Daily Update: Thursday, November 20, 2014

11-20 - Sinking of the Whaleship Essex

No Saints again (drat). We note that on this date in 1820 a whale rammed and sank the Whaleship Essex, with results that were very bad for the crew of the ship and very good for future literature.

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Daily Update: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11-19 - Gettysburg Address

No Saints today. On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the military cemetery ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

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Daily Update: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul, Apostles,  and Rose Philippine Duchesne
Today is the Optional Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul, Apostles, and the Optional Memorial of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin (died 1852). And today is the annual Leonid Meteor Shower (in the predawn sky to the south), and the birthday of Will, one of the former Assembled (1986).

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Daily Update: Monday, November 17, 2014

Elizabeth of Hungary and Henriette DeLille

Today is the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious (died 1231) and the Remembrance of Venerable Henriette DeLille, Religious (died 1862).

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Daily Update: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Margaret of Scotland, Edmund Rich of Abington, and Gertrude the Great

Today is the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Optional Memorial of Saint Margaret of Scotland, Queen (died 1093), the Optional Memorial of Saint Edmund Rich of Abington, Bishop (died 1240), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Gertrude, Virgin (died 1302).

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And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

I finished reading this Afghanistan based novel for my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting on Sunday, a day ahead of my goal, because I could not put down this wonderful book.

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Daily Update: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Albert the Great and Sadie Hawkins Day

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor (died 1280). Today is also Sadie Hawkins Day.

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Daily Update: Friday, November 14, 2014

11-14 - Bombing of Coventry

No Saints today, but it was on this date in 1940 when the city of Coventry, England, in the West Midlands, was the target of a massive bombing raid by the German Luftwaffe.

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Daily Update: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stanislaw Kostka and Frances Xavier Cabrini

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Stansilaus Kostka, Religious (died 1568) and the Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin and Religious (died 1917).

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Daily Update: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Josaphat

Today is the Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr (died 1623). Today is also the birthday of Richard’s sister Bonnie in Texas (1944).

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Daily Update: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Martin of Tours and Veteran's Day (Traditional) and Veteran's Day (Observed)

Today is the Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop (died 397), and today is also Veterans Day, Veteran’s Day (Observed), and the birthday of Shelia, one of my kids’ friends (1984).

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