Calendar Day; 31 October, 2013


Samhain 2013
October 31 to November 1, 2013 in the World

Samhain is observed on October 31, 2013. Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Most commonly it is held on 31 October – 1 November, or halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh it makes up the four Gaelic seasonal festivals. It was observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Kindred festivals were held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands. Samhain is still celebrated as a cultural festival by some (though it has mostly been replaced by Halloween) and, since the 20th century, has been celebrated as a religious festival by Celtic neopagans and Wiccans. Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere often celebrate Samhain at the other end of the year (~30 April – 1 May). Some Neopagans celebrate it at the astronomical midpoint between the autumn equinox and winter solstice (or the full moon nearest this point).

In the Northern Hemisphere, this midpoint is when the ecliptic longitude of the Sun reaches 225 degrees. Samhain is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature. Many important events in Irish mythology happen or begin on Samhain. It was popularized as the “Celtic New Year” from the late 19th century, following Sir John Rhys and Sir James Frazer.

Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.
History of Samhain
Samhain Lore

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Halloween 2013
October 31, 2013 in the World

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints, but is today largely a secular celebration. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Eve, that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (the feast of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556. Thus there is no evidence of the term for this day before the 16th century Reformation.

Halloween is not celebrated in all countries and regions of the world, and among those that do the traditions and importance of the celebration vary significantly. Celebration in the United States has had a significant impact on how the holiday is observed in other nations. This larger American influence, particularly in iconic and commercial elements, has extended to places such as South America, Europe, to Japan under the auspices of the Japanese Biscuit Association, and other parts of East Asia.

Where is Halloween?

Hop-tu-Naa 2013
October 31, 2013 in Isle of Man

Hop-tu-Naa is observed on October 31, 2013. Hop-tu-Naa is a Celtic festival celebrated in the Isle of Man. Predating Halloween, it is the celebration of the original New Year’s Eve. For modern Hop-tu-Naa, children dress up and go from house to house with the hope of being given sweets or money, as elsewhere. However, the children carry carved “turnip” lanterns rather than pumpkins and sing Hop-tu-naa songs. In older times, children would have also brought the stumps of turnips with them and batter the doors of those who refused to give them any money, in an ancient form of trick or treat. This practice appears to have died out.

Where is Hop-tu-Naa?
Nationwide Isle of Man

Hallowmas 2013
October 31 to November 2, 2013 in the World

Hallowmas takes place on October 31, 2013. Hallowmas, also known as the Triduum of All Hallows (Triduum of All Saints), is the triduum encompassing the Western Christian observances of All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day, which last from October 31 to November 2 annually. These dates of Hallowmas were established in the 8th century AD.

Where is Hallowmas?

Punkie Night 2013
October 31, 2013 in Somerset

Punkie Night is observed on October 31, 2013. Punkie Night is an English custom practised on the last Thursday of October, in Somerset in England. Children will march around with a jack o’lantern, singing a song which goes: “It’s Punkie Night tonight / It’s Punkie Night tonight / Adam and Eve would not believe / It’s Punkie Night tonight.” There are some variants of this old rhyme which also include these lines: “Give me a candle, give me a light If you don’t, you’ll get a fright”, or alternatively: “Give me a candle give me light If you haven’t a candle, a penny’s all right”. No one knows how the custom originated, although it is almost certainly linked with Hallowe’en.

Where is Punkie Night?
Nationwide Somerset

Carve a Pumpkin Day
October 31, 2013 in the World

Carve a Pumpkin Day is observed on October 31, 2013. Pumpkins are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o’-lanterns for the Halloween season in North America. The practice of craving pumpkins for Halloween orginated from an Irish myth about a man name “Stingy Jack”. In the United States, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween.

Sections of the pumpkin are cut out to make holes, often depicting a face, which may be either cheerful, scary, or comical. A variety of tools can be used to carve and hollow out the gourd, ranging from simple knives and spoons to specialized instruments, typically sold in holiday sections of North American grocery stores. Printed stencils can be used as a guide for increasingly complex designs.

