International Bagpipe Day
Traditionally, bagpipes were made from the skin of a whole animal, turned inside out, with the pipes attached where the legs and neck would be. The tyrant Nero was a ruthless ruler, strategist, and persecutor of Christians. He was also said to be a skilled piper. The Great Highland bagpipes have been played at least since the 16th century. The bagpipes took the place of trumpets in battle in 1549 at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh. Bagpipes can be heard up to 10 miles away. The sound of bagpipes can reach 111 decibels which is louder than a pneumatic drill, power saw or power mower.
Salvation Army Day
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865, in the East End of London, by William Booth. Booth was an evangelist who wanted to offer practical help to the poor and destitute as well as preaching the Gospel to them. It was originally called the Christian Mission, but changed its name to the Salvation Army in 1878. The annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign started in 1891 when a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot and began collecting money for the poor at Christmas.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Harriet Tubman – Abolitionist – born in Maryland
Carrie Underwood – Singer – born in Muskogee, Oklahoma