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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day by Day

Welcome back!
Sorry I skipped yesterday, my internet went wonky! So instead of trying to catch up with yesterday's days, I am going to just go ahead, and act as tho its no big deal, and do today's days.
Okay, lets star out with today's days:

All Soul's Day:
This day commemorates the faithful dead ones. This is typically a Catholic Holy Day.

Cookie Monster Day (already have something on that below)

Plan Your Epitaph Day:

I guess this would go along with All Soul's Day. But I think its pretty cool, what would I want on my epitaph? Here lies Stacie, she had fun, but it stopped her dead in her feet.
Stacie Heyen, FINALLY I get to sleep!!
Being Dead isn't all its cracked up to be, but she finally DID crack!

Okay, enough of being silly, lol.
Traffic Directors Day (there is a day for them? at least it isnt Parking Maids Day, they get horribly abused!) (the date coincides with the first commercial broadcast on KDKA on November 2, 1922). Traffic Director's Day is a day set aside to recognize and say "Thank You" to the unsung heroes of the so-called back office staff that funnels all the station's efforts onto the logs, through automation playback units, then reconciled log audits and off to Billing. In some stations, that involves several key professionals; and in others it's just one or two people handing the end-result efforts of your entire Administrative, Sales, Programming and Technical staff. In either situation- they are primary links in the Revenue Management chain.

While I was floating around online searching for days, and so forth, I found out that this week is chemistry week. I am lousy at anything that has to do with math, and beyond basic science (unless its biology). But I thought it would be interesting if I did a little blurb on chemistry.
Chemistry
Chemical nomenclature is the term given to the naming of compounds
Atoms are basic components of the matter we are familiar with. Atoms are the smallest part of matter that have chemical properties characteristic of a particular chemical element. Most of the mass of an atom is due to the atomic nucleus. The nucleus consists of protons which have a positive electrical charge and neutrons which have no charge. This is a representation of a carbon atom.

Atomic number and atomic mass. The atomic number of an atom is the number of protons in the atom which, if the atom is neutral, equals the number of electrons. This is important because the number of electrons is related to the chemical properties of the atom. The atomic mass is the total mass of the electrons, protons, neutrons in the atom.

Isotopes are atoms that have the same atomic number(number of protons) but differ in atomic mass. For instance most carbon has six protons and six neutrons and thus atomic mass of of approximately 12. Some carbon atoms have an atomic mass of 13 so thus have six protons and seven neutrons. All isotopes of the same element have about the same chemical properties because the number pattern of electrons is the same.

Radio-isotopes. Many elements have multiple isotopes, some of which may ne radioactive. Radioactive isotopes are called radio-isotopes and are characterized by a constant rate of decay into other elements or isotopes. Some common isotopes in biology and their half lives are here.

The half life of a radio-isotope is the time in which it takes half of a starting amount of radio-isotope to decay into something else. This decay is accompanied by the release of various forms of radiation. This is important for biologists because it allows biologists to use radioisotopes to trace the fate of elements in biological systems and to date fossils by measuring the ratios of different radio-isotopes in the fossil.

Electrons are small components which are surrounding the nucleus. Electron have a negative charge. An atom with no net electrical charge has the same number of electrons as protons. Electrons are restricted to certain energy levels "shells" and orbitals within those energy levels and these energy levels and orbitals fill in a regular pattern from the lowest energy level outward. Here is an illustration of the orbitals of a carbon atom's outer energy level. Orbital is in some sense a bad word because electrons tend to behave rather strangely in that its orbit is best described as a probability density.

I am going to copy THIS from another site: (lots easier and quicker that way) http://www.scopesys.com/today/ (my apologies)
Birthdates which occurred on November 02:
1470 King Edward V of England (1483); deposed, murdered? by Richard III
1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915)
1755 Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, let them eat cake
1795 James Knox Polk NC, 11th President (D) (1845-1849)
1815 George Boole mathematician (Boolean algebra)
1847 George Sorel French Socialist thinker, writer (violent revolutions)
1865 Warren Gamaliel Harding (R), 29th President (1921-23)
1885 Harlow Shapley US, astronomer (studied the galaxies)
1901 James Dunn NYC, actor (Uncle Earl-It's a Great Life)
1901 Paul Ford Baltimore MD, actor (Phil Silvers Show)
1906 Luchino Visconti Milan Italy, director (Damned, Death in Venice)
1911 Odysseus Elytis Greece, poet (Nobel 1979)
1913 Burt Lancaster NYC, actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry)
1914 Ray Walston New Orleans LA, actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees)
1917 Durward Knowles England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968-Bahamas)
1919 Warren Stevens Clark's Summit PA, actor (Richard Boone Show)
1920 Ann Rutherford Toronto Canada, actress (Return to Vienna, Leave it to the Girls)
1920 Lewis Charles NYC, actor (Feather & Father Gang)
1921 Willaim D Schaefer Maryland, (Gov-D-MD)
1929 Harold Farberman NYC, conductor/composer (Medea)
1929 Rachel Ames Portland Oregon, actress (Line Up, Audrey-Gen Hospital)
1932 Henri Namphy Cap Haitien Haiti, President of Haiti (1986- )
1934 Ken Rosewall Sydney Australia, tennis star (US 1956)
1936 Rose Bird California Supreme Court Judge
1938 Patrick Buchanan conservative political columnist
1942 Shere Hite St Joseph Missouri, sex therapist (Hite Report)
1942 Stefanie Powers Hollywood Ca, actress (Girl From UNCLE, Hart to Hart)
1944 Jeffrey A Hoffman Brooklyn NY, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-D, 35, sk:46)
1946 Giuseppe Sinopoli Venice Italy, conductor (Sunnyata)
1951 Kathy Hammond US, 400m runner (Olympics-bronze-1972)
1952 Kate Linder actress (Esther-Young & Restless)
1953 Alfre Woodard Tulsa OK, actress (St Elsewhere)
1958 Bobby Dall rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn)
1958 Willie McGee St Louis Card (1985 NL MVP)
1960 Mardi Jacquet Chateauroux CA, playmate (October, 1980)
1961 k.d. lang country singer (& the Reclines-Absolute Torch & Twang)
1963 Ines Diers German DR, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1980)
1963 Susie Scott San Diego Ca, playmate (May, 1983)
1966 Rosalyn Fairbank South Africa, tennis player
1967 Darla Michele Pruett Canton Georgia, Miss Georgia-America (1991)
1968 Brandi Brandt Santa Clara CA, playmate (October, 1987)
1968 Helle Michaelsen Alborg Denmark, playmate (Aug, 1988)
1968 Melissa Evridge Lexington KY, playmate (Aug, 1990)
1975 Danny Cooksey Moore OK, actor (Sam-Diff'rent Strokes)
1990 Natasha Smirnoff daughter of Yakov Smirnov
I also saw somewhere else where its Cookie Monsters bday. Now that is cool, Cookie Monster was always one of my favorites, but it depresses me that they have forced the issue of him eating too many cookies, and now are trying to make him eat veggies. Okay, I honestly dont have a problem with him eating veggies, BUT is he still called Cookie Monster? That was his whole platform (of course don't get me started on Snuffalupagus!)

