Last week I wrote about Mom formally memorializing Dad every year on his birthday, rather than on the day he died. So, of course, the universe promptly offered me two related stories, and I looked up the third on the interweb.
This week, notables celebrated the 500th anniversary of the death of Leo(nardo da Vinci).
The presidents of Italy and France attended a ceremony Thursday in Amboise, France, where Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago, and galleries around the world with a link to the artist and polymath are celebrating his work. – CBC News
Every August, fans descend on Graceland for Elvis Week.
Memphis sees an influx of Elvis fans for a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Elvis Week features concerts, panel discussions, dances and much more – plus traditional Elvis Week events such as the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and the annual Candelight Vigil. – Graceland
Elvis died on 16 Aug 1977. Book your rooms now for the 500th anniversary spectacular.
Finally, as it were, January sees Poe fan(atic)s celebrating too.
But Poe is not confined to scholarly debate; each January 19 hundreds of Poe fans mark his birthday (1809) with pilgrimages to Poe sites in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and Richmond. – Smithsonian Magazine