August 10 Saint of the Day – Lawrence of Rome

On this day in 1948, Candid Camera made its television debut after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone. Both of these incarnations were infinitely more popular than the prior newspaper column, Candid Typesetter. Lawrence of Rome (d. 258) was born in Spain (in Huesca or otherwhere), where he met the then-future Pope… Continue reading August 10 Saint of the Day – Lawrence of Rome

August 9 Saints of the Day – Herman of Alaska and Franz Jägerstätter

On this day in 1965, Singapore was ejected from Malaysia, becoming the first and only country in history to gain independence unwillingly. Malaysia went on to sell Singapore's clothes on Craigslist. Herman of Alaska (ca. 1750 – 1836) was born near Moscow, became a novice at the Trinity-St. Sergius Hermitage near Petersburg, and was subsequently… Continue reading August 9 Saints of the Day – Herman of Alaska and Franz Jägerstätter

August 8 Saints of the Day – Gregory of Sinai and Dominic de Guzman

On this day in 1969, photographer Iain Macmillan took the photo that became one of the most famous (and most parodied) album covers in history, at the Abbey Road zebra crossing. There was no walrus. Gregory of Sinai (ca. 1268 – 1346), son of rich Asia Minorites (Asians Minor?), was kidnapped by either the Hagarenes… Continue reading August 8 Saints of the Day – Gregory of Sinai and Dominic de Guzman

August 7 Saints of the Day – Pimen the Much-Ailing and Cajetan

On this day in 1955, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering sold its first transistor radio in Japan, designed primarily to fit through submarine hatches. Pimen (or Poemen) the Much-Ailing (d. 1110) was (as you might guess) a sickly lad. He was patient, thoughtful, and wise “beyond his years” (they never caught up), however, and wanted more than… Continue reading August 7 Saints of the Day – Pimen the Much-Ailing and Cajetan

August 6 Feast of the Day – The Transfiguration

On this day in 1962, Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom, giving the island’s bobsledders no team to train with for over twenty years. The Transfiguration is the name given to the incident in the life of our Lord, recorded in all three Synoptics and recalled by St. Peter in his second epistle, in… Continue reading August 6 Feast of the Day – The Transfiguration