Mt. Vesuvius Erupts

 

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Vesuvius Day commemorates the epic eruption that had destroyed historic Pompeii and caused the death of about 16,000 people. On August, 24th 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted surprisingly after centuries of dormancy and buried the towns around with all the people under a cloud of lava, stones and ash. Mount Vesuvius is still an active volcano in the Province of Naples in Italy and about 4,200 feet high.

The exact dating of Mount Vesuvius Day is possible for the letters of the Roman Pliny the Younger who documented the great eruption. The Italian name of Mount Vesuvius is Monte Vesuvio. Although the danger of another eruption continues to exist, the fruitful earth around the volcano is still the basis of existence for many people. (from www.cute-calendar.com)

 

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Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is an artificial 51-mile long waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmua od Panama and is a conduit for maritime trade. Canal locks lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 85 ft above sea level, and then lower the ships at the other end. The original locks are 110 ft wide. A third, wider lane of locks was constructed between September 2007 and May 2016, and the expanded canal began commercial operation on June that year, allowing transit of newer and larger ships, capable of handling more cargo.

France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker  mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal this day in 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South AMerica via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan.

Columbia, France, and later the United States controlled the territory surrounding the canal during construction. The U.S. continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until the 1977. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, in 1999, the canal was taken over by the Panamanian government and is now managed and operated by the government.

Annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships in 1914, when the canal opened, to 14,702 vessels in 2008, to more than 815,000 vessels in 2012. It takes 11.38 hours to pass through the Panama Canal. The American Society of Civil Engineers has called the Panama Canal one of the  seven wondes of the modern world. (from Wikipedia)

Going fishing …

Unsurprisingly,  people are supposed to go fishing on Go Fishing Day. Fishing is considered to be a peaceful activity: getting up early and going to a lake, river or beach for fishing; some people even like to spend a whole day outside, even if they don’t catch anything. Going fishing is a great opportunity to leave behind city noises, stress and the hectic pace of life and to spend a peaceful day outside and get in touch with nature. (from cute-calendar.com)

Father’s Day

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Father’s Day is always celebrated the third Sunday in June.

This is a time to appreciate Dad and all he does for you. A father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us, who helps set standards, family values and sets an example. Stepfathers and other men willingly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, give your father figure recognition today. And call him “Dad.” (from Wikipedia)

And we should remember that there are many children who will not be able to celebrate Father’s Day because their fathers are serving their country elsewhere, and some will no longer have a father with which to celebrate the day.

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The Golden Gate opens …

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide, one-point-seven-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links San Francisco—the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula—to Marin County, carrying both U. S. Route  101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Fromm’s travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.” The color of the bridge, officially an orange vermilion called international orange originally used as a sealant, was selected because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge’s visibility in fog. It opened this date tomorrow in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet. The Golden Gate Bridge’s clearance above high water averages 220 feet while its towers, at 746 feet above the water, were the world’s tallest on a suspension bridge until 1998 when bridges in Denmark and Japan were built.

And they’re off!

The Kentucky Derby is a horserace held annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, and this Saturday will be the 143rd running with a $2 million guaranteed purse. The race is for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs.

Known variously as ‘the most exciting two minutes in sports,’ ‘the fastest two minutes in sports,’ it’s also called ‘the run for the roses’ for the lush blanket of 554 red roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and the Belmont stakes, which took two years and one year off respectively, the Derby has been run every year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to the win the Triple Crown.

The fastest time ever run in the Derby (at its present distance) was set in 1973 at 1.59.4 minutes when Secretariat broke the record set in 1964 by Northern Dancer. Not only has Secretariat’s record time yet to be topped in the race itself, he did something unique in Triple Crown races: each successive quarter, his times were faster. Only twelve horses have won the Triple Crown from 1919 through 2015.

In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The mint julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup, is the traditional beverage of the race, served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup or from souvenir glasses printed with all previous Derby winners. Women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. As the horses parade before the grandstands, the University of Louisville Marching Band plays Stephen Foster’s My Old Kentucky Home. (from Wikipedia)

 

National Pet Day

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They love us unconditionally so celebrate that love.

This is National Pet Day, and whether you have a dog, cat, horse, turtle, bird, fish — or any other animal you care for — give them some extra love today and buy them a new toy.

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Adopt a pet from a shelter or pure breed rescue organization, volunteer at or make donations to a local shelter. Take lots of photos of your pets and post them to social. (from me and http://www.cute-calendar.com )

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And Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is        April 30th