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Calendar for July 15th, 2014

St. Swithin's Day

St. Swithin was a beloved ninth-century bishop of Winchester, England, who requested that he be buried in the churchyard--some say to be close to the common people, whom he loved; some say so that he could enjoy God's gift of rain for all eternity. When he died in 862, his request was honored. About 100 years later, however, it was deemed unseemly that so holy a man should rest in a common grave. On July 15, the saint's feast day, the people attempted to enshrine his remains in his church. Legend has it, however, that St. Swithin caused torrential rains to fall for 40 days, until the intended transfer was abandoned. This is the source of a very old Scottish weather proverb regarding rain on July 15: "St. Swithin's Day if thou dost rain, / For forty days it will remain."

Every Year

  • St. Swithin's Day

  • 1600s

  • Born 1606: Rembrandt (artist)

  • 1770s

  • Born 1779: Clement Moore (writer)

  • 1790s

  • 1799: In the Egyptian village of Rashid, French Captain Pierre Bouchard found the Rosetta Stone

  • 1850s

  • Born 1850: Saint Frances Cabrini (missionary)

  • 1870s

  • 1870: Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union

  • 1900s

  • 1904: First Buddhist temple established in U.S.

  • 1910s

  • Born 1911: Edward Shackleton (explorer)

  • 1918: The Second Battle of the Marne began with a German offensive from both sides of Reims which met strong resitance from French and American forces (WW I)

  • Born 1919: Iris Murdoch (writer)

  • 1920s

  • 1922: The duck-billed platypus was first exhibited to the U.S. public, at the Bronx Zoo in New York City

  • 1940s

  • Born 1943: Jocelyn Bell Burnell (astronomer)

  • Born 1946: Linda Ronstadt (singer)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1952: Terry O'Quinn (actor)

  • Born 1956: Barry Melrose (hockey player)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: Forest Whitaker (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1972: Scott Foley (actor)

  • 1975: "Super Florida mosquito" stowaway reported on board American craft of Apollo/Soyuz Test Project

  • 1990s

  • Died 1997: Gianni Versace (fashion designer)

  • 2000s

  • Born 2004: Guam Micronesian kingfisher hatched at a National Zoo facility in Front Royal, Virginia

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Ed Flesh (designer of the wheel on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune)

  • 2013: Lun Lun, a giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, gave birth to twins


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