Only one addition for Saturday, July 11th. It's an update to our ongoing "Covidology 101" series. Here it is, right up-top:
for Saturday, July 11th, 2020. (UPDATED: more added in bullet-point first section, 5:19 pm PDT)
• The total number of COVID-19 cases in the US is now greater than the population of 17 states.
• Today's increase in COVID cases is 66,000, including overnight increases in Florida and Texas of 10,000 in each state.
• As much as 40% of those infected with COVID may display no symptoms and may be "silent spreaders," unknowingly infecting others with the disease. That's the finding of a new study by the National Academy of Sciences. They conclude that -- if their interpretation of the data is correct -- far more widespread testing, with prompt or immediate results that allow for effective contact tracing, will be essential to produce a significant reduction in new cases. More about the study here. See the full study here.
• As Major League Baseball returns to its ballparks for intramurals, the star Yankees closer has been diagnosed with the virus. Aroldis Chapman, a four-time All-Star, has symptoms and a fever. Meanwhile, at least six players of the NBA's New Jersey Nets have tested positive.
The CDC Predicts Deaths Will Soar in 12 States
The nationwide death toll is rising again, and the CDC just released its new list of where fatalities will rise. "This week's national ensemble forecast predicts that there will likely be between 140,000 and 160,000 total reported COVID-19 deaths by August 1st," reports the agency.
A copyrighted feature in "Eat This, Not That!" is presented as one of those annoyingly endkess slide shows, but it does a good job of listing those states with notes covering "why," so we consolidated it in one straiggt-read-through for you. It begins, "The state-level ensemble forecasts suggest that the number of new deaths over the next four weeks" will rise in these twelve states:
1. Arizona: With 113,000 cases and 2,047 deaths, Arizona is wracked with coronavirus—and an upcoming heat wave won't help. "Arizona is currently suffering from one of the worst outbreaks of Covid-19 with the highest daily reported cases per capita in the country," reports Vox. "Meanwhile, Phoenix hit a high of 109 degrees Fahrenheit in recent weeks…From hampering surge capacity plans for hospitals to increasing people's likelihood of getting exposed to the virus while sheltering indoors from the heat, heat can make things harder." Meanwhile, Republican "Gov. Doug Ducey did not announce significant new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona on Thursday despite pleas for aggressive action from doctors, mayors and some state lawmakers," reports AZ Central.
2. Alabama: Causing 49,174 cases and 1,068 deaths, coronavirus has already claimed at least one official. "A longtime mayor in Alabama has died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 84," reports People. "Billy Joe Driver, the mayor of Clanton, Alabama, was diagnosed with the contagious respiratory virus last month." Meanwhile, another official said he'd like to see more people catch the disease. "I'm not as concerned as much as the number of cases—and in fact, quite honestly—I want to see more people, because we start reaching an immunity as more people have it and get through it," State Senator Del Marsh, a Republican, said. He's on the state's coronavirus task force.
3. Florida: "Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are going back to work Saturday as Disney World is pushing ahead with plans to reopen even as Florida continue to rack up a near-record number of new coronavirus cases," reports NBC News. "The 11,433 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday was the state's biggest daily increase since July 3, when 11,458 cases were recorded. Additionally, the state health department reported 435 more hospitalizations—the state's largest single-day increase. Florida also reported 93 additional deaths Friday, bringing the statewide COVID-19 death toll above 4,100." "There's no need to be fearful," Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday.
4. Idaho: "Citing an 'incredible surge' in confirmed COVID-19 cases, Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, announced Thursday that Idaho will remain in Stage 4 of its coronavirus rebound plan for at least two more weeks," reports Idaho Mountain Express. "There were a total of 8,969 cases statewide as of Thursday afternoon, according to the state's dedicated coronavirus website—more than double the 3,399 cases that had been reported by June 13, when Idaho first advanced from Stage 3 to Stage 4." The state has seen 101 deaths.
5. Montana: "Montana state health officials reported 127 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a new single-day record, according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map. The previous single-day record for COVID-19 cases in Montana was 96 which was set on Thursday," reports KPAX. "Friday's data shows the total number of cases in the state now stands at 1,632." Montana has 25 deaths.
