Monday, June 10, 2013

June 11: The Fall of Troy, Corn on the Cob, King Kamehameha Day

According to Eratosthenes, a Greek scholar of the third century B.C., the fabled city of Troy fell to the Greeks on June 11, 1184 B.C. In other words, it was on June 11, 1184 B.C. that the Greeks finished horsing around and ended the Trojan War.

Most of the Usual Suspects note that June 11 is Corn on the Cob Day -- an nice idea, perhaps, if one is barbecuing and if the grocery has it in stock -- but not a day to look for fresh sweet corn at farmers' markets or roadside stands in most parts of North America: Traditionally, corn is not even 'knee high until the Fourth of July.'

In Hawaii, Tuesday, June 11 is Kamehameha Day, commemorating King Kamehameha the Great, the founder, in 1810, of the Kingdom of Hawaii, when he finished uniting the entire Hawaiian island chain under his rule.

Wikipedia reports that King Kamehameha's full name was Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea.

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