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Calendar for May 19th, 2013


Whitsunday, or Pentecost, is the seventh Sunday after Easter. For Christians, this commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit in tongues of flame upon the apostles. Because the disciples were said to have begun baptizing thousands of people soon afterward, Whitsunday or Pentecost became the traditional time for baptisms. Whit, a corruption of white, refers to the white baptismal garments worn on this day. It is also a time of spring festivals throughout Europe, with echoes of pagan spring rites such as morris dancing and dressing a young boy in greenery (Jack-in-the-Green) and marching him through the village.

Every Year

  • St. Dunstan's Day

  • 1530s

  • Died 1536: Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII's second wife)

  • 1780s

  • 1780: "Dark Day" in New England

  • 1840s

  • Died 1846: Robert B. Thomas, founder of The Old Farmer's Almanac

  • 1860s

  • Died 1864: Nathaniel Hawthorne (writer)

  • Born 1864: Carl Akeley (artist, biologist, & conservationist)

  • 1890s

  • 1897: Author Oscar Wilde released from jail

  • 1920s

  • Born 1925: Malcolm X (civil rights activist)

  • 1928: First Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County, California

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Lorraine Hansberry (playwright)

  • Died 1935: T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia")

  • Born 1939: Francis Richard Scobee (astronaut)

  • 1940s

  • 1940: 7.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in Imperial Valley, California

  • Born 1941: Nora Ephron (author & director)

  • Born 1945: Pete Townshend (musician)

  • Born 1946: Andre the Giant (wrestler & actor)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1966: Jodi Picoult (author)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1971: Ogden Nash (poet)

  • Born 1976: Kevin Garnett (basketball player)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1994: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (U.S. First Lady)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Walter Lord (author)

  • 2008: Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. It was the first major league no-hitter of the season

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