I was going to write another scathing rant about people and layers of make-up (aka War-Paint) but then I said why ruin the mood so I decided since I have the internet at hand why not use it or put it to good use.
Just for the fun of it I googled which Saint’s day it was today and this is what I got:
St. Ignatius of Laconi
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But when the illness left him, his father convinced him to wait. A couple of years later, Ignatius was almost killed when he lost control of his horse. Suddenly, however, the horse stopped and trotted on quietly. Ignatius was convinced, then, that God had saved his life. He made up his mind to follow his religious vocation at once.
Brother Ignatius never had any important position in the Franciscan order. For fifteen years he worked in the weaving shed. Then, for forty years, he was part of the team who went out from house to house. They requested food and donations to support the friars. Ignatius visited families and received their gift. But the people soon realized that they received a gift in return. Brother Ignatius consoled the sick and cheered up the lonely. He made peace between enemies, converted people hardened by sin and advised those in trouble. They began to wait for his visits.
There were some difficult days, too. Once in a while, a door was slammed in his face, and often the weather was bad. Always, there were miles and miles to walk. But Ignatius was dedicated. Yet people noticed he used to skip one house. The owner was a rich moneylender. He made the poor pay back much more than they could afford. This man felt humiliated because Ignatius never visited his home to ask for donations. He complained to Brother Ignatius’ superior. The superior knew nothing about the moneylender so he sent Ignatius to his home. Brother Ignatius never said a word, but did as he was told. He returned with a large sack of food. It was then that God worked a miracle. When the sack was emptied, blood dripped out. “This is the blood of the poor,” Ignatius explained softly. “That is why I never ask for anything at that house.” The friars began to pray that the moneylender would repent.
Brother Ignatius died at the age of eighty, on May 11, 1781. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius XII in 1951.
Now children wasn’t that a fun fact?
On to other memorable things.
On this day in history these things happened too:
Brace yourselves this is a longer listing:
Historical Events on 11th May
330 – Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes capital of Roman Empire
1189 – Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa & 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade
1310 – Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.
1421 – Jews are expelled from Styria Austria
1502 – Columbus begins 4th & last trip to “Indies”
1548 – Start of great fire in Brielle
1625 – Peasants besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper Austria
1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam.
1674 – Netherlands & Cologne sign peace treaty
1678 – French admiral Jean d’Estrees’ fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao
1689 – Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle
1690 – English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia
1745 – Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war
1749 – British parliament accepts Consolidation Act: fleet reorganization
1751 – 1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America
Explorer of the New WorldChristopher Columbus1752 – 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)
1772 – Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed
1784 – Britain & Tippu Sahib of Mysore sign peace treaty
1792 – Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray
1812 – Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting & immoral.
1812 – British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both were later elected to Parliament at the same time.
1813 – In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
1816 – American Bible Society forms (NY)
1820 – Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.
Naturalist Charles Darwin1833 – “Lady-of-the-Lake” strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215
1841 – Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.
1850 – Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
1858 – Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
1862 – Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA
1864 – Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA (Sheridan’s Raid, South Anna Bridge)
1864 – Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern
1865 – Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas
1867 – Treaty of London drawn, concerning Luxembourg
1875 – George “Charmer” Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout
1881 – Bedrich Smetana’s opera “Libusa” premieres in Prague
1887 – 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart1888 – 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
1891 – The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt
1892 – 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½
1893 – Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)
1894 – American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
1897 – Wash Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
1900 – james j jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title
1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
1907 – Bank of San Francisco incorporated
1907 – A derailment outside Lompoc, California, kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot.
1910 – Montana’s Glacier National Park forms
1911 – The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie1912 – 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4
1917 – King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
1918 – 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
1919 – Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0
1919 – Yanks’ Jack Quinn & Senators’ Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie
1921 – Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
1921 – The Allied Supreme Council warns Germany to pay reparations or the entire Ruhr Valley will be occupied; Germany agrees
1923 – 10 HRs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St Louis Cards
1924 – Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election
1924 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)
1924 – Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.
1925 – Communist Party of Holland splits
Poet Robert Frost1925 – Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region constituted in RSFSR
1926 – Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
1927 – Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
1927 – Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
1928 – 54th Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2
1928 – 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George’s
1928 – General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
1929 – 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
1929 – Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin Tx
1931 – Credit-Anstalt, Austria’s largest bank, fails, beginning financial collapse of Central Europe
1935 – 61st Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
1940 – 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
Golfer Walter Hagen1940 – NY World’s Fair reopens
1941 – 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
1942 – Japanese troops conquer Kalewa
1942 – William Faulkner‘s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
1943 – Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrenders
1943 – US 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured)
1944 – Opposition group surprise attack post office Washer
1944 – Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison
1945 – US marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa
1946 – 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
1946 – 72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
1946 – United Malays National Organisation is created.
