Christmas Cheer for Sunday

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.
 
It’s the season when many of us struggle to figure out what we are going to give others, and that can especially include husbands and wives.
 
Boudreaux done bought Clothile a big, sparklin’ diamond ring fo’ de Christmas gift.  She be showin’ it off, an’ Thibodeaux done pull Boudreaux to de side an’ he say, “I done thought Clothile axed fo’ her a nice, big truck fo’ Christmas!”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, oui, she done did ax fo’ dat, but where I be goin’ get a fake truck?”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
 
A bit of Christmas Cheer (which i enjoy at other people’s homes, we don’t tempt fate or the cats at this house).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Anna’s Day — Sweden and Finland (commemorates the conception of the Virgin Mary by St. Anne, celebration for all females named Anne or Anna, and the day to start the processing of the Christmas Eve lutefisk.)
 
Christmas Card Day — the first commercial card went on sale on this day in 1843
 
Christmas Gift Memory Day — the day to reminisce about your all time favorite Christmas gift
 
End of Days of Reckoning — Fairy Calendar
 
Feast of the Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos by St. Anne — Orthodox Church
 
International Anti-Corruption Day — UN
 
National Heroes Day — Antigua and Barbuda
 
National Pastry Day
 
Remembrance for Egill Skallagrimsson — Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (Viking Age poet, warrior, and rune magician)
 
Republic Day — Tanzania
 
Search High and Low For Your Gingerbread Recipe Day — or just give up and go to the internet for a new one, that’s where i found this “holiday”
 
Second Sunday of Advent — Christian
    Lighting the Candle of Peace
 
St. Leocadia’s Day (Patron of Toledo, Spain)
 
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting — in memory of children lost the previous year
 
Weary Willie Day — birth anniversary of Emmet Kelley, Sr.
 
 
Yuri’s Day in the Autumn — Russian Orthodox Church (a celebration of St. George, as following the Gregorian Calendar)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ, US, established, 1962
Christmas Seals first sold, in Wilmington, DE, US, 1907
“Charge of the Light Brigade” published, 1854
YMCA opens in Montreal, QC, CA (first in North America), 1851
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Jesse Metcalfe, 1978
Reiko Aylesworth, 1972
David Kersh, 1970
Kara DioGuardi, 1970
Jakob Dylan, 1969
Kurt Angle, 1968
Felicity Huffman, 1962
David Anthony Higgins, 1961
Joe Lando, 1961
Donny Osmond, 1957
John Malkovich, 1953
Joan Armatrading, 1950
Michael Nouri, 1945
Dick Butkus, 1942
Beau Bridges, 1941
Judy Dench, 1934
Buck Henry, 1930
Dick Van Patten, 1928
Dina Merrill, 1925
Redd Foxx, 1922
Kirk Douglas, 1916
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1909
Grace Hopper, 1906
Margaret Hamilton, 1902
Emmet Kelley, Sr., 1898
Clarence Birdseye, 1886
Joel Chandler Harris, 1848
John Milton, 1608
Edwin Sandys, 1561
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”(TV special), 1965
“Coronation Street”(TV), 1960
“Salome”(Opera), 1905
“Charge of the Light Brigade”(Publication date, in The Examiner), 1854
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire, 536
New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster, 1793
The Republic of Texas captures San Antonio, Texas, 1835
The first Young Men’s Christian Association in the Americas is founded, in Montreal, 1851
Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback becomes governor of Louisiana for 35 days, becoming the first black US governor, 1872
Levant Richardson patents the ball-bearing skate, 1884
Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department, 1888
The Norwegian parliament vote unanimously for female suffrage, 1903
The first broadcast of “Coronation Street” on British ITV, 1960
Barbados joins the United Nations, 1966
NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco, 1968
The United Arab Emirates join the United Nations, 1971
The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, 1979
Phoenix, Arizona, US, gets 3 inches of snow, 1985
Lech Walesa wins the presidental election in Poland, 1990
In Australia, thieves broke into a home and stole two 300-year-old etchings by Rembrandt. The 4-by-4-inch etchings, a self-portait and a depiction of the artist’s mother, were valued around $518,000, 2003
Pakistan’s media publish fake WikiLeaks cables attacking India, 2010
China creates a new “Confucius Peace Prize” to honor its former Taiwanese Vice President, Lien Chan, who refused to collect it, 2010
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity has returned images from the red planet’s Gale Crater showing evidence of sediment deposits, suggesting that lakes and rivers potentially existed across the planet millions of years ago, 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, for her handling of debt and refugee crises, 2015

 

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Honest Opinion (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.
 
Grandma and i were talking yesterday about medical diagnoses and what happens when someone thinks the situation is worse than it is.  (The subject came up while watching one of those veterinarian shows, a patient was convinced the dog was in serious trouble, it was just a small fatty tumor.)
 
Clothile done be ver’ upset, she done gots a call from de traiteur (doctor), an’ since she not be home, Tee done take de message.  He say he t’ink dere be sum’pin’ wrong an’ dat she gots to go back.
 
