Doxacon Seattle weekly digest (May 12-18)

Happy Easter! In the Eastern tradition, today is the ‘Antipascha’ – which means ‘in the place of Pascha’. In the same tradition today (the first Sunday after Easter) and every subsequent Sunday of the year is dedicated to the Lord’s resurrection. Whether hailing from the West or the East, all of us here at Doxacon Seattle wish you and your loved ones blessings as we continue through the Easter season. Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! Christ Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!

A photograph of the Incredulity of Thomas Icon from Saint Paraskevi Church in Langadas

May 12 – Happy Easter! Christians of the Eastern Churchs celebrate today – the first Sunday of Easter – as “Thomas Sunday”, when Thomas’ doubts were put to rest in his encounter with the Risen Lord. Icons of this moment reflect the gift he received from Jesus – “The Touching of Thomas” or The Belief of Thomas”. Read about more about this commemoration at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

A black and white print advertisement from 1962 for McDonald's and two other eateries

May 15 – Today is the 74th anniversary of the opening of the first McDonald’s in San Bernadino, CA (1940). First named “McDonald’s Barbeque”, it was basically a drive-thru with outdoor seating. The combination of a simple menu, low prices, and quick service formed the foundation of the fast food empire that endures to today. PBS SoCal has a writeup on how it all began.

A color drawing of a smiling boy holding an empty glass with the caption "Could I have another glass of that Hires' Rootbeer?"

May 16 – Almost 138 years ago (1866), Charles Hires created root beer. It started off as a kind of herbal tea – which he discovered on his honeymoon, no less! Some time later he adjusted the formula to include water, sugar, and yeast – left to ferment to make the carbonated drink we know today. Read about ‘the great health drink’ at the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

A black and white photo of the Supreme Court in 1953, called the Warren Court

May 17 – It was one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement, creating a major chink in the idea of being “separate-but-equal”. 70 years ago today, the US Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. Read about it at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

A black and white photograph of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens

May 18 – At 8:32 am on May 18, 1980, Mount Saint Helens erupted. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the eruption lasted nine hours. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a summary of the events leading up to and the aftermath of the eruption that changed the face of the mount.

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