On this day in 1868, Secretary of State William H. Seward issued an official proclamation that certified adoption of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This Constitutional amendment gave the former African-American slaves U.S. citizenship, thereby overturning the Dred Scott decision. It also granted due process under the law.
Today is Meteor Watch Day. Meteors are particles from space that burn up as they enter Earth’s atmosphere, causing flashes of light as they vaporize. Both asteroids and comets can provide some of the material that make up meteoroids, which are generally less than a meter wide. If a meteoroid survives its fall through the … Continue reading Trivia: Meteor Watch Day
(C) https://www.culinaryschools.org/clipart/mexican/ Today is Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While the day is significant in Mexico, it has taken on a more significant role in Mexican-American culture and heritage. Cinco de Mayo … Continue reading Trivia: Cinco de Mayo
(C) National Day Calendar National Kindergarten Day is observed on the birthday of Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel, a German educator. Fröbel realized that children had unique learning needs, and coined the word “kindergarten” as a place to grow and nurture our youngest citizens. Formerly called “infant schools,” the word “kindergarten”, or “garden of children” in … Continue reading Trivia: National Kindergarten Day
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun Today is National Beer Day in the United States. It marks the day that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed legislation to end Prohibition in the US. Beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world, following water and tea. Craft and microbreweries began appearing in the United States and … Continue reading Trivia: National Beer Day
(C) 2020, JJ ShaunMy most recent crayon coloring and my box of crayons Today is National Crayon Day. What is a crayon? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “crayon” as “a stick of white or colored chalk or of colored wax used for writing or drawing.” Artists have used one form of crayon or another for millennia. … Continue reading It’s National Crayon Day
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun Typically, I limit Sundays to writing about writing. Today I’m stepping out of my publishing schedule to make yet another pandemic-related public service announcement. Why? Because new data is hitting the presses every day, and a lot of that information is false and put out to generate fear. I try to … Continue reading Facts for a Pandemic
(C) 2020 JJ ShaunLeap Day Today is February 29th, a day that appears on the Gregorian calendar only once every four years. We call it Leap Day, which happens once every Leap Year. The math involved to determine what years contain a leap day gives me a headache, but there’s an algorithm for that. But, … Continue reading Leap Day