After carving, a light source (traditionally a candle) is placed inside the pumpkin and the top is put back into place. The light is normally inserted to illuminate the design from the inside and add an extra measure of spookiness. Sometimes a chimney is carved, too. It is possible to create surprisingly artistic designs, be they simple or intricate in nature.

Where is Carve a Pumpkin Day?

Day of the Dead
October 31 to November 2, 2013 in Mexico

Day of the Dead is celebrated from October 31 till November 02, 2013. Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed.

The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl.

The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

Where is Day of the Dead?
Nationwide Mexico

World Savings Day
October 31, 2013 in the World

World Savings Day is celebrated on October 31, 2013. The World Savings Day was established on October 31, 1924, during the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks) in Milano, Italy. Representatives of 29 countries wanted to bring to mind the thought of saving to the worldwide public and its relevance to the economy and the individual.

The World Savings Day is usually held on October 31 except in countries where this day is a public holiday, since the idea is for the banks to be open, so that the people are able to transfer their savings into their account. In Germany World Savings Day is held on the last business day before October 31 since this is a public holiday in some States (Reformation Day).

Nowadays the focus of the banks that organise the World Savings Day is on developing countries, where many people are unbanked. Savings banks play an important role in enhancing savings in these countries with certain campaigns and initiatives such as working with non governmental organisations in order to double the number of savings accounts held by the poor.

Where is World Savings Day?

Nevada Day 2013
October 31, 2013 in Nevada

Nevada Day is celebrated on October 31, 2013. Nevada Day commemorates the admission of the state of Nevada into the union on October 31, 1864. The first known observance of Nevada Day (originally known as “Admission Day”) was by the Pacific Coast Pioneer society during the 1870s. It was not until 1933 that the state legislature designated October 31 as Nevada Day and a state holiday. On this holiday all state, county and city government offices are closed, along with most schools and libraries. Some private businesses, like banks, also close at their discretion. In Nevada’s capital, Carson City, a parade is held through the heart of downtown, as well as a carnival and several other events.

Where is Nevada Day?
Nationwide Nevada

Historical Events:

834 – 1st All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints

1517 – Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church – Protestant Reformation

1541 – Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican

1815 – Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner’s safety lamp

1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

1917 – World War I: Battle of Beersheba – “last successful cavalry charge in history”

1940 – Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends

1941 – Mount Rushmore Monument is completed

1952 – 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated at Marshall Islands

1961 – Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal

1968 – President Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam

1980 – Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union

1988 – 1st Monday Night NFL game in Indianapolis, Colts beat Denver 55-23


Calendar Day; 30 October, 2013

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Devil’s Night 2013
October 30, 2013 in Detroit

Devil’s Night is observed on October 30, 2013. Devil’s Night, or Hell Night, is a name associated with October 30, the night before Halloween. It is related to the “Mischief night” practiced in other parts of the United States and the world, but is chiefly associated with the serious vandalism and arson seen in Detroit, Michigan from the 1970s to the 1990s, finally prompting the “Angel’s Night” community response.

Devil’s Nights dates from as early as the 1940s. Traditionally, city “youths” engaged in a night of criminal behavior, which usually consisted of acts of vandalism. These were almost exclusively acts of petty vandalism, causing little to no property damage. However, in the early 1970s, the vandalism escalated to more devastating acts, such as arson. This primarily took place in the inner city, but surrounding suburbs were often affected as well.

The crimes became more destructive in Detroit’s inner-city neighborhoods, and included hundreds of acts of arson and vandalism every year. The destruction reached a peak in the mid- to late-1980s, with more than 800 fires set in 1984, and 500 to 800 fires in the three days and nights before Halloween in a typical year.

Where is Devil’s Night?
Nationwide Detroit

Mischief Night

Mischief Night (also known as Devil’s Night, Hell Night, Cabbage Night, Gate Night, Mizzy Night, Miggy Night or Goosing Night is an annual tradition in parts of the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States when people (primarily teenagers and preteens) take a degree of license to play pranks and do mischief in their neighbourhoods. The most common date for Mischief Night in England and North America is October 30, the day before Halloween.