Well, Clothile done run herse’f back to town, an’ she go in a big hurry in de door an’ wit’out even lookin’ ’round she yell, “Doc, tell me what be wrong wit’ me!”
 
De man in de office look up an’ he say, “I see dere be t’ree t’ings.  Firs’ you be needin’ lose 20 pound.  Den, you need use you half dat much o’ de make-up.  An’ fin’ly, I be a artis’, not de doc, he be nex’ door!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
Some of Grandma’s work, her Christmas decorations, and she is still working on fairy gardens:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Adoration Parade — Branson, MO, US (celebration of traditional values of faith, family, and friendliness)
 
Chichibu Yomatsuri — Chichibu shrine, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan (one of Japan’s most impressive night parties; through tomorrow) 
 
Christmas to Remember — Laurel, MT, US (Santa and a live Nativity, parade, fireworks, bazaar, and more)
 
Festival of the Finger Stalls — Fairy Calendar
 
First Sunday of Advent — Christian (start of the Liturgical Year in the Western Church) related observances
    Lighting the Candle of Hope
    Midwinter Horn Blowing — rural Netherlands (folkloric custom announcing the birth of Jesus, celebrated through Epiphany)
 
Good Neighborliness Day — Turkmenistan
 
Hanukkah — Judaism (Festival of Lights; begins at sundown, through sundown Dec. 10)
 
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery — UN
 
National Day — Myanmar
 
National Day — Laos; United Arab Emirates (trad.)
 
National Fritters Day
 
National Mutt Day — US (because mixed breeds need an extra chance) 
 
Oshiroi Matsuri — Fukuoka, Japan (Face Paint Festival, to ask for good harvest next year)
 
Safety Razor Day — the first disposable razor blades were patented by King Gillette this day in 1901
 
Special Education Day — US (anniversary of the first US special education law in 1975)
 
St. Bibiana’s Day (Patron of epileptics, mentally ill people, single laywomen, torture victims; against epilepsy, hangovers, headaches, insanity, mental illness; and, appropriately considering the aforementioned list, Los Angeles, CA)
 
Walter Plinge Day — UK (the British equivalent to George Spelvin, a name used to disguise the fact that an actor is playing more than one part in a production, but Walter was based on a real pub owner who was generous to actors)
 
XTERRA Trail Run Series World Championship — Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, HI, US (the crown jewel of the XTERRA Trail Run series of 60 rigorous, off road races, the world championship run)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Britney Spears, 1981
Nelly Furtado, 1978
Monica Seles, 1973
Lucy Liu, 1968
Randy Gardner, 1958
Dennis Christopher, 1955
Dan Butler, 1954
Stone Phillips, 1954
Cathy Lee Crosby, 1948
T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1948
Gianni Versace, 1946
William Wegman, 1943
Julie Harris, 1925
Maria Callas, 1923
Randolph Hearst, 1915
Charles Ringling, 1863
Georges Seurat, 1859
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug(Film), 2013
Naked Gun(Film), 1988
“Mystery of Edwin Drood”(Musical), 1985
“Imus in the Morning”(Radio), 1961
Dancing Lady(Film), 1933 (first appearance of Fred Astaire)
“The Adventures of Charlie Chan”(Radio), 1932
Model A Ford, 1927 (first sold on this date, for $385)
“Sie Versunkene Glocke/The Sunken Bell”(Hauptmann play), 1896
“Samson et Dalila/Samson and Delilah”(Saint-Saens opera, Op. 47), 1877
“La Favorite/The Favorite”(Donizetti opera), 1840
 
 
Today in History:
 
The University of Leipzig opens, 1409
Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what became the United States, 1763
Napoleon defeats the Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz, 1805
The first Savings bank in the US opens, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, 1816
US President James Monroe declares his “Monroe Doctrine”, 1823
US President James K. Polk declares it is the “Manifest Destiny” of the US to expand into the West, 1845
Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the US, in NYC, 1867
King Camp Gillette patents the safety razor, 1901
Pu Yi (Hsuan-T’ung) became China’s Last Emperor at age 2, 1908
Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A, 1927
A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, 1942
Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan, 1947
The Granma yacht reaches the shores of Cuba’s Oriente province and Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution, 1956
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates, 1971
Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state, 1988
A coalition led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins the first free all-German elections since 1932, 1990
The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive, 1999
NASA announces finding an arsenic based life form on Earth, 2010
Taxi service company Uber expands its presence in Latin America by partnering with Carlos Slim’s cell phone company America Movil to place the Uber app on mobil phones throughout Mexico, 2014

 

Keeper of the List (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.
 
We got to see Santa arrive in the Macy Parade, which to me signals the start of the Christmas Season.
 
After dey done eat de feast on T’anksgivin’, Tee Boudreaux done be talkin’ ’bout how he be wantin’ to see Père Noel at de mall, an’ he want Boudreaux or Clothile to done take him.
 
He be goin’ on an’ on, an’ fin’ly Boudreaux say, “Tee, you done be thirteen years, what fo’ you want to be goin’ to see Père Noel?”
 
