Month: October 2019

November 1, 2019 – NATIONAL CINNAMON DAY – NATIONAL JERSEY FRIDAY – NATIONAL AUTHOR’S DAY – NATIONAL BRUSH DAY – NATIONAL CALZONE DAY – NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY DAY – NATIONAL COOK FOR YOUR PETS DAY – NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY – NATIONAL VINEGAR DAY

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The 1755 Lisbon Earthquake

One of the deadliest earthquakes in history struck Lisbon, Portugal, in 1755, killing at least 30,000. The earthquake, followed by a tsunami and raging fires, almost totally destroyed the city, leaving just 15% of its buildings standing.

The study of the quake’s causes led to the beginnings of seismology. Geologists today estimate that the temblor, with an epicenter in the Atlantic Ocean, approached magnitude 9 on the moment magnitude scale.

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Bouncing Betty

The German S-mine, nicknamed the “bouncing betty” by US troops during World War II, is the best-known example of a bounding mine. These land mines are designed to attack unshielded infantry by launching into the air, exploding at waist-height, and propelling shrapnel outward at lethal speeds. One of the definitive weapons of the war, the S-mine often maimed rather than killed its victims and was one of the most feared devices encountered by Allied troops. What did French soldiers dub the S-mine? Discuss
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Reformation Day

When Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German monk and religious reformer, nailed his 95 “theses” (or propositions) to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, so many people agreed with his ideas that they spread throughout western Europe and touched off a religious revolt known as the Reformation. As a result, many Christians broke their centuries-old connection with the Roman Catholic Church and established independent churches of their own, prime among them being the Lutheran Church. October 31 is observed by most Protestant denominations as Reformation Day.

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October 31, 2019 – HALLOWEEN – NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK JOKE DAY – NATIONAL DOORBELL DAY – NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY – NATIONAL MAGIC DAY – GIRL SCOUT FOUNDER’S DAY

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MEDIA ALERT | NEW DAY PROCLAMATION | NATIONAL CINNAMON DAY – November 1

NATIONAL CINNAMON DAY The holiday season warms up with National Cinnamon Day on November 1st. What spice flavors the holidays more than any others? Cinnamon’s quintessential warmth fills our homes with welcoming scents like no other. For generations, cinnamon has elicited fond memories of holidays with family. It sweetens apple pies and is the base […]

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Inauguration Day (United States)

From 1789 until 1933, the day on which the newly elected president of the United States began his term of office was March 4. The day was changed to January 20 when the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1933. At noontime, the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the president, who then delivers an Inaugural Address. This is followed by a colorful Inauguration Parade through the streets of Washington, D.C. Discuss
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Harry S. Truman Announces His Point Four Program (1949)

As the fourth point of his presidential inauguration address in 1949, Truman announced what became known as his Point Four Program—the US policy of technical assistance and economic aid to less-developed countries. Such assistance, mainly in agriculture, public health, and education, was provided through contracts with US business and educational organizations. During the Cold War, the US government used Point Four to win support from uncommitted nations. Does the program still exist? Discuss
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October 27, 2019 – NATIONAL MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY – NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY – NAVY DAY – NATIONAL BLACK CAT DAY

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Beehive Tombs

Beehive tombs, or tholoi, are the large, underground ceremonial tombs constructed in Greece during the Late Bronze Age. The tombs, usually built into the side of a hill, have a distinctive beehive shape formed with layers of stone that taper toward the top of the structure. Though many of these tombs have been pillaged, they have still provided archeologists with some of the richest finds from the period. What might the abundance of such tombs at certain sites reveal about who used them? Discuss
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October 26, 2019 – NATIONAL TRICK OR TREAT DAY – NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY – NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY – NATIONAL DAY OF THE DEPLOYED – NATIONAL FINANCIAL CRIME FIGHTER DAY – NATIONAL MULE DAY – NATIONAL TENNESSEE DAY – NATIONAL MINCEMEAT DAY

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Winterlude

A midwinter civic festival held in Ottawa, Canada, Winterlude is primarily a celebration of winter sports. The Rideau Canal, which has been referred to as “the world’s longest skating rink,” is nearly eight kilometers (five miles) long and provides an excellent outdoor skating facility. There is also snowshoeing, skiing, curling (in which thick, heavy stone and iron disks are slid across the ice toward a target), speedskating, dogsled racing, and tobogganing. For those who prefer not to participate in the many sporting events, there is an elaborate snow sculpture exhibit known as Ice Dream.

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October 25, 2019 – NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY – SOUREST DAY – NATIONAL BREADSTICK DAY – NATIONAL GREASY FOODS DAY – CHUCKY, THE NOTORIOUS KILLER DOLL DAY – NATIONAL PHARMACY BUYER DAY

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NEW DAY PROCLAMATION | NATIONAL INTERNAL MEDICINE DAY – October 28

NATIONAL INTERNAL MEDICINE DAY  National Internal Medicine Day recognizes the contributions of more than 300,000 internal medicine physicians on October 28th annually. Internal medicine physicians (internists) are specialists. They apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, they provide compassionate care to adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. […]

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James Watt (1736)

A largely self-taught Scottish engineer and inventor, Watt greatly impacted the Industrial Revolution with his development of the Watt engine. Asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen’s steam engine, he instead made improvements to it that resulted in a new type of engine. One such design enhancement, the separate condenser, radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. The watt, a unit of power, is named for him. What other unit of power did he develop?
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NEW DAY PROCLAMATION | NATIONAL TRICK OR TREAT DAY – Last Saturday in October

NATIONAL TRICK OR TREAT DAY National Trick or Treat Day on the last Saturday in October extends one of the country’s favorite holidays – Halloween! Dressing up as the scariest or most fascinating character we know draws us to the holiday. People of all ages put hours of effort into creating elaborate costumes for one […]

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October 23, 2019 – NATIONAL MOLE DAY – NATIONAL BOSTON CREAM PIE DAY – IPOD DAY – SWALLOWS DEPART FROM SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO DAY – NATIONAL TV TALK SHOW HOST DAY

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MEDIA ALERT|NEW DAY PROCLAMATION | NATIONAL CASH BACK DAY – First Thursday in November

Media Alert|New Day Proclamation|National Cash Back Day - first Thursday in November. Get ready to celebrate cash back deals in the midst of holiday shopping.

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