Candy Corn Day
October 30, 2013 in the USA

National Candy Corn Day takes place on October 30, 2013. Candy corn is a confection in the United States and Canada, popular primarily around Halloween. Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company.

The three colors of the candy – a broad yellow end, a tapered orange center, and a pointed white tip – mimic the appearance of kernels of corn. Each piece is approximately three times the size of a real kernel from a ripe or dried ear. Candy corn is made primarily from sugar, corn syrup, artificial coloring and binders.

Where is National Candy Corn Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1503 – Queen Isabella of Spain bans violence against indians

1534 – English Parliament passes Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English church – a role formerly held by the Pope

1817 – The independent government of Venezuela was established by Simon Bolivar.

1868 – John Menard of Louisiana is 1st black elected to Congress

1888 – John J Loud patents ballpoint pen

1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock

1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator

1938 – Orson Welles panics a nation with broadcast of “War of the Worlds”

1944 – Anne Frank (of Diary fame) is deported from Auschwitz to Belsen

1947 – 23 countries sign GATT agreement in Geneva

1952 – Clarence Birdseye sells 1st frozen peas

1954 – Defense Department announces elimination of all segregated regiments – US Armed Forces end segregation of races

1957 – Soviet Union launches, Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika

1974 – Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire (‘The Rumble in the Jungle’)

NANOWRIMO! squeeeeeee :D

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YAY! 😀 It’s almost NANOWRIMO!! November 1st it starts!! 😀


What? You haven’t heard of NANOWRIMO? Here’s the 411: NANOWRIMO

Now I do participate. However here’s the thing. I love to write! So for me, it’s not a novel, per sa, it’s a new story. Or in this case, a story that I need to get back to and finish. The word count won’t be a problem for me. I have been told to write less. Ack! All those times I had to chop out/delete stuff to get a paper under the word count.
I’m um… a little chatty. I’ve never been able to do a PWP- for non fic-writers PWP=plot what plot? Yeah, I’ve tried and I can’t do it. I have to have a plot. I like writing from point A to point B all the way to Z conclusion. LOL

I also like physical writing, pen to paper. So I’ll do my outline in pen, adding in dialogue in bits of the outline, and then move it to the computer to really go.

I’m lucky, I had a teacher once that taught me how to stop the ‘blank sheet’ anxiety. Yes, some people have this issue. They look at a blank sheet and start having anxiety issues. I wish I could remember it, I’d share. But the solution just comes naturally to me now. A blank sheet is my canvas to fill with words. All sorts of words to paint a picture. To imagine a new world, or re imagine the one we live in. Or honestly just to have fun, and tell a good story! 😀

oooh, some of it is coming back to me. When I had that myocardial infarction it messed with my memory. But the one thing that sticks out; is to write every day for an hour. It doesn’t matter on what, just grab a pad of paper and write. Or get on your comp, open a word document writer and go that way. Make it a journal, or your goals for the month…year. Or try to tell a story, just write for an hour. Stop and continue on tomorrow. Pretty soon that blank sheet anxiety will melt away. My advice if you do want to write a story, is to remember that stuff your English/Writing teacher drilled in your head; an Outline! There are times that you’re writing and then, real life happens, you have to Control S and go deal with it. Then you come back and uh oh, can’t remember what/where you were going. An outline can be very easy. Mine are similar to this:

A- opening
B- start the plot
C- etc
all the way to my conclusion. I also add in bits of dialogue where they might fit, and I don’t want to forget them. I mean honestly, some lines just come to you and they are just perfect for this story. Write them down! I keep a notebook with dialogue lines for certain characters. Yes, I really do. 😀

But your outline, is your guideline. Make it work for you.

Finally, Have Fun! Telling stories shouldn’t be work. You’re telling something that you want to share, so enjoy and have fun!

Next thing you know, blank sheets mean nothing to you, and writing 5000 words an hour or a day becomes easy peasy.

Now then for those that want to tell a story, are you ready to participate in NANOWRIMO? There are a few support groups on Facebook. And I’ve seen people tweet about it on twitter.

