1 January

Global Family Day (International) 45 BC    The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time. 1449      Lorenzo de’ Medici (born), Italian politician (died 1492) 1502      The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is first explored by the Portuguese. 1748      Johann Bernoulli (died), Swiss mathematician (born 1667) 1752      Betsy Ross (born), American seamstress, designed the… Continue reading

College Bowl Charade 2014-5

      On December 20th, five action-packed, thrill-a-minute excitement college football games were played, and you probably missed it. Believe it or not, the 2014 New Orleans, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Famous Idaho Potato, and Camellia Bowls are all history. But wait! There’s more, in fact, over thirty more are to come, but who cares? Save… Continue reading

25 December

800      Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. 1066     William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London. 1635     Samuel de Champlain (died), French soldier, geographer, and explorer (born 1567) 1642     Isaac Newton (born), English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and theologian (died 1727) 1776     George Washington and… Continue reading

24 December

1166     John (born), King of England (died 1216) 1508     Pietro Carnesecchi (born), Italian humanist (died 1567) 1660     Mary (died), Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (born 1631) 1777     Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook. 1809     Kit Carson (born), American soldier (died 1868) 1814     The Treaty of Ghent is signed ending the… Continue reading