An’ Tee say, “Mais, I want ax him where de naughty girls live!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
While we don’t get the range of color you would see up north, some of our trees do look pretty this time of year:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Anniversary of Moquegua City — Peru (founded this date in 1541)
 
Ashi Vanguhi — Ancient Persian Calendar/Zoroastrian (celebration of Ashi Vanguhi, or Holy Blessing; date approximate, but always two days after a full moon around this time of year)
 
Birth of Prophet Mohammad and of Imam Sadegh — Iran
 
Cat-Napping Convention — Fairy Calendar
 
Celebration of Christ The King — Christian (final Sunday of the Ecclesiastical Year) related observance
    Stir Up Sunday — the day to get your Christmas plum pudding started
 
Day Sacred to Proserpina — Ancient Roman Calendar (also Persephone, of the Greeks, the Wheel goddess of the Underworld, often associated with St. Catherine; see below)
 
Evacuation Day — 19th Century New York City (withdrawal of British troops in 1783)
 
Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along — East Room of the Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA, US (two seatings available for this beautiful and enjoyable event, singing along with a master choir and orchestra)
 
Hari Guru — Indonesia (Teacher’s Day)
 
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women — UN
    White Ribbon Day — International (if you know a victim of violence, help break their silence! because domestic violence affects all of society)
 
 
Mangé Yam — Haiti (fete de la moisson; a yam harvest festival)
 
National Day — Bosnia and Herzegovina (commemorates the 1943 declaration of statehood within Yugoslavia)
 
National Don’t Utter A Word Day — internet generated, and variously listed as the 25th of November, February, or May; pick one if you want
 
National Parfait Day
 
Persephone Day (a/k/a Kore) — Ancient Greek Calendar (celebration of her as wheel goddess of the underworld; date approximate, but she is often associated with St. Catherine; see below)
 
Saint Catherine of Alexandria’s Day — of the Catherine Wheel, sometimes associated with the Wheel of Karma and the Hindu Kali; one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (Patron of apologists, archivists, attorneys, barristers, craftsmen who work with wheels of any sort, dying people, educators, girls, jurists, knife grinders and sharpeners, lawyers, librarians, libraries, maidens, mechanics, millers, nurses, old maids, philosophers, potters, preachers, scholars, schoolchildren, scribes, secretaries, spinners, spinsters, stenographers, students, tanners, teachers, theologians, turners, University of Paris, unmarried girls, and wheelwrights; Aalsum, Netherlands; Bertinoro, Italy; Camerata Picena, Italy; Dumaguete, Philippines; Heidesheim am Rhein, Germany; Kuldiga, Latvia; Mähring, Germany; Saint Catharines, Ontario; Zejtun, Malta; Zurrieq, Malta) related observance
    Women’s Merrymaking Day — Women go ‘Cath’rining’ and have a good time (in some places, especially France, women may propose marriage on this day)
 
Shopping Reminder Day — exactly a month until Christmas
 
Srefidensi — Suriname (Republic Day/Independence Day)
 
Statehood Day — FBiH, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Tori No Ichi — Japan (the third and final “rooster day” of November, so called because it is held on the three days of the rooster this month, in which to wish good luck and prosperity at temple and shrine ceremonies around the country, and celebrate with a fair)
 
Totensonntag/Ewigkeitssonntag — Germany (Sunday of the Dead/Eternity Sunday; a general celebration and memorial of all who have died, decreed to be celebrated in Lutheran Churches by King Frederick William III of Prussia in 1816)
 
Vajiravudh Day — Thailand
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Barbara and Jenna Bush, 1981
Jerry Ferrara, 1979
Donovan McNabb, 1976
Eddie Steeples, 1973
Christina Applegate, 1971
Jill Hennessy, 1968
Cris Carter, 1965
Amy Grant, 1960
John F. Kennedy, Jr., 1960
Bucky Dent, 1951
John Larroquette, 1947
Ben Stein, 1944
Joe Jackson Gibbs, 1940
Lenny Moore, 1933
Paul Desmond, 1924
Ricardo Montalban, 1920
Joe DiMaggio, 1914
Solanus Casey, 1870
Carry Nation, 1846
Karl F. Benz, 1844
Andrew Carnegie, 1835
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Iolanthe: or, The Peer and the Peri”(Comic opera), 1882
 
 
Today in History:
 
