March 25th…

I often wonder what happened in the past on the whatever day it is – and when I read the newspaper I always look at whose birthday it is and today i noticed it was both Aretha Franklin (seventy-five) and Elton John (seventy) among other people i didn’t know, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, Lord-Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight, the Director general of the Red Cross and a former world rackets champion… also Lord Justice Bean who I guess doesn’t thank Rowan Atkinson for using his name! Apparently, March in general is one of the months in the year which has fewest births (September has the most!)

I had a look at what else happened in the past on March 25th, Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland (1306) The Slave Trade Act came into force, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire (1807) and same day, same year the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, becomes the first passenger-carrying railway in the world.

This is also the day which some Christians celebrate the following little known saints:

  • Ælfwold II – Bishop of Sherborne who died in 1058
  • Barontius and Desiderius – two hermits from the eight century
  • Dismas – the good thief who was crucified beside Jesus, nobody actually knows who he was and he was just given the name
  • Humbert of Maroilles – seventh century French monk and abbot
  • Quirinus of Tegernsee – third century Roman martyr

…and here is a little more about popular birth dates:

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