Saturday, March 23, 2013

This year March 24 is Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week for western Christianity, falls on March 24 this year. On Palm Sunday we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem -- and the Passion and Death He will soon suffer.

But Palm Sunday moves around from year to year. It takes precedence tomorrow, yes, but don't worry: You're not missing much.

The U.N. designates March 24 as World Tuberculosis Day (remembering that on March 24, 1882 Robert Koch announced the discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria species that causes the disease). Tuberculosis isn't as scary as it once was -- but it may be very scary again in the near future, because the antibiotics that greatly reduced the perils of tuberculosis are increasingly resisted by evolving strains of the disease.

On a happier note, March 24 is also Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.

Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958, 55 years ago. Queen Elizabeth I of England died on March 24, 1603, leaving the throne to James VI of Scotland (James I of England). The Exxon Valdez ran aground on March 24, 1989 in Alaska's Prince William Sound, spilling anywhere from 260,000 to 750,000 gallons of crude oil. And Archbishop Óscar Romero was murdered while saying Mass on March 24, 1980 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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