Mikey’s Toes (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
Mikey is trying to snooze, which is good, as he wouldn’t let me get a picture of his toes otherwise:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!     
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. I can’t wait to have _________ on Thanksgiving. (If not in the USA, substitute your next holiday.)
 
2. I am thankful for _________.
 
3. When it comes to pie, _________. 
 
4. A feast is not a feast without _________.
 
1. I can’t wait to have Brussel’s sprouts roasted in olive oil on Thanksgiving.
2. I am thankful for space heaters and heating pads.
3. When it comes to pie, Sweetie will have none other than pumpkin, heavily spiced.
4. A feast is not a feast without family in attendance, as many as can possibly be there.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Birth of the Blues Day — birth anniversary of W.C. Handy, “Father of the Blues”
 
Button Day — internet generated; a day to collect, or reminisce about collecting, buttons, with information about buttons here
 
Canterbury Provincial Anniversary Day — Canterbury, New Zealand
 
Christchurch Show Day — Canterbury, NZ
 
Children in Need Day — UK and Ireland (telethon begins)
 
Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival — Yuma, AZ, US (through Sunday)
 
Dagur Islenskrar tungu — Iceland (Icelandic Language Day)
 
Day of Declaration of Sovereignty / Day of National Rebirth — Estonia
 
Famous San Diego Chicken Day — a day to celebrate anyone who has ever slugged a purple dinosaur
 
Flag Day/Statia and America Day — St. Eustatius
 
Grand Illumination Celebration and Gingerbread House Competition & Display — Lahaska, PA, US (the holiday fun begins at the Peddler’s Village, through the New Year)
 
Greater Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Show — Monroeville, PA, US (through Sunday)
 
Have a Party with Your Bear Day — no comment, it’s too obvious
 
Hecate Night — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; celebrated still by some Wiccans)
 
Holiday Folk Fair International — Milwaukee, WI, US (featuring costumes, dancing, entertainment, exhibits, and more from 65 cultures; through Sunday)
 
Holiday Lights on the Lake — Altoona, PA, US (51 acres of lights, animations, gift shops, food, model train displays, and more; through the Sunday after New Year’s Day)
 
Inasa Puppet Festival — Hamamatsu, Japan (a rarity in Japan, 3 days of performances by professional puppeteers from around Japan)
 
International Day for Tolerance – UN
 
National Fast Food Day — why?
 
Ranch Hand Festival and Breakfast — King Ranch, Kingsville, TX, US (the festival begins today, and tomorrow morning there will be a real ranch hand meal, cooked and served outdoors, on a working cattle ranch where you can watch cowboys round up longhorns)
    kickoff of the celebration La Posada de Kingsville, with special holiday celebrations through December
 
Silver Bells in the City — Lansing, MI, US (the capital city sparkles as the business district lights up for the holidays)
 
St. Gertrude the Great’s Day (Patron of nuns; Naples, Italy; West Indies)
 
St. Margaret of Scotland’s Day (Patron of learning, parents of large families, queens, widows; Scotland; against the death of children)
 
St. Matthew the Evangelist’s Day (Eastern Churches)
 
Substitute Educators Day — US (the NEA encourages everyone to recognize those hard working substitute teachers, especially the ones who work most or all of the school year)  
 
York International Postcard Expo — York, PA, US (over 100 international dealers in post cards show, sell, and trade their finest cards; through tomorrow)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Oklahoma becomes the 46th US State, 1907
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Maggie Gyllenhall, 1977
Oksana Baiul, 1977
Martha Plimpton, 1970
Lisa Bonet, 1967
Diana Krall, 1964
Dwight Gooden, 1964
Susanna Clarke, 1959
Marg Heigenberger, 1958
Shigeru Miyamoto, 1952
Elizabeth Drew, 1935
Daws Butler, 1916
Burgess Meredith, 1908
W.C. Handy, 1873
Tiberius, Roman Emperor, BC42
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Roman Catholic Church issues the first new Universal Catechism since 1563, to address modern issues, 1992
“The Real Thing”(Stoppard play), 1982
“The Sound of Music”(Musical), 1959
 
 
Today in History:
 
The second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published, 534
Francisco Pizarro captures the Incan emperor Atahualpa after the victory at Cajamarca, 1532
The first colonial prison is organized, in Nantucket, Massachussetts, 1676
Kentucky becomes the first state to nullify an act of Congress, 1798
The New York Evening Post publishes its first edition, 1801
An earthquake in Missouri causes the Mississippi River to flow backwards, 1811
Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail, 1821
Napoleon Guerin of NYC patents a cork life preserver, 1841
Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for anti-government activities; sentence is commuted to hard labor, 1849
Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens, 1856
William Bonwill patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities, 1875
6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan, 1894
Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY’s Metropolitan Opera, 1908
US Federal Reserve System formally opens, 1914
LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, 1938
UNESCO is founded, 1945
NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission, 1973
The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk, 1992
After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People’s Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons, 1997
The People’s Republic of China begins to implement the “Great Firewall,” filters which make it impossible to connect to internet sites the government deems illegal or unhelpful to the communist ideal, 2006
Hostess Brands reveals plans to file bankruptcy because of a baker’s union strike, 2012
Chocolate manufacturers state that a cocoa-pod fungus and dry weather in cocoa-growing regions has created a shortage of cocoa that may increase in the future; world chocolate demand already exceeds production capacity, 2014
The largest diamond discovered in more than a century, a 1,111 carat stone, is found in the Karowe mine, Botswana, 2015
French President Francois Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament, 2015
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi” sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork, 2017
Nineteen countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, 2017

 

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Little SissyCat Says (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
I’m ready for my close-up, Ms. Food Provider!
 
