Daily Archives: October 5, 2015

Plant uses raindrops to eat ants

Plant uses raindrops to eat ants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34414284

Social media firms ‘not helping police’

Social media firms ‘not helping police’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34448040

US politician admits to goat sacrifice

US politician admits to goat sacrifice http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34450057

California enacts right-to-die law

California enacts right-to-die law http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34450058

Germany ‘facing 1.5 million migrants’

Germany ‘facing 1.5 million migrants’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34442121

My Cacta Flowers Today


My Cacta Flowers Today

The Future Sketch


The Future Sketch

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
October 5

1762   The British fleet bombards and captures Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795   The day after he routed counterrevolutionaries in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte accepts their formal surrender.
1813   U.S. victory at the Battle of the Thames, in Ontario, broke Britain’s Indian allies with the death of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, and made the Detroit frontier safe.
1821   Greek rebels capture Tripolitza, the main Turkish fort in the Peloponnese area of Greece.
1864   At the Battle of Allatoona, a small Union post is saved from Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood’s army.
1877   Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrenders to Colonel Nelson Miles in Montana Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada falls 40 miles short.
1880   The first ball-point pen is patented on this day by Alonzo T. Cross.
1882   Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse’s assassination.
1915   Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania.
1915   Bulgaria enters World War I on the side of the Central Powers.
1921   The World Series is broadcast on radio for the first time.
1931   Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.
1938   Germany invalidates Jews’ passports.
1943   Imperial Japanese forces execute 98 American POWs on Wake Island.
1947   US President Harry S Truman delivers the first televised White House address.
1948   A magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Ashgabat in the USSR kills tens of thousands; estimates range from 110,000 to 176,000.
1962   The first James Bond film, Dr. No starring Sean Connery, debuts.
1965   U.S. forces in Saigon receive permission to use tear gas.
1966   A sodium cooling system malfunction causes a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit. Radiation is contained.
1968   Police attack civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland; the event is considered to be the beginning of “The Troubles.”
1969   Monty Python’s Flying Circus debuts on BBC One.
1970   The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is established.
1970   Members of the Quebec Liberation Front (QLF) kidnap British Trade Commissioner James Cross in Montreal, resulting in the October Crisis and Canada’s first peacetime use of the War Measures Act.
1986   Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper publishes details of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons development program.
1988   Brazil’s Constituent Assembly authorizes the nation’s new constitution.
2000   Slobodan Milosevic, president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, resigns in the wake of mass protest demonstrations.
Born on October 5
1830   Chester A. Arthur, 21st president of the United States (1881-1885).
1882   Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents.
1902   Ray Croc, founder of the McDonald’s hamburger franchise in 1955.
1911   Flann O’Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman).
1936   Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years.
1937   Barry Switzer, longtime coach of the University of Oklahoma, later coach of the Dallas Cowboys; one of only two head coaches to win both an NCAA college football championship and a Super Bowl.
1943   Steve Miller, singer, songwriter, guitarist; lead singer of Steve Miller Band.
1952   Clive Barker, author, director (Hellraiser, Candyman).
1957   Bernie Mac, comedian, actor; member of the Original Kings of Comedy.
1959   Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1963   Laura Davies, England’s top professional female golfer.
1965   Mario Lemieux, hockey player, led Pittsburgh Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups (1991-92).

Ioana Radu – Barca pe valuri

Ioana Radu – Barca pe valuri – YouTube

most beautiful classical music: The Moldau – Bedrich Smetana

The Moldau – Bedrich Smetana

In the score two harps are required to perform the opening arpeggios. After a dominant seventh chord, the winds take up the theme, followed by the strings, before the whole orchestra is employed to reach a climax. In the next part, Smetana recalls the story of the castle, using a faster tempo which becomes a march. A seemingly triumphant climax is cut short by a descending passage depicting the collapse of the castle, and the music falls quiet. Then the opening harp material is heard again and the music reminds again of the beauty of the castle, now in ruins. The music ends quietly, depicting the River Vltava flowing below the castle.

Conceived between 1872 and 1874, it is the only piece in the cycle to be mostly completed before Smetana began to go noticeably deaf in the summer of 1874. Most performances last approximately fifteen minutes in duration.


The Vltava in Prague

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Vltava, also known by its German name Die Moldau (or The Moldau), was composed between 20 November and 8 December 1874 and was premiered on 4 April 1875 under Adolf Čech. It is about 12 minutes long, and is in the key of E minor.