A tsunami, caused by the earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastates Naples (Italy) and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, among other places, 1343
The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins, 1491
A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha, in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people, 1667
The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died, 1703
First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn, 1715
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is founded, 1758
Farmer’s Almanac first published, 1792
The Greek frigate Hellas arrives in Nafplion to become the first flagship of the Hellenic Navy, 1826
A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again); the storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster, 1839
Alfred Nobel patents dynamite, 1867
John B Meyenberg of St Louis patents evaporated milk, 1884
American College of Surgeons incorporates in Springield, Illinois, 1912
First Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in Philadelphia, 1920
690 earthquake shocks recorded in 1 day in Ito, Japan, 1930
The first Soviet liquid fuel rocket attains altitude of 261′ (80m), 1933
Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock”, 1940
New Zealand ratifies the Statute of Westminster and thus becomes independent of legislative control by the United Kingdom, 1947
Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London later becoming the longest continuously-running play in history, 1952
The Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire destroys an entire city block, 1982
The United Nations establishes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the murder of three Mirabal Sisters for resistance against the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship in Dominican Republic, 1999
Powerful storm brings 3 years worth of rain in 4 hours to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sparking terrible floods, 2009
Switzerland’s Bern Art Museum agrees to accept artworks looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis, 2014
The longest known frozen embryo to be successfully born is delivered in Tennessee – Emma Wren Gibson, frozen 24 years ago, 2017

 

Groaning Over More Than Turkey (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.  After all, it’s a habit now!
 
With Thanksgiving on the way, there’s a lot to do, squeezing in everyone.  There have been a couple of people attempting to get me to schedule them in somehow, and i just cannot.
 
It’s going to be a fun day, family and more family, food and fun.
 
Boudreaux already be warmin’ him up.  He be practicin’ his jokes fo’ de day on Clothile.
 
“What be de day you serve ever’one a tofu turkey?” he ax.  “Pranksgivin’!”
 
Clothile don’ say nothin’.
 
“Why do de cranberry be red?  It done see de turkey dressin’!”
 
Clothile jes’ look at him.
 
“What be de different between a pirate an’ de cranberry farmer?  One done bury his treasures an’ de other done treasure his berries!”
 
Clothile done give him a glare.
 
“You best not be doin’ you mash potatoes from de box, you grand-mère done goin’ turn over in her gravy!”
 
Clothile fin’ly say, “You gots to stop!”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “You cain’t ax me to quit cold turkey!”
 
So Clothile ax him, “What fo’ you be plannin’ tell all dese bad jokes?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, what else you ‘spect me do on de day we eat wit’ de people dat annoy me de mos’?
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
Grandma moved on from simple rock art to create something bigger:
 
 
 
And she has already started to pull out the Christmas decor!
 

 

 

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Today is:
 
Alascattalo Day — Anchorage, Alaska (A salute to Alaskan humor, a parade in honor of the “alascattalo”, a cross between a moose and a walrus; the longest running, shortest parade in the world, held in the alley behind Club Paris from 12:03 to 12:07 pm.  A prize is given to the smallest and ugliest float — yes, it must be both small and ugly.  An anonymous queen will be crowned, if she has the bad sense to show up.)
 
Constitution Day — South Africa (the 1993 Constitution, granting blacks the right to vote, was approved)
 
Day of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars — Ancient Persian Calendar (date approximate)
 
European Antibiotic Awareness Day — ECDC (because prudent use of antibiotics can help stop antibiotic resistance)  
 
Feast of the Virgen de Chiquinquirá — Maracaibo, Venezuela
 
Hap-Dancing and Tiger-Tuning — Fairy Calendar
 
Independence Day — Morocco(1956); Western Saraha(1975)
 
Married to a Scorpio Support Day — remembering those married to Scorpios (like me!) and suffering because of it, and encouraging them too hide the flow charts and assert themselves today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Mother Goose Parade Day — El Cajon, CA, US (kicking off the holiday season with good, family fun)
 
National Day — Oman (traditional)
 
National Farm-City Week — US (on the week of Thanksgiving, remember that it’s the farmers, ranchers and growers who supply your celebratory foods)
 
National French Vichyssoise Day
 
Ned Ludd Memorial Machine-Smashing Day — internet generated, but enjoy!  i know i will
 
Proclamation of the Republic — Latvia (1918)
 
Push-Button Phone Day — launched this day in 1963
 
St. Odo of Cluny’s Day (Patron of needed rain)
 
Total Disregard for Taste Day — marking the debut of Howard Stern’s radio show on this day in 1985
 
Vertieres Day — Haiti (Battle of Vertieres and Army Day)
 
Volkstrauertag — Germany (National Day of Mourning for all victims of National Socialism and the dead of both world wars)
 
William Tell Day — the famed apple-off-his-son’s-head-shot was today in 1307
 
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims — UN
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Owen Wilson, 1968
Elizabeth Perkins, 1960
Sinbad, 1956
Katy Sagal, 1956
Kevin Nealn, 1953
Andrea Marcvicci, 1948
Jameson Parker, 1947
Wilma Mankiller, 1945
Susan Sullivan, 1944
Linda Evans, 1942
Brenda Vaccaro, 1939
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939
Mickey Mouse, 1928
Alan Shepard, Jr., 1923
John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer, 1909
Imogene Coca, 1908
George Gallup, 1901
Eugene Ormandy, 1899
Clarence Shepard Day, 1874
Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer), 1861
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1860
James Edward Sullivan, 1860
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, 1836
Asa Gray, 1810
Louis-Jacques Daguerre, 1787
Sojourner Truth, 1787
Carl Maria von Weber, 1786
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Minecraft(Video Game), 2012
Star Trek: Generations(Film), 1994
Malcolm X(Film), 1992
Calvin and Hobbes(Comic strip), 1985 (in this first strip, Calvin catches Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with a tuna sandwich)
“See It Now”(TV), 1951
“Skin of Our Teeth”(Wilder play), 1943
Steamboat Willie (a/k/a Mickey Mouse), 1928
US Uniform Time Zone Plan, 1883 (on this date, the railroads adopted the current uniform time zone plan; it wasn’t legally mandated until 1918)
 
 
Today in History:
 
Old St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated, 326
The Japanese Emperor Kammy relocates the residence of Nara to Kioto, 794
William Tell shoots the apple off his son’s head, 1307
The Holland/Zealand dikes break during a storm, resulting in thousands of deaths, 1421
The first English printed book, “Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers”, is published, 1477
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico, 1493
Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope, 1497
The worst earthquake in Massachusetts Bay/Boston area, 1755
The first Unitarian Minister in the US is ordained in Boston, 1787
30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee’s home in Wiscasset Maine, to organize the Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America, 1805
Mark Twain’s story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press, 1865
National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland, 1874
Standard time zones are formed by railroads in the US and Canada, 1883
The first newspaper Sunday color comic strip is printed, in the NY World, 1894
Britain flies its first sea plane, 1911
Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop, over San Diego, 1913
Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1917
Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, 1928
Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula, 1929
New York City’s Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison, 1940
In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified, 1993
HIP 13044 b, a planet that was formed in another galaxy, is discovered in the Helmi Stream, 2010
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, 2012
NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars, 2013

 

Trouble (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
Every time i drive to NOLA and back, i watch all the drivers slamming on their brakes when they notice an officer on the side of the side of the road.  If they don’t want to have to interact with the police, maybe obeying the law would be a good idea.
 
Gauthier be allus into trouble, and he done be de firs’ suspect dat Officer Boudreaux t’ink ’bout when he hear dat dere done been a burglary.  Officer Boudreaux done go to question Gauthier, an’ he ask him, “Where was you between four an’ five?”
 
An’ Gautier, who be of’en in trouble fo’ a reason, done be smart an’ say, “Mais, between four an’ five, I done been in Kindergarten!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
Mr. B has us working in his shop sometimes on Saturdays when i go help him.  These pictures don’t really do it justice:
 
Most of the screws in these have been sorted by me.

 

 

 

 

 

He even has stuff in the rafters.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Armistice Day/Poppy Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day
 
Bonza Bottler Day
 
Constitution Day and King’s Birthday — Bhutan
 
Day of Remembrance of the Volhvs/Einherjar Feast — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Norse “Feast of the Fallen”)
 
Death/Duty Day
 
Deepavali/Diwali(Festival of Lights) — Hindu; Jain; Sikh (fifth day of the festival)
    Bhai Tika — ritual where sisters honor brothers for the protection they give
    Gyan Panchami — Jain (celebration of knowledge and education)
 
Fasching/Karneval — Germany; Netherlands (official beginning of next year’s pre-lent celebration starts on 11/11 at 11:11, when the Council of Eleven, in colorful fools caps, meet to plan the upcoming festivities)
 
Father’s Day — Estonia; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden
 
Four Ones Day — it is 11/11, after all
 
Hollantide Day a/k/a Hallow-tide — Isle of Mann (season of All Saints, first day of Winter, celebrated in conjunction with Martintide, the Feast of St. Martin of Tours)
 
Independence Day — Angola(1975); Poland(1918)
 
Independence of Cartagena City — Colombia
 
Lacplesis — Latvia (Remembrance Day)
 
Lunantishees Day — Ireland (Fairies who guard the blackthorn trees, cutting a branch today, the old calendar’s November 1, means bad luck.)
 
National Sundae Day
 
National Young Readers’ Week — US, sponsored by Pizza Hut’s BookIt! Program and the Library of Congress; listen to a different celebrity read a book each day through the 14th    
 
Old November Eve — In the old calendar, this was actually All Hallow’s Eve
 
Origami Day — Japan
 
Pepero Day — South Korea (similar to a Valentine’s Day, when couples exchange Pepero brand cookie sticks)
 
Pocky and Pretz Day — Japan (see Pepero day, but substitute the Japanese brand cookie sticks)
 
Remembrance Sunday — England
 
Republic Day — Maldives
 
Singles Day — China (Guang Gun Jie, literally “bare sticks day”, celebrating the single life on the calendar date that has the most 1’s)
 
Snakes and Ladders Tournament — Mirano, Italy (a real life size Gioco dell’Oca [snakes and ladders] game dating back to the Medici period, in which competitors dress in medieval garb as the different areas of the city compete against each other)
 
St. Martin’s Day a/k/a St. Martin of Tours’s Day (Western), Martinmas (Old England) (Patron of beggars, cavalry, equestrians, geese, horses, innkeepers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, quartermasters, reformed alcoholics, riders, soldiers, tailors, vintners/wine growers and makers; against alcoholism, impoverishment; highly celebrated through Sweden, Switzerland, and the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten and Patron of over 25 diocese, cities, and countries around the world)
    Beggar’s Day — Netherlands (children act as beggars on St. Martin’s Day, similar to trick-or-treat in English speaking countries)
    Martinigians — Sursee, Switzerland (a celebration of the day in front of Town Hall)
    St. Maarten Day — Sint Maarten
 
