what we don't know...
Today is the 4th day of the 47th week, the 20th day of the 11th month, the 324th day of 2019, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Africa Industrialization Day
- Beautiful Day
- Future Teachers of America Day
- Geographic Information Systems Day
- Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day
- Latina Women's Equal Pay Day
- Name Your PC Day
- National Absurdity Day
- National Educational Support Professionals Day
- National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
- Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Universal Children's Day – in 1959 UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights
1521 - Arabs attribute shortage of water in Jerusalem to Jews making wine
1886 - Sherlock Holmes's first story "A Study in Scarlet" is accepted by publisher Ward and Lock with payment of £25
1888 - Willard Bundy patents timecard clock
1889 - Gustav Mahler's First Symphony is performed
1914 - US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports
1923 - Garrett Morgan patents his traffic signal design, an important development in automobile safety
1945 - The Nuremberg war trials begin as 24 Nazi leaders are put on trial before judges representing the victorious Allied powers
1966 - "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances
1968 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 - US's first artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
1980 - Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes first solar-powered flight
1983 - An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie "The Day After." The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.
1984 - SETI Institute (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) is founded.
1985 - Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released
1986 - The one billionth Little Golden Book was printed. The title was "The Poky Little Puppy".
1990 - The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, FL, after completing a secret military mission.
1995 - Princess Diana admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles in an interview that was broadcast on BBC Television.
1998 - Forty-six states agreed to a $206 billion settlement of health claims against the tobacco industry. The industry also agreed to give up billboard advertising of cigarettes.
2008 - After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
2018 - Sell-off in technology stocks leads stock market losses wiping out all 2018 market gains
2019- NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 32 mins 48 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Writing prompt of the day:
How do you think the colors of the traffic light: red, yellow and green, were decided upon? The short answer is that the color scheme was lifted from the railroads, but that doesn’t explain why the railroads used them.
Picture an archeologist of the future pondering over an artifact that has been dug up from a Weans dig. The questions abound – why three lights? Were all three on at the same time, or two at a time, or just one? When were the lights lit and for what purpose did they festoon the city streets? It seems almost a universal color scheme – we know that red stands for stop or danger, yellow means caution, green means okay or go. – but how would our archeologist know that? They might speculate the color red was used because the wavelength of the color is the longest in the visual spectrum, and therefore the easiest to see from a distance – but how would they figure out the meaning? They might speculate as we do today that red stood for danger years because it is the color of our blood and of fire. Along those lines, green can be seen as a symbol of life because of trees, brush, and grass – and therefore of safety. Yellow, despite being the color of sunshine, could be associated with cowards, madness, jaundice because the toxic materials used created the yellow pigments [cadmium, lead, chrome, and urine]. Think of all the misconceptions our unknown, intrepid explorer could form – and realize just how little we know today about the world of our own ancestors.
No wonder so many outre theories abound!
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