A Very Welcome Diversion, 800 Years in the Making

It has been nearly 800 years since its last visible occurrence. For those of us old enough to remember, it was on March 4, 1226, just before dawn. To refresh our memories, which of course fade over time, that year King Charles I of Naples was born and the Italian Saint Francis of Assisi died. Louis IV of France began his rule. The Chicago Cubs had yet to win a World Series. Yet, here we are again, in…