Today is Wednesday of Holy Week, and we honor Saint Bernadette Soubirous, Religious (died 1879).
The great Jewish feast of Pesach (or Passover) continues, which started last evening at sundown, and today is Tuesday of Holy Week. Today is also Tax Day, being the day when tax returns for the previous year (statements about income taxes) are due to the federal government from U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and certain nonresident aliens. Finally, today is the birthday of Richard’s niece Jenny, one of the daughters of his sister Susan in Iowa.
Today is Monday of Holy Week, and at sunset today begins the great Jewish feast of Pesach, commemorating the Hebrews’ escape from enslavement in Egypt.
I read this book for my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (April 15, 2014); it is a funny, mordant novel about the ways that one can view the world, and the very strange ways that past can affect the present.
Today is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, which begins Holy Week, and we also honor Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr (died 655). Today is also the Fifth Anniversary of this Edition of my Weblog, read daily by my Four or Five Loyal Readers and my Legion of Followers.
With no Saints to honor today, we turn our attention to the events on this date in 1861, when the first shots of the American Civil War were fired by Confederate batteries in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, on Fort Sumter, held by the Union forces.
Today we honor Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr (died 1079). And today is a Friday in Lent, so today is a Day of Abstinence from Meat for the Catholic faithful. Also, since it thundered on this date in February, it should be colder than usual today (give or take a few days).
While we have no Saints to honor on this date, I personally honor Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (died 1955).
With no Saints to honor, we note that on this date in 1865 the Commander of the Army of Virgina, General Robert E. Lee, surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to the Commander of the Union Army, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Today is also the birthday of my Aunt Dee-Dee in Jacksonville (1919; I presume she is still with us, as I have not heard anything otherwise).
We have no Saints to honor today. On this day in 1974 Atlanta Braves right-fielder Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run, surpassing Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old Major League Baseball record.