Peace & Pens!


Calendar day; 29 October, 2013

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Hermit Day 2013
October 29, 2013 in the World

It’s a quiet day to spend quietly in seclusion, all by yourself.

For some people, being a recluse is a way of life. They spend everyday by themselves, in peaceful seclusion. For whatever reason, Hermits prefer living away from the crowds and the sea of humanity. For many of us who lead an increasingly busy lifestyle, the idea of being a “Hermit for a Day” is very tempting. The thought of getting away from it all, even if for just one day, is very appealing.

If you are a Hermit, celebrate your lifestyle today. If you’re one of the many, who yearn for a break from your hectic lifestyle, be a Hermit on this day. Chill out by yourself where no one can find you.

Spend this day in a secluded area or environment.

Where is Hermit Day?

Historical Events:

529 BC – The international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world also known as Cyrus Cylinder.

1390 – First trial for witchcraft in Paris.

1682 – William Penn lands at what is now Chester Pennsylvania

1814 – “Demologos,” 1st steam-powered warship, is launched

1904 – IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) subway (NYC) opens

1923 – Textile strike in Enschede Neth, against lower wages, begins

1929 – “Black Tuesday,” Stock Market crashes triggers “Great Depression”

1940 – Secretary of War Henry L Stimson drew 1st number-158-in 1st peacetime military draft in US history

1945 – 1st ball point pen goes on sale, 57 years after it is patented

1955 – Belgium signs accord for 5 day work week (45 hours)

1966 – National Organization of Women founded

1969 – Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation “at once”

1998 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.

2004 – The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

Calendar Day; 28 October, 2013

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Ohi Day 2013
October 28, 2013 in Greece and Cyprus

Ohi Day is observed on October 28, 2013. Ohi Day (also spelled Ochi Day) is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world each year, to commemorate the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas (in power from August 4, 1936, until January 29, 1941) of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940. This ultimatum, which was presented to Metaxas by the Italian ambassador in Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, on October 28, 1940, after a party in the German embassy in Athens, demanded that Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy certain unspecified “strategic locations” or otherwise face war. It was allegedly answered with a single laconic word: No! However, his actual reply was: Then it is war. In response to Metaxas’s refusal, Italian troops stationed in Albania, then an Italian protectorate, attacked the Greek border – the beginning of Greece’s participation in World War II. On the morning of October 28 the Greek population took to the streets, irrespective of political affiliation, shouting ‘ochi’. From 1942, it was celebrated as Ohi Day

Where is Ohi Day?
Nationwide Greece and Cyprus

October Holiday
October 28, 2013 in Ireland

October Holiday takes place on October 28, 2013. In Ireland, the October Holiday (sometimes called the October Bank Holiday) is observed on the last Monday of October. Usually, but not always, this is the day after the end of Western European Summer Time. It was introduced in 1977.

Where is October Holiday?
Nationwide Ireland

Plush Animal Lover’s Day
October 28, 2013 in the World

Plush Animal Lovers Day is a day of celebration that is held every year to show your favourite stuffed toy some extra special love and appreciation.

The original origins of the day’s creation are vague but there is an unconfirmed Urban Legend that the day first came about after a collectibles dealer named Royal Selangor came up with the idea of a Teddy Bears Picnic Day in the late eighties. Other stuffed toys became jealous that Teddy Bears were being singled out for their own celebration and demanded a special day all of their own! Not long after, Plush Animal Lovers Day quickly replaced Teddy Bears Picnic Day in popularity!

Plush Animals Day is a great opportunity for you to share your love of your favourite toy with the rest of the world. Try taking them to your Office, school or work-place or by giving your toy an extra special tea party all of their own. Take this day to show your favourite toy just how much they have been loved in all the time you’ve been together and remember – a stuffed toy is for life, not just for Christmas!

Where is Plush Animal Lover’s Day?

Historical Events:

1492 – Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba & claims it for Spain

1538 – The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established.

