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Calendar for March 24th, 2013

Palm Sunday

This Christian observance falls on the Sunday before Easter and is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday marks the day when Christ rode into Jerusalem a week before his death and resurrection and was greeted by its people, who strewed cloaks and tree branches along his path to honor him as their king. This event is known as the Triumphal Entry.

Nowadays, Palm Sunday service often includes the blessing of palm leaves (or substitute branches from yews, willows, or other plants) before a procession into or in the church, after which hymns are sung and readings that focus on Christ’s final week are given. In many Christian denominations, palm fronds are burned at the end of the service; the ashes are saved for use on the next Ash Wednesday.

Palm Sunday is also called Passion, Branch, Yew, Willow, Blossom, or Fig Sunday, as well as Flower Day and several other names.


  • Died 1603: Queen Elizabeth I (English monarch)

  • 1640s

  • 1644: Roger Williams granted charter for colony Rhode Island

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  • 1900: NYC Mayor Robert A. Van Wyck formally broke ground for construction of the NYC subway system

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  • 1955: The Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway, with Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie, Ben Gazarra as Brick, and Burl Ives as Big Daddy

  • 1958: Entertainer Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army

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  • 1965: Senator Robert Kennedy was first to reach summit of Mt. Kennedy in Yukon Territory

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  • 1989: The largest oil spill in U.S. history, initially estimated at 240,000 barrels, occurred after the Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound

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  • 2006: Boston archbishop Sean O'Malley was elevated to cardinal at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square in Rome

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  • Died 2010: Robert Culp (actor)

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