6. North Dakota: "The North Dakota Department of Health on Friday, July 10, announced 84 new cases of COVID-19 on another high-testing day," reports Inforum. "There are now 573 residents of the state known to be infected with the illness—more than double the number of active cases on North Dakota's recent low point of June 22." The state has had 4,074 confirmed cases and 89 deaths.
7. Nevada: "Bars in Clark County and some additional counties in Nevada will reclose on Friday after health officials warned Gov. Steve Sisolak," a Democrat, "that the number of COVID-19 cases could surge," reports Eater. "He says federal health officials warned of a new potential surge in cases that would cause a strain on hospitals. The governor also recommends that restaurants should encourage outdoor dining and no longer serve more than six people at a table." Nevada has had 25,055 cases and 574 deaths.
8. Ohio: "Ohio has seen a spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the state over the last few weeks. Twelve counties have now been placed on the state's COVID-19 risk alert system," reports Fox 8. "There were 62,856 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state, which is an addition of 1,525 cases and the highest daily cases reported in Ohio since the pandemic began. The virus has also resulted in a total of 3,032 deaths (up 26 from Thursday) across the state."
9. South Carolina: South Carolina has 50,691 cases and 905 deaths, and a 400%+ increase in cases for young adults since June 1st. "We're going to be worse than New York," one Charleston ER nurse told The Daily Beast, which notes that the state is reporting more cases per capita than most countries. "But at least in New York, people took the virus seriously. Here, we're in a war zone that people refuse to accept." Folks are partying, there are bike shows and beach fests. "We've completely lost control of the situation," one doctor told the Beast. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster reiterated he won't issue a mask mandate.
10. Tennessee: "The Vanderbilt COVID-19 Report for Tennessee expects the state to keep with previous projections and reach 1,000 hospitalizations in the next two weeks," reports Fox 17. "The report cites a number of concerning indicators as the state sees more positive cases, hospitalizations, and a growing rate of spread." The state has had 56,941 cases and 700 deaths. Republican Gov. Bill Lee extended the state of emergency.
11. Texas: "As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue surging throughout Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday there are no plans for an imminent economic shutdown as long as Texans are able to reduce the spread of the virus," reports KSAT. "Let me be clear about this because a lot of people are asking about that question," Abbott, a Republican, said. "There are rumors out there that there will be an imminent shutdown and that is not the case." He has mandated face masks and shut down bars.
12. West Virginia: COVID-19-related hospitalizations in West Virginia grew to 56 Friday, the highest number since May 1. Hospitalizations have more than doubled in the past week. "State Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh said during a Friday appearance on MetroNews 'Talkline' those numbers could go up even more because hospitalizations tend to lag behind the reporting of positive cases," according to WV Metro News. "Over the last two weeks we've seen about a doubling of the number of active cases, so we know that COVID is spreading (in WV) and we know that there is a delay between when the positives happen and the hospital stuff starts to really jump," Marsh said. The state has 3,882 confirmed cases and 95 deaths.
How to Stay Healthy in Your State
—including which states are to blame.
1) On the Big Coronavirus Surge
"I know what's going on there because it's pretty obvious is that in some of the States, the governors or the mayors essentially jumped over the guidelines and the checkpoints and opened up a little bit too soon. And they were not prepared to deal with the resurgences that they saw in other States, [where] the governors and the mayors actually abided by the guidelines and the restrictions—but the people in the state, particularly the young people threw caution to the wind and you see the films of people, very densely congregated at bars and in areas where they're getting together, not looking at social distancing, not wearing a mask. So I think what we're seeing right now are the results of that in those States, those four States that are accounting for about 50% of all the new infections"— Arizona, California, Florida and Texas —"that we're seeing in the United States."
2) Did Some States Open Too Quickly?
"You know, I think in some respects, in some cases, they did not always. But I think that that certainly is contributing to that. Certainly Florida I know, you know, I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints."
3) Can the Surge Be Blamed on Politicians Not Following Guidelines and People Not Following Orders?
"Yes. It is both. I mean, it's not a unidimensional thing. It's complicated. There are some governors and mayors that did it perfectly correctly. They stayed exactly. They wanted to open up, so they went through the guidelines of opening up their state. But what happened is that many of the citizenry, said, 'You know, well, I'm either going to be locked down or I'm going to let it all rip. And you could see from just looking, documented on TV and in the papers of still photos of people at bars and congregations, which are a perfect setup, particularly if you don't have a mask. Yeah, then there are some times when despite the guidelines and the recommendations to open up carefully and prudently, some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly."
