Archive for March 2009

History of St. Patrick’s Day

ST. PATRICK’S DAY Although much of the life of the patron saint of Ireland is shrouded in legend, he was probably born around the year 389. What we do know about him comes from his book, “The Confession”, which he wrote near the end of his life. It begins, “I am Patrick, a sinner, most…

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History of the Ides of March

.!. HISTORY OF THE IDES OF MARCH According to the ancient Roman calendar, the ides fell on the 13th of the month with the exception of the months March, May, July, and October, when it fell on the 15th. It was on March 15, 44 B.C. that the Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated. Contrary…

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History of the Beach Boys

CONCERT REVIEW: THE BEACH BOYS AT THE US AIR FORCE ACADEMY Nothing says fun, fun, fun more than walking into the Arnold Hall at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs than seeing attendees in their ’60s and ’70s who have “brought their own bottle”… of oxygen. Admittedly, the Academy is located 7,250 feet…

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History of Daylight Saving Time

HISTORY OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME It seems like only yesterday that we discussed the end of Daylight Saving Time, or DST, a brilliant campaign to convince people that we’re getting more daylight each day, when in reality we’ve simply changed our clocks and then forgotten about it within two weeks. Actuality, it was only back…

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History of Square Root Day

HISTORY OF SQUARE ROOT DAY Historically, also known as “A Day for Squares” this holiday is celebrated either on years where the date and month, being equal numerically, can be multiplied together to equal the last two digits of the year… or on days  when multiplied against their numerically equal month produce a squared year…

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