Welcome to the weekly digest here at Doxacon Seattle! Below is this week’s collection of geeky daily tidbits and news from Doxacon Seattle.
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October 15 – Over four hundred years ago today (1582), the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Spain, Portugal, and pontifical states. Named after Pope Gregory XIII, it was created with the goal of keeping the celebration of Easter close to the spring equinox – something that the Julian calendar struggled with due to a miscalculation of the length of a solar year. Though the celebration of Easter continues to be a point of divergence between Christians of the East & West, the Gregorian calendar as a whole has been generally adopted around the world. Read more at History.com.
October 16 – Nearly 75 years ago today (1950) The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe was published! The first of the seven-book series set in the world of Narnia, C.S. Lewis’ story both sparks the imagination and conveys what is ultimately a Christian story. Still popular today, the stories of the Pevensie siblings (and their many friends!) delight readers around the world.
October 18 – On this day in 1922, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was formed by a group of wireless manufacturers. About a month later, it began broadcasting its first daily radio service. It was on the BBC that the first British monarch was broadcast (King George V), had the first regularly scheduled TV service, and through its coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, provided most people’s first time watching an event on television. And of course, for our purposes, the BBC has rich history of geeky programming that we have come to know and love! Read more about its history at the BBC website.
October 20 – This week features not one, but two publication anniversaries of great books. Today’s is the Return of the King published in 1955 and bringing the Lord of the Rings trilogy to its conclusion. Tolkien originally intended for the third book of his trilogy to be titled The War of the Ring, but conceded to his second choice of title. Read more about this anniversary at The Tolkien Society website.
October 21 – Today is the birthday of Ursula K. Le Guin (1929). An American novelist (so she preferred to be known!), she is perhaps best known by fans as the author of A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness. More generally speaking, she helped put speculative fiction on the map, helping it achieve more mainstream recognition and acceptance. Read more about her at her official website.
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