[Popgenlunch] Popgenlunch Digest, Vol 86, Issue 2

Elizabeth Oestreich cecojr at gmail.com
Wed Nov 11 21:49:11 PST 2015


Hi Professor,

Thanks for the history on the day. As a veteran, I know that if veterans
got to choose their own day it would definitely have been a Monday or
Friday to get the 3 day weekend. I look forward to teaching my kids about
Admission day.

Elizabeth Oestreich

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> 1. This week in PopGenLunch: No meeting as it's Admission Day

> (Joe Felsenstein)

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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

> From: Joe Felsenstein <joe at gs.washington.edu>

> To: popgenlunch at u.washington.edu

> Cc:

> Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:36:54 -0800

> Subject: [Popgenlunch] This week in PopGenLunch: No meeting as it's

> Admission Day

>

> Folks --

>

> There is no PopGenLunch this week because of the holiday Wednesday. I

> append below (*) a little information on exactly which holiday. Here is

> the schedule for the remainder of the quarter:

>

>

> November 11

> HOLIDAY

>

>

> November 18

> John Ranola (Statistics)

> Fast spatial ancestry of human populations of Africa

>

>

> November 25

> (possibly me)

> topic: TBA

>

>

> December 2

> Erick Matsen (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

> Preliminary results on B cell receptor sequence evolution

>

>

> December 9

> Serge Sverdlov (Statistics)

> Separability theory and the genotype-phenotype relationship

>

> Any volunteers for 11/25 ?

>

>

>

> (*)OK, so which holiday is it tomorrow? It is Veterans' Day, but when I

> was a child that was called Armistice Day. It commemmorated the armistice

> than ended World War I. They timed the armistice to occur on 11/11 at

> 11am. For some reason they did not end the war 11.1111... minutes later.

> They were being "cute" but many soldiers involved were mad at them because

> the armistice could have been called several hours earlier, and some

> soldiers died in between. In 1954, at the height of the Cold War, the

> Soviet Union was claiming to be the proponent of "Peace". In the U.S.,

> anyone advocating "peace" was being suspected of being subversive. Having

> a day devoted to an Armistice sounded un-American. So Congress changed the

> name to Veterans' Day, which was more martial.

>

> However, in Washington State, even before November 11, 1918 the day was

> celebrated as a school holiday. How could they have known in advance about

> the Armistice? Well, they didn't. The day was called Admission Day.

> Because in a coincidence, in 1889, it was the day on which Washington

> became a state, rather than a territory. Reference to this holiday as

> Admission Day is sometimes still found on calendars, and even a few decades

> ago there was some uncertainty over which of those events Washington State

> children were celebrating when they were off school for the day.

>

> Happy holiday

>

> Joe

> ----

> Joe Felsenstein joe at gs.washington.edu

> Department of Genome Sciences and Department of Biology,

> University of Washington, Box 355065, Seattle, WA 98195-5065 USA

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