On This Day
295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges during the Third Samnite War.
Venus (/ˈviːnəs/, Classical Latin: /ˈwɛnʊs/) is a Roman goddess, whose functions encompassed love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. In Roman mythology, she was the ancestor of the Roman people through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Julius Caesar claimed her as his ancestor. Venus was central to many religious festivals, and was revered in Roman religion under numerous cult titles.
The Romans adapted the myths and iconography of her Greek counterpart Aphrodite for Roman art and Latin literature. In the later classical tradition of the West, Venus became one of the most widely referenced deities of Greco-Roman mythology as the embodiment of love and sexuality.
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Born On This Day
1858 – Ellen Willmott, English horticulturalist (d. 1934)
Ellen Ann Willmott (19 August 1858 – 27 September 1934) was an English horticulturist. She was an influential member of the Royal Horticultural Society, and a recipient of the first Victoria Medal of Honour in 1897. She was said to have cultivated more than 100,000 species and cultivars of plants, and sponsored expeditions to discover new species. More than 60 plants have been named after her or her home, Warley Place.
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Just A Car guy: back in March, a 6 yr old was watching the news about the flooding in Nebraska… and he decided to raise money to buy a bridge to help the victims. He ended up collecting $285.28 – more than enough to buy a bridge, which he estimated would cost about $60
Just A Car Guy: a fun to read Craigslist ad for this lawnmower