Nazi Politician Hermann Goering1947 – BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
1947 – Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
1948 – Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa
1948 – Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy
1949 – By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
1949 – Siam renames itself Thailand
1950 – Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
1950 – Eugene Ionesco’s “La Cantatrice Chauve” premieres in Paris
1951 – Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
1953 – Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)
1953 – Winston Churchill criticizes US Sec of State John Foster Dulles’ domino theory
1955 – Israel attacks Gaza
1956 – Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley1956 – Elvis Presley‘s 1st entry on UK charts with “Heartbreak Hotel”
1957 – Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
1958 – Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
1958 – US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1958 – US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1959 – “Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb” by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4
1959 – Rodgers & Barer’s musical “Once upon a mattress” premieres in NYC
1959 – Yankee catcher Yogi Berra‘s errorless streak of 148 games ends
1960 – French liner “France” launched
1960 – Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires
1960 – The first contraceptive pill is made available on the market.
1962 – Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy
1962 – US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 – US sends troops to Thailand
MLB Catcher and ManagerYogi Berra1963 – “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
1963 – LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
1963 – Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
1965 – “Flora, the Red Menace” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances
1965 – 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
1965 – Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000
1965 – Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument
1965 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1965 – West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
1966 – Real Madrid wins 11th Europe Cup I
1967 – “Sing, Israel Sing” opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 14 perfs
1967 – 100,000,000th US phone connected
1967 – Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for EG membership
1968 – Richard Harris releases “MacArthur Park”
Actor and Singer Richard Harris1968 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
1968 – Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
1968 – The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west.
1969 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1969 – Monty Python comedy troupe forms
1970 – Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
1971 – Cleveland’s Steve Dunning becomes last AL pitcher to hit grand slam
1972 – Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash
1972 – John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
1972 – Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2
1972 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 – Dutch government of Uyl forms
MLB Legend Willie Mays1973 – Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
1974 – “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield hits #7
1974 – Steely Dan releases “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”
1975 – Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1975 – Flyers 1-Isles 2-Semifinals-Series tied at 3 games
1975 – Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
1976 – Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
1976 – Last broadcast of “Marcus Welby, MD” on ABC-TV
1977 – Hamburger SV of West Germany wins 17th Europe Cup Winner’s Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0
1977 – Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
1978 – Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi1980 – Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1980 – Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies
1981 – Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical “Cats” (based on TS Eliot) premieres in London
1982 – Canucks 4-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1983 – “Dance a Little Closer” opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC
1983 – Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner’s Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
1983 – Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
1984 – Johan Cruijff quits soccer
1984 – Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
1984 – Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
1985 – 40 die and 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground, England
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber1985 – Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India
1985 – Madonna‘s “Crazy For You” single goes #1
1985 – Pope John Paul II arrives in Netherlands, which is marred by violent protest
1985 – Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cin Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno
1986 – Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1987 – 1st heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore)
1988 – France performs nuclear test
1988 – KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg
1988 – Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)
1989 – 217th & final episode of “Dynasty” is aired
1989 – France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti1989 – Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
1989 – President Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
1990 – NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt
1993 – 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1993 – Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
1994 – “Grease” opens at Eugene O’ Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances
1994 – “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” released in France
1994 – 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
1994 – Inter Milan wins 23rd UEFA Cup
1995 – In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
1996 – Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colo Rockies, 11-0
1996 – Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
1997 – “Play On!” closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks1997 – NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
1997 – Paine Webber Senior Golf Invitational
1997 – Sara Lee LPGA Classic
1997 – Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
1997 – Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
1997 – Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
1998 – India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
2002 – Last performance of the musical Cats in London’s West End.
2002 – Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.
2007 – Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.
265th Pope Benedict XVI2009 – An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded.
2010 – Imelda Marcos win election to Philippine House of Representatives representing Ilocos Norte province.
2012 – Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
2013 – 43 people are killed in two car bombings in Reyhanlı, Turkey
2013 – Bayern Munich set a new Bundesliga points record of 91
2013 – Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years
2014 – Thousands protest against the construction of a waste incineration plant in Hangzhou, China