ON THIS DAY: October 25, 2016

October 25th is


International Artists Day *

National Greasy Food Day

World Pasta Day *


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Judaism – Simchat Torah

international Flags

Cook Islands – Gospel Day *
Grenada – Thanksgiving Day
Kazakhstan – Republic Day
Lithuania – Constitution Day
Taiwan – Retrocession Day *


On This Day in HISTORY

285 or 286 (traditional) – Saints Crispin and Crispinian, believed to be twin brothers, in a possibly apocryphal story,  preach Christianity by day to the Gauls and make shoes at night to earn a living and raise alms for the poor. Their success causes Rictus Varus, governor of Belgic Gaul, to have them arrested, tortured and thrown into the river with millstones around their necks – when they survive this treatment, he has them beheaded – Patron saints of  leather workers and shoe makers, their Saints Day is famously mentioned in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV, scene 3 – see next entry

1415 – Henry V of England’s lightly armoured infantry and archers with longbows defeat the heavily armoured French cavalry at the Battle of Agincourt in France on Saint Crispin’s Day

1783 – Deborah Sampson receives an honorable discharge from the Continental army after serving 1 ½ years disguised as her deceased brother, Robert Shurtlieff Sampson

1821 – John Williams of the London Missionary Society begins Christian conversion of the people of Aitutaki, one of the Cook Islands – celebrated in the Cook Islands annually as Gospel Day *

1838 – Georges Bizet, French composer, is born – remembered for his opera, Carmen

1854 – Charge of the Light Brigade – during the Crimean War, the French and British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received a vague and confusing order to attack the Russians, which was further muddled when passed on by his aide-de-camp to Lord Lucan, whose troops charged straight into the Russian battery guarding the Russian cavalry in the North Valley and suffered 40 percent casualties. This military disaster was given a heroic spin by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his poem The Charge of the Light Brigade:



When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

1870 – The first U.S. trademark is given to the Averill Chemical Paint Company of NY

1881 – Pablo Picasso, artist considered by many the most influential of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain


1900 – The United Kingdom annexes the Transvaal, in part to secure the borders of their adjoining state, but also because of the discovery of gold in the area

1917 – The Bolsheviks, under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, seize power in Russia

1920 – After a  74-day hunger strike in Brixton Prison, England, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney dies

1938 – The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces swing music as “a degenerated musical system … turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”.

1939 –William Saroyan’s play, The Time of Your Life, opens on Broadway


1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. is the first African American general in the U. S. Army

1944 – Heinrich Himmler orders a crackdown on the ‘Edelweiss Pirates’ – a loosely organized group of mostly 14 to 17 year olds who rebelled against the Hitler Youth regimentation of Nazi Germany, and sometimes assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich. By November, thirteen of their leaders had been rounded up, and then publically hanged in Cologne

1945 – Formosa Island, now called Taiwan, is ceded by Japan under the terms of the Potsdam Treaty back to the Chinese people, now marked as Retrocession Day *

1954 – U.S. cabinet meeting is televised for the first time

1955 – A microwave oven designed for home use is introduced by the Tappan Company, costing $1,295 – sales were slow


1958 – U.S. Marines withdraw from Beirut, Lebanon, after being sent in July to protect the nation’s pro-Western government


1960 – The Accutron watch by the
Bulova Watch Company is introduced,
setting a new standard for watch accuracy
because of its battery powered tuning fork
driving the gear

1962 – U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presents photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the United Nations Security Council, and John Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

1964 – The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show

1969 – Pink Floyd releases “Ummagumma” in the U.K.

1971 – The U.N. General Assembly votes to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China

1980 – The Hague International Child Abduction Convention concludes, after developing a multilateral treaty to provide for quick return of a child under age 16 abducted or detained by a non-custodial parent from one member country to another – as of March 2016, a total of 94 countries are party to the treaty

1983 – Operation Urgent Fury: The U. S. and its Caribbean allies invade Grenada, a nation of 91,000 people, with a force of 7,600 troops, six days after Prime Minister  Maurice Bishop and several of his supporters are executed in a coup d’état – they are met with little resistance

1995 – First World Pasta Day, * launched at the World Pasta Congress in Rome

World pasta day


2004 – The first International Artist Day * is held to honor the contributions of artists to humanity – Celebrate! Do something creative today, or take an artist to lunch, buy an artist’s work or a ticket for a performance



  • International Artist’s Day header
  • International flags
  • Charge of the Light Brigade –by  John Bampfield  (1947)
  • Pablo Picasso in his studio
  • Gene Kelly center stage in 1939’s Broadway production of The Time of Your Life
  • Detail from 1955 Tappan ad
  • 1960 Bulova Accutron watch
  • World Pasta Day logo and banner


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Trump gets first major newspaper endorsement (sort of)

By ann summers

The 2016 election demonstrates why newspaper editorial endorsements of candidates might not (ever) make any difference but at least Trump has one, finally; even if the paper is owned by Sheldon Adelson.

BREAKING: First major big city newspaper endorses Trump. And, of course, it’s The Adelson News. http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-donald-trump-president 

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EDITORIAL: Donald Trump for president

The Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board endorses Republican Donald Trump for president.



Trump demonizes the media even as he is guided and endorsed by media moguls, which makes little sense if one wanted to develop an anti-media, media channel. OTOH, that is the reactionary hook for FoxNewsCorp, the quasi-secular press organ of the GOP-RWNJs and explains the self-destructive path of Glenn Beck and Roger Ailes there.


“The Trump campaign denies there are plans for a channel, but the rumours suggest Mr Trump wants to capitalise on the anti-media sentiment he has…”


Such a nascent Trumpian anti-channel might represent the purest form of capitalist information, a commodity devoid of social meaning, yet chockablock with angry message. IOW, if monetized, like underpants gnomes, it’s phase-3 (pure exploitative) profit.

Such political nihilism would exemplify a 2016 campaign of barbarism with an orange face. The battle of candidate credibility would explain the endless campaign character attacks devoid of detailed policy proposals. This imploding credibility comes even with the latest news of Trump’s Gettysburg speech outlining 100 days of circuses talking points and putting out a contract on the American voter.

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ON THIS DAY: October 24, 2016

October 24th is


CSPI Food Day *

Through-the-Lens Day *

International United Nations Day *

World Development Information Day *


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TCS: Mad Englishman Near the Midnight Sun – Part 12

Good Morning!

Coffee cup


Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.



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ON THIS DAY: October 23, 2016

October 23rd is


Boston Cream Pie Day *

TV Talk Show Host Day *

Mother-in-Law Day
(4th Sunday)

National Mole Day 
Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023)

San Juan Capistrano
Swallows Depart Day


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ON THIS DAY: October 22, 2016

October 22nd is


Make a Difference Day *

National Knee Day

National Nut Day

National Color Day

Smart is Cool Day

October 22 Coalition Stop Police Brutality Day *

International Stuttering Awareness Day *

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ON THIS DAY: October 21, 2016

October 21th is

Red Apple with heart

Apple Day *

Babbling Day

Back to the Future Day *

Celebration of the Mind Day *

Count Your Buttons Day

Mammography Day *

Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Reptile Awareness Day


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