Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy pi day March 14th, plus some history

Happy pi day

Historical facts courtesy Wikipedia
44 BC – Casca and Cassius decide, on the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should stay alive.
1489 – The Queen of CyprusCatherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice.
1590 – Battle of IvryHenry of Navarre and the Huguenots defeat the forces of the Catholic League under the Duc de Mayenne during theFrench Wars of Religion.
1757 – Admiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch for breach of the Articles of War.
1780 – American Revolutionary WarSpanish forces capture Fort Charlotte in Mobile, Alabama, the last British frontier post capable of threatening New Orleans in Spanish Louisiana.
1794 – Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
1885 – The Mikado, a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, receives its first public performance in London.
1900 – The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard.
1903 – The Hay-Herran Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, is ratified by the United States Senate. TheColombian Senate would later reject the treaty.
1926 – El Virilla train accidentCosta Rica: A train falls off a bridge over the Río Virilla between Heredia and Tibás. 248 are killed and 93 wounded.
1931 – Alam AraIndia's first talking film, is released.
1939 – Slovakia declares independence under German pressure.
1942 – Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the United States successfully to treat a patient, Anne Miller, using penicillin.
1951 – Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul.
1964 – A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy.
1967 – The body of President John F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery.
1980 – In Poland, a plane crashes during final approach near Warsaw, killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.1995 – Space Exploration: Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle.
2008 – A series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupt in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.
2012 – The International Criminal Court in The Hague issues its first verdict in the case of Prosecutor vs. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. At issue was the military use of children. Unanimously, the Trial Chamber, led by Sir Adrian Fulford, found Lubanga guilty of the war crime of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them in his rebel army The Union of Congolese Patriots.

Here's our thought for the day

“The day, water, sun, moon, night;
I do not have to purchase these things with money.”
~ Plautus


PlautusTitus Maccius Plautus (c. 254–184 BC), commonly known as “Plautus”, was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies are the earliest surviving intact works in Latin literature. He wrote Palliata comoedia, the genre devised by the innovator of Latin literature, Livius Andronicus. The word Plautine (pron.: /?pl??ta?n/) refers to both Plautus’s own works and works similar to or influenced by his.


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