arcanum \ar-KAY-nuhm\, noun;
plural arcana \-nuh\:
plural arcana \-nuh\:
- A secret; a mystery.
- Specialized or mysterious knowledge, language, or information that is not accessible to the average person (generally used in the plural).
Arcanum is from the Latin, from arcanus "closed, secret," from arca, "chest, box," from arcere, "to shut in."
- The practice of distracting others in a manner assuring that neither party gets any work done.
We were both working on our papers but then she started chatting with me on Facebook and it was mutually assured distraction after that.
- Gregorian calendar: solar calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in a papal bull known as Inter gravissimas, to correct the Julian calendar (1582)
- Marbury v. Madison: established judicial review, giving the Supreme Court power to overturn acts of Congress it deems unconstitutional (1803)
- Andrew Johnson: became the first US president to be impeached, for defying the Tenure of Office Act (1868)
- National Public Radio: the home of All Things Considered and Car Talk was created (1970)
- Wilhelm Grimm 1786 - Author with brother Jakob Grimm (Grimm's Fairy Tales: Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, The Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb)
- Winslow Homer 1836 - Artist
- Honus (John Peter) Wagner 1874 - Baseball player, "The Flying Dutchman"
- Chester Nimitz 1885 - U.S. Navy Admiral, WWII Commander in Chief, signed the Japanese surrender papers
- Marjorie Main (Mary Tomlinson) 1890 - Actress ("Ma and Pa Kettle", "The Egg and I")
- Zachary Scott (Zachary Thomson Scott, Jr.) 1914 - Actor ("Flamingo Road", "The Young One")
- Bubba (John Melvin) Phillips 1928 - Baseball player
- Richard B. Shull 1929 - Actor ("Splash")
- Barbara Lawrence 1930
- Dominic Chianese 1931 - Actor ("The Sopranos"), singer
- John Vernon 1932 - Actor ("The Outlaw Jose Wales", "Dirty Harry")
- Michel Legrand 1932 - Composer
- Linda Cristal 1936
- Renata Scotto 1936 - Opera singer
- Lance Reventlow 1936 - Auto racer, son of Barbara Hutton
- James Farentino 1938 - Actor ("Dynasty", "The Final Countdown")
- Paul Jones 1942 - Musician (Manfred Mann)
- George Harrison 1943 - Musician (Beatles) - In 1992, Harrison stated, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." Previously, Harrison thought his birthday was the 25th.
- Sheila Larkin 1944
- Barry Bostwick 1945 - Actor ("Spy Hard", "Spin City" "War & Remembrance")
- Steven Jobs 1955 - Co-founder of Apple, Inc. - iTunes Music
- Eddie Murray 1956 - Baseball player
- Todd Field 1964 - Director
- Billy Zane 1966 - Actor ("Titanic")
- Jeff Garcia 1970 - Football player
- Mike Lowell 1974 - Baseball player
- Simeon Rice 1974 - Football player
- Bonnie Somerville 1974 - Actress