St. Menas of Egypt’s Day (Patron of falsely accused people, peddlers, traveling merchants)
 
Tree Festival Day — Tunisia (equivalent to Arbor Day, as well as an agricultural festival)
 
Triple Crown of Surfing — Oahu, HI, US (3 separate events, through Dec. 20)
 
Veterans of Foreign Wars Day — Federated States of Micronesia
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Vietnam Women’s Memorial is dedicated, 1993
Route 66 is established by the US Highway System, 1926
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary is dedicated, 1921
Washington becomes the 42nd US State, 1889
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974
Peta Wilson, 1970
Calista Flockhart, 1964
Demi Moore, 1962
Marc Summers, 1951
Bibi Andersson, 1935
Jonathan Winters, 1925
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1922
Alger Hiss, 1904
Pat O’Brien, 1899
George Patton, 1885
Victor Emmanuel III, 1869
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, 1821
Abigail Smith Adams,1744
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire(Film), 2013
“Shadowlands”(Play), 1990
An Early Frost(TV movie), 1985
“Prisoner of Second Avenue”(Play), 1971
“La Plume de Ma Tante”(Revue), 1958
“God Bless America(Song, first public performance)”, 1938
“The Tinker’s Wedding”(Synge play), 1909
“Society”(Thompson play), 1865
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul, 308
41 pilgrims land in Massachusetts, sign Mayflower Compact, 1620
Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law, 1647
Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x), 1675
The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia, as the first college society in the US, 1750
Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China, 1790
British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign, 1813
Mary Edward Walker, the 1st Army female surgeon, is awarded the Medal of Honor, 1865
The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people’s wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations, 1869
The 11/11/11 cold wave: Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolled through, 1911
The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery, 1921
Prime Minister Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaims the first recognized Greek Republic, 1924
U.S. Route 66 is established, 1926
Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator, 1930
The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia is opened, 1934
Kuwait’s National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait, 1962
NASA launches Gemini 12, 1966
Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations, 1981
The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests, 1992
New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington, 2004
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveils the New Zealand War Memorial in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army, 2006
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai, 2008
A strike intended to shut down Nepal’s general elections November 19th, is orchestrated by an alliance of 33 opposition parties, 2013
The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April is found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison, 2014
An Italian appeals court overturns a manslaughter conviction against 6 scientists for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake, 2014
The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute, 2014

 

Electing (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus has quit hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop doesn’t mean i’m going to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
We are two days out from mid-term elections, and i want to tell you, if you are a citizen of the USA, please exercise your right to cast a free ballot.  There are people around this world who would do anything to have that privilege, so please don’t waste it.
 
Boudreaux an’ Thibodeaux done be talkin’ ’bout de ‘lections while dey be seein’ de ad on TV an’ Boudreaux say, “Jes’ fo’ once I’d like to hear me an ad from a honest politician!”
 
An’ Thibodeaux say, “Boudreaux, what you be meanin’ by a ‘honest politician’?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Well, de honest politician be one dat, once he be bought, he stays bought!”
 
Den Thibodeaux ax, “Do you t’ink dis one goin’ be re-lected?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, he be so crooked, he be going to win by a landscape!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
Grandma is branching out and has started to catch the rock painting fever.
 

 

 

 

 
 
This does not mean, however, that she’s not doing fairy gardens any more.  On the contrary, she’s how using painted rocks as fairy houses:
 

 

 

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Chicken Lady Day — Miami, FL, US (in honor of The Chicken Lady, whose nonprofit organization helps people get over being “chicken” about public speaking)
 
Citizenship Day — Northern Mariana Islands
 
Community Service Day — Dominica
 
Constitution Day/National Day — Tonga
 
Daylight Saving Time ends — Bermuda; Canada (most areas); Cuba; Greenland (some areas); Haiti; Mexico (Baja area); Saint Pierre and Miquelon; The Bahamas; US (most areas)
    National Sleep-In Day — begun by those who want you to spend the extra hour gained resetting your clocks catching up on your ZZZZ’s
    Zero Tasking Day — spend the extra hour gained when turning the clocks back doing nothing, just practice being
 
Feast of Qudrat (Power) — Baha’i
 
Flag Day — Panama
 
Giorno dell’Unita Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate and Victory Day — Italy (National Unity and Armed Forces Day; celebration of the 1918 Treaty with Austria)
 
Guy Fawkes Eve — sometimes called Mischief Night in some parts of Australia, UK, and New Zealand, although that is more appropriate to April 30/October 30
 
Honeymoon Day — reminisce about your own special trip, on the birth anniversary of Art Carney
 
King Tut Day — his tomb was opened this day in 1922
 
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run — England (a race composed of only pre-1905 vehicles)
 