1636 – Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) founded

1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin

1858 – Macy’s Dept store opens in NYC

1886 – Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland, it is celebrated by 1st confetti (ticker tape) parade in NYC

1904 – St Louis police try a new investigation method-fingerprints

1922 – Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy’s government

1940 – Meeting between Hitler & Benito Mussolini in Florence

1948 – Flag of Israel is adopted

1962 – Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending crisis

1962 – Cuban missile crisis ends after JFK and Khrushchev make a public and secret agreement

Calendar Day; 27 October, 2013

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Navy Day 2013
October 27, 2013 in the USA

Navy Day is the original day to celebrate the U.S. Navy, and though this celebration officially was replaced by Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday in May for the U.S.) in 1949, the celebrations of Navy Day continue on, especially within the Navy itself. Additionally, research undertaken in the 1970s showed the ‘true’ birthday of the US Navy to be October 13th, and the date was officially changed – however, the entrenched celebration still holds sway, and October 27th is still generally celebrated instead.

History of Navy Day:

Where is Navy Day?
Nationwide USA

Mother-In-Law Day
October 27, 2013 in the World

Mothers-in-law get a pretty bad deal. Do they deserve the reputation they have for hounding son-in-laws, and always being a witch? Mother-In-Law Day gives you and your mother-in-law a chance to get to know each other, and to get away from all of those horrible preconceptions. Why not give your mother-in-law (and mothers-in-law everywhere) a fair chance – take them out for a nice meal, buy them flowers, and get off on the right footing?

Where is Mother-In-Law Day?

Tell a Story Day
October 27, 2013 in Scotland and the UK

Tell-a-Story Day is the national celebration of oral storytelling, when people all over Scotland make, share and listen to stories in schools, libraries, community centres, churches, hospitals, homes, gardens – and some more unusual venues!

Tell-a-Story Day is a great way of taking part in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival wherever you are and is a fun way of spending time with family and friends whatever your age.

Enter a magical world of enchanting fairy tales, scary Halloween stories or treasured family legends, and bring your community, workplace or family closer together on Tell-a-Story Day.

Where is National Tell a Story Day?
Nationwide Scotland and the UK

Historical Events:

312 – Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.

1275 – Traditional founding of the city of Amsterdam.

1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded.

1775 – US Navy forms

1838 – Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

1913 – Pres Wilson says US will never attack another country

1919 – US Congress sign Volstead Act

1938 – DuPont announces its new synthetic fiber will be called “nylon”

1954 – Pres Eisenhower offers aid to S Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem

1960 – Singer Ben E King records “Spanish Harlem” & “Stand By Me”

1962 – Black Saturday – Russian nuclear missile crisis in Cuba

Calendar day; 26 October, 2013

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Intersex Awareness Day
October 26, 2013 in the World

Intersex Awareness Day is observed on October 26, 2013. Intersex Awareness Day (also spelled as Inter Sex Awareness Day or abbreviated as IAD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex individuals. IAD is an international day of grass-roots action to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital cosmetic surgeries on intersex children.

On October 26, 1996, intersex activists from Intersex Society of North America and allies from Transexual Menace held the first public intersex demonstration in Boston, where American Academy of Pediatrics was holding its annual conference. Intersex is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, and/or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female.

Intersex infants with ambiguous outer genitalia may be surgically ‘corrected’ to more easily fit into a socially accepted sex category. Others may opt, in adulthood, for surgical procedures in order to align their physical sex characteristics with their gender identity or the sex category to which they were assigned at birth. Others will not become aware that they are intersex – unless they receive genetic testing – because it does not manifest in their phenotype.

Where is Intersex Awareness Day?

Make a Difference Day
October 26, 2013 in the World

Make a Difference Day is celebrated on October 26, 2013. It is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday in October. Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of community service and is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. The event was created by the USA WEEKEND magazine in 1992.

Community service is a donated service or activity that is performed by someone or a group of people for the benefit of the public or its institutions. Performing community service is not the same as volunteering, since it is not always done voluntarily.

Where is Make a Difference Day?

