Leif Erikson Day
October 9, 2013 in the USA

Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance occurring in 2013 on October 9. It honors Leif Ericson, the Norse explorer who brought the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America. In the U.S. the day is also used as a holiday to swim and imitate Vikings. October 9th is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson’s life. The date was chosen because the ship Restauration coming from Stavanger, Norway, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825 at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States

In 1963, the U.S. Representative from Duluth, John Blatnik, introduced a bill to observe Leif Erikson Day nationwide. The following year Congress adopted this unanimously. In 1964, the United States Congress authorized and requested the President to create the observance through an annual proclamation. Lyndon B. Johnson and each President since have done so. Presidents have used the proclamation to praise the contributions of Americans of Nordic descent generally and the spirit of discovery. In addition to the federal observance, some states officially commemorate Leif Erikson Day, particularly in the Upper Midwest, where large numbers of people from the Nordic countries settled.

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Nationwide USA

Fire Prevention Day
October 9, 2013 in the World

Fire Prevention Day takes place on October 09, 2013. It commemorates the Great Chicago Fire. The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from October 8, to early October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about 3.3 square miles (9 km²) in Chicago, Illinois.

The traditional account of the origin of the fire is that it was started by a cow kicking over a lantern in the barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary. In 1893, Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican reporter who wrote the O’Leary account, admitted he had made it up as colorful copy. The barn was the first building to be consumed by the fire, but the official report could not determine the exact cause.

On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA); the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, deciding to observe the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

In May 1919, when the NFPA held its 23rd annual meeting in Ottawa at the invitation of the Dominion Fire Prevention Association (DFPA), the NFPA and DFPA both passed resolutions urging governments in the United States and Canada to support the campaign for a common Fire Prevention Day.

Chicago Fire of 1871
The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated $200 million in damages. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins.

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Curious Events Day
October 9, 2013 in the World

Curious Events Day kinda peaks one’s curiosity. Why does this day exist? Who created it? What curious events are held today? The questions go on, and on, and on……

If you have a questioning and curious mind, this is your day. It encourages you to hold some kind of event that peak’s one’s curiosity. The topics are broad and seemingly endless, from philosophical subjects, to the existence of aliens. The only requirement is that the event must tantalize, and cater to our curiosity.

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Moldy Cheese Day
October 9, 2013 in the World

Moldy Cheese Day is today. Do you have any moldy cheese in your refrigerator? Do you need to have moldy cheese to celebrate this day? And, if you have any moldy cheese, what would you do with it today?

Every once in a while, we come across a special day that has no apparent rhyme or reason. Today is one of those days. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate this wonderful(?) and special holiday. Au contrare……. scour through the refrigerators at home and work today for moldy cheese. Office refrigerators are a great place to find moldy stuff. See if that moldy piece of cheese is salvageable. And, just enjoy the day.

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Historical Events:

1915 – Louis Kaufmans “Unchastened Woman,” premieres in NYC:
Unchastened Woman, The (1915), a play by Louis Kaufman Anspacher. Caroline Knollys is a selfish and unscrupulous woman. Caught making a false declaration at customs, she attempts to bribe Emily Madden, a woman official, whom she knows to have once been the mistress of her husband, Hubert. When she fails, she makes public the illicit liaison. Caroline also attempts to steal a young artist, Lawrence Sanbury, from his wife, Hildegarde. Although Hildegarde wins back Lawrence, Hubert and Emily force Caroline to issue a statement recanting her charges. In the end Caroline gives no hint that she is remorseful or will change her ways. The success of this uncompromising look at a despicable woman surprised many. Walter Prichard Eaton saw the Oliver Morosco offering as “a character study of a frivolous and selfish woman, gaining its appeal from that study rather than from mere narrative excitement, or farcical situation, or machine-made slang.” – Louis K[aufman] ANSPACHER (1878–1947), born in Cincinnati and educated at New York’s City College and at Columbia Law School, was primarily known as a lecturer.

1930 – 1st transcontinental flight by a woman completed, Laura Ingalls; Laura Houghtaling Ingalls (1901-1967)
In October 1930 Laura Ingalls, flying in a DeHavilland Moth biplane, became the first woman to make a solo transcontinental flight across the United States. Ingalls took off from Roosevelt Field, New York, on October 5, made nine stops along the way, and landed in Glendale, California, on October 9. Her east-to-west flight took 30 hours and 27 minutes.