zhu Rongji and his son Zhu Yunlai are descendants of the Hongwu Emperor via the line of Zhu Pian, the Emperor 18th son.[3]


Born On This Day

1813 – Camilla Collett, Norwegian novelist and activist (d. 1895)
Jacobine Camilla Collett (born Wergeland) (23 January 1813 – 6 March 1895) was a Norwegian writer, often referred to as the first Norwegian feminist. She was also the younger sister of Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland, and is recognized as being one of the first contributors to realism in Norwegian literature. Her younger brother was Major General Joseph Frantz Oscar Wergeland.

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By Colin Campbell: Baltimore-raised Pulitzer Prize winner Russell Baker dies at 93
Russell Wayne Baker (August 14, 1925 – January 21, 2019) was an American journalist, narrator, and writer of satirical commentary and self-critical prose, as well as a Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography Growing Up (1982).[1] He was a columnist for The New York Times from 1962 to 1998, and hosted the PBS show Masterpiece Theatre from 1992 to 2004. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 stated: “Baker, thanks to his singular gift of treating serious, even tragic events and trends with gentle humor, has become an American institution.”[2]
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By Dan Neilan: Here’s Marilyn Manson and Dennis Quaid singing a Kris Kristofferson song with Kris Kristofferson
Gizmodo Science: Health People in Red and Blue States May Use Weed Very Differently—and Not Just Due to Legalization; Gemologist Finds Insect Trapped in Opal Instead of Amber; China’s Latest Cloned-Monkey Experiment Is an Ethical Mess and more ->
By Jake Buehler: Newly Discovered Gecko Species Is Extremely Good at Being a Leaf
Gary Price: Journal Article: “Combating Fake News: A Survey on Identification and Mitigation Technique”; The Cleveland Museum of Art Advances Open Access Movement, High-Resolution Digital Images and Collections Data Now Freely Available and more ->

\The Passive Voice: You May Have; The Disillusionist; Guillermo del Toro leads drive to save horror bookshop Dark Delicacies; The Society of Dead Authors; Amazon Is Dooming New Yiddish Publications. Can It Be Stopped?
By Anthony Vence: For Love of the Game: 5 Sites We Love for Sports News
By KESQ Staff: Thousands of birds die at Salton Sea

WXYZ: Get free bacon with anything on McDonald’s menu during ‘Bacon Hour’ on Jan. 29
By Laura Hazard Owen: How many paying subscribers do you need to keep a money-losing magazine afloat? Arkansas Life finds out
One bullet.
By Jason Hanna and Keith Allen, CNN: A nurse is accused of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who later gave birth
“The important thing is that she is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities.”
Matt Goff Sitka Nature: Northern Pygmy-Owl
Matt Goff Sitka Nature: Swamp Sparrows
By Amelia Lucas: America’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy is unavailable this year
By Timothy B. Lee: Amazon begins testing deliveries with sidewalk drones Robots are “the size of a small cooler and roll along at a walking pace.”
By Steve Ballinger: How I Caused an Environmental Disaster
Why you should care
Because the class war continues over and across all kinds of boundaries.

By Justin Higginbottom: A Park Over a Lake? Welcome to the Future of Asia’s Public Spaces
Why you should care
New public spaces are emerging across the world’s most densely populated region.

The Rural Blog: Organization aims to bring civility back to American politics; More than 1,000 Kentucky farmers are licensed to grow hemp this year, up from 210 last year, thanks to Farm Bill and more ->
By Elizabeth Culotta: New remains discovered at site of famous Neanderthal ‘flower burial’
Open Culture: Mountain Monks: A Vivid Short Documentary on the Monks Who Practice an Ancient, Once-Forbidden Religion in Japan; Nutritional Psychiatry: Why Diet May Play an Essential Role in Treating Mental Health Conditions, Including Depression, Anxiety & Beyond and more ->


Shelly L Nemeth Hometalk Helper Gilbert, AZ: Valentine Gnomes
Chas’ Crazy Creations: To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party 123





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