Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a Federal Holiday celebrated on the third Monday in January to mark the observed date of Dr. King’s birthday (which occurred on January 15th, 1929). Today is also National Religious Freedom Day, and on this date in 1995, the facility now known as Coushatta Casino Resort (and also known as My Employer) just north of Kinder, Louisiana, had their Grand Opening. And today is the birthday of Amy, my son and daughter-in-laws’ good friend, who stayed in Connecticut when the kids moved to Carolina (1985).
I finished reading this novel today, a day ahead of our Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow (January 17th, 2017) to discuss the book. It is the sequel to Mr. Mercedes, and is the second book in a trilogy; and it is a murder / detective book, not a book of horror (despite the bloody cover). I very much enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it.
Today is the Second Sunday in Ordinary time. This is yet another day with no Saints to honor; we note that on this date in 1919 occurred the Boston Molasses Disaster (try saying that five times fast).
With no Saints to honor, we note that today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris (ending the Revolutionary War) on January 14th, 1784 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland by the Confederation Congress.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Hillary, Bishop and Doctor (died 368). And today is Stephen Foster Memorial Day, and it is Friday the Thirteenth, our first one since May 2016. Today is the birthday of my Internet friend Dwanna (1962).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, Religious (died 1700), and today is the birthday of my good friend Christine, who is also one of my co-workers at the casino (1960).
We note, with no Saints to honor until tomorrow, that on this date in in 1863 ended the Battle of Fort Hindman, near the mouth of the Arkansas River at Arkansas Post, Arkansas, which was part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
Our Season of Ordinary Time begins today, which will continue until Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. With no Saints today, we note that on this date in 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with his legion, sparking civil war in the Roman Republic.
Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Feast that closes out the Christmas season. Since today is the Monday after the traditional date of Epiphany, today is Plough Monday. And tonight is the College Football Playoff National Championship between #1 Alabama and #2 Clemson. (Go Tigers!)
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, as observed by the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, as today is the Sunday after New Year’s Day. On this date in 1815 the Battle of New Orleans was fought as the final land battle of the War of 1812 (taking place after the technical end of the war, but the news had not gotten to Louisiana by the time of the battle).
Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Raymond of Peñafort, Priest (died 1275). Today is also Distaff Day. (If you don’t know what a Distaff is, keep reading.)
Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today is the traditional date of the Feast of the Epiphany, when the Magi came to Bethlehem to adore the new-born Messiah, as related in the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. Today is also the Optional Memorial of Saint André Bessette, Religious (died 1937). And today is the birthday of Brian, one of the former Assembled (1981).
Today is the Memorial of Saint John Nepmucene Neumann, Bishop (died 1860). Today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas (cue the drummers), which means tonight is Twelfth Night, the Eve of the traditional date of the Feast of the Epiphany.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious (died 1821). Today is also the Eleventh Day of Christmas (pipe up!). Today is Earth Perihelion, the point at which the Earth in its orbit is closest to the sun, and the annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower is today. And today is the birthday of Richard’s sister Juanita (aka Nita) in Georgia (1959).