1000 Days in a Row!

At least one post a day.

For the last 1000 days, I have posted at least once daily on my blog, Doyle’s Space. I thought I would celebrate this consistency with a post on the number 1,ooo, and some interesting related facts.

A group of one thousand things is sometimes known, from Ancient Greek, as a chiliad. A period of one thousand years may be known as a chiliad or, more often from Latin, as a millennium. The number 1000 is also sometimes described as a short thousand in medieval contexts where it is necessary to distinguish the Germanic concept of 1200 as a long thousand.

A thousand units of currency, especially dollars or pounds, are colloquially called a grand. In the United States of America, this is sometimes abbreviated with a “G” suffix.

The SI prefix for a thousand units is “kilo-“, abbreviated to “k”—for instance, a kilogram or “kg” is a thousand grams. This is sometimes extended to non-SI contexts, such as “ka” (kilo annum) being used as a shorthand for periods of 1000 years. In computer science, however, “kilo-” is used more loosely to mean 2 to the 10th power (1024).

There are 168 prime numbers less than 1000. 1000 is the 10th icositetragonal number or 24-gonal number 1/2(22n2 − 20n). In geometry, an icositetragonal or 24-gonal is a twenty-four-sided polygon. The sum of any icositetragon’s interior angles is 3960 degrees. The 1000th prime number is 7919.

A thousand days ago was May 5, 2020. That day the global confirmed cases of COVID-19 reach 3.65 million, US cases passed 70,000 while the UK became the most affected in Europe with 29,427 known deaths.

On May 5, 2020, Hillard “Sweet Pea” Atkinson, American R&B singer from the band Was (Not Was, died of a heart attack at age 74. Millie Small, a Jamaican ska singer, and songwriter (“My Boy Lollipop”) died of a stroke at age 72. The number one song in the UK was “Times Like These” by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge Allstars.

BBC One put together a “Stay Home Live Lounge band” during this Covid pandemic including Dave Grohl, Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Luke Hemmings, Anne-Marie, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Celeste, Dermot Kennedy, Grace Carter, Hailee Steinfeld, Jess Glynne, Mabel, Paloma Faith, Royal Blood, Sam Fender, Sean Paul, Sigrid, YUNGBLUD, Zara Larsson, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, and the Foo Fighter’s Taylor Hawkins.

A thousand years ago, in the year 1023, an epidemic in Kyoto (Japan) is so severe that there are corpses in the streets as the disease spreads throughout the country. Otto I[1], the count of Savoy is born as well as Ramon Berenguer I[2], the count of Barcelona. One of the significant events that had taken place in the year 1023 is the founding of the Abbadid dynasty[3] by the Judge-Governor Of Seville in Europe. He took advantage of the disintegration of the Caliphate of Cordoba.

Footnotes
1. Otto I (November 23, 912 – May 7, 973), traditionally known as Otto the Great, was East Frankish king from 936 and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. He was the oldest son of Henry the Fowler and Matilda of Ringelheim. Otto inherited the Duchy of Saxony and the kingship of the Germans upon his father’s death in 936. He continued his father’s work of unifying all German tribes into a single kingdom and greatly expanded the king’s powers at the expense of the aristocracy. Through strategic marriages and personal appointments, Otto installed members of his family in the kingdom’s most important duchies. This reduced the various dukes, who had previously been co-equals with the king, to royal subjects under his authority. Otto transformed the church in Germany to strengthen royal authority and subjected its clergy to his personal control. [Back]
2. Ramon Berenguer I (1023–1076), called the Old, was Count of Barcelona in 1035–1076. He promulgated the earliest versions of a written code of Catalan law, the Usages of Barcelona. Born in 1024, he succeeded his father, Berenguer Ramon I the Crooked in 1035. It was during his reign that the dominant position of Barcelona among the other Catalan counties became evident. Ramon Berenguer campaigned against the Moors, extending his dominions as far west as Barbastro and imposing heavy tributes (parias) on other Moorish cities. Historians claim that those tributes helped create the first wave of prosperity in Catalan history. During his reign, Catalan maritime power started to be felt in the western Mediterranean. Ramon Berenguer the Old was also the first count of Catalonia to acquire lands (the counties of Carcassonne and Razés) and influence north of the Pyrenees. [Back]
3. The Abbadid dynasty or Abbadids was an Egyptian Muslim dynasty that arose in al-Andalus on the downfall of the Caliphate of Cordoba (756–1031). After the collapse, there were multiple small Muslim states called taifas, each ruled by a different family or tribe: the Hammudids, the Zayrids, the Jahwarids, the Dhul-Nunids, the Amirids, the Tojibids, and the Hudids. Of all of these small groups, the Abbadid were the strongest and before long absorbed most of the others. Abbadid rule lasted from about 1023 until 1091, but during the short period of its existence, it exhibited singular energy and typified its time. [Back]