 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. I just _________________.
2. My next ________________ will be ____________________.
3. The sound of _________ makes me cringe.
 
4. Right now, I am craving _________.
 
 
I just don’t understand how seemingly good, loving people get so wrapped up in hate when it comes to certain other people whom they have set aside in a special category that they almost treat them as subhuman.
 
My next car will be less that five years old, i hope.  (All of our cars are now over 10.  Lunceford the Land Yacht is almost 18 and old enough to drive himself!  We don’t have to have new, i don’t expect that, but a little less used would be nice.)
 
The sound of a cat about to cough up a hairball makes me cringe, as i know i better get up and find it before Sweetie’s foot does or the next sound will be him yelling.
 
Right now, i am craving brown rice vegan sushi.  Yes, i’m weird and i own it.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Allama Iqbal Day — Pakistan
 
Chaos Never Dies Day — internet generated, and just look in my closets if you want proof that we need this one
 
Christkindl Markt — Canton, OH (fine arts and crafts sale for the benefit of the Canton Museum of Art; through Sunday)
 
Couch Beachcombing Day — internet generated; also called sofa diving, you will be amazed what you will find!
 
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
 
Deepavali/Diwali(Festival of Lights) — Hindu; Jain; Sikh (3rd day of the festival)
    Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja — Day of Cows and Laxmi (goddess of wealth; day three of the festival)
 
Dia de los Natitas — La Paz, Bolivia (Day of the Skulls, when skulls are decorated and then offered cigarettes, coca leaves, and other items)
 
Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena — Madrid, Spain (Feast of the Virgin of the Almudena, Patroness of the City)
 
Flag Day — Azerbaijan
 
Go to an Art Museum Today Day — it’s a good idea, whoever started this one
 
Independence Day — Cambodia (1953)
 
Lord Mayor’s Day / Lord Mayor’s Show — London, England (traditional date, celebrated on the nearest Saturday; a traditional Show since 1215, when King John granted the people of London the right to elect their own mayor)
 
National Day — Maldives
 
National Donor Sabbath Weekend — US, through Sunday, an initiative to encourage people of all faiths to consider organ donation    
 
National Nibble Day — as promoted by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
 
National Scrapple Day
 
Neon Sign Day — Georges Claude received a patent for the neon sign on this day in 1911
 
Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), Daughter of Frenzy, Banshee — Scots Pagan (date approximate)
 
Paul is Dead Day — Beatle’s Conspiracy Theorists, who claim Paul died this day in 1966 and was replaced by Billy Campbell
 
Salt Lake’s Family Christmas Show — Sandy, UT, US (through Sunday)
 
Schicksalstag — Germany (Destiny Day or Fateful Day) anniversary of
    the execution of Robert Blum in 1848
    dethroning of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918
    The Beer Hall Putsch in 1923
    Kristallnacht (Crystal Night, marks the beginning of the Holocaust), 1938
    the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989
 
St.Theodore the General’s Day (Patron of soldiers; Brindisi, Italy; invoked for the recovery of lost objects)
 
Tag der Erfinder — Austria; Germany; Switzerland (Inventor’s Day; birth anniversary of Hedy Lamarr, who was an inventor as well as an actress)
 
Waterfowl Festival — Easton, MD, US (includes world class artworks, calling contests, retriever demonstrations, a wine-tasting, and more, to benefit wildlife conservation; through Sunday)
 
Wish-Granting Championships — Fairy Calendar (Sprites)
 
World Freedom Day — US
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Nikki Blonsky, 1988
Nick Lachey, 1973
Chris Hericho, 1970
Thomas Quasthoff, 1959
Lou Ferrigno, 1951
Tom Weiskopf, 1942
Tom Fogerty, 1941
Mary Travers, 1936
Bob Gibson, 1935
Carl Sagan, 1934
Dorothy Dandridge, 1923 
Spiro Agnew, 1918
Hedy Lamarr, 1913
James William Fullbright, 1905
Ed Wynn, 1886
Stanford White, 1853
Elijah P. Lovejoy, 1802
Benjamin Banneker, 1731 (first freeborn child of free African American parents)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Wizard of Id”(Comic strip), 1964
“Omnibus”(TV), 1952
 
 
Today in History:
 
Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery, 694
The Family de’ Medici were expelled from Florence, 1494
Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1620
Hungarian parliament promises Protestants freedom of religion, 1681
The Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue in Jerusalem is set afire by Arabs, 1720
Napoleon becomes dictator of France, 1799
The first US pharmacy college begins classes in Philadelphia, 1821
The NY Symphony Orchestra holds its first public performance, 1858
The first documented Canadian football game is held, at the University of Toronto, 1861
Ulyses Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him, 1862
The Great Boston Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US president to visit other countries during his tenure, visiting Puerto Rico and Panama, 1906
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, destroys 19 ships and kills more than 250 people, 1913
Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect, 1921
Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965
First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published, 1967
Garry Kasparov 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion, 1985
The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered, 1994
The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 2005
The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens’ telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause, 2007
The USS Gerald R. Ford is christened by the U.S. Navy; the aircraft carrier cost $15.5 billion and is technically the most advanced ship ever built, 2013
“Reclining Nude” by Italian artist Modigliani fetches the second highest auction price ever at $170.4m, 2015

 

Kittens! (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
Here are a few more black kittens, even if it is after Halloween:
 

 

 

One fluffball is sleeping on top of the other!
 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. One can _____________.
2. Given the choice of _______________ or _______________,  I would pick _________________.
  
3. _________ makes me feel _________.
 
4. I never go a day without _________.
 
1. One can be too rich and too thin, unlike what some people might tell you.
2. Given the choice of books or TV, i would pick books every single time.  Then again, you probably knew that.
3. The cooler weather we are having right now makes me feel neither too hot nor too cold, something that doesn’t happen here often.
4. I never go a day without prayer and coffee.
 
A gift from my children who know me so well.
 
 
 
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Just had to throw this in, the shelter just celebrated its 13,000th adoption!
 
 
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Today is:
 
All Souls’ Day — Christian (celebrations in Ecuador are among the most colorful; 2nd of the Dias de los Muertos in Mexico) related observances:
    Dead Relatives’ Day — Sicily
    Dia de Finados — Brazil; Portugal
 
Arbor Day — Samoa
 
Aztec Day of the Dead — Ancient Aztec Calendar (date approximate)
 
Balfour Declaration Day — Israel
 
Breeder’s Cup World Championship — Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY, US (the world’s best horses compete in 14 races; through tomorrow)
 
Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show — Denver, CO, US (through Sunday)
 
Cookie Monster’s Birthday — go have a cookie to celebrate! (but only after your dinner, as Cookie Monster now points out; boy, things have changed)
 
Coronation of Haile Selassie — Rastafarian
 
Dia de las Iglesias Evangelicas y Protestantes — Chile (Day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches/Reformation Day)
 
Dveselu Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (day for families to gather with the spirits of their ancestors at the graveyard to celebrate the continuity of life)
 
Festival of Fisher’s Ghost — Campbelltown City, Australia (ten days of celebrating the legends of Australia’s most famous ghost, Frederick Fisher)
 
Festival of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Indian Arrival Day / Arrival of Indentured Laborers’ Day — Mauritius
 
International Day to End Impunity — International (calling for the ending impunity for crimes against journalists and media workers)  
 
Kalamazoo Russian Festival — Kalamazoo, MI, US (through Sunday) 
 
Karatsu Kunchi — Karatsu and Saga, Japan
 
Look for Circles Day — internet generated, and we run in circles looking for who created it and why!
 
Lovington Fall Arts and Crafts Festival — Lovington, NM, US (over 100 local and regional crafters; through tomorrow)
 
Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Awareness And Appreciation Day — US
 
National Deviled Egg Day
 
National Farm Toy Show — National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, IA, US (“The Granddaddy of Them All” among farm toy enthusiasts and collectors; through Sunday)
 
National Traffic Directors Day — meaning radio and TV traffic directors, who always schedule your favorite shows when you just can’t watch, and put more and more commercials in when they can; on the anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast in Pittsburgh in 1922, sponsored by the Traffic Directors Guild of America     
 
Ohara-Matsuri Festival — Kagoshima, Japan (one of Japan’s largest autumn festivals, with 22,000+ dancers in the parade; through tomorrow)
 
Potting-Shed Investitures — Fairy Calendar (Garden Fairies)
 
Plan Your Epitaph Day — sponsored by Dead or Alive of Arcata, CA, because a forgettable epitaph is almost a fate worse than death, so make plans to do yours right!
 
Practice Being Psychic Day — but you already knew that, didn’t you?
 
Refuse to Capitalize the First Letters in Your Name Day — k.d.lang’s birth anniversary
 
Soulcaker’s Play — Cheshire, UK
 
St Eustachius’ Day  (Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters and hunting, torture victims, trappers; Madrid, Spain; Poli, Italy; against fire and torture)
 
