National Battery Day can be celebrated every February 18, on the birthday of Alessandro Volta. Volta invented a battery in the early 1800s, and gave his name to the way we measure electric potential – the volt.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
February 18 is also the feast day for Pope Leo I in the Eastern Orthodox Church. This is the pope famous for stopping Attila the Hun just before he sacked Rome. Attila and his army were headed directly toward Rome, when Pope Leo I met with him. No one knows what was said or done in the meeting or why Attila left, but we do know that shortly after that meeting, the entire Hun army left Italy. Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation?