Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Martial, the Hoover Dam and a Farewell to Farthings

Today is St. David's Day, the Patron Saint of Wales. The 1st of March was chosen as his Feast Day as it is believed he died on this day in 589. He was born towards the latter part of the 5th century to a noble family and would go onto found a Celtic Monastic community at Glyn Rhosin. Traditional Welsh national symbols are the leek and the daffodil.

Martial was born today in AD40. Known for his Epigrams, he wrote over 1500, here he is :

On this day in 1961 President Kennedy established the Peace Corps.

The city of Rio de Janeiro was founded on March the 1st in 1565.

In 1790 President George Washington authorised the first US Census.

Today Independence Day is celebrated in Bosnia & Herzegovina, known as 'Dan nezavisnosti'.

Glenn Miller and David Niven also share this birthday -  1904 and 1910.

Chopin said he was born on March the 1st 1849 although as I understand there is some confusion, it seems his birth certificate say he was born on February the 22nd !

The Hoover Dam was completed on this day in 1936 - two years ahead of schedule.

Today in 1966 the then Chancellor of the Exchequer James Callaghan announced that Britain would go decimal in 1971. The change was effected on February the 15th of that year.

In 1896 Henri Becquerel made the scientific discovery of radioactivity, more details here Becquerel

In honour of St. David's Day I did a quick search online for Welsh dishes. On the menu today, courtesy of the magnificent Wikipedia,  we have:

Tatws Pum Munud followed by  Crempog.

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