World Community Day — sponsored by Church Women United to focus on justice and peace through non-violent means;  this year’s theme is “Reaching for Wholeness”
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
North Dakota becomes the 39th US State, 1889
South Dakota becomes the 40th US State, 1889
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
k.d. lang, 1961
Shere Hite, 1942
Stephanie Powers, 1942
Pat Buchanan, 1938
Ray Walston, 1914
Burt Lancaster, 1913
Paul Ford, 1901
Warren G. Harding, 1865
James K. Polk, 1795
Marie Antionette, 1755
Daniel Boone, 1734
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Spruce Goose makes its first (only) flight, 1947
KDKA Radio Pittsburgh, PA, US makes the first scheduled radio broadcast, of election results, 1920
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay, and Connecticut colonies combine forces and attach the Great Swamp Fort of the Narragansetts during King Philip’s War, 1675
The African Free School, the first free school in NYC, opens, 1787
The popular vote for US president is first recorded and Andrew “By God” Jackson (a/k/a Old Hickory) defeats John Quincy Adams, 1824
New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally, 1868
Johnny Campbell officially leads the crowd in cheering at a University of Minnesota football game, the official birth of cheerleading, 1898
The British newspaper the “Daily Mirror” begins publication, 1903
The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the clear understanding “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”, 1917
Charlotte Woodward, who attended the historic Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention of 1848, becomes the only one of the women who attended to live long enough to cast a vote in a national election, 1920
Australia’s Qantas Airways begins service, 1922
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established, 1936
In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built, 1947
Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case, 1960
The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT, 1988
The International Space Station becomes permanently staffed, 2000
China makes its first orbital docking as its unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft successfully docks with the orbiting Tiangong 1 space station module, 2011
The New York Marathon is cancelled due to the damage from Hurricane Sandy, 2012
Separatists in Eastern Ukraine hold elections in Donetsk and Luhansk; Russia will recognize the elected leaders, but Ukraine and Western nations declare the elections illegitimate, 2014
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull scraps Knights and Dames from Australia’s honours system, 2015
The Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, ending the longest MLB championship drought at 108 years, 2016

 

A Little Smackerel of Something (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
Mikey wants everyone to know he is hungry.  Mikey is always hungry, in case you were wondering.
 
Mikey, doing his usual lying down and pulling the food to him trick.  He’s not only always hungry, he’s lazy.
 
 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. _______________________ is an awful _______________________.
 
2.  I always read __________________________ sections of the newspaper.
 
3. Black cats _________.
 
4. _________ is my favorite treat.
 
1. Without a plan or enough saved is an awful way to retire.  We thought we’d have enough, and maybe we will someday, but it won’t be very soon.
2. I always read the comics, puzzles, and advice columns sections of the newspaper, as well as the headlines and some of the business news.
3. Black cats are wonderful.  When i was a child we had two of them that the family named Midnight and Shadow — yes, i know, not really original.  They were such loving cats.  A couple of years ago we lost Badlands Blackie, Little Girlie’s brother.  We’ve never met a black cat we didn’t like.
 
4.  Coconut milk (vegan) ice cream is my favorite treat.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Angam Day — Nauru (“Day of Fulfillment”; a celebration of overcoming hardships)
 
Armed Forces Day — Benin
 
Chili Cook-Off — Washington, MO US (chili fest and contest)
 
Day of the Ancients — Asatru/Pagan Slavic Calendar
 
Day of Mourning — Libya
 
Exaltation of the Shellfish — Pontevedra, Spain (can confirm they celebrate this each year, cannot find confirmation on this specific date)
 
Frankenstein Friday — a day to celebrate the “mother” and “father” of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley and Boris Karloff
 
French Food Festival — LaRose, LA, US (local specialties, dancing, music, and fun; through Sunday)
 
London Bridge Days — Lake Havasu City, AZ, US (come celebrate London Bridge, which was disassembled and moved here and put back together, with festivities and a big parade tomorrow; through tomorrow)
 
Ludi Victoriae Sullanae — Roman Empire (celebration of the victories of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, through Nov. 1)
 
Magal de Touba — Touba, Senegal (commemoration of the departure into exile of Ahmadou Bamba to Gabon, a Sufi religious festival, begins at sunset)
 
Makoshe’s Holiday — Asatru/Pagan Slavic Calendar (honoring Mother Earth)
 
Mokosh Day — Ukraine (Slavic goddess of “women’s work”, a wanderer and spinner, still popular as a life giving force and protector of women, always assoociated with Friday; date approximate)
 
Mule Day — anniversary of the first importation of donkeys to the US, which George Washington used to breed the first mules in the Americas
 
National Bandanna Day — Australia (to raise funds for teens with cancer)       
 
National Day — Austria
 
National Gospel Day — Cook Islands
 
National Mincemeat Pie Day
 
Pretzel Day
 
Pumpkin Day — time to get one for the 31st, if you haven’t already
 
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival — Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach, DE, US (parade, costume contest, Sea Witch Hunt, horse show on the beach, and more; through Sunday)
 
St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki’s Day (Patron of soldiers; Thessaloniki, Greece)
    Greek day to broach the wine barrels and taste the new season’s wine in honor of this saint
 
Sts. Lucian and Marcian’s Day (Patrons of converts, possessed people)
 
Toping Wagglegammon — Fairy Calendar (no human knows what this means, but it sounds intriguing)
 
Workaholic Stop and Smell Something Day — internet generated day to encourage workaholics to stop and consider what they might be missing
 
Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night — some organizers even have howling parties
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Grand opening of the Erie Canal, 1825
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Sasha Cohen, 1984
Keith Urban, 1969
Tom Cavanagh, 1968
Natalie Merchant, 1963
Cary Elwes, 1962
Dylon McDermott, 1962
Jeff Probst, 1962
James Pickens, Jr., 1954
Lauren Tewes, 1954
Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1947
Pat Sajak, 1947
Jaclyn Smith, 1947
Ivan Reitman, 1946
Pat Conroy, 1945
Bob Hoskins, 1942
Jackie Coogan, 1914
Mahalia Jackson, 1911
Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller, 1874
Joseph Hansom, 1803
Georges Danton, 1759
Domenico Scarlatti, 1685
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“St. Elsewhere”(TV), 1982
Doonesbury(Comic strip), 1970
The Village Voice(newspaper, first issue), 1955
“Mourning Becomes Electra”(Play), 1931
 
 
Today in History:
 
Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth (2.1 million miles and 3.4 million kilometers)–marking the third closest approach of any comet to our planet in recorded history, 1366
First use of lead pencils, 1492
William Penn accepts the area around the the Delaware River from the Duke of York, 1682
The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, and the Minute Men begin to organize in the colonies, 1774
King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution, 1775
Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution, 1776
The first of the “Federalist Papers” are published, calling for ratification of the US Constitution, 1787
The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created, 1795
Hamilton Smith patents a rotary washing machine, 1858
Soccer football rules are standardized and rugby starts as a separate game, 1863
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona, 1881
First use of a “getaway car” after a robbery in Paris, 1901
The first Soviet (worker’s council) formed, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1905
Margaret Sanger arrested for the obscenity of advocating birth control, 1916
The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India, 1947
Mother Teresa founds her Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, 1950
Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France, 1958
The world sees the far side of the Moon for the first time, in pictures taken earlier in the month by the Soviet Luna 3, 1959
The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in Merca district, Somalia, 1977
“Baby Fae,” born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, receives a controversial heart transplant from a baboon, dies of kidney infection 21 days later, 1984
The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum, 1992
Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty, 1994
Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament, 1999
The water level at Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest water control and utilization project, reaches full capacity, 2010
China blocks the New York Times from searches and social media in response to an investigation into Premier Wen Jiabao, 2012
The World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic, 2015

 

Mr. Mischief (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
Link, a/k/a Linker Stinker, was willing to pose today:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. For Halloween, I want to be _____________________.
2. _____________________ makes me feel like royalty.
 
3. On a dark and stormy night, I _________.
 
4. If I had a witch’s cauldron, I would stir up a potion for _________.
 
1. For Halloween, i want to be the mom handing out candy at the door.
2. A hot bath with a good smelling bath bomb makes me feel like royalty.
3. On a dark and stormy night, i pray the house doesn’t flood.
4. If i had a witch’s cauldron, i would stir up a potion for common sense, and make sure everyone on earth got a serving.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Apple Butter Stirrin’ —  Coshocton, OH, US (bluegrass music, crafts, family fun, and best of all, apple butter; through Sunday)
 
Armilustrium — Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Mars)
 
Bettara-Ichi — Ebisu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan (Pickle Market Fair, enjoy the pickled radishes, a specialty; through tomorrow)
 
Constitution Day — Niue
 
Dashain Festival — Hindu (also called Dussehra, Dashera, Dasara, Phulpati/Fulpaati, or Navratri, a celebration of victory of Lord Rama over evil and a Festival of Dirva, wife of Shiva, and a time to go back home and reconnect with family, especially in Nepal and parts of India; official government holidays for this multi-day festival vary throughout India, Nepal, Bhutan, and other countries with large populations of Hindus)
 
Dita e Lumturimit te Nene Terezes — Albania (Mother Teresa Day)
 
Evaluate Your Life Day — a day to make sure your life is heading where you want, and course correct if it isn’t; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Fall Festival of Leaves — Ross County, OH, US (celebrate the beauty of nature and of the arts of the region; through Sunday)
 
Fantasy Fest — Key West, FL, US (a ten day costume party for grown-ups)
 
Greasy Spoon Day — internet generated, a day to go revel in the love of your favorite greasy spoon diner
 
Mammography Day — the third Friday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 
Missouri Day Festival — Trenton, MO, US (parade, baby show, flea market, entertainment, and fun; through Sunday)
 
National Seafood Bisque Day
 
Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival — Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington, PA, US (over two hundred exhibits, plus food and entertainment; through Sunday, and next Saturday and Sunday, too)
 
Provincial Anniversary Day — Hawke’s Bay, NZ
 
Samora Machel Day — Mozambique
 
Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress — Fairy Calendar
 
Stephen Foster Quilt Show and Sale — Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs, FL, US (fun for quilters, and quilt lovers; through Sunday)
 
St. Frideswide’s Day (Patron of Oxford and the University of Oxford)
 
St. Rene Goupil’s Day (Patron of anesthetists, anesthesiologists)
 
