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Calendar for May 15th, 2013


Shavuot begins at sunset. Called the Feast of the Weeks in the Jewish calendar, this is a time traditionally used to celebrate the harvest season in Israel. Shavuot, which means weeks, always begins exactly seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot is known also as Yom Habikkurim, or "The Day of the First Fruits," because Israel's farmers would bring a bundle from their first harvest to the temple in Jerusalem as a token of thanksgiving to God. Spring harvests in Isreal began with the barley crop at Passover. Each farmer would set aside the first of each type of fruit to ripen, tie it in ribbon, and all would be brought to the city, accompanied by a joyful, musical celebration. The time of Shavuot also commemorates the time when Moses and the Israelites received the Ten Commandments from God at Mount Sinai. Also known as Zeman Matan Toratenu, or the Season of the Giving of Our Law.

Every Year

  • International Day of Families

  • 1600s

  • 1602: English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold arrived at Shoal Hope in what is now Massachusetts. They caught so many cod there they renamed it Cape Cod

  • 1610s

  • 1618: Johannes Kepler verified his Third Law of Planetary Motion

  • 1710s

  • 1718: James Puckle was granted a patent for his "Defence Gun," the world's first rapid-fire gun

  • 1850s

  • Born 1856: L. Frank Baum (author)

  • Born 1857: Williamina Fleming (astronomer)

  • Born 1859: Pierre Curie (chemist)

  • 1880s

  • Died 1886: Emily Dickinson (poet)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1890: Katherine Anne Porter (novelist)

  • 1900s

  • 1900: Rain and fish fell from the sky in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Most of the fish measured 2- to 4-inches long.

  • 1930s

  • 1930: Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess, at Boeing Air Transport

  • 1960s

  • 1963: First live TV pictures received from a U.S. spacecraft, (Faith 7)

  • Born 1969: Emmitt Smith (football player)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Rod Smith (football player)

  • 1972: Governor George Wallace of Alabama was shot

  • 1980s

  • Born 1980: Josh Beckett (baseball player)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2003: June Carter Cash (singer)

  • 2005: Boston Red Sox player Manny Ramirez hit his 400th home run

  • Died 2007: Jerry Falwell

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Barbara Stuart (actress)

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