Monday OT: February 24 is Shrove Monday, heh
February 24 is day 55 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, Chaos 55, 3186 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 188.8.131.52.14 by the Mayan Long Count
OK, I don't particularly capisce any of that shrovetide stuff, so I checked the wiki, which told me:
Shrove Monday, sometimes known as Collopy Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, is a Christian observance falling on the Monday before Ash Wednesday every year. A part of the English traditional Shrovetide celebrations of the week before Lent, the Monday precedes Shrove Tuesday. As the Monday before Ash Wednesday, it is part of diverse Carnival celebrations which take place in many parts of the Christian world, from Greece, to Germany, to the Mardi Gras and Carnival of the Americas.
The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and doing penance. Thus Shrovetide gets its name from the shriving that English Christians were expected to do prior to receiving absolution immediately before Lent begins. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of "shrovetide", somewhat analogous to the Carnival tradition that developed separately in countries of Latin Europe. The terms "Shrove Monday" and "Shrove Tuesday" are no longer widely used in the United States or Canada outside of liturgical traditions, such as in the Lutheran, Anglican, and Roman Catholic Churches.
So, per the wiki, SHROVE Monday is past tense, as in I done been shrivened, without my knowledge or consent. Also, without jumping through any hoops. All I can think of is that one used to be able to buy indulgences, pardons, absolutions and all that for cash or other valuables. I have recently, on two occasions, stumbled across cardinals in all their finery and must've unwittingly done them some service such as scaring off would be predators or competing sparrows or towhees. Ah well, no harm done, I suppose.
On this day in history:
1582 – Pope Gregory XIII issued the bull Inter gravissimas, announcing/mandating the Gregorian calendar. It's nowhere near the best or most accurate, and not the oldest, but it is in use today because bull I guess.
1607 – One of the first works deemed to be opera, Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, premiered. Anna Russell never covered it, pfah!
1711 – Handel's Rinaldo premiered.
1803 – Marbury v. Madison, a masterwork of political blackmail, created the Supreme Court's power of judicial review.
1809 – London's Drury Lane Theatre burned to the ground, impoverishing Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
1821 – Mexico's revolutionary Plan Iguala was proclaimed.
1831 – The first removal treaty under the Indian Removal Act, The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, was proclaimed.
1863 – Arizona was organized as a US territory. It was no more orgaised on the 25th than on the 23rd, but this is the official story.
1868 – Andrew Johnson became the first US President of the United States to get impeached, and was acquitted like all the rest.
1895 – Revolution broke out in Baire, starting the Cuban War of Independence, which ended with the Spanish–American War in 1898.
1917 – The US ambassador to the UK was given the Zimmermann Telegram.
1942 – A false alarm started The Battle of Los Angeles, an anti-aircraft barrage that lasted into the early hours of February 25 damaging several cars and buildings, downing one weather balloon and killing 5 civilians.
1942 – An order-in-council passed under the Defence of Canada Regulations of the War Measures Act gave the Canadian federal government the power to intern all "persons of Japanese racial origin".
1946 – Colonel Juan Perón was elected to his first term as President of Argentina.
1976 – The current constitution of Cuba was formally proclaimed.
1983 – A special commission of the United States Congress condemned the Japanese American internment during World War II. W00t!
2008 – Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba and the Council of Ministers having outlived at least 4 US presidents and innumerable CIA officers and operatives who tried to have him assassinated or do the deed themselves. Heh.
Born this day in:
1463 – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, philosopher
1604 – Arcangela Tarabotti, born Elena Tarabotti, nun and feminist Got that?
1709 – Jacques de Vaucanson, engineer
1827 – Lydia Becker, activist
1836 – Winslow Homer, painter and illustrator
1869 – Zara DuPont, suffragist
1877 – Ettie Rout, educator and activist
1909 – August Derleth, anthologist and author
1919 – John Carl Warnecke, architect
1933 – David "Fathead" Newman,saxophonist and composer
1941 – Joanie Sommers, singer and actress
1942 – Paul Jones, singer, harmonica player, and actor
1944 – Nicky Hopkins, keyboard player
1948 – Tim Staffell, singer and guitarist
1950 – George Thorogood, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1954 – Mike Pickering, DJ and saxophonist
1967 – Brian Schmidt, astrophysicist and academic
Died this day in:
1799 – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, physicist and academic
1810 – Henry Cavendish, physicist and chemist
1812 – Étienne-Louis Malus, physicist and mathematician
1815 – Robert Fulton, engineer
1825 – Thomas Bowdler, Bowdlerizer and proponent of same
1856 – Nikolai Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1792)
1990 – Johnnie Ray, singer, songwriter, and pianist
2001 – Claude Shannon, mathematician, cryptographer, and engineer
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
National Tortilla Chip Day
World Bartender Day
National Tradung Card Day
So, by my count, that's three "go consume shit" and then shrove it, eh wot?
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Image is calendar creator 4
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