ON THIS DAY: October 6, 2106

October 6th is


American Libraries Day *

Ecological Debt Day *

Mad Hatter Day *

Physician Assistant Day

National Depression Screening Day *


MORE!  Benjamin Franklin, Charlotte Brontë, and 51 Pegasi, click



Egypt – Armed Forces Dayinternational Flags

India – Panchami WB: Durga Puja

Syria – Tishreen/October Revolution Day

South Africa – Darling: Rocking the Daisies

Turkmenistan – Earthquake Remembrance Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1539 – Hernando de Soto’s conquistadors enter Anhaica, Apalachee capital (present-day Tallahassee FL), by force


1600 – The earliest surviving opera, from the beginning of the Baroque period, Jacapo Peri’s Euridice, premieres at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence

1683 – German Mennonites, the first group of the major German immigration to the U.S. arrive in America, to found Germantown in the Pennsylvania colony

1723 – Benjamin Franklin, at age 17, arrives in Philadelphia, and begins working in the printing trade


1789 – Louis XVI returns to Paris after the Women’s March on Versailles, when hundreds of market women, joined by many sympathizers, came to complain about the scarcity and high price of bread which was brought on by deregulation of the grain market, and they compelled the return of the king, his family and the French Assembly

1847 – Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is published in London


1857 – The American Chess Congress holds its first national tournament in New York

1876 – The American Library Association * is founded, the oldest and largest library association in the world

1884 – The U.S. Naval War College is founded in Newport RI

1889 – The Moulin Rouge opens its doors to the public in Paris


1898 – Ossian Everett Mills founds Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia, the largest U.S. music fraternity, at the New England Conservatory of Music

1927 – The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length ‘talking’ picture, premieres in New York

1948 – Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams opens on Broadway


1961 – JFK advises American families to build bomb shelters for protection from radioactive fallout should there be a nuclear exchange U.S. and the Soviet Union

1969 – The Beatles release “Something” as a single

1973 – Egypt and Syria’s coordinated attack on Israel leads to the Yom Kippur War

1981 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated by Muslim extremists enraged by the Sinai Treaty with Israel

1986 – Folks in Boulder Co celebrate the first Mad Hatter Day, choosing the date 10-6 because of the ‘In this Style 10/6’ (10-shillings-and-6-pence) price tag tucked in the band of the Mad Hatter’s  hat in the original John Tenniel drawing for Alice in Wonderland


1990 – Dr. Donald Jacobs, founder and Medical Director of Screening for Mental Health, heads the first depression screening event, now and expanded program, National Depression Screening Day * and outreach programs throughout the year

1995 – Swiss astronomers announce the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting 51 Pegasi


2005 – Global Footprint Network starts Ecological Debt Day * which changes every year because it’s the day in each year when human use of the resources that Earth will produce in a year exceeds the yearly total – the tipping point where we start borrowing from the future to meet our present needs.



  • American Library Association (ALA) seal
  • International flags
  • Map of Hernando de Soto’s expedition
  • Moulin Rouge poster
  • Set design for original Broadway production of Summer and Smoke
  • John Tenniel drawing of the Mad Hatter’s tea party
  • Location of 51 Pegasi in constellation of Pegasus


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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