We are the 33rd day of the year and we celebrate Candlemas.
Originally a pagan feast, it was made Christian by Pope Gelasius I, who associated it with the presentation of Jesus in the temple, forty days after Christmas.
He would have offered pancakes to pilgrims, which would be the origin of the tradition of pancakes.
The sun rises two minutes earlier at 8:21 a.m. and sets two minutes later at 5:48 p.m.
1653: birth of the city of New Amsterdam, renamed New York in 1664 by the United Kingdom
1876: birth of the national baseball league in the United States
1935: first use of a lie detector in front of the Portage court in Wisconsin in the United States
1956: Austrian Toni Sailer becomes the first triple alpine ski champion at the Olympic Games
1998: death in Paris of volcanologist Haroun Tazieff
2009: start of a strike lasting more than three months in universities against a decree modifying the status of teacher-researchers
Christiane Taubira, former Keeper of the Seals born in 1952
Philippe Claudel, writer born in 1962
Marie-Claude Pietragalla, dancer and choreographer born in 1963
Kirill Petrenko, Russian conductor born in 1972
Shakira, Colombian singer born in 1977
At Candlemas, winter goes away or takes vigor