Monday, March 02, 2009

Happy Pulaski Day

It is only celebrated in Illinois, as far as I know, but the first Monday in March is celebrated in honor of Kazimierz Pułaski (usually written Casimir Pulaski). Born March 4, 1746, Pulaski was a landed Polish nobleman who fought for America in the Revolutionary War, as commander of the US Cavalry. (Strictly separate from the Oct 11th General Pulaski Memorial Day.)

The day itself is interesting because it was the compromise required for having Illinois observe Martin Luther King Day in January.

No state business today. Some schools are closed - mostly Chicago and environs. But the banks, and post office are open. No word on whether you have to feed parking meters in Chicago, but my guess is yes.

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