World Student Day — International Fellowship of Evangelical Students    
 
Yabusame Festival — Koyama, Japan (horseback archery, samurai costumes and dragons, oh, my!)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Jason Reitman, 1977
Ty Pennington, 1965
Evander Holyfield, 1962
Jeannie C. Riley, 1945
John Lithgow, 1945
Patricia Ireland, 1945
Simon Ward, 1941
Michael Gambon, 1940
Peter Max, 1937
Robert Reed, 1932
John Le Carre, 1931
Jack Anderson, 1922
Auguste Lumiere, 1862
Annie S. Peck, 1850
Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, 1748
Thomas Browne, 1605 (O.S. date)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Rothschilds”(Musical), 1970
“The Miracle Worker”(Play), 1959
“I Remember Mama”(Play), 1944
“Pomp and Circumstance Marches”(Elgar Op. 39), 1901
“Tannhauser und der Sangerkrieg auf Wartburg/Tannhauser and the Singers’ Contest at Wartburg”(Wagner opera), 1845
 
 
 
Today in History:
 
Battle of Zama, Scipio Africanus and his Roman legions defeat Hannibal Barca and the invading Carthagian army, BC202
King Gauseric and his Vandals take the city of Carthage, 439
The Thirteen Years’ War ends with the Treaty of Thorn, 1466
Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology, 1512
The first general court is held in Boston, 1630
Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2PM, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1781
Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow, 1812
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree, 1849
The first 4 blacks are elected to the US House of Representatives, 1870
The USPS first used an automobile to collect and deliver mail, 1914
Streptomycin, the first antibiotic which could treat tuberculosis, is isolated at Rutgers University, 1943
Black Monday – the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22%, 508 points, 1987
Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II, 2003
Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity, 2005
Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb, 2005
Naheed Nenshi becomes the first Muslim in Canada to be elected mayor, in Calgary, 2010
Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, who was known for changes in the Catholic Church that came out of Vatican II, 2014 
The New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Adern (37), the youngest NZ leader in 161 years, 2017

 

Truce (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
Truce:
 
Coda the German Shepherd and Mikey the Maine Coon.
 
 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. I have _______________ for  ____________.
 
2. _________________ make me _____________________.
 
3. I’m surprised that _________.
 
4. To make a long story short, _________.
 
 
I have my colonoscopy scheduled for next Friday.  There was a cancellation, otherwise i would be having to wait until December!
 
Seeing an orphaned elephant at a rescue breaking off branches from a tree and passing them to his smaller friend so the friend can eat too makes me wonder what in the world is wrong with us people that we can’t get along.
 
I’m surprised that no one has found the Halloween candy stash yet.  Maybe this newest hiding place will be a keeper from year to year.
 
To make a long story short, use fewer words!  Sorry, i couldn’t resist, so i didn’t!
 
 
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Today is:
 
Algonquin Mill Festival — Carrollton, OH, US (an 1800s pioneer festival; through Sunday)
 
Apple Butter Makin’ Days — Mt. Vernon, MO, US (making apple butter on the courthouse lawn, and lots of other fun; thrugh Sunday)
 
Ayathrem — Zoroastrianism (feast of bringing the herds and flocks home, a five day feast, dates approximate)
 
Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Fossil Day — celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, for all the “incredible suckers that have gone extinct”
 
Child Rambunctiousness Appreciation Day — remembering back to when we didn’t say every kid with ants in his/her pants needed drugs
 
Children’s Day / Feast of Our Lady of Aparecida — Brazil
 
Cloud-Stamping Pentathlon — Fairy Calendar
 
Cookbook Launch Day — someone started this one just because s/he likes cookbooks is my guess
 
Day of Fortuna Redux — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of successful journeys and lucky homecomings, favored by travelers and soldiers)
 
Day of Giving the Black Land to Horus and the Red Land to Set — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Discovery of America by Columbus, actual date; most government holidays will be on the Monday nearest this date
    Columbus Day — Turks and Caicos Islands; US and Territories
    Descubrimiento de América — Mexico
    Día de la Hispanidad or Fiesta Nacional de España — Spain
    Dia de la Raza — Latin America and especially Guatemala (Day of the Race, or Day of the Natives)
    Día de la Resistencia Indígena — Venezuela (Day of Indigenous Resistance)
    Dia de las Americas/Descubrimiento de America — Uruguay
    Dia de las Culturas — Costa Rica (Day of the Cultures)
    Dia del Descubrimiento de dos Mundos — Chile
    Discovery Day — Bahamas
    Encuentro de Dos Mundos — Ecuador
    Pan America Day — Belize
 
Fiesta Nacional de Espana — Spain (National Day/Hispanity Day)
 
Fort Ligonier Days — Ligonier, PA, US (commemoration of the Battle of Ligonier with reenactments, parade, entertainment, etc.; through Sunday)
 
Freethought Day — celebration by Freethinkers of the effective ending date of the Salem witch trials
 
Independence Day — Equatorial Guinea(1968)
 
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, who want you to go outside at 1200GMT and scream for 30 seconds so we can all get it out of our systems    
 
Mississinewa 1812 — Mississinewa, IN, US (the largest War of 1812 living history and reenactment event; through Sunday)
 
Natchitoches Historic Pilgrimage — Natchitoches, LA, US (National Historic Landmark District homes, plantations, and the sites where the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed are featured on this fabulous tour; through Sunday)
 
