Summer Begins When?

By | Jun 1, 2012

It’s the first of June and to some the summer has already begun even though the actual first day of summer is not until June 20th when Summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 7:09 P.M. (EDT). My grandmother told me that when she was a kid, she felt that the summer began on […]

An Extra Day in February

By | Feb 29, 2012

February 29th. It’s the day that is added every 4 years to balance the calendar. A year is actually a little less that 365.25 days long. The actual formula for leap days is that it occurs only every four years, in years evenly divisible by 4, except century years not divisible by 400. Since the […]

Happy New Year

By | Dec 31, 2011

The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon 4000 years ago. The Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon after the first day of spring. The Romans in 153 BC established January 1 as the beginning of the New Year. The Greeks […]

The Ones Have It

By | Jan 11, 2011

Today is January 11th in the year 2011. When written out as numbers it’s 1/11/11. For the second time this year the date has had all ones in it when written as numbers. The first was New Year’s Day with 1/1/11. And there is still another one. It comes on the eleventh day of the […]

The Beginning of Summer

By | Jun 21, 2010

Summer is one of the four seasons. One common beginning of the season is the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year. It’s when the tilt of the Earth axis, North or South, is most inclined towards the sun. But this should be considered the middle of the […]

Month of June

By | Jun 1, 2010

June is the sixth month of the calendar. It is one of the months that has 30 days. The Roman poet Ovid provides two possible sources for June’s name in his poem entitled the Fasti. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter. The second is that […]

Established: 1960

By | May 28, 2010

Motel 6 Motel 6 was founded in 1960 in Santa Barbara, California by building contractors, William Becker and Paul Greene. Their plan was to build motels that could offer rooms a a bargain price. After calculating the all cost it was decided that a room would have a nightly cost of $6, hence the company […]

The First of the Year

By | Mar 1, 2010

In ancient Rome the first month of the new year was the same one in which spring began. That month was called Martius after the God of War, Mars. Today we call the month March. Spring would seem a natural time for the new year to begin, since that’s when the climate changes and the […]

From Julian to Gregorian

By | Feb 24, 2010

By the middle of the 16th century the Calendar used by the Christian Religious leaders was off. The Julian Calendar designed and adopted during the reign of Julius Ceasar in 45 BC was off by 10 to few days. This was causing confusion on when Easter as adopted by the First Council of Nicaea in […]

December

By | Dec 1, 2009

The month of December is the last month of the year. Even though decem means “ten” and it was the 10th month of the old Roman Calendar, even then it was the last month of the year. The winter period between the end of December and the 1st of March was considered monthless. December has […]

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