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August 31 Saint of the Day – Aidan of Lindisfarne

On this day in 1803, at 11:00 a.m., Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Pittsburgh on their expedition to the west coast. Their purpose was to reconnoiter the Louisiana Purchase, establish an American presence in unclaimed territory, and find a woman whose likeness could be stamped onto the obverse of a dollar coin. Aidan of […]

August 30 Saints of the Day – Alexander of Constantinople and Pammachius

On this day in 1909, paleontologist Charles Doolittle Walcott discovered fossils in the Burgess Shale. The Burgess Shale is noted for its preservation of soft tissues, even though Kleenex would not be marketed until 1924. Alexander of Constantinople (ca. 240 – 340), the last bishop of Byzantium and the first Patriarch of Constantinople (everybody sing: […]

August 29 Saints of the Day – Anastasius of Strumica and Jeanne Jugan

On this day in 1831, Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction. He was drawn to the discovery like a magnet, which some find shocking. Anastasius of Strumica (d. 1794) was from Radovicha in the Strumitza Eparchy (now in the Republic of Macedonia). His parents bade him study to be a soldier, so he did. When he […]

August 28 Saints of the Day – Moses the Black and Augustine of Hippo

On this day in 1963, the Evergreen Point Bridge, the longest floating bridge in the world, opened between Seattle and Medina, Washington, USA. Officials were uncertain whether to cut a ribbon, or smash a bottle of champagne against its prow. Moses the Black (ca. 330 – ca. 405), slave to an Egyptian official, was driven […]

August 27 Saints of the Day – Poemen the Great and Monica

On this day in 1859, petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania, leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well. Whatever Texans may try to tell you. Poemen the Great (ca. 340 –ca. 450) went to the monastic center of Scetis in the Egyptian desert to become a monk. It worked. He was very strict […]