July 27, 2002

July 27, 2002

Holidays and Celebrations . . .

Asalha Puja, celebrating Buddha’s conception, first preaching, and renunciation. Celebrated in Thailand.


Feasts of Sts. Aurelius and Natalia, commemorating the martyrdom of St. Aurelius, who was secretly raised as a Christian during the Moorish occupation of Spain and later married a half-Moorish woman named Sabigotho, who changed her name to Natalia, and his wife, the same, now known as St. Natalia. Both were beheaded on this date in 852 for openly practicing Christianity. St. Aurelius is the patron saint of orphans, St. Natalia of converts and martyrs. Celebrated in the Catholic Church.

St. Natalia

Independence Day, in Belarus.

Flag of Belarus

Jose Barbosa Day, commemorating the birth in 1857 of the physician and patriot. Celebrated in Puerto Rico.

Procession of the Witches, in Beselara, Belgium.

Today in history . . .

The armistice ending the Korean War signed in 1953.

Bugs Bunny debuted in “A Wild Hare” in 1940.

Bugs Bunny in “A Wild Hare”

Born today . . .

Alexandre Dumas, in 1824.

Peggy Fleming, in 1948.

Peggy Fleming

Maureen McGovern, in 1949.

Died today . . .

Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran, in 1980.

Shah Reza Pahlavi

William Wyler, in 1981.

Reggie Lewis, in 1993.


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