March 15, 44 BC
How Diarrhea Changed the World
On this day in 44 BC Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate by a cadre of Senators who called themselves “the Liberators.”
During Caesar’s reign the Roman Empire achieved an unprecedented amount of power and land area, stretching from Britain to Africa to the Middle East. Caesar conquered Gaul and led the first Roman invasion of Britain.
The Roman Civil War of 50 BC divided …Read more
On this day in 1878 Harper’s Weekly published the following cartoon protesting the renewal of the Federal income tax. The tax had been levied during the Civil War, and abolished in 1872.
Proponents of re-establishing the tax assured the public that only the rich would be taxed. Harper’s editor George Curtis corrected them: only the honest would be taxed, and the rich would find a way to get around it.
“It is estimated that over 40% of all cancer can be prevented.”
Today is World Cancer Day:
In a world where our ability to combat and prevent disease has never been better, cancer rates are still …Read more
3rd Monday in January
Misery is expected to peak today, the third Monday in January being the “most depressing day” of the year.
[Note: you can say things like "is expected to" if one person expects it to be true.]
That one person is Cliff Arnalls of Wales, who created the formula to determine the worst day of the year.
[Note: if I can find someone who agrees with him, I can write: "Researchers agree..."]
The equation …Read more
On this day in 1783, the most powerful man in the Western Hemisphere, the Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the United States who had achieved independence from Britain, the world’s strongest superpower, voluntarily surrendered his sword and his title to the Continental Congress in Annapolis, Maryland. He returned to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, expecting to live a quiet farm life.
His plans were derailed a few years later when he was …Read more
What April 20 lacks in holidays, April 21 more than makes up for.
In the Bahai calendar, it marks the beginning of Rivdan, the feast that celebrates Bahá’u’lláh’s pilgrimage from Baghdad to the Garden of Najibiyyih. Bahá’u’lláh is the Bahai Faith’s greatest prophet, and the date essentially marks the beginning of the Bahai religion as distinct from the earlier movement known as Babism.
In Indonesia it’s Kartini Day — in honor of the birthday of Raden …Read more