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Lost and Found – January 10th Edition

What to remember about January 10th…

  • 1776  Exiled loyalist and Governor of North Carolina calls for subjects to rise up against patriot “Insurrection”, only 1500 answer the call
  • 1861  Florida secedes from the Union ahead of the Civil War
  • 1862  Pioneering firearms manufacturer and businessman Samuel Colt dies of gout in Hartford, Connecticut (b. 1814)
  • 1917  Medal of Honor recipient, hunter, and showman William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody dies in bed in Denver, Colorado (b. 1846)
  • 1920  Covenant of the League of Nations goes into effect; formally establishes the League of Nations even without U.S. membership
  • 1941  President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduces lend-lease program to support allies without direct military confrontation with the Axis
  • 1946  General Assembly of the United Nations convenes for 1st time meeting at Westminster Central Hall in London; 51 nations represented
  • 1984  United States and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations
  • 2016  Musician, actor, songwriter, and cultural icon David Bowie (David Robert Jones) dies from liver cancer at home in New York City (b. 1947)

Lost and Found – January 3rd Edition

What to remember about January 3rd…

  • 106 BC  Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero is born (d. 43 BC)
  • 1521  Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church, declares Luther an outlaw and heretic
  • 1777  While evading a superior British force, Patriot troops ambush straggling rear guard at Battle of Princeton
  • 1834  Founder of Texas colonies Stephen Austin is imprisoned by President Santa Ana after delivering their new Constitution
  • 1861  Vote to secede from the Union fails in Delaware
  • 1892  English author J.R.R. Tolkien is born (d. 1973), creator of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • 1919  Emir Faisal and Chaim Weizmann sign agreement at the Paris Peace Conference to develop a Jewish homeland
  • 1938  President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; later renamed the March of Dimes foundation
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Alaska as the 49th state in the Union
  • 1987 Aretha Franklin becomes 1st woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990  During invasion of Panama, dictator Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces after 10-day standoff
  • 1999  NASA launches Mars Polar Lander atop Delta II rocket

the hobbit first edition dust jacket book cover

No matter what language, it’s still Merry Christmas!

I hunted across the length and breadth of the internet.  From all around the world, I present to you my (not quite yet) complete list of Christmas Greetings.  Spread the joy with friends and family everywhere.  Even if you don’t use one of the translations below, remember that Christ is the reason for the season.  Share His spirit and be a blessing to everyone in your life.

Feel free to send along additions or corrections.  I know my brother will come up with some that I missed.

  • Afrikaans Gesëende Kersfees
  • Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
  • African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
  • Albanian Gezur Krislinjden
  • Arabic: Milad Majid or Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Argentine: Feliz Navidad
  • Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
  • Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
  • Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
  • Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
  • Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
  • Binary Code (for the computer geek in your life): 01001101011001010111001001110010011110010010000001 00001101101000011100100110100101110011011101000110 11010110000101110011
  • Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
  • Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina
  • Brazilian: Boas Feliz Natal or Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
  • Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
  • Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
  • Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
  • Chile: Feliz Navidad
  • Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
  • Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
  • Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
  • Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
  • Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  • Corsian: Pace e salute
  • Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
  • Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
  • Croatian: Sretan Bozic
  • Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  • Danish: Glædelig Jul
  • Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
  • Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
  • Elvish: Ná merye i turuhalmeri!
  • English: Merry Christmas
  • Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
  • Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
  • Estonian: Ruumsaid juulup
  • Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal
  • Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
  • Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
  • Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
  • Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
  • French: Joyeux Noel
  • Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
  • Galician: Bo Nada
  • Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
  • German: Froehliche Weihnachten
  • Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
  • Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto
  • Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
  • Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
  • Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  • Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
  • Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
  • Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (actually Good New Year, closest I could get)
  • Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
  • Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
  • Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
  • Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
  • Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
  • Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
  • Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  • Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
  • Klingon (Star Trek): QISmaS DatIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ DatIvjaj
  • Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
  • Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
  • Latvian: Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!
  • Lausitzian: Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
  • Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
  • Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
  • Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar
  • Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch
  • Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
  • Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
  • Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
  • Maori: Meri Kirihimete
  • Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh
  • Morse Code: — . .-. .-. -.– / -.-. …. .-. .. … – — .- …
  • Navajo: Merry Keshmish
  • Norwegian: God Jul or Gledelig Jul
  • Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
  • Papiamento: Bon Pasco
  • Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
  • Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
  • Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
  • Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!
  • Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
  • Portuguese: Feliz Natal
  • Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
  • Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
  • Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
  • Romanche (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
  • Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele
  • Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
  • Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
  • Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
  • Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
  • Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
  • Serb-Croatian: Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
  • Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
  • Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
  • Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
  • Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
  • Slovene: Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
  • Spanish: Feliz Navidad
  • Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
  • Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
  • Tamil: (Tamizh) Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal (actually Good New Year, closest I could get)
  • Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai
  • Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
  • Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  • Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (actually Good New Year, closest I could get)
  • Vietnamese: Chung Mung Giang Sinh
  • Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
  • Yugoslavian: Cestitamo Bozic
  • Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye’dun!