676 Donus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1648 12,000 Jews massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol, Podlia
1783 Gen Washington bids farewell to his army
1824 Popular presidential vote 1st recorded; Jackson beats J.Q. Adams
1835 2nd Seminole War begins in Osceola
1841 Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
1854 lestone paving of Washington St between Dupont & Kearny starts
1879 In a 6-day footrace a Mr Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km
1880 James A Garfield (R) elected President
1889 North Dakota becomes 39th & South Dakota becomes the 40th state
1898 Theodor Herzl arrives in Jerusalem
1904 British newspaper, "The Daily Mirror," begins publishing
1915 1st US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio
1917 1st US soldiers killed in combat in WW I
1917 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
1917 Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
1920 KDKA (Pittsburgh) goes on the air as 1st commercial radio station
1920 Warren G Harding elected President
1930 Ras Tafari crowned Haile Selassie I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty
1934 Babe Ruth tours Tokyo Japan
1936 1st high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London
1938 Babe Ruth applies for the job of St Louis Browns' manager
1942 Montgomery (Br) defeats Rommel (Ger) in battle of Alamein (WW II)
1947 Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" flies for 1st (& last) time
1948 Truman beats Dewey, confounding pollsters & newspapers
1954 Charles C Diggs Jr elected Michigan's 1st black congressman
1954 JS Thurmond 1st senator elected by write-in vote (SC)
1956 Hungary appeals for UN assistance against Soviet invasion
1956 Israel captures Gaza and Sheham
1957 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto Ohio
1959 Charles Van Doren confesses, TV quiz show-"21," was fixed
1962 JFK announces Cuban missile bases were being dismantled
1964 CBS purchases NY Yankees
1969 NFL record of 12 passing touchdowns, New Orleans Billy Kramer & St L Charlie Johnson pass for 6 touchdowns each
1970 Cleveland Cavaliers lose by biggest margin-54 pts (Philadelphia 141-87)
1972 Construction begins on the Kingdome, Seattle
1973 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" airs on CBS TV
1975 Ed Giacomin as a Red Wing returns to Madison Square Garden beats Rangers 6-4
1976 Former Georgia Gov Jimmy Carter (D) defeats incumbent Gerald R Ford (R) in race for Presidency
1978 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
1983 Archbishop Hickey conducts papal investigation of Archbishop Hunthausen, Seattle
1983 President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin L King day
1987 Entertainer Lola Falona is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
1987 Harrison releases "Cloud 9" & McCartney releases "All the Best"
1988 Computer virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab & 6 universities
1988 Shamir Likud wins election in Israel
1988 Mexican radio station erroneously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash
1988 Walt Weiss wins AL rookie of the year (3rd straight for Oakland A's)
1991 Jermaine Jackson releases "Word to the Badd!!" anti Michael song

Israel : Balfour Declaration Day (1917)
Mexico/Portugal : Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead
North & South Dakota : Admission Day (1889)
Venezuela : Memorial Day
Ang, RC : All Souls' Day-Commemoration of All Faithful Departed
Christian : Commemoration of St Marcian

Religious History
1164 Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, 45, began a six_year self_imposed exile in France. Once a close friend of England's Henry II, Thomas had more recently become an outspoken opponent of the king's royal policies.
1600 Staunch Anglican theologian Richard Hooker died at 46. His last words were: 'God hath my daily petitions, for I am at peace with all men, and He is at peace with me... and this witness makes the thoughts of death joyful.'
1789 During the chaos of the French Revolution, the property of the Church in France was taken over by the state.
1830 A general convention of Methodist reformers opposed to the episcopal (i.e., bishop_led) form of church government met in Baltimore, MD, to establish the Protestant Methodist Church.
1917 British foreign secretary Arthur J. Balfour, 69, issued the Balfour Declaration, calling for "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." The document's recognition of a Jewish nationalism planted the seed which in 1948 led to an establishment of the modern state of Israel.

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