4) How the U.S. is Doing Overall?
"Well, let me say there are parts of the United States, like where you live right now [in New York], that are doing really well, that you've been through something really bad and you have things under control. And you have a governor and mayor in the city who understand what it means to go by the guidelines for the gateway, phase one, phase two, phase three. So you're doing well. Other cities are doing well. But as a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don't think you can say we're doing great. I mean, we're just not. We plateaued at 20,000 for weeks and weeks and weeks. And now the last couple of weeks, we've gone back as high as 50,000 new cases per day. And now like yesterday, it was 43,000, but 43 and 50 is twice what your baseline is. I don't think we should be congratulating ourselves about how well we're doing."
5) Does Partisanship Make Things More Difficult?
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This edition's full content follows, prior to the above update added Saturday, June 11th.
New for Friday: our "Covidology 101" feature has updates; more updates -- events, etc -- later today.
New Thursday: IBMA (Int'l Bluegrass Music Association) online event at 11 am PDT is FOR ARTISTS & OTHERS; plus additions to our news features and "Covidology 101" sections.
• the FREE, ONLINE 2-WEEK "MUSIC INDUSTRY EVOLUTION SUMMIT" starts Monday -- you can sign-up later in the week (!) -- see our feature story.
• Ennio Morricone is dead at age 91. The award-winning composer of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," over 400 scores for cinema and television, and more than 100 classical works...
• Additional stories are new here, for the first time.
• Events happening Monday or later have been updated as needed (scroll down, it's chronological).
The Supremes rule it's illegal for Trump to hide his taxes; so why does the public seem to win, but still lose?
The US Supreme Court, in a pair of 7-to-2 decisions Thursday morning, declared that Trump cannot hide his financial records and tax returns, nor does any president have (as Trump contended he did have) "absolute immunity" from criminal investigation just because he is president.
That appears to clear the way for a New York Grand Jury, and for three committes of Congress, to finally get the documents they had subpoenaed months ago from banks and from Trump and his associates.
But hold on. In both cases, the Supremes declared Trump had no right to hide them. But in both cases, everything was returned to lower courts for detailed determinations of whether the records could be turned over to the entities that subpoenaed them.
Legal experts quickly declared there is no way those lower courts can expeditite the machinations of the convoluted, easy-for-the-rich-to-maipulate legal system, to force the release of any of Trump's records in any reasonable amount of time.
Meaning nobody can see them before the November election.
So... while Trump's Supreme Court appointees voted with the 7-2 majority saying he has no special rights or privileges under the law, that prob'lee matters for law school students, only... Because, in effect, the public has no right to know what he isn't entitled to hide. So a big, historic loss for Donald Trump is a win for him, anyway.
The talking heads are losing no time interpreting the inexplicable
"If Trump loses [the election], he may end-up being a cell mate to Michael Cohen," said historian Douglas Brinkley.
"He will be able to hide his tax returns, unlike any other candidate, for one more election," says CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who adds, "He needs some more appointments to get extremely conservative judges in place if he is ultimately going to beat this."
According to one legal writer:
Easy come, easy go
"Only 72,000 of Quibi's early subscribers have stuck around past their 90-day trial, according to new estimates" from an analytics firm. Quibi's statement implies that the true # is higher, but won't give specifics... (Protocol)
Paying for social media?
The Supremes season finale
There are no encouraging numbers today.
• The number of new US cases and number of deats are both setting records, and epidemiologists are predicting the number of dead Americans will top 200,000 within the next two to three months.
• The highest one-day number of cases -- about 34,000 -- was a day in mid-April, until that number was exceeded five days in a row this week.
• Numbers of new cases are up in at least 37 states, and the graphs are nearly vertical lines in five states.
• In Texas, the rate of infection is 34%, meaning more than 1 out of every 4 tests is coming back positive.
• Some of those tested are getting bills for over $1,000, despite the federal law requiring insurance companies pay for the tests. Many employers require each employee provide them a negative test before being eligible to return to work. And those with no health insurance can be liable for several thousands of dollars for a test, with no alternative if their employment requires it.