(Hat tip goes out to my old college roommate Drew for inspiring this post.)

Thanksgivings of the Past (Repost)

For those that would argue that our Founders and this nation were secularists that intended to keep God and faith out of the public square, I invite you to read some of their own words on the occasion of Thanksgiving.

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – October 3, 1789

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving – October 3, 1863

I would argue that their greatest concern was that NO faith or become the officially endorsed religion of this country.  The right to practice your beliefs, s long as they caused no harm to another,was to be sacrosanct and inviolable.  Their intent was not to prevent one from speaking of religion, hearing of religion or being offended by another’s religion.  The Founders saw America as a moral nation whose various faiths gave them the strength and values to surmount any challenge and strive towards the greatness in every individual… no matter their creed.  Stop trying to get God out of the public square.  He has the right to free speech too.

Lost and Found – October 31st Edition

What to remember about October 31st…

    • 1517  Martin Luther, Instigator of the Protestant Reformation, sends his letter and The Ninety-Five Thesis to his bishop
    • 1776  In speech to parliament, King George III acknowledges that war in America is going badly
    • 1864  Nevada is admitted to the Union as 36th state
    • 1926  Master escape artist and magician Harry Houdini dies in Detroit, Michigan of a ruptured appendix
    • 1941  Work ends on the carvings at Mt. Rushmore
    • 1941  USS Reuben James is torpedoed by German U-Boat; is 1st U.S. Navy vessel sunk in enemy action of WWII
    • 1959  Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his U.S. citizenship at embassy in Moscow, U.S.S.R.
    • 1968  President Johnson halts bombing of North Vietnam days before the election citing progress at peace talks
    • 2000  Russian Soyuz TM-31 launches with 1st resident crew for the International Space Station
    • 2003  While surfing, 13-year old Bethany Hamilton loses her arm in shark attack; her autobiography Soul Surfer becomes film in 2011
    • 2005  President George W. Bush nominates Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court

Lost and Found – October 4th Edition

What to remember about October 4th…

  • 1535  Coverdale Bible is published; the 1st complete and modern English-language translation of the Bible
  • 1777  Though Continental forces lost, Battle of Germantown demonstrates American strategic abilities to potential allies
  • 1822  President Rutherford B. Hayes is born in Delaware, Ohio (d. 1893)
  • 1876  Classes begin at Texas A&M University; 1st public institution of higher education in Texas
  • 1918  Germany sends telegraph a message to President Wilson requesting an armistice with the Allied powers
  • 1927  Sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore
  • 1957  Soviet Union surprises the world by launching the world’s 1st artificial satellite – Sputnik; the “Space Race” begins
  • 1970  Rock-and-roll icon Janis Joplin dies of heroin overdose
  • 1997  Hundreds of thousands of Christian men gather as Promise Keepers hold their Stand in the Gap assembly in Washington, D.C.
  • 2003  Palestinian Islamic Jihad suicide bombing of Maxim restaurant in Haifa, Israel kills 21 and injures 51 more
  • 2004  SpaceShipOne wins the $10 million Ansari X Prise by reaching 100km in altitude twice in a two-week period

