Daily Links – May 4, 2012

    Today is May 4th. On this date in 1979, Margaret Thatcher was sworn in as Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister. She was famously known as the “Iron Lady” for her steadfast opposition to the Soviet Union and communism, and because of the iron armor she wore when fighting crime with Tony Stark. Also on this date, in 2010, Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 4, 2012

    Today is May 4th. On this date in 1979, Margaret Thatcher was sworn in as Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister. She was famously known as the “Iron Lady” for her steadfast opposition to the Soviet Union and communism, and because of the iron armor she wore when fighting crime with Tony Stark. Also on this date, in 2010, Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 3, 2012

    Today is May 3rd. On this date in 1469, Niccolo Machiavelli was born. The political philosopher is best known for penning the pamphlet, later published as a book, The Prince, wherein he describes an ideal leader as being cruel and duplicitous. The word Machiavellian is used to this day to describe taking actions for one’s own benefit regardless of right or wrong, or harm to | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 3, 2012

    Today is May 3rd. On this date in 1469, Niccolo Machiavelli was born. The political philosopher is best known for penning the pamphlet, later published as a book, The Prince, wherein he describes an ideal leader as being cruel and duplicitous. The word Machiavellian is used to this day to describe taking actions for one’s own benefit regardless of right or wrong, or harm to | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 2, 2012

    Today is May 2nd. On this date in 1918, General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company, both of which had been founded by the same man, William C. Durant. At the conclusion of the sale they opened a bottle of champagne and roasted marshmallows over burning Chevy Volts. On this date in 1519, the great Leonardo da Vinci died in Amboise, France. Da Vinci once | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 2, 2012

    Today is May 2nd. On this date in 1918, General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company, both of which had been founded by the same man, William C. Durant. At the conclusion of the sale they opened a bottle of champagne and roasted marshmallows over burning Chevy Volts. On this date in 1519, the great Leonardo da Vinci died in Amboise, France. Da Vinci once | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 1, 2012

    Today is May 1st. On this date in 1751, the first American cricket tournament was held in New York City. Surprisingly, though they wouldn’t be founded until over 200 years later, the Mets somehow still managed to lose the tournament. Also on this date in 1786, Mozart debuted Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), in Vienna, Austria. It is considered one of the | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 1, 2012

    Today is May 1st. On this date in 1751, the first American cricket tournament was held in New York City. Surprisingly, though they wouldn’t be founded until over 200 years later, the Mets somehow still managed to lose the tournament. Also on this date in 1786, Mozart debuted Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), in Vienna, Austria. It is considered one of the | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 30, 2012

    Today is April 30th. On this date in 1789, the United States had its first Presidential Inauguration, on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. During his address to congress after the ceremony, President Washington spoke of “the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” That experiment won first prize at the subsequent science fair at Schenectady Elementary. | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 30, 2012

    Today is April 30th. On this date in 1789, the United States had its first Presidential Inauguration, on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. During his address to congress after the ceremony, President Washington spoke of “the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” That experiment won first prize at the subsequent science fair at Schenectady Elementary. | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 27, 2012

    Today is April 27th. On this date in 4977 B.C., the universe was created. At least, that’s what 17th century German astronomer Johannes Kepler calculated. So Happy Birthday, Universe! If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have anywhere to exist, which is the bulk of what I do. Also on this date, in 1773, British Parliament passed the Tea Act, setting in motion a chain | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 27, 2012

    Today is April 27th. On this date in 4977 B.C., the universe was created. At least, that’s what 17th century German astronomer Johannes Kepler calculated. So Happy Birthday, Universe! If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have anywhere to exist, which is the bulk of what I do. Also on this date, in 1773, British Parliament passed the Tea Act, setting in motion a chain | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 26, 2012

    Today is April 26th. On this date in 1514, Copernicus recorded his first observations of Saturn. He concluded that God must have liked it, because “he puteth a ring upon it.” Also on this date, in 1711, David Hume was born in Scotland. His “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” essay was a big influence on the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. Also, he could out-consume | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 26, 2012

    Today is April 26th. On this date in 1514, Copernicus recorded his first observations of Saturn. He concluded that God must have liked it, because “he puteth a ring upon it.” Also on this date, in 1711, David Hume was born in Scotland. His “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” essay was a big influence on the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. Also, he could out-consume | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 25, 2012

    Today is April 25th. On this date in 1953, Senator Wayne Morse wrapped up the third longest filibuster in Senate history, at 22 hours, 26 minutes. The second longest was Sen. Alfonse D’Amato in 1986 at 23 hours, 30 minutes, and the longest was Sen. Strom Thurmond, at 24 hours, 18 minutes, in 1957. Morse died in 1974. His last words were … transcribed in | Read More »