"If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work. "
- William Shakespeare (15641616) 
King Henry IV. Part I. Act i. Sc. 2.  

 

Blogs - Days of Note
2015

Written by S. K. Smith

  

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  Holidays, Anniversaries, 
Historical Events, etc.
2015
  

January:

New Years:
Nostalgia (part 3) - Something Old, Something New

"
These are holidays in which we may look back and look ahead.   Something old ... something new."
S. K. Smith


 

February:

Washington's Birthday:
Pray4America 
(part 17) - 
Washington 
and Providence

"What would happen if George Washington were killed before his time and the American colonist lost the war for independence?"
S. K. Smith


 

March:

Pi Day, March 14:
Numbers (part 1) - 
The Pi Day 
of the Century

"Where was this holiday when I was a kid?"
S. K. Smith


 

April:

April 18, 1942:
America's Story 
(part 17) - 
The Last of the 
Doolittle Raiders

"Those critical 30 seconds, April 18, 1942, was a great moral boost for America.  Though the war would not end for three more years, September 1945, the Doolittle Raid gave hope that we could win."
S. K. Smith

 

April 30 - Mayr, 2015:
Pray4America 
(part 18) - 
Australia 
Prays for America

"April 30 - May 6, 2015:  Australia Calls World to Pray Fast for 7 Days for USA"
S. K. Smith

 

 

May:

May 8, 1945:
America's Story 
(part 18) - 
VE Day - 
70 years ago

"VE Day - May 8, 1945 :  Both Great Britain and the United States celebrated VE Day, Victory in Europe Day."
S. K. Smith

 

 

June:

June 15, 1215:
Timeless Truths 
(part 6) - 
Magna Carta - 
800 years 
and still going strong

(In 1215, failed foreign policies and heavy taxation spurred an uprising of powerful English barons against King John. Under duress, this successor to his brother Richard I, the Lion Heart signed a document which put all future monarchs under the rule of law.) 

June 30, 2015:
Signs of the Times 
(Part 7) - 
Leap Second - 
the new Y2K?

(An extra second should be no biggie.  Again, it's the old we-are-so-dependent-upon-computers thing.  This extra second could really screw us up.)  

 

July:

July 16, 1945:
America's Story 
(part 19) - 
Trinity and 
"The Long Peace"

(It was a lifetime ago, 70 years. It was then the world's first atom bomb exploded.) 


 

August:

August 14, 1945
VJ Day:
Nostalgia 
(part 4) - 
VJ Day Kiss - 
70 years ago

(Who were they really? Perhaps it's best to let it be. It was what it was ... a magical moment ... the hand of fate.)


 

September:

Septermber 2, 1945
End of World War II:
CC (part 5) - 
Audie Murphy

(Loyalty to your comrades, when you come right down to it, has more to do with bravery in battle than even patriotism does.  You may want to be brave, but your spirit can desert you when things really get rough.  Only you find you can't let your comrades down and in the pinch they can't let you down either.)
Audie Murphy

 

Septermber 11, 2001:
Pop Culture 
(part 1) - 
Only Time 
and 9/11

(In response to the terrorist attacks, Only Time resonated with those seeking solace from the storm and looking forward to normalcy as the nation's psyche healed from this wound.)
S. K. Smith

 

 

October:

October 30, 1938
Halloween Eve:

Pop Culture 
(part 2) - 
Halloween 
Martian 
Invasion

(That one Halloween, 80  years ago, Orson Welles said, Boo!, to the entire nation.)
S. K. Smith

 

 

 

 

November:

1915
Einstein's papers:

Physics 
(part 3) - 
100 years 
of Einstein

(GP-B and search for Vulcan ... the Einstein connection.)
S. K. Smith

 

 

 

 

December:

1944
Battle of the Bulge:

America's Story 
(part 20) - 
Patton's Weather Prayer

(December 1944, as World War II turned in favor of the allies, Hitler's Army made a last ditch effort in an offensive against Belgium.)
S. K. Smith

 

 

 

 

Any month:

The 20th century:
Culture 101 
(part 16) - 
20th Century Blues

"The 20th century has been quite a ride."
S. K. Smith


 

   

  
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