Tuesday, April 05, 2005

April 5th Happenings

April 5th is the 95th day of this year.

In China, April 5th is the day for the Festival of Kwan Yin. Kuan Yin or Quan Yin, is the goddess of compassion and mercy. Her name translates to" the one who heals the cries of the world". Kwan Yin is one of China's most popular and revered goddesses. Her qualities are compassion, alturiusm, service to others and unconditional love. (taken from the Witches'Spell-A-Day-Almanac).

In Tibet it is the Sunning of the Buddahs day. Lamas bring buddha statues out of temples to enjoy the sun.

On this day in 1614 Native American Pocahontas married colonialist John Rolfe.

On this day in 1792 President George Washington used the Presidential veto for the first time.

On this day in 1911 80,00 people marched on 5th Avenue in NYC for theTriangle Shirtwaist Victims.

On this day in 1930 Gandhi's march to the sea began.

On this day in 1951 Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were sentenced to death for espionage.

On this day Booker T. Washington,Colin Powell, author Robert Bloch (wrote Psycho) Bette Davis and Arthur Hailey were born.

On this day in 1968 San Francisco Mayor Alioto "issued a proclamation condemning the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr". Thousands of people gathered at the Civic Center in memory of MLK. City flags were lowered to half staff.

On this day in 1969 Pope Paul VI abolishes the galero (red hat) & red shoes of cardinals.

On this day in 1976 aviation pioneer and film director Howard Hughes died.

On this day in 1992 500,000 women marched in Washington, DC to support women's reproductive rights. I was there and it was amazing.

According to the Farmer's Almanac it's a good day to "make jams and jellies, castrate farm animals, wean and quit a habit or smoking".

According to the Chinese Fortune Calendar today is a good day to get your baby's haircut. It's a fair day to build a new house, either attend or have a funeral and to tear down a building. Under no circumstances should you do any of the following:attend a wedding or engagement, attend a Grand Openning, move your residence or your bed,get a new job, travel, ship merchandise, break ground or conduct any business trading.

April 5th is the feast day for St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Albert of Montecorvino, St. Becan, St. Zeno, St. Theodore and Pausilippus, St. Derferl-Gadarn, the Martyrs of Lesbos and the Martyrs of Londo.
(taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia).

(The above information was culled from resources mentioned and The Daily Bleed).

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