National Gumbo Day
 
Native American’s Day — often celebrated on both the observed and the traditional Columbus Day; a day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression, make peace, and celebrate the empowerment of Native Americans
 
Old Farmers Day — an unsponsored day, and any day is a good day to honor the men and women who work hard to grow our food
 
Parke County Covered Bridge Festival — Rockville, IN, US (with 31 historic covered bridges, this is the covered bridge capital of the world; tours, arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, and old-fashioned homemade foods, through the 21st)
 
Royal National (Gaelic) Mod — Inverness, Scotland (Gaelic Language Festival; through the 20th)
 
Sawara Festival — Chiba, Japan (also called the Grand Festival of Sarawa, one of Japan’s major float festivals; through Sunday)
 
Scenic Drive Festival — Van Buren County, IA, US (includes flea markets, an arts festival, and historic architecture; through Sunday)
 
Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word — Nashville, TN, US (through Sunday)
 
St. Edwin of Northumbria’s Day (Patron of converts, hoboes/tramps, homeless people, kings, parents of large families)
 
St. Wilfred of York’s Day (Patron of Middlesbrough, England; Ripon, England)
 
Tennessee Craft Fair — Nashville, TN, US (the state’s premier outdoor showcaswe for American fine crafts; through Sunday)
 
Victorian Theatre by Candlelight presents “The (White) House of Horror” — Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Indianapolis, IN, US (Apparitions of haunted D. C. flee to the Presidential Site; this weekend and the next two)
 
Wisconsin Dells Autumn Harvest Fest — Wisconsin Dells, WI, US (includes a scarecrow stuffing contest, pumpkin decorating, microbrew tasting, and more; through Sunday)
 
World Arthritis Day — people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases can make their voices heard today    
 
World Egg Day — International (from the International Egg Commission)    
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Day of Six Billion, 1999 (marking the world population reaching that number)
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Marion Jones, 1975
Kirk Cameron, 1970
Adam Rich, 1968
Hugh Jackman, 1968
Carlos Bernard, 1962
Ronald E. McNair, 1950
Susan Anton, 1950
Chris Wallace, 1947
Tony Kubek, 1936
Luciano Pavarotti, 1935
Dick Gregory, 1932
Charles Gordone, 1925
Jean Nidetch, 1923
Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872
Jonathan Trumbull, 1710
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Jesus Christ, Superstar”(Rock opera), 1971
“The Bob Hope Show”(TV), 1953
“The Burns and Allen Show”(TV), 1950
“Call Me Madam”(Musical). 1950
 
 
Today in History:
 
The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon, BC539
King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, 1216
Nichiren, Japans Buddhist monk who founded Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon, 1279
Christopher Columbus’ expedition makes landfall in the Bahamas, 1492
Massachusetts discontinues all witch trials, 1692
America’s first asylum for “Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds” opens in Virginia, 1773
Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen; this celebration becomes the founding of the first Oktoberfest, 1810
Charles Macintosh, of Scotland, sells the first raincoat, 1821
Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) is enacted by British rule in India, which named over 160 local communities ‘Criminal Tribes’, i.e. hereditary criminals, 1871*
President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House, 1901
An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children’s Hospital, Boston, 1928
The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits, 1964
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published, 1979
The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip, 1979
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People’s Republic of China, 1986
NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus, 1994
The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born, 1999
The second Chinese human spaceflight, Shenzhou 6, is launched, 2005
The first of the thirty-three miners trapped in the Copiano mining disaster, Florencio Avalos, is rescued, 2010
The customary law preventing women from inheriting their family home is overturned in Botswana, 2012
A long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin is confirmed found in Madison borough hall, New Jersey; it is estimated to be worth at least $4m, 2017
 

 

*Not repealed until India’s independence in 1949

 

Fitting Them In (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
***********************************
 
 
 
 
Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
How do you fit five kittens in a big cage?
 
Two in the hammock at the top…

 

…and three at the bottom!
 
 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. My favorite font is___________________.
2. October is perfect for _________________.
3. Where I live, _________.
 
4. I feel very _________ this time of year.
 
1. My favorite font is whichever one i don’t have to get my reading glasses to see properly.
2. October is perfect for BBQ, because it’s not quite so hot outside that you roast along with whatever you are preparing.
 
3.  Where i live, it’s a swamp so we know to expect an afternoon thunder storm quite frequently.  If you didn’t get yours today but the other end of town did, don’t worry, you will get yours tomorrow.
 