Lost and Found – September 11th Edition

What to remember about September 11th…

  • 1565  Crusader Knights of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta defeat a vastly superior Muslim force of the Ottoman Empire to lift the Siege of Malta
  • 1609  Explorer Henry Hudson sails into the upper bay discovering Manhattan Island and the Hudson River
  • 1777  British forces use heavy morning in attempt to surround General Washington’s forces at Battle of Brandywine
  • 1789  Alexander Hamilton appointed as 1st Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
  • 1857   Mountain Meadows Massacre; Mormon militia and Paiute allies murder 120 settlers during the Utah War
  • 1941  Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Pentagon
  • 1965  1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1998  Starr Report is released; investigative account of President Clinton by Independent Council Kenneth Starr
  • 2001  19 Muslim hijackers take control of 4 airliners; planes are crashed into Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; 4th plane is brought down by the heroic efforts of passengers to prevent another attack
  • 2012  Armed mob attacks and sets fire to U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya; Obama administration falsely blames internet video instead of radical Islamist terrorists commemorating attacks of September 11, 2001

Lost and Found – September 10th Edition

What to remember about September 10th…

  • 1608  John Smith is elected president of Jamestown; the 1st permanent English settlement in North America
  • 1776  Nathan Hale responds to George Washington’s call for volunteers to gather intelligence behind enemy lines
  • 1813  Oliver Hazard Perry leads U.S. forces to defeat British fleet in Battle of Lake Erie; after victory Perry sends message “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”
  • 1833  President Andrew Jackson announces closure of the Bank of the United States; believed the institution to be unconstitutional
  • 1897  London taxi driver George Smith is 1st person ever arrested for drunk driving
  • 1918  German Shepard pup is rescued from bombed out kennel in France by American serviceman Lee Duncan; given the name Rin Tin Tin he later becomes a movie star
  • 1939  Canada joins the Allies; declares war on Germany
  • 1946  Riding train to Darjeeling, Sister Teresa Bojaxhiu hears the call of God directing her “to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them”; becomes known as Mother Teresa
  • 1979  President Carter gives clemency to 4 Puerto Rican nationalists convicted of assassination attempt on President Truman and attack on the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2002  Switzerland becomes 190th member of the United Nations
  • 2008  Large Hadron Collider at CERN performs 1st successful high energy experiments; world is NOT destroyed

Lost and Found – July 14th Edition

What to remember about July 14th…

  • 1099  Jerusalem captured during the First Crusade
  • 1779  George Ross dies; member of Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and militia colonel
  • 1789  French revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm the Bastille; recognized later as French holiday “Bastille Day”
  • 1789  Congress passes the unconstitutional Sedition Act
  • 1881  Outlaw Billy the Kid (William Henry McCarty) killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett near Fort Sumner, New Mexico
  • 1913  Future 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford is born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2006)
  • 1933  Germany passes “Law against the establishment of political parties”; ends organized opposition to Nazi Party
  • 1933  Germany enacts Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring; compulsory sterilization of persons suffering from alleged genetic disorders
  • 1965  Mariner 4 makes flyby taking first close up photos of Mars
  • 1968  Hank Aaron hits his 500th home run
  • 2003  Washington Post columnist Robert Novak reveals Valerie Plame might be a CIA Operative

Lost and Found – July 10th Edition

What to remember about July 10th…

  • 1777  British General Richard Prescott captured by Colonials… again
  • 1850  Millard Fillmore sworn in as 13th President of the United States after sudden death of President Zachary Taylor
  • 1856  American inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla is born
  • 1890  Wyoming becomes 44th state in the Union
  • 1925  Science teacher John Scopes is found guilty of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act prohibiting teaching of evolution
  • 1938  American businessman, aviator, and engineer Howard Hughes completes flight around the world in record 91 hours
  • 1940  Germans launch campaign of aerial bombing raids against Great Britain; Battle of Britain begins lasting 114 days
  • 1962  NASA launches Telstar 1; AT&T satellite is worlds first orbital communications relay; allows for TV, fax, and phone transmission
  • 1985  Coca-Cola gives up on New Coke and resumes old formula
  • 1985  Two French agents plant a bomb sinking Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior docked in New Zealand; photojournalist dies
  • 1989  Mel Blanc the “man of a thousand voices” dies in L.A. (b. 1908); known as voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and more

Mel Blanc – man of a thousand voices