March 13, 1759~ First predicted perihelion(*) of Halley’s Comet

Illustration of a Comet from The Book of Miracles, Unknown artist, Augsburg, Germany

c.1552 / Gouache and watercolor / approx. 9 1/2”x13 1/2” / Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs

In 1705 English astronomer Edmond Halley published the first catalog of the orbits of 24 comets. His calculations showed that comets observed in 1531, 1607, and 1682 had very similar orbits. Halley suggested that they were really one comet that returned approximately every 76 years, and he predicted that comet’s return in 1758. Halley did not live to see his prediction come true (he died in 1742), but the comet was sighted late in 1758, passed perihelion —(*)closest distance to the Sun — March 13, 1759, and was named in Halley’s honour. Its periodic returns demonstrated that it was in orbit around the Sun and, thus, that at least some comets were members of the solar system.
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Halleys-Comet

Previous March 13 posts:

March 13~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Al Jaffee: Born March 13, 1921

William James Glackens: March 13, 1870-May 22, 1938

March 13~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/13~

March 10, 1945~ Firebombing of Tokyo

The Flames of Kototoi Bridge—Memories of Losing my Family by Kano Teruo

Age at time of raid: 14 / Teruo Kanoh Gallery, japanairraids.org

Previous March 10 posts:

March 10~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

William Etty: Born March 10, 1787

Dame Eva Turner: Born March 10, 1892

David Hare: March 10, 1917-December 21, 1992

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/10~

March 8, 1884~ Susan B. Anthony argues for women’s suffrage before House Judiciary Committee

Bust of Susan B. Anthony by Adelaide Johnson

Between 1890 & 1920 / White marble / 24”x15”x10” / Numerous versions, incl. in the National Woman’s Party Fine Art Collection

Previous March 8 posts:

March 8~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Anthony Caro: March 8, 1924-October 23, 2013

International Women’s Day, March 8~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/8~

 

March 7, 1965~ “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama

Confrontation at the Bridge by Jacob Lawrence

1975/ Screenprint on paper / Image: 19 1/2″x25 15/16″ / Various collections, incl. the Art Institute of Chicago

Previous March 7 posts:

March 7~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Piet Mondrian: March 7, 1872-February 1, 1944

March 7, 1965: Selma to Montgomery Marches begin

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/7~

March 6, 1475~ Michelangelo Buonarroti is born

Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo

1501-1504 / Marble / Height: 79” / Church of Our Lady, Bruges, Belgium

Previous March 6 posts:

March 6~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sarah Caldwell: Born on March 6, 1924

Kiri Te Kanawa: Born on March 6, 1944

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/6~

March 6, 1998: “The Big Lebowski” is released

March 5, 1934~ Exhibition entitled “Machine Art” opens at MoMA

Street sign for the exhibition Machine Art / Photograph by William O. Lyman

March 5, 1934-April 29, 1934 / The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Previous March 5 posts:

March 5~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Howard Pyle: March 5, 1853-November 9, 1911

William Lyman Underwood (March 5, 1864-Jan. 24, 1929)

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/5~