4.  I feel very ready for some holiday cheer this time of year.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Armed Forces Day — Indonesia (Hari Tentara Nasional)
 
Children’s Day — Singapore
 
Columbus Day Festival and Hot Air Balloon Regatta — Columbus, KS, US (through Sunday)
 
Come and Take It Festival — Gonzales, TX, US (celebrating the cry of Texans fighting for independence when the Mexican military demanded a cannon be returned; through Sunday)
 
Constitution Day — Vanuatu
 
Do Something Nice Day — internet generated; make someone’s day brighter, it will brighten your own
 
Festival of the Five Toes — Fairy Calendar
 
Festival of Mania — Ancient Roman Calendar (held to placate the Manes, on dates when it was believed the doors to the underworld were open and the dead were free to roam)
 
Hull Fair — Hull, England (a fair that dates back over 700 years, now one of the countries largest travelling funfairs; through the 14th)
 
International Day of No Prostitution — information here    
 
Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ — Cumberland, KY, US (through tomorrow; celebrating the rich heritage of mountain people, the purpose is to promote and preserve the diverse cultural heritage of the Appalachian region through the presentation of music, crafts, visual arts, theater, folk competitions, games and folklife demonstrations)
 
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest — Kitchener and Waterloo, ON, Canada (second largest Oktoberfest in the world; through the 13th)
 
Lee National Denim Day — US (but i’m sure they want this one celebrated anywhere jeans are sold and worn! proceeds from the day go to fight breast cancer)     
 
Long Walk Day — David Kunst finished his walk around the world on this day in 1974; go for a long walk in his honor
 
Most Common Birthday — US (yes, according to Anybirthday.com, on average, more people are born in the US on this day than any other; wonder if it has anything to do with today being 9 months after New Year’s Eve?)
 
National Apple Betty Day
 
National Diversity Day — US (vow tolerance, embrace how differences make the world a better place)
 
National Storytelling Festival — Jonesborough, TN, US (a three-day celebration of storytellers, stories, and oral tradition from around the country and around the world, all in Tennessee’s oldest town)
 
Noisy Munching Day — a fun day for kids, or your own inner child; munch chips, celery, pickles, anything loud, to annoy others
 
Nubaigai — Pagan Lithuanian Calendar (harvest festival; can’t get independent confirmation that it’s always on this day)
 
Ocean County Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival — Seaside Hgts., NJ, US (through Sunday)
 
Ozark Fall Farmfest — Springfield, MO, US (largest agricultural trade show in the Ozarks; through Sunday)
 
Republic Day — Portugal
 
Springs Folk Festival — Springs, PA, US (Amish crafts and food at the height of fall foliage; through tomorrow)
 
St. Charles Scarecrow Festival — St. Charles, IL, US (handcrafted scarecrows, music, entertainment, and more; through Sunday)
 
St. Placid’s Day
 
Thesmophoria — Ancient Greek Calendar (start of a 3 day women’s festival of Demeter; date approximate)
 
Unicorn Questing Season begins — as established by the late W. T. “Bill” Rabe, get your official license here   
 
World Smile Day — do one act of kindness, help one person smile, in honor of Harvey Ball, who created the Smiley face    
    some sites tag this as Send A Smile Day, or have it on different days
 
World Teachers Day — UN
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Jesse Eisenberg, 1983
Kate Winslet, 1975
Parminder K. Nagra, 1975
Josie Bissett, 1970
Mario Lemieux, 1965
Laura Davies, 1963
Michael Andretti, 1962
Maya Ying Lin, 1959
Bernie Mac, 1957
Bob Geldof, 1954
Clive Barker, 1952
Bob Geldof, 1951
Karen Allen, 1951
Jeff Conaway, 1950
Steve Miller, 1943
Vaclav Havel, 1936
Bill Dana, 1924
Glynis Johns, 1923
Bil Keane, 1922
Donald Pleasence, 1919
Allen Ludden, 1917
Larry Fine, 1902
Robert Hutchings Goddard, 1882
Louis Lumiere, 1864
Chester A. Arthur, 1829
Denis Diderot, 1713
Jonathan Edwards, 1703
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Monty Python’s Flying Circus”(TV), 1969
“Love Me Do”(Single release), 1962
“Zane Grey Theater”(TV), 1956
“The Diary of Anne Frank”(Play), 1955
“You Bet Your Life”(TV), 1950
“Secret Service”(Play), 1896
“Orfeo ed Euridice/Orpheus and Euridice”(Opera), 1762
 
 
Today in History:
 
Founding of the city of Concepcion, Chile, 1550
The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Italy and other Catholic countries, 1582
March on Versailles by the women of Paris, 1789
Shawnee Chief Tecumseh killed in the battle of the Thames, 1813
Founding of the City of Anaheim, 1857
Destruction of most of Calcutta by cyclone, approximately 60,000 die, 1864
A strong hurricane devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada, 1869
The surrender of Chief Joseph, after the 1,700 mile retreat, marks the end of the Nez Pierce War, 1877
The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London, 1895
Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O’Connor are appointed as foundation justices, 1903
First appearance of the Little Orphan Annie comic strip in the NYC Daily News, 1924
Suffrage is extended to women in France, 1944
The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 110,000, 1948
The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held, 
1953Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released, 1962
The first episode of the famous comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on BBC, 1969
Signature of the European Patent Convention, 1973
Raoul Wallenberg is made an honorary US citizen, 1981
Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, 1984
The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released, 1991
The Bulldozer Revolution begins in Belgrade, eventually leading to the resignation of Slobodan Milosevic, 2000
A new, though threatened, language known as Koro, is discovered by a team of linguists on an expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, in northeastern India, 2010
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser and John O’Keefe, neuroscientists who discovered the brain cells responsible for positioning and navigation memory, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown of California signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the “right to die,” 2015
The constitutional court of Spain suspends the Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence, 2017