FYI June 17 & 18, 2022

On This Day

1910 – Aurel Vlaicu pilots an A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
Aurel Vlaicu (Romanian pronunciation: [a.uˈrel ˈvlajku] (listen); 19 November 1882 – 13 September 1913) was a Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot.[3][4]


1803 – Haitian Revolution: The Royal Navy led by Rear-Admiral John Thomas Duckworth commence the blockade of Saint-Domingue against French forces.[2]
The Haitian Revolution (French: révolution haïtienne French pronunciation: ​[ʁevɔlysjɔ̃ a.i.sjɛn]; Haitian Creole: revolisyon ayisyen) was a successful insurrection by self-liberated slaves against French colonial rule in Saint-Domingue, now the sovereign state of Haiti. The revolt began on 22 August 1791,[3] and ended in 1804 with the former colony’s independence. It involved black, biracial, French, Spanish, British, and Polish participants—with the ex-slave Toussaint Louverture emerging as Haiti’s most charismatic hero. The revolution was the only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state which was both free from slavery (though not from forced labour[4]) and ruled by non-whites and former captives.[5] It is now widely seen as a defining moment in the history of the Atlantic World.[6][7]
Haiti at the beginning of the Haitian revolution in 1791.

The revolution’s effects on the institution of slavery were felt throughout the Americas. The end of French rule and the abolition of slavery in the former colony was followed by a successful defense of the freedoms the former slaves won and, with the collaboration of already free people of color, their independence from white Europeans.[8][9][10] The revolution represented the largest slave uprising since Spartacus’ unsuccessful revolt against the Roman Republic nearly 1,900 years earlier,[11] and challenged long-held European beliefs about alleged black inferiority and about slaves’ ability to achieve and maintain their own freedom. The rebels’ organizational capacity and tenacity under pressure inspired stories that shocked and frightened slave owners in the hemisphere.[12]



Born On This Day

1610 – Birgitte Thott, Danish scholar, writer and translator (b. 1662)[14]
Birgitte (Bridget) Thott (17 June 1610 – 8 April 1662)[1] was a Danish writer, scholar and feminist, known for her learning. She was fluent and literate in Latin (her main area of study) along with many other languages. She translated many published works into Danish, including a 1,000-page translation of Latin moral philosopher Seneca.


1845 – Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician and parasitologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1922)
Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (18 June 1845 – 18 May 1922) was a French physician who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1907 for his discoveries of parasitic protozoans as causative agents of infectious diseases such as malaria and trypanosomiasis. Following his father, Louis Théodore Laveran, he took up military medicine as his profession. He obtained his medical degree from University of Strasbourg in 1867.

At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, he joined the French Army. At the age of 29 he became Chair of Military Diseases and Epidemics at the École de Val-de-Grâce. At the end of his tenure in 1878 he worked in Algeria, where he made his major achievements. He discovered that the protozoan parasite Plasmodium was responsible for malaria, and that Trypanosoma caused trypanosomiasis or African sleeping sickness.[1] In 1894 he returned to France to serve in various military health services. In 1896 he joined Pasteur Institute as Chief of the Honorary Service, from where he received the Nobel Prize. He donated half of his Nobel prize money to establish the Laboratory of Tropical Medicine at the Pasteur Institute. In 1908, he founded the Société de Pathologie Exotique.[2]

Laveran was elected to French Academy of Sciences in 1893, and was conferred Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour in 1912.




NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day

By Michael Raimondi, AZ Family: Phoenix gas station owner sells cheaper gas to help others


By Carolyn Gusoff, CBS New York: Long Island News 17-year-old Anthony Zhongor dives into Great South Bay, saves woman who had driven into the water

By Jolie Sherman, NBC Connecticut: 104-Year-Old Woman From Farmington Gets Wish Granted Bertha Komor, who is nearly halfway to 105 years old, had a simple request: to pet a penguin. Her friends at Village Gate of Farmington made that wish come true.


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Snails eating beetroot

Google: Create a stirring harmony with Blob Opera.

By Biana Nogrady, Nature: Polar bear population discovered that can survive without sea ice The group has adapted to hunting without sea ice, which suggests some members of the species might survive as the Arctic heats up.

The Market Hotel concert hall regarding John Hinckley, Jr.

In 1981, John Hinckley Jr. wounded President Ronald Reagan and three others in a failed assassination attempt. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent the next three decades in a mental institution. Hinckley was said to be in remission in 2016 and allowed to live with his family in Virginia. On June 15, Hinckley was granted an unconditional release by a federal judge who said the 67-year-old presented no danger to himself or others.
Hinckley had big plans to use his release to mount a “redemption tour” where he would play his original music at venues around the country. He even had a concert scheduled in Brooklyn on July 8. Unfortunately, for all those concert-goers who were really looking forward to seeing, uh, whatever it was going to be, the sold-out concert got canceled. The Market Hotel concert hall posted a statement on Instagram Wednesday saying it was canceling Hinckley’s performance.
“It is not worth a gamble on the safety of our vulnerable communities to give a guy a microphone and a paycheck from his art who hasn’t had to earn it, who we don’t care about on an artistic level, and who upsets people in a dangerously radicalized, reactionary climate,” the statement said. “This is a sexagenarian with an acoustic guitar.” That seems a little harsh. They haven’t even heard him play yet. (NYT ($), Instagram)
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NSFW I’d love to see the outtakes
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