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June 30 Saints of the Day – The Twelve Apostles and Theobald of Provins

On this date in 1972, the first leap second was added to the UTC time system. Billions of people complained the next day of feeling like they had overslept. The Twelve Apostles (I Cent.) celebrate their Synaxis today, or at least we do. “Synaxis” comes from the Greek words “syn” meaning “together” and “axis” meaning […]

June 29 Saints of the Day – The Apostles Peter and Paul

On this date in 1950, the United States defeated England in the FIFA World Cup. Proving once and for all that just because you don’t know the right name for something, doesn’t mean you can’t excel at it. The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul (I cent.) dominate today’s saint calendar, and rightly so. The leader […]

June 28 Saints of the Day – Icon of the Three Hands and Iranaeus

On this date in 1859, the first conformation dog show was held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Most bishops require dogs to be at least 14 dog years old before they receive conformation. The Theotokos of the Three Hands (VIII cent.) is not a person, but an icon. Many icons have their own days in the Orthodox […]

June 27 Saints of the Day – Sampson the Hospitable and Cyril of Alexandria

On this date in 1985, U.S. Route 66 was decommissioned. Brill Building hitmakers quickly repenned an old classic into “Get Your Kicks On Interstates 55, 44, 40, 15, 215, 10, and/or 25.” Sampson the Hospitable (d. ca. 530), born of high-placed parents in Rome, studied as a doctor in Rome, and served for a time […]

June 26 Saints of the Day – John of the Goths and Anthelm of Belley

On this date in 1886, Henri Moissan isolated elemental Fluorine for the first time. After enduring a life of isolation for what seemed like ages, Fluorine teamed up with Stannous, and together they made many beautiful toothpastes. John of the Goths (d. ca. 791) was a Goth from Crimea, born in answer to his parents’ […]