Jan 02 2011

On This Day in History January 2

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of the year (364 in leap years).


On this day in 1962, the folk group The Weavers are banned by NBC after refusing to sign a loyalty oath.

The Weavers, one of the most significant popular-music groups of the postwar era, saw their career nearly destroyed during the Red Scare of the early 1950s. Even with anti-communist fervor in decline by the early 1960s, the Weavers’ leftist politics were used against them as late as January 2, 1962, when the group’s appearance on The Jack Paar Show was cancelled over their refusal to sign an oath of political loyalty.

The importance of the Weavers to the folk revival of the late 1950s cannot be overstated. Without the group that Pete Seeger founded with Lee Hays in Greenwich Village in 1948, there would likely be no Bob Dylan, not to mention no Kingston Trio or Peter, Paul and Mary. The Weavers helped spark a tremendous resurgence in interest in American folk traditions and folk songs when they burst onto the popular scene with “Goodnight Irene,” a #1 record for 13 weeks in the summer and fall of 1950. The Weavers sold millions of copies of innocent, beautiful and utterly apolitical records like “Midnight Special” and “On Top of Old Smoky” that year.


 366 – The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire

533 – Mercurius becomes Pope John II, the first pope to adopt a new name upon elevation to the papacy

1492 – Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders

1777 – American Revolutionary War: American forces under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek near Trenton, New Jersey

1788 – Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution

1791 – Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War

1818 – The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded

1833 – Re-establishment of British rule on the Falklands.

1860 – The discovery of the planet Vulcan is announced at a meeting of the Academie des Sciences in Paris

1871 – Amadeus I becomes King of Spain

1900 – John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China

1905 – Russo-Japanese War: The Russian garrison surrenders at Port Arthur, China

1911 – A gun battle in the East End of London left two dead and sparked a political row over the involvement of then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill

1920 – The second Palmer Raid takes place with another 6,000 suspected communists and anarchists arrested and held without trial. These raids take place in several U.S. cities.

1927 – Angered by the anti-clerical provisions of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, Catholic rebels in Mexico rebelled against the government.

1935 – Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh

1941 – World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales

1942 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicts 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history-the Duquesne Spy Ring

1942 – World War II: Manila is captured by Japanese forces

1945 – World War II: Nuremberg (in German, Nürnberg) is severely bombed by Allied forces

1949 – Luis Munoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico

1955 – Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.

1959 – Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the U.S.S.R.

1971 – The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic football match

 – President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo

1999 – A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to 13 F (25 C); 68 deaths are reported

2001 – Sila Calderon becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico

2002 – Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.

2004 – Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.

2006 – An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition.

Holidays and observances

   Ancestry Day (Haiti)

   Berchtold’s Day (Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Alsace)

   Christian Feast Day:

       Basil the Great (Roman Catholic and Anglican Church)

       Defendens of Thebes

       Gregory of Nazianzus (Roman Catholic Church)

       Macarius of Alexandria

       Seraphim of Sarov (repose)

       January 2 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

   The first day of Blacks and Whites’ Carnival, celebrated until January 7. (southern Colombia)

   The first day of Riosucio´s Carnival, celebrated until January 8 every 2 years. (Riosucio)

   The ninth day of Christmas (Western Christianity)

   The second day of New Year (A holiday in Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine):

Bank Holiday, if it is a Sunday, the day moves to January 3 (Scotland)

       Kaapse Klopse (Capetown)


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  1. TMC

    Dalai Lama

    A skillful, balanced approach is helpful for one’s physical and emotional health, and it applies to one’s spiritual growth as well.

  2. Eddie C

    The Eddie C trilogy ended with The Final Quarter of 2010 in Photos. It started with swans and it’s all over now.

    Happy New Year, I’m all done with The Democratic Party’s deceitful game and I’ve had enough of politics too.

    I have three more drafts that I probably will post, one is called “Why has nobody heard Jan Schakowsky’s Answers?” Another, my 55th birthday diary is called “Today I Was Suppose to Retire” and the third will be titled “I Never Belonged Here in the First Place.”

    But outside of those, my New Year’s Resolution is no more blogging. There is just no place for a Howard Zinn sort of guy and no progress in a million ways to say “Republicans Suck.”

  3. TMC

    I’m sorry you feel that way. We need every voice no matter how loud the din telling us to sit down and STFU. I hope after a time you reconsider. I felt very much the same way after the primaries and walked away for a year.

    You will always have a voice here. You know where to find us and you have my number. 😉

    Have a happy birthday.

  4. Eddie C

    It’s a one party system with a progressive base that is mostly focused on knocking out the brains of a nonexistent opposing side. The larger blogs seemed like nothing but nonsense to me since the day Obama dropped “public option” from his speeches. My stomach can no longer handle bullshit like turning Jane Hamsher into a threat to our national security so people don’t need to admit the fact the the Party sold us out.  

    What can a person write besides “grab a pitchfork” and who has the energy for change in this fat soft nation where both parties claim the biggest threat to our future is our social safety net? The political realities I’ve posted were ignored and I just can’t handle being the clown with the camera anymore.

    Besides if there is one undeniable fact about progressive blogging it is that bloggers don’t respect their fellow bloggers to even read past the title. Why would they since they can’t possibly respect themselves after placing the future of one person ahead of the future of the other 308,000 Americans? If I had a nickle for every comment I’ve seen so obviously written by someone who never read a word of what he or she was replying to, I’d be a rich man. It’s mostly about going to the comment section to show how brilliant they are followed by a day of checking comments for recs and replies.

    I’m not talking about here but it sort of small here and well I probably be around to play the clown with some photos. That is if anyone interacts with the photos.    

  5. TMC

    There is a large group there that has fallen into a false sense of “Father knows Best” mentality after so many years of shoveling shit against the tidal wave of the right wing. They haven’t woken up to the reality that this president is not much better than the last on a lot of really important issues and that when it comes to the economy he has fallen flat on his face. There is no “recovery” when you have millions of people are not just unemployed but under employed, when you still have a massive housing crisis that is bankrupting what is left of the middle class.

    Meanwhile, you have a very vociferous group diverting attention from what is looming as a major crisis over the debt ceiling and our last social safety nets with personality cult diaries.

    Your political writing deserves far more attention then it gets and your talent as photojournalist is part of who you are. I would miss those beautiful pictures of the city I was raised in and the places I have never been.

    This place is place is still very small but we have high hopes for the future. Theses is a lot going on behind the curtains for this coming year that I am hoping will give the disenfranchised and discourages a more visible place. Am I being optimistic, most likely. We may never be like Daily Kos but more like FDL.  

  6. BobbyK

    I like the Cave Paintings on the walls of the internet metaphor because of Ted Stevens’ series of tubes.

    But I like to think someday researchers and historians will re-discover internet blog archives like we discover civil war letters in antique desk drawers, or stocks and bonds found in an old trunk from a tag sale.

    Historical treasures that document who we were and what we did.


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