Ludi Plebeii — Ancient Roman Calendar (public games, through the 17th)
 
National Candy Day — guess they’re thinking you still have some left over from Hallowe’en
 
New York City Marathon — NY, NY, US
 
St. Charles Borromeo’s Day (Patron of apple orchards, bishops, catechists, seminarians, spiritual directors/leaders, starch makers; Joliette, Quebec; Lombardy, Italy; Monterey, CA; Rocca di Papa, Italy; against abdominal pain, colic, intestinal disorders, stomach diseases, ulcers)
    a Bank Holiday in Andorra
 
Unity Day — Russia
 
Will Roger’s Day — especially in OK, US; related observance
    Use Your Common Sense Day — because “Common sense ain’t all that common.”
 
Waiting for the Barbarians Day — internet generated, and i thought they came and took over a long time ago!
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Taking of the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran — 1979
Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb — 1922
Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd, 1842
Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange, 1677 (ruled jointly as William and Mary)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Sean “Diddy” Combs, 1970
Matthew McConaughey, 1969
Andrea McArdle, 1963
Ralph Macchio, 1962
Jeff Probst, 1962
Kathy Griffin, 1960
Markie Post, 1950
Laura W. Bush, 1946
Robert Mapplethorpe, 1946
Loretta Swit, 1937
Doris Roberts, 1930
Martin Balsam, 1919
Art Carney, 1918
Walter Cronkite, 1916
Will Rogers, 1879
Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740 (wrote the hymn “Rock of Ages”)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Crimes of the Heart”(Henley play), 1981
“One Man’s Family”(TV), 1949
“Prince Igor”(Borodin opera), 1890
Symphony No. 1 in C minor(Brahms Op. 68), 1876
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Flood of the Arno River causes massive damage in Florence, Italy, 1333
Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier, 1429
Thomas Wolsey, English cardinal, arrested, 1529
Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria, 1783
The Erie Canal is completed with Governor DeWitt Clinton performing the Wedding of The Waters ceremony in New York Harbour, 1825
Benjamin Palmer patents an artificial leg, 1846
Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown, 1873
Tonga adopts a constitution, 1875
James Ritty patents the cash register, to combat the pilfering of the till by the bartenders in his Ohio saloon, 1879
London’s first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell, 1890
The Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome, 1921
Nellie Tayloe Ross is elected the first female US State governor, in Wyoming, 1924
The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio, 1955
Two-thirds of Florence, Italy is submerged as the River Arno floods; together with the contemporaneous flood of the Po River in northern Italy, this leads to 113 deaths, 30,000 made homeless, and the destruction of numerous Renaissance artworks and books, 1966
Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life, 1970
The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the oil crisis, as the highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters, 1973
First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web, in San Francisco, 1994
Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli, 1995
Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress, 2002
Barak Obama is elected President of the United States, 2008
In Australia’s Northern Territory in the lands of the Jawoyn people, archaeologists discover what is believed to be the world’s oldest example of a stone ax, estimated at 35,500 years old, 2010
The body of the last missing victim is found on board the wrecked Costa Concordia, during its dismantling in Genoa, 2014
Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, becomes the first African-American Senator from the south since the Reconstruction, 2014
Justin Trudeau is sworn in as Canadian Prime Minister with a cabinet split equally between men and women, 2015
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns in a shock TV broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid concerns he is being forcibly detained, 2017

 

Fancy Dress (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
It’s the time of year when dressing up is on everyones mind.  We will have a costume party at church next Sunday when the children’s choir does their annual fall performance.  My plan is to carry a fake tomahawk and a potato and tell people it’s the Ax of the Apostles, and a common tater (commentator) on the Ax of the Apostles.
 
Boudreaux done be working fo’ a locksmith when dey get a very late call on October 31 dat someone done lock hisse’f out o’ his car.  Boudreaux don’ want to go when it be so close to quittin’ time, but when de boss tell Boudreaux it be at de Indian Hills Nudist Park, he done get out dere in record time.
 
When he get back, de boss ax him, “Well, Boudreaux, what it be like out dere?”
 
An’ in disgust, Boudreaux say, “Mais, de one time I be call out to de nudist park, an dey be havin’ dem a costume party!” 
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
A few of the signs of the season (only the first one is at our house): 
 
Little Girl’s Pumpkin.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Today is:
 
 
A Family Halloween — Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock, VT, US (a great time for all)
 
Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern to Work Day — just check the fire code before you light that candle
 
Celtic Tree Month Negetal (Reed) begins
 
Daylight Saving Time ends — Aland Islands; Albania; Andorra; Antarctica (Troll Station); Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Faroe Islands; Finland; France; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Greenland; Guernsey; Holy See (Vatican City); Hungary; Ireland; Isle of Man; Israel; Italy; Jersey; Kosovo; Latvia; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Malta; Mexico; Moldova; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Palestinian Territories; Poland; Portugal; Romania; San Marino; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Western Sahara 
    National Sleep-In Day — begun by those who want you to spend the extra hour gained resetting your clocks catching up on your ZZZZ’s
    Zero Tasking Day — spend the extra hour gained when turning the clocks back doing nothing, just practice being
 
