ON THIS DAY: October 8, 2016

October 8th is


Fall Astronomy Day *

Fluffernutter Day

Mind Your Manners Day *

Pierogi Day

World Octopus Day/
1st Day – Cephalopod Awareness Days*


MORE!  Jeanne Mance, Great Chicago Fire and Che Guevara, click



Brazil – Belém: Círio de Nazaréinternational Flags
(Our Lady of Nazareth procession)

Chile – Santiago:
Ultra Chile Music Festival

Croatia – Independence Day

Haiti – Henri Christophe * Remembrance

Korea – Seoul:
International Fireworks Festival

Peru – Battle of Angamos/Navy Day *


On This Day in HISTORY

1645 – Jeanne Mance, French nurse and pioneering settler in Quebec province, establishes its first hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal

1820 – Henri Christophe, * the slave who became a leader of the Haitian Revolution, self-declared président et généralissime de l’État d’Haïti, and later King of the northern state of Haiti, kills himself with a silver bullet, fearing a coup and assassination; his son, who succeeds him, is assassinated 10 days later


1829 – The Liverpool and Manchester Railway holds the Rainhill Trials; five engines are entered; only the winner, Stephenson’s Rocket, completes the trial, and wins the contract to produce locomotives fir the railway


1860 – The telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens

1871 – The Great Chicago Fire starts, which will destroy over 3 square miles of the city and leave more than 100,000 homeless; fires also burn in Peshtigo WI, Holland MI and Manistee MI, all on the shores of Lake Michigan

1879 – The Navy of Chile defeats the Navy of Peru at the Battle of Angamos * after Peruvian Admiral Grau is killed

1892 – Sergei Rachmaninoff premieres Prelude in C-sharp Major in Moscow

1904 – Edmonton, Alberta, and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, are incorporated as Canadian cities

1918 – U.S. Corporal Alvin York captures 132 German soldiers almost single-handedly in the Argonne Forest. He’s promoted to Sergeant York, awarded the Medal of Honor.

1938 – Norman Rockwell’s portrait is the cover of the Saturday Evening Post


1941 – Benny Goodman’s Orchestra records “Buckle Down Winsocki”

1945 – U.S. President Truman announces the secret of the atomic bomb will be given only to Great Britain and Canada

1950 – United Nations forces cross into North Korea

1952 –Amy Vanderbilt’s The Complete Book of Etiquette is published – Mind Your Manners Day *


1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis records “Great Balls of Fire”

1966 – U.S. government declares LSD is dangerous and illegal

1967 – Guerilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia


1969 – First day of the ‘Days of Rage’: the Weatherman faction of Students for a Democratic Society stage a series of  property-destroying and confrontational anti-Vietnam War actions in Chicago to “bring the war home”

1970 – Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for literature

1973 – Astronomy Day * is born, the brainchild of Doug Berger of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. Instead of trying to entice people to travel long distances to visit observatory open houses, AANC set up telescopes closer to where the people were – busy urban locations like street corners, shopping malls, and parks. Looking at the heavens through the members’ portable telescopes makes first-time viewers want to see through the larger scopes at the observatories, and attendance at their public days rose dramatically – Today, two annual Astronomy Days sponsored by the Astronomical League, the other one in the spring, which continue this outreach to the public across the nation


1974 – Franklin National Bank, which had introduced such innovations as drive-up teller windows, and bank-issued credit cards under its previous CEO, collapses due to fraud and mismanagement, the largest bank failure in U.S. history up to that time

1982 – Poland bans Solidarity, whose members constituted a third of the total working-age population of the country, and all other trade unions


1984 – Anne Murray becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Associations Album of the Year Award for A Little Good News

1992 – U.S. Postal Service issues commemorative stamps for Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding


2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announce establishment of the Office of Homeland Security

2002 – The Bon Jovi album “Bounce” is released

2007 – The Octopus News magazine forum members establish October 8 through 12 as Cephalopod Awareness Days *



  • Plato quote
  • International flags
  • Henri Christophe postage stamp
  • Stephenson’s Rocket
  • Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover
  • Amy Vanderbilt
  • Che Guevara in Bolivia
  • Astronomy Day art
  • U.S rock-n-roll postage stamps


About wordcloud9

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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