Articles About History (41)
October: Hunter's Moon
October’s Full Moon is the Hunter’s Moon. It's also called Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon.
UTC – The World's Time Standard
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. This 24-hour time standard is kept using highly precise atomic clocks combined with the Earth's rotation.
History of DST
History of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Why was Daylight Savings Time created, who invented it, and what is the point of having a time change every year?
The Gregorian Calendar
The Gregorian calendar is the internationally accepted civil calendar that was first adopted in 1582.
DST in the United States
When did Daylight Savings Time start in the US, and why do we have Daylight Savings Time? List of states with laws for permanent Daylight Saving Time.
The Chinese Calendar
The Chinese calendar is one of the oldest calendars still in use.
When Did DST Start in Europe?
Daylight Saving Time (DST) was first adopted in Europe by Germany in 1916.
The Roman Calendar
The Roman calendar is is the grandfather of our modern calendar.
Why Do We Have Time Zones?
The expansion of transport and communication during the 19th century created a need for a unified time-keeping system, and time zones were introduced.
November: Beaver Moon
The Full Moon in November is named after beavers. It is also called Frost Moon and Mourning Moon, depending on the winter solstice.
When Did the 21st Century Start?
When did the 3rd millennium and 21st century begin: on New Year's Day 2000 or 2001? Do we count from year 1 or year 0 AD? What century are we in?
The Month of January
January has 31 days, and is named after the two-faced Roman god Janus.
What Is Local Mean Time?
Use a sundial to determine the time of day and you will probably be off by a few minutes. That's where LMT comes into play. How is it measured and what is it used for?
What Are Leap Seconds?
Every now and then a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to synchronize clocks worldwide with the Earth's ever-slowing rotation.
The Month of February
February is the second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It is the shortest month with only 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years.
Is the Greenwich Meridian in the Wrong Place?
Why does a GPS device not show 0 degrees of longitude at the line marking the prime meridian in Greenwich, London, UK? Is it wrong—or just different?
The Month of November
November is the 11th month of the year and has 30 days. It was originally the 9th month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE.
The Month of September
September is the ninth month of the year in and has 30 days. It was originally the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE.
The Month of August
August is the eighth month in the Gregorian calendar and has 31 days. In the northern half of the world, August is the last month of summer.
The Month of March
March is the third month of the year. It has 31 days and is named after Mars, the Roman god of war.
The Month of December
December is the twelfth month of the year and has 31 days. It was originally the tenth month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE.
December: Cold Moon
The December Full Moon is called the Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon, the Moon before Yule, Oak Moon, and Wolf Moon.
Anniversary and Birthday Traditions Around the World
Anniversaries and birthdays are celebrated differnetly in different cultures around the world.
August: Sturgeon Moon
The Full Moon in August is named after the lake sturgeon. Other names for this Full Moon include Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon, and Barley Moon.
The Month of June
June is the sixth month of the year, has 30 days, and is named after the Roman goddess Juno.
The Month of July
July is the seventh month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after Julius Caesar.
December Solstice Customs
Learn more about the customs, traditions and events surrounding the December solstice.
The Month of April
The month of April explained. How many days are in April? Why is April the 4th month? What meaning and symbolism does it have?
The Month of May
May is the fifth month of the year, has 31 days, and is likely named after the Greek goddess Maia.
March: Worm Moon
The Full Moon in March is the Worm Moon, but if it occurs on or after March 21 it is also the Paschal Moon. It's also called Lenten, Crow, Crust, Chaste, Sugar, and Sap Moon.
September: Harvest or Corn Moon
The September Full Moon is usually the Harvest Moon, but this depends on the equinox. It is also called Full Corn Moon or Barley Moon.
February: Snow Moon
The February Full Moon is named after the snow on the ground. Some Native American tribes named this the Hunger Moon, others call it the Storm Moon.
April: Pink Moon
The Pink Moon is the Full Moon in April. It is also called Breaking Ice Moon, Budding Moon, Awakening Moon, Egg Moon, and Paschal Moon. When is the Pink Moon?
Did the Mayan Calendar Predict The End?
The Mayan calendar ended one of its great cycles in December 2012, which has fueled countless predictions about the end of the world on December 21, 2012 at 11:11(UTC).
June Solstice Traditions
In many Northern Hemisphere cultures, the June solstice is associated with holidays, feasts and celebrations.
June: Strawberry Moon
The wild strawberries that start to ripen gave name to the Full Moon in June. Other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead Moon.
May: Flower Moon
The Full Moon in May is known as the Flower Moon or Full Flower Moon. Other names include Milk Moon and Hare Moon. What is the meaning behind these names?
July: Buck Moon
The Full Moon in July is the Buck Moon. It is also called Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon.
September Equinox Customs
Folklore, customs, traditions and holidays surrounding the September equinox.
March Equinox Customs
Learn more about the customs, traditions and events surrounding the March equinox.
When Do Decades Start?
Did the year 2020 mark the beginning of a new decade, or did the twenties begin on January 1, 2021?