Dia do Servidor Publico — Brazil (Civil Servants’ Day)
 
Flying Baby Day — celebrating the first baby born on an airplane on this day in 1929
 
Fyribod (or Forebode) — Ancient Norse Calendar (announces the beginning of winter; date approximate)
 
Hari Sumpah Pemuda — Indonesia (Youth Pledge Day)
 
Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade — Long Beach, CA, US (dress up your dog and have a howling good time)
 
Independence Day — Czechoslovakia (from Austria-Hungary in 1918; still celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia)
 
International Animation Day — ASIFA (to honor the day Emile Reynaud presented the first animation to the public)
 
Isia — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (dates approximate; first day of the 6 day Isis festival)
 
Jounen Kweyol — Dominica; Saint Lucia (Creole Day, one of the biggest and most colorful celebrations in both of these countries, celebrating the Creole language and culture)
 
Milvian Bridge Day — Christain (day to reflect on the interrelationship of religion and government)
 
Mother-in-Law Day — a day to honor good Mothers-in-Law for their contributions to their families and for enduring all the bad jokes; if you have a lousy one, go listen to Ernie K-Doe’s song    
 
National Chocolate Day
 
Okunchi Matsuri — Karatsu, Japan (with floats that date back to the 1800s; through the 30th)
 
Oxi Day — Greece (Sometimes “Ochi” or “Ohi”, literally “No Day”, celebrating resistance to Mussolini.)
 
Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day — internet generated, celebrate at your own risk
 
Plush Animal Lovers’ Day — internet generated; celebrate your love of stuffed animals today
 
Reformation Day/Reformation Sunday — Protestant Christian (obs.)
 
Runic Half-month Hagal (hailstone) begin
 
St. Jude Thaddeus’ Day (Patron of desperate or hopeless cases — the reason Danny Thomas chose this saint to invoke as patron of the hospital he helped found.)
 
St. Paraskevi of Iconium’s Day (Patron of fairs and traders; in Russia, patron of marriage; associated in Ukrain with Mokosh, the ancient women’s divinity, and celebrated on the final Friday of the month)
 
St. Simon the Zealot’s Day (Patron of curriers, sawmen, tanners)
 
Visit a Cemetery Day
 
Wild Foods Day — as in, grown or caught in the wild (please be careful if you like mushrooms and want to gather your own!)
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Statue of Liberty dedicated, 1886
Maimonides College is founded, 1867 (first Jewish college in the US)
R.H. Macy & Co. in NYC opens, 1858
Founding of Harvard University, 1636
Universidad Santo Tomas Aquino is established, 1538 (first university in the New World)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Matt Smith, 1982
Joaquin Phoenix, 1974
Brad Paisley, 1972
Jeremy Davies, 1969
Julia Roberts, 1967
Andy Richter, 1966
Jami Gertz, 1965
Daphne Zuniga, 1962
Lauren Holly, 1963
Bill Gates, 1955
Annie Potts, 1952
Bruce Jenner, 1949
Telma Hopkins, 1948
Dennis Franz, 1944
Jane Alexander, 1939
Charlie Daniels, 1936
Cleo Laine, 1927
Jonas Salk, 1914
Francis Bacon, 1909
Edith Head, 1907
Howard Hanson, 1896
Georges Auguste Escoffier, 1846
Desiderius Erasmus, 1467
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Jack Benny Program”(TV), 1950
“Dead End”(Play), 1935
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathetique(Tchaikovsky Op. 74), 1893
 
 
Today in History:
 
Constantine the Great defeats Maxentius, 312
Battle of Yaunis Khan in which Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza, 1516
Battle of Amba Sel, in which Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia; the southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad’s control, 1531
Peruvian cities of Lima & Callao are demolished by an earthquake, 18,000 die, 1746
Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin, 1793
The first railroad in Spain, between Barcelona and Mataro, is opened, 1848
The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, and celebrated by the first ticker tape/confetti parade in NYC, 1886
An earthquake strikes Mino-Owari, Japan, kills 7,300, 1891
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its première performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer’s death, 1893
The St. Louis police try a new investigation method — fingerprints, 1904
Czechoslovakia gains its independence in the break up of Austria-Hungary, 1918
The Volstead Act, passed by Congress over Wilson’s veto, starts Prohibition, 1919
The first coast to coast radio broadcast of a football game, 1922
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary, 1936
The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska, 1942
Swiss chemist Paul Müller is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT, 1948
The modern Kingdom of the Netherlands is re-founded as a federal monarchy, 1954
Nikita Khrushchev announces that he had ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, 1962
Nostra Aetate, the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions” of the Second Vatican Council, is promulgated by Pope Paul VI; it absolves the Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, 1965*
Britain launches its first satellite, Prospero, into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, 1971
The centenary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty is celebrated in New York Harbor, 1986
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first woman elected President of Argentina, 2007
The US celebrates the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, 2011