FYI March 25, 2020

On This Day

1409 – The Council of Pisa opens.
The Council of Pisa was a controversial ecumenical council of the Catholic Church held in 1409. It attempted to end the Western Schism by deposing Benedict XIII (Avignon) and Gregory XII (Rome) for schism and manifest heresy. The College of Cardinals, composed of members of both the Avignon Obedience and the Roman Obedience, who were recognized by each other and by the Council, then elected a third papal claimant, Alexander V, who lived only a few months. He was succeeded by John XXIII.


1995 – WikiWikiWeb, the world’s first wiki, and part of the Portland Pattern Repository, is made public by Ward Cunningham.
The WikiWikiWeb is the first-ever wiki, or user-editable website. It was launched on 25 March 1995 by its inventor, programmer Ward Cunningham, to accompany the Portland Pattern Repository website discussing software design patterns. The name WikiWikiWeb originally also applied to the wiki software that operated the website, written in the Perl programming language and later renamed to “WikiBase”. The site is frequently referred to by its users as simply “Wiki”, and a convention established among users of the early network of wiki sites that followed was that using the word with a capitalized W referred exclusively to the original site.


Born On This Day

1881 – Mary Webb, English author and poet (d. 1927)
Mary Gladys Webb (25 March 1881 – 8 October 1927) was an English romantic novelist and poet of the early 20th century, whose work is set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people whom she knew. Her novels have been successfully dramatized, most notably the film Gone to Earth in 1950 by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The novels are thought to have inspired the famous parody Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons.




Congressman Don Young: COVID-19 UPDATE
Ensuring the Medical Supply Chain is Functional

I’m co-leading an effort in the House to ensure that our nation’s COVID-19 response is smart, efficient, and effective. Time is of the essence. Medical supply shortages and bureaucratic red tape threaten not only Americans’ access to necessary medical equipment, but may also be making the development of COVID-19 vaccines more difficult. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and I led over 40 of our House colleagues on a letter to Vice President Pence urging the establishment of two task forces to combat COVID-19. We must ensure that the COVID-19 response is streamlined and collaborative, and the goals of these two task forces should be clear: one will focus on the development of treatment, and another will ensure that the medical supply chain is fully functional so that doctors have the equipment they need. To read our full letter to Vice President Pence, click here.
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