ON THIS DAY: October 15, 2016

October 15th is


National Mushroom Day

National Red Wine Day

World Maths Day *

World Rural Women’s Day *

World Students Day *


MORE! Edward Gibbon, Charlotte Brontë, and Abe Lincoln’s beard, click



Burkina Faso – Rectification Day

Cambodia – Norodom Sihanoukinternational Flags
(Hommage for late King Father)

French Guiana – Cayenne Festival

Germany – Köln:
Titania Music Festival

Laos – Boun Ok Phansa
(End of Buddhist Lent)

Malawi –  Mother’s Day

Sri Lanka – National Tree Planting Day

Tunisia – Evacuation Day *


On This Day in HISTORY

1764 – Edward Gibbon sees friars singing in the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter and is inspired to begin The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire


1793 – French Queen Marie Antoinette is tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal for everything from misappropriating Treasury funds to incest with her son Louis Charles

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte begins his exile on St. Helena

1847 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is published in London


1860 – Grace Bedell, 11 years old, writes a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, telling him he would look better if he grew a beard


1883 – The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, so individuals and corporations can discriminate based on race

1886 – Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia

1892 – U.S. government announces 1.8 million acres in western Montana, bought from the Crow Indians for 50 cents per acre, are open to settlers.

1914 – The Clayton Antitrust Act is passed by U.S. Congress.

1937 – To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway is published


1939 – New York Municipal Airport is dedicated, later renamed La Guardia Airport

1945 – Pierre Laval, former premier of Vichy France, is executed for treason

1946 – Hermann Goering, Gestapo founder convicted as a Nazi war criminal, poisons himself hours before his scheduled execution

1951 – I Love Lucy premieres on CBS-TV

1953 – Teahouse of the August Moon opens on Broadway


1963 – Retreat of the last French troops from Bizerte in Tunisia *

1966 – Huey Newton and Bobby Seale found the Black Panther Party

1969 – The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam draws over two million demonstrators across the U.S., including about 250,000 in Washington DC

1971 – The start of Iran’s celebration of the 2.500 year Persian Empire

1977 – “Slip Slidin’ Away,” by Paul Simon, is released

1984 – The Freedom of Information Act is passed by U.S. Congress

1998 – The U.N. condemns U.S. for Cuba embargo for the seventh time

2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io


2007 – First World Maths Day * an online international mathematics competition, powered by educational resource provider 3P Learning

2008 – The first United Nations World Rural Women’s Day *


2010 – The United Nations marks the importance of India’s former President, the distinguished scientist and educator APJ Abdul Kalam, declaring his birthday the date for World Students Day *


  • Mushrooms with beef, and a glass of  Red Wine
  • International flags
  • Cover of a more recent edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Quote from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  •  Newspaper version of the story of Abe Lincoln’s beard
  • Book jacket on first edition of Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not
  • Original Broadway production of Teahouse of the August Moon
  • Jupiter’s Moon Io
  • Rural Women in Bangladesh at a women’s meeting


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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