1412 Joan of Arc was born.
1854 Sherlock Holmes was allegedly born.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his “Four Freedoms” speech.
1942 Pan Am Airlines completed the first around the world commercial flight.
Three Kings Day—also known as the Feast of the Epiphany—is a gift-giving holiday in many parts of the world. Many residents of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and New York City celebrate today as Greek Cross Day. Devoutly religious men jump into the waters to retrieve Orthodox crosses in an ancient and always exciting combination of piety meets Polar Bear Club.
There’s more to life than living in the present. To live to the fullest, and to achieve greatness, it is necessary to have vision. They don’t have to be as grand as Joan of Arc’s, but today is Joan of Arc’s birthday. The Maid of Orleans’ visions changed the fate of an entire nation and its leader. Today’s visions are often tomorrow’s realities. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the U. S. Congress on this day in 1941, he voiced his vision of “a world founded upon four essential freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from want, [and] freedom from fear.”
The freedom to travel anywhere in the world expanded its horizons on this date in 1942. That’s when a Pan Am passenger plane completed the first around the world commercial flight.
This is the birthday of one of the most famous men who never lived. Here’s an elementary clue my dear Watson: throughout the world, people have enjoyed his exploits, his brilliance, and his talent at deducing solutions. Yes, Sherlock Holmes was allegedly born on this day in 1854, according to his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who fashioned the personality of the world’s first consulting detective from one of his favorite teachers in medical school.