What better month to begin a blog than October?
After all, it was in October 4004 B.C. that the creation of the world began.
That’s 6020 years ago!
Yes, indeed. I read it in a book, so it must be true.
My copy of A Complete and Universal English Dictionary, by the Rev. James Barclay (“Curate of Edmonton, in Middlesex, and many years Master of an Academy in Goodman’s Fields and at Tottenham”), says that the world was created on the 23rd of October 4004 B.C.
In the section entitled “An outline of antient and modern history”, the good reverend says:
Before Christ. 4004: According to Archbishop Usher, the creation of the world began on Sunday October 23; and that of Adam and Eve took place on Friday Oct. 28.
See, I told you the world began in 4004 B.C.!
But you didn’t believe me? Oh, ye of little faith.
Although the book was published in 1792, facts don’t change with the years, so this knowledgeable tome is still a good resource for information, even after all this time.
Maybe there should be commemorations of this date held annually around the world.
Each year there could be major celebrations on the 23rd of October; after all, who wouldn’t want to celebrate the creation of our planet?
Alongside New Year’s Day, Easter, and Christmas, how about a “Beginning of the World” celebration?
It could be a great day with lots of events. And it would give people another public holiday; there’s not many who would complain about that.
So, who’s ready for a “Beginning of the World” celebration?
James Barclay, A Complete and Universal English Dictionary, London: J. F. and C. Rivington, et al, 1792 [aside from the first few sections, which are numbered up to p. xlvii, the majority of the book does not have page numbering; the section entitled “An outline of antient and modern history” is at the very back of the book, just after the dictionary entries for the letter “z”]
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