Angam Day 2013
October 26, 2013 in Republic of Nauru

Angam Day is celebrated on October 26, 2013. Angam Day is a holiday recognized in the Republic of Nauru. Angam Day is a day of celebration and a time of reflection for the Nauruan people. Twice in its history, the Nauruan population fell below 1,500, and the Nauruan ethnic group have been considered in danger of extinction. On both occasions the Nauruan population recovered. Upon eclipsing a population of 1,500, a number considered to be the minimum required for the survival of a race, Angam Day was declared. The first Angam was in 1932 and the second occasion in 1949.

Where is Angam Day?
Nationwide Republic of Nauru

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Mincemeat Day
October 26, 2013 in the USA

National Mincemeat Day takes place on October 26, 2013. Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat.

Many modern recipes contain beef suet, though vegetable shortening is sometimes used in its place. Variants of mincemeat are found in Australia, Brittany, Canada, northern Europe, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. In some countries the term mincemeat refers to minced or ground meat.

Mincemeat is frequently consumed during the Christmas holiday season when mince pies or mincemeat tarts are served. In the northeast United States, mincemeat pies are also a traditional part of the Thanksgiving holiday, sometimes served with a piece of Cheddar cheese.

Where is National Mincemeat Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1492 – Lead pencils 1st used

1662 – Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France

1749 – Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal

1774 – Minute Men organized in colonies

1825 – Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opened

1863 – Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva

1881 – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az

1901 – 1st use of “getaway car” occurs after holding up a shop in Paris

1919 – President Wilson’s veto of Prohibition Enforcement Bill is overridden

1947 – The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq.

1950 – Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

1954 – Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine

1962 – JFK warns Russia US will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

1970 – “Doonesbury” comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers

1972 – Henry Kissinger declares “Peace is at hand” in Vietnam

1973 – President Nixon released 1st White House tapes on Watergate scandal

Calendar Day; 25 October, 2013

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Retrocession Day
October 25, 2013 in Taiwan

Retrocession Day takes place on October 25, 2013. Retrocession Day is an annual observance in the Republic of China to commemorate the end of 50 years of Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan on October 25, 1945.

Where is Retrocession Day?
Nationwide Taiwan

World Pasta Day
October 25, 2013 in the World

World Pasta Day takes place on October 25, 2013. This day was founded in 1995 at the World Pasta Congress by 40 international pasta producer and is celebrated annually around the world. World Pasta Day emphasizes that pasta is a global food that is eaten on all continents. Ideally, the World Pasta Day is celebrated with a plate of pasta.

Pasta is a type of noodle and is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. It is also commonly used to refer to the variety of pasta dishes. Typically pasta is made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked and served in any number of dishes.

Pasta is generally a simple dish, but comes in large varieties because it is a versatile food item. Some pasta dishes are served as a first course in Italy because the portion sizes are small and simple. Pasta is also prepared in light lunches, such as salads or large portion sizes for dinner.

Where is World Pasta Day?

Frankenstein Friday
October 25, 2013 in the World

Today is Frankenstein Friday! Celebrated each year on the last Friday of October, Frankenstein Friday pays homage to one of the greatest gothic stories of all time. In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote a novel about a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein who discovers how to give life to inanimate bodies. He creates a monster that pursues him to the ends of the earth and eventually destroys everything he holds dear.

People often mistakenly use the name “Frankenstein” to refer to the hideous monster (famously played by Boris Karloff in the 1931 film), but Victor Frankenstein never gives his creation a name.

In 1997, writer and producer Ron MacCloskey was credited for the holiday, by awarding “The Franky” to someone who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of Frankenstein. MacCloskey chose to have the holiday on a Friday because more people can “party” on a Friday night that any other night during the week.

Where is Frankenstein Friday?

Punk for a Day Day
October 25, 2013 in the World

Punk for a Day Day is today. Are you a punk? Would you like to be one? Me neither. One might desire to be a Punk Rocker, but not literally a punk.

So what then is the reason for this day!? We have absolutely no idea. And, we have found no information to shed light upon why this day was created, or how it is to be celebrated.

Where is Punk for a Day Day?

