May 20 in Pop Culture History

May 20 in Pop Culture History

1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob W Davis patented (#139,121) copper-riveted jeans, designed to help prevent tears in the fabric.

1883 – Krakatoa began to erupt; the volcano exploding three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.

1899 – The American Physical Society was founded at Columbia University.

1901 – Claude Grivolas patented (French) a projector for three-dimensional (stereoscopic) movies viewed wearing spectacles with one red and one blue …

March 22 in Pop Culture History

March 22 in Pop Culture History
Year Unknown – Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman, Born (made of clay)

1630 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.

1894 – The first championship series for Lord Stanley’s Cup was played in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal HC (Montreal Hockey Club) won the first cup.

1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, putting a federal tax …

March 15 in Pop Culture History

March 15 in Pop Culture History
44 BC – Gaius Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house, by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. #bewaretheidesofmarch

1545 – First meeting of the Council of Trent, the ‘Counter-Reformation’.

1806 – A chondrite meteorite, carrying carbon-based, organic chemicals, was identified for the first time. Found outside Alais, France, the organic chemicals it carried suggested the possibility of life on …

March 11 in Pop Culture History

March 11 in Pop Culture History
105 – Ts’ai Lun invented paper, in China.

1818 – Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, was published. It is recognized as world’s first science fiction novel.

1864 – The Great Sheffield Flood killed 238 people in Sheffield, England.

1888 – Great Blizzard of 1888, east coast, USA, killed more than 400 people.

1916 – USS Nevada (BB-36) was commissioned as the first US Navy …

Mardi Gras 2019

Alexandria-Mardi-Gras-ChildMardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.  It refers to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday when many Christians begin to fast for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday.
The feast of The Epiphany or The Three Kings closes the Christmas season and opens up a season of carnival.  In some countries these carnivals are ongoing with parades dances, feasts and other forms of merry making.  The last day of Carnival is Mardi Gras …

World Wildlife Day, March Third

wwd_sm05_elephant_enWorld Wild Life Day is a day that both wild plants and animals are celebrated and also a day to be aware of what human beings are doing to endanger the delicate balance of the world eco-system.  The United Nations proclaimed March 3 as World Wildlife Day on December 20, 2013.

Animals and plants are both being hunted and harvested at such a rate that even the tiger is at near extinction record with only …

National Plum Pudding Day, February 12

Plum Pudding is a traditional English dessert usually served at Christmas and New Year’s.  There are no plums in plum pudding.  When the recipe was written in the 17th century all dried fruit was referred to as plums.

If you’re an American the term pudding may be a bit confusing.  In England all desserts are referred to as pudding.  In America a pudding is a flavored creamy dessert that is milk based.

A Plum …

Charles Dickens Born February 7, 1812

Charles John Hoffman Dickens was born February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth England.  He was the son of a naval clerk and his wife and he was the second of eight children not all of whom survived.

Dickens Father changed his place of employment more than once, though he kept the same job.  This eventually landed Mr. Dickens in London doing the same work but for less money.  Dickens was not very good with money and …

Sign Here, Please: It’s National Handwriting Day! (January 23rd)

(PCM) National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) on January 23rd, 1977. Most people who were around then were taught penmanship as children, but that may no longer be the case for younger generations.

In modern schools, greater emphasis is placed on typing and computer technologies. Cursive is disappearing from the curriculum; many young people today learn only enough to sign their name – if they learn any cursive at …