History of Labor Day: What’s Work Got To Do With It?

Labor Day

HISTORY OF LABOR DAY Labor Day is when we celebrate the process our mothers went through to deliver us at birth. Sorry, wrong holiday. Labor Day in the U.S. is the day we celebrate the achievements of the American labor movement. While it is still disputed whether Peter J. McGuire first proposed the holiday, the…

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History of Blue Moon

Blue Moon

HISTORY OF BLUE MOON “Do you see that full moon in the sky tonight? That happens once in a blue moon.” Scientifically, this happens 7 times in 19 years or about once in 3 years.   I first wrote about this on July 31, 2015. We had blue moons in January and March 2018 and…

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History of St Augustine

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HISTORY OF ST AUGUSTINE The Feast of Saint Augustine is August 28, the date of his death in 430 A.D. Augustine is the most influential bishop in history. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and several cities and dioceses worldwide. Most of what we know about him is from his own writings:…

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History of the 19th Amendment: Women’s Right to Vote, 103 Years Ago

Women's Equality Day

HISTORY OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT: WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE Over a hundred years ago, on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted. This prohibited both the Federal government and State governments from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States based on sex. Effectively, this meant that…

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History of the California Gold Rush: How It Created the State

California Gold Rush

HISTORY OF THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH: HOW IT CREATED THE STATE On August 19, 1848, the New York Herald reported the news along the American East Coast of the California Gold Rush. It was not new news to those further West, as the gold rush had started in January and was publicized in San Francisco…

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History of Woodstock: Over 50 Years Ago

Woodstock

HISTORY OF WOODSTOCK August 15 marks the anniversary of the “3 Days of Peace & Music” held in 1969 at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, southwest of the village of Woodstock. This outdoor music event, despite thundershowers, gave voice to the counterculture youth generation of its time.…

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History of the IBM PC: 42 Years Ago – Why It Was So Important

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HISTORY OF THE IBM PC: 42 YEARS AGO Forty-two years ago, the IBM PC was released. On August 12, 1981, IBM announced its first “personal computer,” though it had previously been famous for its IBM System/370 mainframe computer. I operated one of these mainframes in a raised-floor data center in the early ’80s.

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History of Infinity Day: Why is it on August 8

Infinity Day

HISTORY OF INFINITY DAY: AUGUST 8 Infinity Day is also known as Universal & International Infinity Day. It is a commemoration held on the 8th day of the 8th month of each year to celebrate and promote Philosophy and Philosophizing for the ordinary person.   Why 8 is significant, apart from Infinity Day 8 planets…

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History of a Sturgeon Supermoon: Once in a Blue Moon?

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History of a Sturgeon Supermoon You may have noticed we’re presently experiencing a full moon. But it is not your typical, ordinary, usual full moon. It’s a supermoon, or more precisely, a Sturgeon Supermoon.   What makes a supermoon? Supermoons are bigger and brighter than your typical run-of-the-mill full moon. The one we see this…

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History of August: Who Is It Named After?

August

HISTORY OF AUGUST What’s in a name? The name of this month wasn’t always August; previously, the Romans called it  Sextilis. This was back in 753 B.C., in the days of the founding of Rome by its first king Romulus in 753 BC, when there were originally ten months (… Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.) In…

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