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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
12:01 am
[masonk]
January 3, 2007

Compitalia (Roman)

You thought the year was just beginning, but it seems you are wrong. This festival celebrated the end of the agricultural year. Shrines were posted at the crossroads between three or four farms, and plows were hung in them along with wooden dolls to represent each freeperson and wooden balls to represent each slave.

110th Congressional Session begins (America)
Okay, this is an odd one for you. On an odd numbered day in an odd numbered month in every odd numbered year, the Congress of the United States of America starts a new session with the swearing in of the newly-elected Senators and Representatives, with much pomp and ceremony. Each session theoretically continues until the next odd numbered year, though in practice very little actually takes place between the election and the swearing in, in part because of all the holidays in between but mostly because very little happens in Congress anyway.
I kid, I kid....


Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
12:00 am
[masonk]
January 2, 2007
Casse Gateau (Voudon)
(I can't figure out how to insert special characters... so I won't do it!)
Translated literally, "breaking the cakes." More generally, "dinner with the Lao." This festival continues through the 4th.

Want to buy a bridge?
Construction on the Brooklyn Bridge began on this date in 1870. It took 13 years, 27 deaths and 15.1 million dollars to build. It was, at that time, the longest suspension bridge ever built.
It is still in use, unlike many similar bridges built around the same time, and is a national monument.
It has been sold more times than any other bridge in history, too, usually by people who don't actually own it.


Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, January 1st, 2007
12:00 am
[masonk]
January 1, 2007

New Year's Day (Gregorian Calendar)

Happy New Year!
The Gregorian Calendar is a modification of the Julian calendar that was proposed by Aloysius Lilius and adopted in 1582 by papal decree. It is the most widely used calendar in the world. It counts 365 or 366 days per year, in a 400 year group that repeats every 146,097 days. Almost 1 in 4 years have 366 days, the remainder have 365. The year is devide into 12 months.
There's tons more information at the Wikipedia entry.

Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is published, 1818.
I don't have much to say about this book, save that I find it amusing that this work is better known today than the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, John William Polidori, or Lord Byron, professional writers at the time. Lord Byron challenged this group to compose a scary tale, and Mary based her work on a dream. Byron himself wrote a fragment of a tale which Polidori later crafted into The Vampyre, which is regarded as the first of the romantic vampire literary genre.
That must have been an interesting weekend...


Current Mood: cheerful
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