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Calendar for June 3rd, 2014


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.


  • Born 1808: Jefferson Davis (president of the Confederacy)

  • 1860s

  • Born 1864: Ransom Eli Olds (automobile manufacturer)

  • 1880s

  • 1888: The poem "Casey at the Bat" was published in the San Francisco Examiner

  • 1890s

  • Died 1899: Johann Strauss, the Younger (composer)

  • 1910s

  • 1918: The New York Times won its first Pulitzer Prize

  • 1918: Ernest Poole became the first to win a Pulitzer Prize in the category of novels (now known as fiction)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1925: Tony Curtis (actor)

  • Born 1926: Allen Ginsburg (poet)

  • 1930s

  • 1932: Baseball player Lou Gehrig hit 4 home runs in 1 game

  • 1960s

  • Died 1963: Pope John XXIII

  • 1965: Astronaut Edward H. White II was the first American to perform a "spacewalk" when he stepped outside of his spacecraft Gemini 4

  • Born 1967: Anderson Cooper (television journalist)

  • 1968: The Royal Canadian Mint announced that nickel would replace silver in coins

  • 1970s

  • 1972: Sally Jane Priesand became the first female to be ordained as a rabbi

  • Died 1975: Ozzie Nelson (actor)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1987: Lalaine Vergara-Paras (actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Lew Wasserman (old time movie mogul)

  • 2008: Frances Bay, James Cameron, k.d. lang, The Kids in the Hall, Steve Nash, and Daria Werbowy were announced as being inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame

  • Died 2009: David Carradine (actor)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Rue McClanahan (actress)

  • Died 2011: Dr. Jack Kevorkian (pathologist known as "Dr. Death" due to his role in assisting the suicides of terminally ill people)

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