Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dates vs Calendars

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Genealogy tip for today: Dates vs. Calendars


Today’s tip is more of a reminder and short. Recently we talked about Calendars and the last couple of days we’ve talked about dates. It’s also important to remember what time period you are working in and therefore what calendar was in use at that point. This is especially true when you get quite a ways back in your research – I’m talking centuries.


Although this blog is geared mostly toward Americans, you may be researching a Jewish background, or a Chinese background or some other ethnic group. These groups of people also have their own calendar. So when you begin researching documents that go back in time to other countries or races, be sure and find out about their culture, overall and what calendar was used at that time. Don’t assume that all dates are based on the Gregorian calendar and that dates you find refer only to that calendar.


Again when you transcribe – write them as you find them. When you enter the data into your genealogy forms, use the “Dimmie” (dd/mm/yyyy) method.



“History – it’s who we are; Genealogy – it’s who I am” sg




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George Washington

George Washington dies on his Mount Vernon estate.
Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states.
Prince Albert of England, one of the Union's strongest advocates, dies.
Confederate General James Longstreet attacks Union troops at Bean's Station, Tenn.
Max Planck presents the quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.
The first U1 submarine is brought into service in Germany. Italy's MAS torpedo boats.
The first truly representative Turkish Parliament opens.
The Labor Conference in Pittsburgh ends with a "declaration of war" on U.S. Steel.
Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole.
The League of Nations creates a credit system to aid Europe.
The League of Nations drops the Soviet Union from its membership. Joseph Avenol sold out the League of Nations.
German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel orders the construction of defensive positions along the European coastline. Desperate Hours on Omaha Beach
The United Nations adopt a disarmament resolution prohibiting the A-Bomb.
Bulgarian ex-Premier Traicho Kostov is sentenced to die for treason in Sofia.
A U.S. Boeing B-52 bomber sets a 10,000-mile non-stop record without refueling.
NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the d├ętente between the East and West.
Israel's Knesset passes the Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the Golan Heights area.
Construction begins on China's Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
The Dayton Agreement signed in Paris; establishes a general framework for ending the Bosnian War between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Tens of thousands die as a result of flash floods caused by torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela.
Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, narrowly escapes and assassination attempt.
The Millau Viaduct, the world's tallest bridge, official opens near Millau, France.
Iraqi broadcast journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.
At Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide.


Nostradamus [Michel de Nostredame], French astrologer and physician.
Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer.
Henry IV, the first Bourbon king of France.
John Bloomfield Jarvis, civil engineer.
John Christie, English patron of music.
Roger Fry, English art critic.
James H. Doolittle, American Air Force general who commanded the first bombing mission over Japan.
Shirley Jackson, novelist and short story writer (Life Among Savages, The Lottery).
June Taylor, choreographer, founder of the June Taylor Dancers featured on Jackie Gleason's TV programs.
James Thomas Aubrey Jr., TV and film executive; president of CBS television (1959–1965).
Don Hewitt, TV producer; creator of 60 Minutes.
Junior J. Spurrier, received Medal of Honor for his actions in capturing Achain, France.
Sam Jones ("Sad Sam" "Toothpick" Jones), pro baseball player; first African-American pitcher to throw a no-hitter in integrated baseball game.
Charlie Rich, crossover country singer, musician ("Behind Closed Doors").
Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine and Roses, The Omen).
Ernie Davis, first African American to win Heisman Trophy (Syracuse University); subject of The Express movie (2008).
Emmett Tyrell, journalist, author, publisher; founded The American Spectator magazine.
Patty Duke, actress, singer; won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16, playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker; president of Screen Actors Guild (1985-88).
Spider Stacy (Peter  Stacy), singer, songwriter, musician with The Pogues band.
Anthony Mason, pro basketball player.
Miranda Hart, comedian, actress, writer (Miranda Hart's Joke Shop on BBC Radio 2 and its spinoff BBC sitcom TV series Miranda).







noun: A humiliating failure, blunder, or defeat.



A pratfall is literally a fall on the buttocks. The word is figuratively used to describe embarrassing errors or failures. From prat (buttocks, fool) + fall. Earliest documented use: 1939.



"Some caution that stockpiling is ending and both markets are in for a pratfall."
Ray Turchansky; Asian Consumers Likely Spend Us Out of Our Financial Mess; The Vancouver Sun (Canada); Aug 21, 2009.

What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious. -Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)




Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking




1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
3/4 cup hazelnuts - toasted, skinned and
coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
13 skinned, toasted hazelnuts
1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Using a blender or a food processor, finely chop 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Transfer ground chocolate to a mixing bowl. Add vanilla wafer crumbs, ground hazelnuts, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and melted butter or margarine. Mix until well combined. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar; mix well. Add the eggs and 3 tablespoons liqueur. Mix until well blended. Coarsely chop 1 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips, and stir the chocolate into the cream cheese mixture. Pour batter into the cooled crust.
Bake in preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 1 hour. Let cake cool in oven for 1 hour. Remove outer ring from pan; allow cake to cool completely.
Melt 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips over hot (not boiling) water. Stir until smooth. Dip 13 hazelnuts into the chocolate, covering one-half of each nut. Shake off the excess chocolate. Place on a waxed-paper lined plate and chill until set.
Stir the sour cream into the remaining melted chocolate and mix well. Add 1 tablespoon liqueur. Spread glaze on top of the cooled cheesecake. Garnish with chocolate-dipped hazelnuts.




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