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Mar 19 2020 - 11:13 AM
Today In History: Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

In splendours of the forest brightly burning

Crouches the tiger of the winter storm.

Who made the lamb announced in his returning

Terror and beauty in this sculptured form.

Forever may the human heart be proud

Of the great Architect, nor fear at all.

From the tall, ruined columns of the cloud

Rumours of music down the tree tops fall.

In golden light the tiger of the snow

Dissolves in rain to meet the lamb below.

-- Florence Ripley Mastin

The Spring, March, or Vernal Equinox officially marks the end of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the end of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. It can occur as early as March 19th, or as late as March 21st, in Greenwich time -- marking the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north, and day and night are nearly equal. In Eastern Time, the Spring Equinox 2020 will occur at 11:49pm on March 19th -- the earliest date in 124 years, due to our leap year and recent change to daylight savings time! With this in mind, Happy First Day of Spring, a symbolic time of birth and renewal!

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

  • Ripley, F. M. (1944, Mar 22). Spring Equinox. New York Times (1923-Current File)




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