• In many places throughout the nation, those tested are waiting 7, 10, 14 or more days for the results, and Dr. Anthony Fauci says that makes contact tracing "impossible" and "useless."
• Disney World is set to re-open to the public tomorrow, despite the fact that most of it is located in a Florida county where the number of cases has increased 1,400% since the re-opening was announced.
• The White House remains intransigent that schools "must reopen," and is threatening to withhold an unspecified range of federal funding to any state that does not reopen its schools by the end of August. Meanwhile, the L.A. Teachers Union again reiterated to the LAUSD Board that it is unsafe to open schools except for online distance-learning.
• Several COVID relief bills passed weeks ago by the US House of Representatives remain stalled without being brought to votes in the US Senate. And there is no reason to believe the Senate will allow any more funding for unemployed, struggling Americans, leaving states and cities trying to provide rent relief & groceries.
○ Still, we need some sunshine. Except that in Southern California, it will bring record heat this weekend, today through Monday.
♡ So, anything happy? Okay, there's this: A two-year-old thoroughbred race horse named Fauci won its first race Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky.
• Early Wednesday, global cases neared 12 million, with over 3 million of them US cases.
• The US makes up 4% of the world’s population. That’s just 1 out of every 25 people on Earth. But the US now accounts for 1 out of every 4 reported cases of COVID-19 on the entire planet.
• The current 130,000 dead from COVID in the US is equivalent to the entire population of a city the size of Waco, Texas, or Gainesville, Florida, or Charleston, South Carolina, noted a disease specialist doctor on CNN Wednesday morning.
• New US urban-suburban cases are now 50%+ in the 18-40 year-old age group.
• Doctors are reporting that new COVID patients present themselves with far more serious symptoms, with many more requiring immediate hospitalization as a matter of life-and-death. Fewer patients can be sent home to recover in quarantine. Does that mean the virus has (as most viruses do) mutated, and into a more deadly form? Doctors say they're fighting a fire that's out of control and they don't have time to play arson investigator.
• Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has the virus, after spending months dismissing its seriousness.
• 31 US states are going in the wrong direction. Only four states are reporting declining numbers of new cases.
• Florida is becoming the new center of the pandemic, posting staggering numbers despite state-mandated reporting techniques that hide a lot of what's happening. Currently, 43 hospital ICUs are full there, with no capacity left, and 24 more have less than 5% capacity remaining. Yet Florida schools are set to re-open. In the past 13 days in Miami-Dade County, the number of COVID patients has increased by 90%.
Note what is fourth from the bottom.
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Covidology reading list...
• "Our Minds Aren’t Equipped for This Kind of Reopening"
• "Do Americans Understand How Badly They’re Doing?"
Plus, their "What to read if … you want practical tips:"
|Charlie Daniels photo by Erick Anderson|
|Ennio Morricone directed a concert in Rome in January.|
Credit: Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse, via Associated Press
|Nick Cordero before he spent 95 days in intensive care, fighting the Coronavirus that killed him. That's his wife,|
Amanda Kloots, fitness trainer & former Broadway dancer, and their one-year-old, Elvis.
"That's remarkable for a piece of art about a historical figure. Wouldn't you say?"
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Nearly ONE MILLION ACRES of the officially preserved "Desert National Wildlife Refuge" is about to be turned into an off-limits militarized zone to become an Air Force bombing range
by The Guide staff
This is unbelievable (like too damn much else of late), but it is literally a "save it or lose it forever" moment.
"In the mountains of Nevada, desert bighorn sheep are just beginning their breeding season. These stocky, powerful animals have adapted to their habitat, able to go weeks without water and use their unique hooves to climb steep and rocky terrain. But they can't outrun the U.S. Air Force — and now their desert refuge could turn into a bombing range," declares Kierán Suckling, Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity.
His Arizona-based Center is fighting to save them and protect these public lands in the safe status they have enjoyed. To do that, the Center has issued an urgent public appeal to support this particular part of their lifesaving work through the "Saving Life on Earth Fund."
|Bighorn Sheep in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, suddenly endangered by conversion to a bombing range. Photo, nevadawilderness.org|
For years the Air Force has wanted to expand its Nevada Test and Training Range — and it just got its wish. How they did it will make you scream inside your mask.
