Freethought Day
October 12, 2013 in the World

Freethought Day is observed on October 12, 2013. Freethought Day is an annual observance by freethinkers and secularists of the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials. The seminal event connected to Freethought Day is a letter written by then Massachusetts Governor William Phips in which he wrote to the Privy Council of the British monarchs, William and Mary, on this day in 1692. In this correspondence he outlined the quagmire that the trials had degenerated into, in part by a reliance on “evidence” of a non-objective nature and especially “spectral evidence” in which the accusers claimed to see devils and other phantasms consorting with the accused.

Two Letters of Gov. William Phips (1692-1693):

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Old Farmer’s Day
October 12, 2013 in the World

Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture. Early settlers cleared fields and pristine woods, to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them. They found new seeds, and learned new methods along the way. Many of those new farming methods came from Native Americans, who were already farming the land. Most notably, was the concept of hilling, or mounding soil.

The month of October is a very appropriate month to celebrate and honor farmers. At this time, the harvest is largely complete. It means that farmers can take a break from their labors, to enjoy this celebration.

A farmers’ work is long and hard. It certainly doesn’t make a person rich. It has its good years, and its bad ones. There is no guarantee of a good crop. Weather, pests, and disease problems often prove disastrous. But, through it all, farmers have persevered. And, their ceaseless hard work sets an example for all.

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Moment of Frustration Day
October 12, 2013 in the World

Moment of Frustration Day is celebrated on October 12, 2013. In psychology, frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger and disappointment, it arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of individual will. The greater the obstruction, and the greater the will, the more the frustration is likely to be. Causes of frustration may be internal or external.

In people, internal frustration may arise from challenges in fulfilling personal goals and desires, instinctual drives and needs, or dealing with perceived deficiencies, such as a lack of confidence or fear of social situations. Conflict can also be an internal source of frustration; when one has competing goals that interfere with one another, it can create cognitive dissonance.

External causes of frustration involve conditions outside an individual, such as a blocked road or a difficult task. While coping with frustration, some individuals may engage in passive-aggressive behavior, making it difficult to identify the original cause(s) of their frustration, as the responses are indirect. A more direct, and common response, is a propensity towards aggression.

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Cookbook Launch Day
October 12, 2013 in the World

Cookbook Launch Day is a little known day designed to launch a new cookbook. Schools, churches, clubs and a wide range of organizations ask members to donate a recipe for creating of their own cookbook. Working with a publisher, they put a neat cookbook together filled with cherisehd recipes, and publish it for members and friends. It is often used as a fundraiser.

Creating and launching a new cookbook is an exciting event. There’s always a few new recipes to discover. And, it encourages us to try new foods on family and friends. Cooks will tell you that you can’t have too many cookbooks.

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Home Movie Day
October 12, 2013 in the World

Home Movie Day takes place on October 12, 2013. Home Movie Day was established in 2002 and is an annual event that celebrates amateur films and filmmaking. It is a worldwide event, held at local venues all over the world and organized locally by volunteers. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to have their films inspected and to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community. The event is an opportunity to discover the personal, historical, and social importance of home movies and for individuals to learn how to best care for them. From 2003 to 2007, Home Movie Day was usually held on the second Saturday of August. In 2008 the official day was moved to the second Saturday of October.

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Historical Events:

1492 – Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas).

1609 – Children’s rhyme “Three Blind Mice,” published in London

1773 – America’s first insane asylum opens for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia

1823 – Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs)

1850 – 1st women’s medical school (Women’s Medical College of Penns), opens

1871 – Pres Grant condemns Ku Klux Klan

1886 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of 2nd Stain”

1917 – The First Battle of Passchendaele, now Passendale

1928 – 1st use of iron lung (Boston’s Children Hospital)

1957 – Canadian Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson wins Nobel Peace Prize