Roger Mickelson’s History Today 3/20/14


        Happy Vernal Equinox       

Today, Spring begins at 10:57 Mountain Daylight Time. In many cultures spring has been celebrated with rites and festivals revolving around its importance in food production. In European languages, the concept of spring is associated with the sowing of crops. During this time of the year all plants, including cultivated ones, begin growth anew after the dormancy of winter. Animals are greatly affected, too: they come out of their winter dormancy or hibernation and begin their nesting and reproducing activities; and birds migrate in response to
the warmer temperatures.
Vernal Equinox

Vernal Equinox (Photo credit: demzpix)

In 43 BC, future Roman poet Publius Ovidius Nas (Ovid) was born in what is now Sulmona, Italy. The main events of his life are described in an autobiographical poem in the Tristia (Sorrows). His family was old and respectable, and sufficiently well-to-do for his father to be able to send him and his elder brother to Rome to be educated. At Rome he embarked, under the best teachers of the day, on the study of rhetoric. Ovid was thought to have the makings of a good orator, but in spite of his father’s admonitions he neglected his studies for the verse-writing that came so naturally to him.
Ovid among the Scythians

Ovid among the Scythians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1779, future German lyric poet Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was born in Lauffen am Neckar, Württemberg.
In 1811, future American frontier painter George Caleb Bingham was born in Augusta county, Virginia.


NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art: George Caleb...

NYC – Metropolitan Museum of Art: George Caleb Binham’s Fur Traders Descending the Missouri (Photo credit: wallyg)

In 1815, Napoleon returned to Paris to begin his “Hundred Days” rule.


English: Blucher Wellington and Napoleon's def...

English: Blucher Wellington and Napoleon’s defeat (1815) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


In 1828, future playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, Norway.


English: Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen photo p...

English: Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen photo portrait later in his career (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1852, American author Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in book form.


Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe Deutsch: Die...

Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe Deutsch: Die Schriftstellerin Harriet Beecher Stowe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
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