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted last month NOT to allow this expansion. But then, public lands opponent Congressman Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, sneaked-through an amendment to the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives version of the "National Defense Authorization Act." And that Act was approved last week on one of those devil-filled-details-be-damned voice votes -- by the Democratic-majority House Armed Services Committee.
We want to organize an expedition to DC to administer multiple ass kickings.
But what they've done requires us to focus of fixing the damage. Because, otherwise, as it is now, almost ONE MILLION ACRES of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge will be turned into a militarized zone. This must be stopped.
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states. It's home not just to desert bighorn sheep but also to threatened Mojave desert tortoises.
"We're already mobilizing to overturn this decision. We're grateful for our supporters, who so far have submitted more than 20,000 comments since last Friday in defense of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and the wildlife that call it home," says the Center for Biological Diversity, which is accustomed to acting very quickly.
This summer has seen a spate of ugly attacks on wildlife refuges. The Trump administration has finalized rules that allow cruel hunting methods in refuges in Alaska, and is proposing expanding those tactics into Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
A separate Trump proposal aims to open to hunting -- for the first time ever -- federally-protected wildlife refuges from Arizona to Massachusetts.
"Refuges are supposed to be safe havens for wild creatures. We can't turn back the extinction crisis while refuges are turned into trophy-hunter amusement parks and military bombing ranges. When it comes to saving wildlife, we can't let our guard down at any moment. And we won't. Please support the 'Saving Life on Earth Fund' today," says the Center for Biological Diversity.
They do good work. Vital work. The Guide supports and endorses this critical cause and this initiative. You can help. Find out how, by clicking here.
~ Peter Singer, philosopher and professor of bioethics (born July 6, 1946)
~ David McCullough, American author, historian, and narrator (that's his voice narrating the Ken Burns' PBS epic, "The Civil War"); winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, both for nonfiction books about presidents: Truman (1993), and John Adams (2001).
For many years, he wrote in a small, windowed shed in the backyard of his Martha’s Vineyard home. He said the shed had no running water and no telephone. Family members had to whistle when they approached so as not to startle McCullough. On his desk were a green banker’s lamp and a Royal typewriter, which he had freshly oiled for each new book. (See? All of us creatives are quirky, even the ones who win two Pulitzers.)
Ringo Starr, English singer-songwriter, drummer, actor, and a Beatle
David McCullough, American author, historian, and narrator (That's him narrating the Ken Burns' PBS epic, "The Civil War"); winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, both for nonfiction books about presidents: Truman (1993), and John Adams (2001).
Doc Severinsen, American trumpet player and conductor, leader of the Johnny Carson "Tonight Show" Band
Vonda Shepard, American singer-songwriter and actress
Claudia Russell, American acoustic musician, folksinger-songwriter.
Kaci Brown, American singer-songwriter
Sevyn Streeter, American singer-songwriter
Alesso, Swedish DJ, record producer and musician
Bill Oddie, English comedian, actor, and singer
In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born on this date
Pinetop Perkins, American singer and pianist (1913-2011)
Charlie Louvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (1927-2011)
Hank Mobley, American saxophonist and composer (1930-1986)
Otto Frederick Rohwedder, American engineer, inventor of sliced bread (1880-1960)
Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (1906-1985)
Toivo Kuula, Finnish conductor and composer (1884-1918)
Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-American composer (1911-2007)
Charles Albert Tindley, American minister and composer (1851-1933)
Mary Ford, American singer and guitarist (1924-1977). (Longtime collaborator with Les Paul)
Iva Withers, Canadian-American actress and singer (1917-2014)
Eduardo Falú, Argentinian guitarist and composer (1923-2013)
Joe Zawinul, Austrian jazz keyboardist and composer (1932-2007)
Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer-songwriter (1936-1980)
Elena Obraztsova, Russian soprano and actress (1939-2015)
Jim Rodford, English bass player (1941-2018)
Helô Pinheiro, inspiration for the song "The Girl from Ipanema"
George Cukor, American director and producer (1899-1983)
Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (1907-1988)
Maria Bard, German stage and silent film actress (1900-1944)
Satchel Paige, American baseball player and coach (1906-1982)
And our two featured folks to remember...
Nettie Stevens, American genetics pioneer (1861-1911). She worked to put herself through school, finally earning her PhD at age 39. Quickly, she became the one to discover that x and y chromosomes determined sex. Alas, she had little time, dying at age 50 of breast cancer. (Imagine what she could have done with a career start at age 24 or 25, with Bernie's free college.)
