Posts tagged History
Posts tagged History
“We therefore commit his body to the deep, looking for the general Resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.”
These words are from the traditional rite for burial at sea.
The Battle of Midway was fought from 5 to 7 June 1942.
Not all the fallen veterans are remembered by grave markers on battlefields or cemeteries. Today I am thinking of those whose mortal remains are committed to the deep.
On 8 March 2013, Commodore Perry sailed into Yokohama harbor, signalling the beginning of what has become (after the, um, speed-bumps in the middle of the last century) a cozy era of Pacific Rim trade.
The remains of the four-masted schooner Forester, which once made the run from Australia to San Francisco in record time.
7 December 1941. Smoke rises from battleships USS Arizona and USS Virginia in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack by carrier aircraft of the empire of Japan launched full participation by the United States in World War II.
From ReasonTV back in November 2010. This is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition for me — sorta kicks off that Holiday Spirit in the right direction.
U.S. Coast Guard 180 foot seagoing buoy tender Iris (WLB-395). Wikipedia says she was in storage at Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (The Mothball Fleet) as of June 2010. But I swear I saw this ship or one just like it, under her own power, heading west through the Carquinez Straights, at or about 1800 hours 17 October 2012. Jeeze I hope she isn’t going out to get scrapped. There aren’t very many of those WWII buoy jumpers left.
18 October: On this day in U.S.A. history, in 1942, Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. relieved Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley as Commander, South Pacific Force.
Among the many irritating oversimplifications of our age is the repeated-till-it’s-true naming of any second Full Moon in a calendar month as a “Blue Moon.”
Historically and astronomically speaking, that is not the origin of the term “Blue Moon.”
Besides, a second Full Moon within a calendar month happens much too frequently to give any meaning to the old adage, “Once in a Blue Moon.”
It is a human trait to notice things that move. Our ancient ancestors kept an eye on the movement of the things that move in the sky: the sun, the moon, the planets. That is, they noticed that these celestial lights have movement with respect to the fixed stars.
The sunrise changes position through the course of the year. When the sun completes one cycle of movement, we say a year has passed. The moon is arguably easier to observe as it changes from full to new and back. When the moon completes one cycle, the ancients would say a month had passed.
Nowadays most of us accept the calendar that fudges the months to fit the solar year and let the Full Moons fall as they may.
But back in the old days, my children, the lunar calendar was the going thing. All the really hip cultures were doing it. (Some still are.) The problem is that after a few years of twelve lunar months, the seasons start to get out of whack from the holidays that were supposed to celebrate them. So it was that the ancients instituted “leap months” every once in a while to get things back into synch.
In the early centuries of the Common Era, sky-watcher theologian types faced the problem of figuring out when Lent and Easter would occur. “Why not just use the Jewish calendar?,” you ask. I don’t know (I blame lack of internet access).
This salient passage from the Wikipedia page on Blue Moon:
“In calculating the dates for Lent and Easter, the Clergy identify the Lent Moon. It is thought that historically when the moon’s timing was too early, they named an earlier moon as a “betrayer moon” (belewe moon), thus the Lent moon came at its expected time.”
The Old English Dictionary says “lǽwan… to betray [Goth léwjan].”
So a real Blue Moon would happen seven times every 19 years. Clear?
.- Autoposted from http://www.crowndot.com/once-in-a-blue-moon
Happy V-J Day, the announcement of the surrender of the empire of Japan in 1945. My mother always said that when she heard the news, she and some of her friends jumped off the streetcar (downtown Sacramento, California) and started hugging men in uniform. Of course, they were depot workers, but they didn’t care, I’m sure.
Another way of looking at it: the commencement of the opening of the Asian theatre of the Cold War.
“My darling one and beautiful, everything tends towards catastrophe and collapse.”
— British Navy official Winston Churchill, writing to his wife at midnight on July 29.
Austria-Hungary was expanding its empire. A Serbian national murdered Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. Russia moved to support Serbia. Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia — dragging its ally England into the mix. Once England was in, France was in. Before you know it: World War One! So 28 July is considered the opening kick-off of that conflict, being the day of Russia’s declaration of war.