Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Kids Are Out Of School

Sung to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell

The kids are out of school!
The kids are out of school!
Heigh-ho, the derry-O!
The kids are out of school!

Can you tell i am excited? Yes, the kids are, too. Final report cards will be handed out at parent conferences next week, but mine were already on track to pass for the year, or we would have been on top of it.

Next year, a senior, a sophomore, and an eight grader, all at one place. We are moving on up.

Meanwhile, a summer for work and fun. And BBQ. Don't forget the BBQ.

Today is

Afro-Colombia Day -- Colombia

American Red Cross Founder's Day

Anastenarides Feast -- Greece (feast to St. Constantine and St. Helen)

Armed Forces Day -- US

Circassian Day of Mourning -- Circassians

Dia De Las Glorias Navales -- Chile

Do Dah Day -- Rhodes and Caldwell Parks, Birmingham, Alabama

Fishing Has No Boundaries -- Freeman Lake, Monticello, Indiana, US (two days of fishing for people with disabilities of any or all types)

I Need A Patch For That Day

Iris Festival -- Greeneville, Tennessee, US (through the 22nd)

Lilies and Roses Day -- London, England (memorial of the death of Henry VI on this day in 1471; held at the Tower of London with representatives of Eton College and King's College, which he founded.)

National Memo Day -- an internet holiday with no known origin, just take a memo

National Pike Festival -- Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US (through the 23rd)

National Strawberries and Cream Day

National Waitstaff Day

O. Henry World Championship Pun Off

Preakness Stakes

St. Andrew Bobola's Day

St. Constantine's Day (patron of Greece)

St. Helen's Day (patroness of Greece)

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Birthdays Today:

Sarah Ramos, 1991
Ashlie Brillault, 1987
Lisa Edelstein, 1966
Mr. T, 1952
Peggy Cass, 1924
Raymond Burr, 1917
Dennis Day, 1917
Harold Robbins, 1916
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, 1909
Fats Waller, 1904
Armand Hammer, 1898
Alexander Pope, 1688

Today in History:

Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily, 878
The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese navigator João da Nova, 1502
The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, 1674
The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I; it would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky, 1725
Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War, 1758
Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America, 1851
Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile, 1864
French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting, 1871
The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton, 1881
The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, 1894
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris, 1904
Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 1932
Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens, 1934
A Soviet station becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean, 1937
The National War Memorial in Canada is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, 1939
Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1946
The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School, 1951
Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, 1972
Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to a unity, merging into Republic of Yemen, 1990
The Ethiopian Civil War ends, 1991
Suharto, Indonesian president of 32 years, resigns, 1998
The clipper Cutty Sark is badly damaged by fire in London, England, 2007

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