Gustav Mahler, Jewish Bohemian German composer (1860-1911). Born where he was a persecuted minority, he had heart trouble, was inclined to vitality and determination, and was active and athletic. At the age of four, he was playing, by ear, the military marches and folk music he heard, and soon composing pieces of his own on piano and accordion. He made his public piano debut at 10, and was accepted to the Vienna Conservatory at 15. Quickly he was conductor, then artistic director, of the Vienna Court Opera, becoming famous throughout Europe. But he was fanatical in his work habits and drove his musicians crazy, with many always wanting him fired.
Garrison Keillor picks it up there: "1907 was a difficult year for Mahler: he was forced to resign from the Vienna Opera; his three-year-old daughter, Maria, died; and he was diagnosed with fatal heart disease.
"Superstitious, he believed that he had had a premonition of these events when composing his 'Tragic Symphony,' No. 6 (1906), which ends with three climactic hammer blows representing 'the three blows of fate which fall on a hero, the last one felling him as a tree is felled.'
"When he composed his ninth symphony, he refused to call it 'Symphony No. 9' because he believed that, like Beethoven and Bruckner before him, his ninth symphony would be his last. He called it 'A Symphony for Tenor, Baritone, and Orchestra' instead, and he appeared to have fooled fate, because he went on to compose another symphony.
"This one he called 'Symphony No. 9' (1910); he joked that he was safe, since it was really his 10th symphony, but No. 9 proved to be his last symphony after all, and he died in 1911.
"Most of his work was misunderstood during his lifetime, and his music was largely ignored — and sometimes banned — for more than 30 years after his death. A new generation of listeners discovered him after World War II, and today he is one of the most recorded and performed composers in classical music."
On this day...
The first "Live Earth" benefit concert was held in 11 locations around the world today in 2007.
Elvis Presley makes his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right" today in 1954.
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. staged his first "Ziegfeld Follies" on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City, today in 1907.
Sliced bread is sold for the first time today in 1928 (on Otto Frederick Rohwedder, the inventor's, 48th birthday) by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.
The US, UK, Japan, and Russia signed the "North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911" banning open-water seal hunting, 109 years ago today. It was the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues.
Today in 1846, US troops occupied Monterey and Yerba Buena, thus beginning the US conquest of California and its theft from Mexico.
Today in 1898, US President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
Today in 1958, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law.
Speaking of empires, an uncanny number of ancient rulers were born on July 7:
• Emperor Shirakawa of Japan in 1053
• Emperor Sutoku of Japan in 1119
• Elizabeth of Hungary in 1207
• Archduchess Anna of Austria, in 1528
• John Sigismund Zápolya, King of Hungary, in 1540
Plus, there was...
• Andrzej Krzycki, who became Polish archbishop, born today in 1482
Oops... but no do-over...
Today in 1456, a retrial verdict acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy -- 25 years after she was burned at the stake.
Civil Rights, Civil War...
Today in 1834, in New York City, 27 years before the Civil War, four nights of rioting against abolitionists began.
Today in 1863, the US began its first military draft to feed the Uniin Army during the Civil War; but the rich could get out of it -- exemptions cost $300.
Today in 1865, four conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are hanged before a crowd who brought picnics. One was Mary Surrat, the first woman ever hanged by the US government. Everyone expected her sentence to be commuted to life, but President Andrew Johnson would not relent.
Today in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor received appointment to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the US. Nominated this day by US President Ronald Reagan, she still needed Senate confirmation.
Today in 1992, the New York Court of Appeals rules that women have the same right as men to go topless in public.
A series of 4 explosions on London's transport system kills 56 people, including 4 suicide bombers, and leaves over 700 wounded today in 2005.
Ex-US Army soldier Micah Xavier Johnson shoots 14 policemen during an anti-police protest in downtown Dallas, Texas, killing five of them; he is subsequently killed by a robot-delivered bomb, today in 2016.
In a huge cultural break in the Cold War, Samantha Smith, a US schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov, today in 1983.
By a dam site...
90 years ago today, in 1930, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser began construction of Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam). The consortium of builders, known as Six Companies, would finish the job ahead of schedule and under budget. (Somebody needs to tell today's corporacratic kleptocrats about that.)