Historical Events:

1415 – Battle of Agincourt, Welsh longbow defeats the armored knight

1492 – Christopher Columbus’ ship Santa Maria lands at Dominican Republic

1621 – Gov Bradford of US colony Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day

1825 – Erie Canal opens, linking Great Lakes & Atlantic Ocean

1870 – Postcards 1st used in US

1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip 1st published

1929 – Former Interior Sec Albert Fall convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe

1938 – The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”,

1946 – 1st trial against nazi war criminals (Neurenberg)

1955 – Tappan sells 1st microwave oven

1960 – 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale, NYC

1963 – Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Sweden

1974 – Air Force fires 1st ICBM

Calendar Day; 24 October, 2013 part 2

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United Nations Day
October 24, 2013 in the World

United Nations Day is observed on October 24, 2013. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for” its work.

In 1971 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states.

United Nations Day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from 20 to 26 October.


Where is United Nations Day?

Bologna Day
October 24, 2013 in the USA

Properly spelled Bologna, it is sometimes spelled “Baloney”. It is pronounced like the latter spelling. Bologna is a sausage. It’s commonly used as a luncheon meat. Mom and kids know it well.

When it comes to bologna, there definitely is variety. There is what you and I would call regular Bologna, German Bologna, Beef Bologna, Kosher Bologna, and more. Depending upon the kind of Bologna, it could include pork, beef, chicken, and spices.

It’s easy to enjoy National Bologna Day . Have a Bologna sandwich. Try fried bologna. And, don’t forget the mustard.

Did you know that Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna annually?

Where is National Bologna Day?
Nationwide USA

***fried Baloney? (Yuck!)***

Historical Events:

1260 – The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1648 – Switzerland’s independence recognized in the Treaty of Westphalia

1857 – World’s 1st soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in England

1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia

1882 – Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis

1901 – 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)

1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

1922 – Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State

1929 – “Black Thursday,” start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%

1931 – Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion

1938 – US forbids child labor in factories

1939 – Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (Wilmington Delaware)

1940 – 40 hour work week goes into effect (Fair Labor Standards of 1938)

1945 – UN charter comes into effect

1954 – Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam

1956 – Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary

Calendar day; 24 October, 2013

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‘I’d rather walk in front of a live cannon than do it again’: Words of widow, 63, as she emerged from barrel after becoming the first person to survive drop over Niagara Falls.

Annie Edson Taylor

Photograph of Annie Edson Taylor, the first person who'd survived a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel on 24 October 1901

On October 24th, 1901 Annie Taylor became the first person and the first woman to go over the falls in a barrel and survive. Ms Taylor, a 63 year old school teacher from Michigan, accompanied by her cat, decided to tempt fate in an effort to gain fame and fortune.

The Pan American Exposition was taking place in Buffalo, New York and Ms. Taylor felt she would be able to attract a huge crowd. On the afternoon of October 24th, 1901 a small boat towed the barrel containing Ms. Taylor and her cat into the main stream of the Niagara River where it was cut loose.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. the barrel was seen edging over the brink, only to reappear less than a minute laterwhere it was seen floating at the base of the falls. Fifteen minutes later the barrel reappeared close to the Canadian shore, where it was dragged to a rock and the barrel lid removed.

To everyone’s amazement, Annie Taylor emerged from her barrel, dazed but triumphant. Her only injury was a cut on her forehead that she received while being extracted from her barrel.

Mrs. Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to ever go over the Mighty Niagara Falls and survive and she undoubtedly found the fame that she had been seeking.

For many years after this event she sold mementos of her feat on the streets of Niagara Falls, claiming that she would never attempt another journey over the falls, preferring to walk into the mouth of a cannon. Unfortunately, while Annie Taylor may have found the fame that she desperately sought, she did not find the fortune. She passed away in 1921, poor and destitute.

Taylor’s barrel is on display as part of the Daredevil Gallery at the Imax Theatre in Niagara Falls. Her story is also deftly captured in the IMAX movie “Niagara Falls: Legends & Daredevils”, on show at the IMAX Theatre.

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