Thursday, May 10, 2007

On May 10, ....

... 1994, Nelson Mandela (right), who'd served 18 years imprisoned on Robben Island on charges of having plotted to overthrow the apartheid government, was sworn in as President of the post-apartheid Republic of South Africa at a ceremony in Pretoria. Today is celebrated as Inauguration Day throughout the country.
... 1908, Mother's Day, having been declared as part of a women's peace movement in an 1870 antiwar poem by Julia Ward Howe, was 1st commemorated during church services in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Much of South America, and El Salvador, India, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, and Singapore, celebrate on this day. Irish and English mothers were honored on March 18.; U.S. moms will have to wait till Sunday for their fête.

1 comment:

Anna Koransky said...

Moms in France will wait until June 3rd this year. Though the first official modern mother's day didn't take place until 1950, the idea in France was promoted by Napoleon, borrowing from the English and the Greeks and Romans before them. Apparently the do-it-yourself stores aren't aware that mother's day was originally a fertility fête, as they all now have big specials for us bricoleuses.