The way of the future...
Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft prototype crashes today in 1946 in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
Still a speed secret...
The ocean liner SS United States passed Bishop Rock on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world, today in 1952. The record still stands and the decaying ship still exists because, even today, nobody is allowed to see the bottom of the hull and the propellers that made her so fast.
Venus occults the star Regulus today in 1959. The rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.
17 years ago today in 2003, NASA's "Opportunity" rover, MER-B or Mars Exploration Rover–B, was launched into space aboard a Delta II rocket.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date
"The court is like a palace built of marble; I mean that it is made up of very hard and very polished people."
~ Jean de la Fontaine, poet and fabulist (born July 8, 1621, died 1695)
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date
"I wanted to live my life so that people would know unmistakably that I am alive, so that when I finally die people will know the difference for sure between my living and my death."
~ June Jordan, Jamaican-American essayist, writer, teacher, and activist (born July 9, 1936, died 2002)
(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day for the quote)
Happy birthday to
Jesse McReynolds, American singer and mandolin player, who turns 91
Ed Ames, American singer and actor, who turns 93
David Zinman, American violinist and conductor, who turns 84
Jack White, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
Tom Hanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, COVID survivor
John Tesh, American pianist, composer, and radio and television host
Jim Kerr, Scottish singer-songwriter and keyboard player
Marc Almond, English singer-songwriter
Mac MacLeod, English musician
Courtney Love, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
Isaac Brock, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Frank Bello, American bass player
Pamela Adlon, American actress and voice artist
Ara Babajian, American drummer and songwriter
Kiely Williams, American singer-songwriter and dancer
Rebecca Sugar, American animator, composer, and screenwriter
Mitchel Musso, American actor and singer
Claire Corlett, American voice actress
Jacob Hoggard, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
Nicklas Barker, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist
Nikola Šarčević, Swedish singer-songwriter and bass player
Gary Chaw, Malaysian Chinese singer-songwriter
Haruomi Hosono, Japanese singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer
Yūko Asano, Japanese actress and singer
In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born on this date
Buddy Bregman, American composer and conductor (1930-2017)
Zheng Cao, Chinese-American soprano and actress (1966-2013)
Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer and activist (1935-2009)
Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (1947-2008)
Lee Hazlewood, American singer-songwriter and producer (1929-2007)
David Diamond, American composer and educator (1915-2005)
June Jordan, Jamaican-American essayist, writer, teacher, and activist (1936-2002)
Eddie Dean, American singer-songwriter (1907-1999)
Vince Edwards, American actor, singer, and director (1928-1996)
Root Boy Slim, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (1945-1993)
Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer (1916-1984)
Pierre Cochereau, French organist and composer (1924-1984)
Bon Scott, Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter (1946-1980)
Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer and conductor (1879-1936)
Haynes Johnson, American journalist and author (1931-2013)
Samuel Eliot Morison, American admiral and historian (1887-1976)
Elias Howe, American inventor, invented the sewing machine (1819-1867)
On this day
Shocking power of nature...
A wave 1,722 ft (525 m) high was produced as a megatsunami on this day in 1958. But nobody who saw it lived. A 7.8 Mw strike-slip earthquake in Alaska caused a landslide down into a bay, where the runup from the wave reached that shocking height on the rim of Lituya Bay; five people were killed.
Two years earlier today in 1956, the 7.7 Mw Amorgos earthquake shakes the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). The shaking and the destructive tsunami that followed left 53 people dead. A damaging M7.2 aftershock occurred minutes after the mainshock.
Pivotal events, because they rippled...
The Allied invasion of Sicily today in 1943 soon causes the downfall of Mussolini and forces Hitler to break off the WW II Battle of Kursk. The latter gave the Soviet Red Army the victory in the biggest tank battle of all time
One year later, today in 1944, American forces captured the island of Saipan, bringing the Japanese home islands within range of B-29 raids, and causing the downfall of the Tojo government.
Eleven years after THAT, the "Russell–Einstein Manifesto" calls for a reduction of the risk of nuclear warfare and gives birth the anti-nuclear movement today in 1955 as the Cold War began an orgy of weaponry that continued for decades; to wit, today in 1962, the "Starfish Prime" test measured the effects of a nuclear blast at orbital altitudes.
