On Friday, October 13, 1307, the King of France, Philip IV, ordered the French Knights Templar be arrested. He claimed that the Templar initiation ceremonies forced recruits to deny Christ, spit on the Cross, worship idols, and engage in homosexual practices. The next month, Philip pressured Pope Clement V into arresting the remaining Knights Templar, … Continue reading Trivia: The Templar’s Doom
On this day in 1876, the American Library Association is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On this day in 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points. This event was one effect of the bankruptcy filings by Lehman Brothers two weeks prior. This bankruptcy, along with the failure of Washington Mutual, precipitated the global financial crisis, and contributed to the Great Recession.
On this day in 1997, Elton John released Candle in the Wind 1997 in the United States. The song, a re-imaged version of the original Candle in the Wind, was first released in the United Kingdom on September 13, 1997 as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales who died in a Paris car crash … Continue reading Trivia: Candle in the Wind 1997 Released in US
On September 15, 1965, the first episode of the television show, Lost in Space debuted on CBS. Series creator Irwin Allen imagined a science fiction version of The Swiss Family Robinson. The year is 1997. The United States is gearing up for space colonization because of overcrowding on Earth. The space-faring Robinson family embarks on … Continue reading Trivia: Lost in Space Debuts
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
A century ago, the world was seized by a pandemic known as the Spanish Flu or the 1918 flu pandemic. Global infectious disease events have occurred throughout history, with one of the earliest recorded around 1200 B.C. Pandemics of the past were limited to a city, a region, or an empire because of limited travel … Continue reading Echoes of the Past
(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
(C) 2020, JJ ShaunMardi Gras mask. Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is the day of celebration that takes place before Lent. Lent is a Western Christian tradition that begins with Ash Wednesday, and winds up on Easter. The forty days of Lent commemorate the days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Shrovetide, or the … Continue reading Trivia: Mardi Gras
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun As I perused the Internet looking for something to post today, I discovered that today is National Drink Wine Day. Wine has been around since people learned that fermented fruit would give them a buzz. It is generally made from grapes, but some wines are made from different fruits like apples, … Continue reading Trivia: National Drink Wine Day