On Feb. 23, 1455, German blacksmith, goldsmith and inventor Johannes Gutenberg publishes his 42-line Bible, the first printed version on a press with movable type. After being said to have perfected and unveiled the secret of printing, Gutenberg set up his workshop in Mainz, Germany, and commenced his Bible project in 1452. In 1455, Gutenberg completed the Bible with 42 lines on each page and sold copes for 30 florins, which was roughly three years’ wages for an average clerk at the time. Although Gutenberg wasn’t financially successful in his lifetime, his printing technologies spread quickly, along with news and books across Europe. The printing press assisted the growing of the Renaissance and facilitated more scientific published. There are 48 substantially complete copies that are known to survive.

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Feb. 21: Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

Feb. 24: Losar (Tibetan New Year) (Buddhism)

Feb. 25: Ayyam-i-Ha (Baha’i)

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday (Christian)

March 9: Purim (Jewish)

March 10: Holi (Hindu)

March 10: Hola Mohalla (Sikh)

March 19: Ostara (Pagan and Wicca)

March 19: Feast of St. Joseph (Roman Catholic)

March 20: Naw Ruz (Baha’i/Zoroastrain)

March 22: Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

March 25: The Annunciation (Christian)


“Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East” by Kim Ghattas

Kim Ghattas seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a gripping read of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy.

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Bhagavad Git: Pronounced “BAH-gah-vahd GEE-tah.” One of the most popular Hindu scriptures, it literally means “Song of the Lord.”



According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Gabon is:

- Roman Catholic: 42.3%

- Protestant: 12.3%

- Other Christian: 27.4%

- Muslim: 9.8%

- Animist: 0.6%

- Other: 0.5%

- None: 7.1%

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