19th August

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Filth, Summer 2006: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2016:
New Moon – August 2, 21:44
First Quarter – August 10, 19:20
Full Moon – August 18, 10:26
Last Quarter – August 25, 04:40




Mellors, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Jean-Eudes de Mézeray
Louis of Toulouse
Magnus of Anagni
Magnus of Avignon
Pope Sixtus III

Independence Day, commemorates the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, granting independence (!!) from Britain. (Afghanistan)
Manuel Luis Quezón Day (Quezon City)
National Aviation Day (United States)
Saviour's Transfiguration, popularly known as the "Apples Feast". (Russian Orthodox Church and Georgian Orthodox Church), and its related observances ie Buhe (Ethiopian Orthodox Church)
Vinalia Rustica (Roman Empire)
World Humanitarian Day (International)

Also on this day:

1612 – The "Samlesbury witches", three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused for practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in English history. All three were acquitted.

1692 – Salem witch trials: in Salem, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.

1745 – Prince Charles Edward Stuart raises his standard in Glenfinnan – the start of the Second Jacobite Rebellion, known as "the 45".

1839 – Presentation of Jacque Daguerre's new photographic process to the French Academy of Sciences. A witchcraft of sorts...

1895 – American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.

1936 – Summary execution of Spanish poet and author Federico García Lorca (b. 1898) by Fascist militia.

1944 – Liberation of Paris – Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops.

1960 – Cold War: in Moscow, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage.

1999 – In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.

* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.