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Happy Easter to our friends on the western calendar! On this day in 1918, Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States for the first time, giving people more time after work to tend their WW1 Victory Gardens. The war ended that Fall; unlike Daylight Savings Time, it didn’t return the next Spring. […]
On this day in 1867, US Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cents/acre, making it, as a source of ice, far cheaper than your local convenience store. Our eastern saint today is the Uncondemning Monk, a sort of everymonk with no name or date. He was […]
On this day in 1886, Dr. John Pemberton brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. Sadly it did not do what he wanted it to, and he had to find something else to dissolve his penny collection. Both calendars today hail Mark, Bishop of Arethusa (d. ca. 362). The west […]
On this date in 1930, Constantinople and Angora become Istanbul and Ankara. Reports that the costs of changing highway and airport signage were paid for by royalties from the hit song “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” have been discredited. Our Orthosaint today is Taxiotis of Carthage (no date). A life-long sinner, at some point Taxiotis repented, quit […]
On this date in 1871, the first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, was played in Edinburgh. It was at this match that the international rugby slogan, “Ouch, that smarts,” was first coined. Our unicalendric saint today is John of Egypt (305 – 395). A carpenter by trade, John was monkified at age 25 […]