Shrove Tuesday 2020
Today is the 3rd day of the 9th week, the 25th day of the 2nd month, the 56th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- International Pancake Day
- Let's All Eat Right Day
- Meher Baba's birthday (followers of Meher Baba)
- Mardi Gras
- National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day
- National Clam Chowder Day
- Pancake Day Race (Between US and England)
- Pistol Patent Day
- Pączki Day
- Quiet Day
- Rubber Ducky Day
- Shrove Tuesday [AKA Fat Tuesday]
- World Spay Day USA
1570 - Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England for heresy and persecution of English Catholics during her reign. Also absolves her subjects from allegiance to the crown.
1751 - the first performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
1836 – Samuel Colt Samuel Colt patents first multi-shot revolving-cylinder revolver, enabling the firearm to be fired multiple times without reloading
1838 - London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
1843 – Lord George Paulet occupies the Kingdom of Hawaii in the name of Great Britain in the Paulet Affair (1843).
1862 - Congress forms US Bureau of Engraving and Printing to print newly issued US paper currency, the United States Notes
1908 - the first tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
1930 - Check photographing device patented
1950 - "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen
1957 - Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"
1963 - Beatles release their first single in US "Please Please Me"
1968 – One hundred thirty-five unarmed citizens of Hà My village in South Vietnam's Quảng Nam Province are killed and buried en masse by South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Hà My massacre.
1969 - Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
1979 - Soyuz 32, carrying two cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, is launched
1981 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 - Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
2015 - BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran
2019 - Influential film review site Rotten Tomatoes implements changes to its site after internet trolls target "Captain Marvel" film
2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 35 mins 29 secs of light-travel time from Earth
I work in a small office with only five other coworkers at the moment and I was totally astounded when not one of them knew that today was a day to consume pancakes. Amused I explained that in days of yore, one needed to use up the flour, sugar, eggs, and milk that would not be needed during the six weeks of Lent that start tomorrow, and that pancakes were the easiest way to do so, resulting in a culinary revel almost as debauched as Mardi Gras.
Thanks to all the publicity New Orleans gets this time of year, I was under the impression that everyone knew about pancakes today!