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Calendar for June 11th, 2014

Ember Days

Upcoming Ember Days are May 27, 29, and 30. The Almanac traditionally marks the four periods formerly observed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches for prayer, fasting, and the ordination of clergy. These Ember Days are the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays that follow in succession after (1) the First Sunday in Lent; (2) Whitsunday/Pentecost; (3) the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14; and (4) the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13. The word ember is perhaps a corruption of the Latin quatuor tempora, "four times." Folklore has it that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months; for example, in the case of September's Ember Days: Wednesday, September 17, forecasts the weather for October; Friday, September 19, for November; and Saturday, September 20, for December.

Every Year

  • King Kamehameha I Day (Hawaii)

  • 1500s

  • 1509: King Henry VIII of England and Katherine of Aragon were married

  • 1830s

  • 1837: Broad Street Riot, Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1860s

  • Born 1864: Richard Strauss (German composer)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1910: Jacques-Yves Cousteau (marine explorer)

  • Born 1913: Vince Lombardi (football coach)

  • 1919: Sir Barton won triple crown

  • 1930s

  • 1938: Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds pitched his first no-hit, no-run professional baseball game

  • 1950s

  • Born 1953: Peter Bergman (actor)

  • Born 1956: Joe Montana (football player)

  • Born 1959: Hugh Laurie (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1978: Joshua Jackson (actor)

  • Died 1979: John Wayne (actor)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1985: Karen Quinlan, (coma patient). In a pioneering "Right to Die" case her parents fought to remove her from a respirator after she lapsed into a persistent vegetative state from ingesting tranquilizers and alcohol, after the respirator was removed she lived for many more years before passing away

  • 1990s

  • Died 1999: DeForest Kelley (actor)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2003: David Brinkley (reporter and commentator whose NBC broadcasts from 1956-70 helped define and popularize television news in America. Brinkley hosted one of the earliest television news magazines, David Brinkley's Journal, in the early 1960s)

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