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’)