Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Not much is going on here today. besides shivering.

And laundry. Always, laundry.

Today is:

Ash Wednesday, Lent begins -- Christian

Basant Pancham, India (Festival of Spring, wear yellow, fly a yellow kite, and eat saffron infused rice.)

Bonten Festival, Japan (Young men race uphill to see who will provide the Taiheizan Miyoshi shrine with the sacred symbol of the animal of the year.)

Champion Crab Races Day

Feast of Shesmu -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (god of the winepress)

Fornacalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (bread festival)

My Way Day

National Cafe Au Lait Day

Naitonal PTA Founders Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day

World Human Spirit Day

Birthdays Today:

Jerry O'Connell, 1974
Bryan White, 1974
Billie Joe Armstrong, 1972
Denise Richards, 1972
Michael Jordan, 1963
Rene Russo, 1954
Jim Brown, 1936
Alan Bates, 1934
Hal Holbrook, 1925
Arthur Kennedy, 1914
Red Barber, 1908
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879
William Cadbury, 1867
Friedrich A Krupp, 1854
A. Montgomery Ward, 1844

Today in History:

Miles Standish is appointed the first commander of the Plymouth colony, 1621
The first volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is published, 1776
The first ship passes through the Suez Canal, 1867
Women's suffragist Esther Morris is appointed the first female justice of the peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
Sardines are first canned, by Julius Wolff of Eastport, Maine, 1876
The first minimum wage law in the US takes effect, in Oregon, 1913
Johnny Weissmuller sets the 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds), 1924
The first telecast of a sporting event in Japan, a baseball game, 1931
The first issue of "Newsweek" magazine is published, 1933

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