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NIELS’ MORNING GREETINGS

ON: OCTOBER 15

TODAY’s NAME:

This day is called HEDEVIG’s DAY.  She was a Polish duchess, who after having given birth to 3 boys and 3 girls decided to live alone for the rest of her life. She built a monastery in Trebnitz  ( now in German Sachsen-Anhalt ). She died in 1243.

 

TODAY’s EVENT:

1946:  Ten top nazi leaders are executed in Nürnberg.

 

TODAY’s QUESTION:

Holy flame - what is the history? And what is it?

This is the name of the permanent fire in the temples in the ancient times. It is known from many religions. To the ancient Greeks fire was sacred. They believed it had been stolen from the gods by Prometheus.  In the Christian religion it is mentioned in the Law of Moses, where God asks Moses to ensure that the flame on the alter will burn permanently. From there comes the tradition with a burning lamp in Jewish synagogues. It is also known in the Catholic church.

When you see a permanent flame on monuments for killed soldiers in wars, f.ex. on the tomb of the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, is comes from the same tradition.

The Olympic flame has the same origin. Some time in advance of Olympic games a special ceremony is organized at the Mount Olympus in Greece. The flame is ignited by the beams of the sun, and a torch with the flame is transported over long distances, often by a runner, to the place, where the games take place. At the end of the games the flame is extinguished again.

 

QUESTION FOR TOMORROW:

Casanova - who was that? And what is the history behind?

THE EUROPEAN QUESTION FOR TOMORROW :

What are the main results from the joint research under EU’s HORIZON 2020 research  and innovation programme ?

 

 

45 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT EUROPE:

EUROPE AT WORK     www.europe-at-work.be

 

TODAY’s QUOTE & FAMOUS PEOPLE :

1.  Yesterday’s quote:

Ideologists are people who believe that mankind is better than man.

This was said by the American general and president Dwight D. Eisenhower -

 also called Ike.

 

2.  Today’s quote:

        The Danes are people full of irony.  Non-Danes often complain that they never

             know what we think.  This is the back of irony.

             Who has said that?

3.  Famous people born on this day:

70. BC:   Virgil  ( died 19 BC )

 

1844:  Friedrich Nietzsche  ( died 1900 )

 

1908:  John Kenneth Galbraith  ( died 2006 )

 

1924:  Lee Iacocca ( died 2019 )

 

4.  Famous people died on this day:

1917:  Mata Hari  ( 41 years )

 

1934:  Raymond Poincaré  ( 74 years )

 

1946:  Hermann Göring  ( 53 years )

 

1964:  Cole Porter  ( 73 years )

 

1993:  Dan Turell ( 47 years )

 

2004:  Per Højholt  ( 76 years )

 

 

Niels Jørgen Thøgersen

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