In this piece, Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia’s great rivers.[2] In his own words:

The composition describes the course of the Vltava, starting from the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Vltava, to the unification of both streams into a single current, the course of the Vltava through woods and meadows, through landscapes where a farmer’s wedding is celebrated, the round dance of the mermaids in the night’s moonshine: on the nearby rocks loom proud castles, palaces and ruins aloft. The Vltava swirls into the St John’s Rapids; then it widens and flows toward Prague, past the Vyšehrad, and then majestically vanishes into the distance, ending at the Labe (or Elbe, in German).[3]

Andre Rieu – Blue Danube Waltz

Andre Rieu – Blue Danube Waltz

great compositions/performances: Ippolitov-Ivanov – Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1

Ippolitov-Ivanov – Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1


Aram Khachaturian: Gayaneh (complete ballet) – Kakhidze

Aram Khachaturian: Gayaneh (complete ballet) – Kakhidze

great compositions/performances: Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dances [Op. 46 & Op. 72]

Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dances [Op. 46 & Op. 72]

historic musical bits: Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia – Svetlanov (rec. 1966)

Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia – Svetlanov

historic musical bits: Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2

historic musical bits: Prokofiev: Symphony no. 1 op. 25 “Classical” – Carlo Maria Giulini & Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev: Symphony no. 1 op. 25 “Classical” – Carlo Maria Giulini & Chicago Symphony Orchestra




Giovanni Sgambati Gavotta in A flat minor op. 14

Giovanni Sgambati Gavotta in A flat minor op. 14

Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543

Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543

Argerich, Freire – Schubert – Rondo in A major, D 951

Argerich, Freire – Schubert – Rondo in A major, D 951

Saint of the Day for Monday, October 5th, 2015: St. Faustina Kowalska

Image of St. Faustina Kowalska

St. Faustina Kowalska

Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in a small village west of Lodz, Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the … continue reading

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National Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week

October 9 is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. Every year since 1925, the week in which October 9 falls has been observed nationwide as National Fire Prevention Week. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces a theme for National Fire Prevention Week and sets up programs to educate the public about a particular aspect of fire prevention. For example, one past theme was the importance of keeping smoke detectors in good working order. More… Discuss

quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Friends should be weighed, not told; who boasts to have won a multitude of friends has never had one.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

today’s birthday: Denis Diderot (1713)

Denis Diderot (1713)

Enormously influential in shaping the rationalistic spirit of the 18th century, Diderot was a French encyclopedist, philosopher, novelist, dramatist, and art critic. After rejecting a career in law to pursue his own studies, he served as chief editor of the 35-volume Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Enlightenment, from 1745 to 1772. The controversial project was once the target of a seizure by government officials. Where were the manuscripts said to have been hidden? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The March on Versailles (1789)

The March on Versailles (1789)

During the French Revolution, 6,000 knife-wielding fishwives and their husbands marched to the Palace of Versailles, gleefully singing songs about killing Marie Antoinette, whom they blamed for recent bread shortages. They broke into the palace early the next morning and beheaded two royal guards. The queen, her children, and her attendants hid in the king’s bedchamber while a large crowd gathered in the courtyard outside, demanding an audience. Aside from food, what did they demand of the king? More… Discuss



Based on a belief in witchcraft, spirits, and demons, a superstition is the irrational idea that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome. A common superstition in the Middle Ages was that the devil could enter a person’s body during the unguarded moment when he was sneezing. Some believe that the practice of saying “God bless you” began for this reason. What famous theologian accused the papacy of perpetuating superstition? More… Discuss

word: lashings


Definition: (noun) Lavish quantities.
Synonyms: oodles, dozens, gobs, heaps, loads, lots, rafts, scads, scores, slews, stacks, tons, wads, piles, mountain
Usage: Famished, the men ate lashings of spaghetti and meatballs when they finally reached their destination. Discuss.

From France 24 :

World War I: The long forgotten French-Serbian alliance


From NPR News

U.S. General Says Afghan Forces Called For Kunduz Airstrike http://n.pr/1L1Payt

From NPR News

Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz Airstrike Was ‘War Crime’ http://n.pr/1WFZUKb

From NPR News

Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz Airstrike Was ‘War Crime’ http://n.pr/1WFZUKb

Erdogan in Brussels for migrant talks

Erdogan in Brussels for migrant talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34440998

Mammal species outlived the dinosaurs

Mammal species outlived the dinosaurs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34414923

World Bank cuts Asia growth forecast

World Bank cuts Asia growth forecast http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34441037

Been and Gone: The ‘Log Lady’ and the Upstairs, Downstairs theme composer

Been and Gone: The ‘Log Lady’ and the Upstairs, Downstairs theme composer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34413965

How the suffragettes fought back using martial arts

How the suffragettes fought back using martial arts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34425615

Is the chilli pepper friend or foe?

Is the chilli pepper friend or foe? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34411492

William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Youyou Tu win Nobel prize in medicine

William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Youyou Tu win Nobel prize in medicine