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March 19, 2011
★~ St. Joseph’s Day:
The Feast Of St. Joseph or La Festa di San Giuseppe was credited with preventing a famine in Sicily and as a result, the day is commonly commemorated with a festival and special feast. St. Joseph’s Day, is also known as the day the swallows traditionally return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California. Every March 19th since 1776 (with very few exceptions), the birds come back to usher in spring in this Southern California seaside town.
★~ Super Moon:
A Super moon will make its appearance tonight. The largest full moon in almost 20 years. National Geographic quips the moon may not look faster than a speeding bullet, but tomorrow the it will make its closest approach to earth in 18 years.
★~ Today in History:
♥~1831 – The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the heist.
♥~1964 – Actor Sean Connery spent his first day of shooting on the James Bond flick, Goldfinger. FYI: Although many of the locations in Goldfinger are ‘American’, Connery never set foot in the U.S. during filming. All scenes where he is apparently in the U.S. were shot at Pinewood Studios, London.
♥~ 1983 – Michael Jackson’s Beat It, featuring lead guitar work by Eddie Van Halen,entered Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. The song, from the Thriller album, eventually hit #1 and was on the charts for 18 weeks.
♥~ 1995 – After giving up his attempt to become a major-league baseball player, Michael Jordan returned to pro basketball with his former team, the Chicago Bulls.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1848 –Wyatt Earp frontiersman, lawman, gunfighter: gunfight at O.K. Corral
♥~ 1936 – Ursula Andress actress: Dr. No, Casino Royale, Fun in Acapulco, What’s New Pussycat, Clash of the Titans
♥~ 1947 – Glenn Close Tony Award-winning actress: The Real Thing , Death and the Maiden , Sunset Boulevard ; Emmy Award: Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story ; Fatal Attraction, The Big Chill, 101 Dalmations
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ March 19th (St.Joseph Day) traditionally a day to show hospitality. On this day, all who come to the door are invited to dinner.
♥~ Traditionally red is worn on St. Joseph’s Day. Why is red worn? Maybe Mary mixed colors when she washed and turned Joseph only robe red; he showed up at the feast and from that time on red was considered the feast color. Italians wear royal purple.
♥~ Giving food to the needy is another St. Joseph Day custom.
♥~ St.Joseph is the patron saint of pastry chefs eating lots of sweets today is a wonderful way to honor his day.
♥~ When you visit a St. Joseph’s table, you often receive gifts of fava beans and breads.Fava beans play an integral part of the celebration because this was the food that saved the Sicilians from starvation. The bean is said to bring good luck, and it is believed that if St. Joseph’s bread is kept in the home, the family will never starve.
♥~ A popular St. Joseph custom: burying a St. Joseph statues upside-down in order to sell one’s home more quickly.
I thought it was pretty cool, the first American bank robbery coincided with the birth of Wyatt Earp. Wyatt Earp is the best known of all the frontier lawman of the American West. Soft-spoken with nerves of steel, he survived countless gunfights due to his extraordinary patience and resolute manner. I had to give St. Joseph Day, the swallows and Supermoon its due but really I wanted to visit about Gun slinging and the Wild Wild West. . .sigh.
When you howl at the moon tonight- don’t forget to wear red! Drop me a comment if you have the time–and if you don’t have time, this time; there is always next time.