September brings us the International Day of Peace on the 21st of the month, marking its 30th anniversary with this year’s theme of “Right of the Peoples to Peace,” which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Cartoon icon Scooby Doo, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Olympian Jesse Owens and HG Wells were all born in September. The New York Times was first published in September 1851, and Google was incorporated in 1998. And, in the words of poet Helen Hunt Jackson, “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
OSCON 2014 is upon is. We’ll have a number of Rackspace specialists on-hand throughout the event talking about all things open source. We’re pumped to head to Portland to highlight the projects we’ve contributed to and collaborate and innovate with the open source community.
May brings us Mother’s Day on the 11th. Dr. Benjamin Spock, President John F. Kennedy, Jim Thorpe (the world’s greatest athlete) and Frank L. Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz) were all born in May. International Museum Day is celebrated May 18; this year’s theme, chose by the museum community, is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” The first Kentucky Derby ran this month in 1875. World No Tobacco Day takes place on the 31st of May. And, in the words of Irish novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith, “But winter lingering chills the lap of May.”
April brings us International Children’s Book Day, celebrated on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday on the 2nd. Webster’s Dictionary was first published this month in 1828. Educator Booker T. Washington, aviator Wilbur Wright and seismologist Charles Richter were all born in April. The MP3 audio format was patented in Germany this month in 1989. On April 10, “Encourage a Young Writer Day” is celebrated followed by “Tell a Story Day” on the 27th. And, in the words of Mark Twain, “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
Waves of palpable excitement moved through the throng of developers, musicians and media as Slash took the stage at the end of the epic 12-hour Slashathon hackathon and aptly proclaimed, “That was a hell of a lot of fun!”
March brings us International Women’s Day on the 8th, with the theme of “Inspiring Change.” Inventor Alexander Graham Bell, artist Michelangelo, illusionist Harry Houdini and the world’s favorite soft drink, Coca Cola were all born in March. The Ides of March fall on the 15th. Twitter had its first ever tweets go out in March of 2006. We look forward to the first day of Spring on the 20th of the month. And in the words of author, scientist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold, “One swallow does not make a Summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.”
February brings us Robinson Crusoe Day on the firstday of the month. The Vietnam War ended in February 1973. The first President of the United States, George Washington was born this month in 1732, and the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809. Each year on February 22nd, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). International Polar Bear Day falls on the 27th of the month. And, in the words of American journalist Hunter S. Thompson, “February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.”