Today in 1863: astronomer Annie Jump Cannon is born in Dover, Delaware. Almost completely deaf, Cannon will be hired in 1896 by the Harvard observatory, where she will develop a classification system for stars and catalogue almost four hundred thousand.
She also will discover about three hundred stars and five novae, and will double Harvard’s collection of astronomical photographs, making it one of the world’s best. Numerous professional societies will honor Cannon and, in 1925, Oxford University will award her the first honorary degree it ever has bestowed upon a woman.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is the Radicals and Progressives Meet and Eat. This is from 5 to 6:30pm at Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
There is a weekly picket and leafleting in front of Fresh Market grocery store at University Avenue and Lakes Street tonight from 6:30 to 7:30pm, to ask the store owner to join the national Palermo pizza boycott. For more info contact the Fresh Market Palermo Picket Group at 442-8399.
Calling all artists, ice fisherman and other creative minds in the Madison area – construct “Bicicle Shanties” for the Bicicle Shanty Competition held in conjunction with the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships January 9 through the 13th in Badger Prairie Park! The Competition is meant to showcase some good old Wisconsin culture while also providing artful, cozy places for spectators to seek refuge from the elements during the week of races in January. Registration to enter a shanty is free and must be completed by Friday, December 28th. More info at bicicleshanty.wordpress.com or call Shea at 414-292-6033.