In the modern record for staying pissed, the Herzegovina Uprising against Ottoman rule began today in 1875, and in its first phase would last until 1878. But it had far-reaching implications throughout the Balkans into the distant future, including the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand which started World War I in 1914, and manifested into genocidal wars in the 1990s.
Power to the people...
Today in 1776, George Washington ordered the Declaration of Independence to be read out loud to members of the Continental Army in Manhattan, while thousands of British troops on Staten Island prepared for the Battle of Long Island. Washington would subsequently execute a miraculous silent evacuation of the entire army by boat, at night, leaving the Redcoats in possession of New York City, but saving his army to fight another day.
Today in 1850, U.S. President Zachary Taylor dies after eating raw fruit and iced milk; he is succeeded in office by Vice President Millard Fillmore, who will universally be known as the worst president ever -- until the excruciations of our times.
Populism, when it was real...
William Jennings Bryan delivers his "Cross of Gold" speech today in 1896, advocating bimetallism with silver at the 1896 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. At the time, the rich held all the gold, and the common people could afford silver, but it was legally forbidden from being used as money.
Today in 1762, Catherine the Great became Empress of Russia following the coup against her husband, Peter III.
28 years later, today in 1790, the Swedish Navy captured one third of the Russian Baltic fleet.
Today in 1793, "The Act Against Slavery in Upper Canada" banned the importation of slaves; it also will free those born into slavery after the Act's passage when they reach 25 years of age. Which meant you were free long after you couldn't go to school to learn to read and write.
Today in 1816, Argentina declared independence from Spain.
The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified today in 1868, guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law. It is still invoked today in individual rights, equal-justice-under-law, and discrimination / denial of rights cases.
The New Zealand Parliament passed the "Homosexual Law Reform Act" today in 1986, legalizing homosexuality in New Zealand.
The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today in 2002, replacing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The organization's first chairman was Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa. The continent still struggles with discrimination of white economic interests against blacks and black governments that deny rights to white citizens.
Lewis and Clark didn't close the door...
Today in 1811, explorer David Thompson posted a sign near what is now Sacajawea State Park in Washington state, claiming the Columbia District for the United Kingdom.
Worst train wreck...
In Nashville, Tennessee, an inbound local train collides with an outbound express, killing 101 and injuring 171 people, making it the deadliest rail accident in United States history, today in 1918.
Bad day to fly, too...
Today in 1986, Pan Am Flight 759 crashes in Kenner, Louisiana, killing all 145 people on board and eight others on the ground.
Today in 2006, S7 Airlines Flight 778, an Airbus A310 passenger jet, kills 125 people when it veers off the runway while landing in wet conditions at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia.
Today in 1821, 470 people, all prominent Cypriots, including Archbishop Kyprianos, are executed in response to Cypriot aid to the Greek War of Independence.
Today in 1900, the Governor of Shanxi province in North China ordered the execution of 45 foreign Christian missionaries and local church members, including children.
The Navaly church bombing is carried out by the Sri Lanka Air Force killing 125 Tamil civilian refugees today in 1995.
Tennis, anyone? -- today marks 143 years since the inaugural Wimbledon Championships began in 1877.
Johnny Weissmuller swims the 100 meters freestyle in 58.6 seconds breaking the world swimming record and the 'minute barrier' today in 1922. In the 1930s, he would enjoy a new career as "Tarzan" in a series of movies.
Lost film history...
The silent film archives of Fox Film Corporation are destroyed by the 1937 Fox vault fire.
The first successful open-heart surgery in the United States was performed today in 1893 -- without anesthesia -- by Daniel Hale Williams, American heart surgeon.
Red Hen Press Poetry Hour
The Broad Stage and esteemed local publisher Red Hen Press return with an enhanced and compelling series, moderated by award-winning actor/writer Sandra Tsing Loh. Watch as performing artists and poets come together to explore social justice themes central to works featured in The Broad Stage's 2020/21 Season. Join us monthly July through December via our online programs portal The Broad Stage at Home.
Women's Audio Mission to launch first-ever WAMCON Virtual Recording Arts Conference, July 24-25
But we see this as an opportunity to remind them of something:
Or they might recall another age-old American principle: your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.
in this new world of the improbable unknown...