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Last Time Easter Was On April 21, As In 2019, Was 1957 — 62-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


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Easter, your quintessential ‘movable feast’ can fall between March 22 (since it HAS to be after the Spring Equinox) and April 25 (i.e., essentially the 28-day lunar month).

So, this year’s April 21 Easter is at the further end of the range.

As with last year, we again have a 62-year gap. That is quite the coincidence.

Another coincidence. Last year’s April 1 Easter was the first such Easter as of 1956. This year, first April 21 since 1957.

I have as yet not been able to work out why we get a 62-year gap … as between 1956 and 2018 and twice in prior years. The 68-year confounds me even further.

11-year gaps for such ‘movable holidays’ is common — the 11 having to do with the 7-day week and leap years every 4-years. As you can see we do get 11-year gaps quite often, just not the last time around. 35-year gaps are fairly common too.

But, 62- and 68-year are the LONGEST possible gaps for Easter.


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by Anura Guruge

Sputnik 2, With ‘Laika’, The FIRST Animal In Space, Was Launched This Day, 60-Years Ago; November 3, 1957.

by Anura Guruge


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The Sputnik 2 & ‘Laika’ THE DOG!

Wow, I remember it well and can still recall those exciting days. I had just turned 4. It was BIG news in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). We did NOT have TV in the country at that stage, but it was covered, extensively, in the newspapers and radio.

I became a space junkie with the launch of Sputnik — and I guess I still am.

Exciting times. Wow. 60-years ago. But still vivid in my mind.


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The Space Age Started This Day, 60-Years Ago, With The Soviet Launched Sputnik 1; October 4, 1957.

by Anura Guruge


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The Sputnik.

I remember it well. I had just turned 4. It was BIG news in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). We did NOT have TV in the country at that stage, but it was covered, extensively, in the newspapers and radio.

My adoptive father, a news and political junkie, was excited. Much of what I heard and learnt was from him.

And then there was my surrogate father, a white, Baptist, lawyer (for the Ceylon Ministry of Food) who was BIG into dabbling in things electrical — so much so that all of his other nephews and nieces, bar I, called him ‘Light Mama‘ (i.e., Light-father, the ‘light’ a reference to his fondness for all things electric). I just called him ‘Ta‘. That happens to be the first two letters of ‘Tatta‘ — our Sinhalese name for ‘father’ (and very similar to the Yiddish word for father). I called my adoptive father, ‘Tatta’, and my surrogate father ‘Ta’. Makes sense, right?

Well, ‘Ta’, was very excited too in his reserved, dignified, lawyerly manner. He managed to tune one of his many radios, some built from scratch by him using vacuum tubes, to hear the ‘beep … beep’ signal.

60-years ago. Wow.

You know that I got to meet Yuri Gagarin, the first man EVER in space, when he visited Ceylon 4-years after the Sputnik.


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23 Days Till Hogmanay (New Year’s): Hogmanay In Glasgow (Cultural Capital of Scotland) In 1957.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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All of my hogmanay celebrations, in Scotland, were in ‘Glasgow’
actually in Greenock.

So naturally I am partial to Hogmanay in Glasgow.

In a different phase of my life I used to get asked, at least once a year,
to come and do presentations at the ‘National Exhibition & Conference Center’
when they were hosting various large IT expositions.
One year I was the Keynote Speaker for the entire show
and addressed a crowd close to 800.
Largest crowd I have yet addressed.
It was a tad intimidating, even for me, with my years of experience,
to stand there and see an ocean of faces.
But, when I got started, and they started laughing
(given that I am noted for my humor when presenting),
I LOVED it and didn’t want to stop.

Click for a nostalgic view of Hogmanay, in Glasgow, 56 years ago. WOW.

Click for a nostalgic view of Hogmanay, in Glasgow, 56 years ago. WOW.