Pete Harbeson
Things that happened long ago...on this day of the year.
Created 02 Oct 2021
  • Happened happens to be happening
    21 Mar 2022 1 1
    Hello gentle readers, Just a short note to let you know that Happened is still happening. I’ll be transitioning to a not-quite-daily cadence to make time for another writing project I’ve just begun, b...
  • Et tu?
    15 Mar 2022
    The assassination of Julius Caesar, painted by William Holmes Sullivan, c. 1888. I have only one regret, despite this cursed existence visited upon me for reasons and by means that pass my understandi...
  • Pi in the Sky
    14 Mar 2022
    Today is Pi Day! It’s pi day because in the US dates are notated in the order of month-day, so the date is 3/14. Those are the first three significant digits of π, 3.14. It’s not the only pi day, thou...
  • We know less than 1%
    13 Mar 2022
    When I compile each day’s episode of Happened, I review everything I can find about events of that day. I’ve been doing this for a while now. I’ve noticed that for most dates, there are plenty of batt...
  • I like it because it's ugly
    12 Mar 2022
    You’ve heard of the Great Resignation. The Big Quit. As Andrea Hsu wrote last June, “Many [people] are rethinking what work means to them, how they are valued, and how they spend their time.” Hsu, lik...
  • The green flash
    11 Mar 2022
    I’m not sure about this, but I have the general sense that in the history of science it’s not unusual for someone to have a premonition of a sort. A vision of some aspect of science that at the time s...
  • I've never been a joiner
    10 Mar 2022
    Generally speaking, people are pretty social. We find ways to join together in all sorts of ways. Family groups often stick together, whether they’re the nuclear families of very recent invention or v...
  • Read it and weep
    09 Mar 2022
    In 1776, on March 8, Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations. It quickly became perhaps the first of a long line of books having one peculiar characteristic: it was highly popular, much talked abou...
  • International Women's Day
    08 Mar 2022
    Today is March 8, International Women’s Day. It has a longer and more diverse history than you might expect. Let’s have a look. Poster for Women's Day, March 8, 1914. The very first Women’s Day (that ...
  • Things fall apart
    07 Mar 2022 1 0
    Thomas Kuhn was a philosopher of science whose signature work was The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, published in 1962. One thing that book did was introduce the phrase “paradigm shift,” which b...
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