ON THIS DAY: October 19, 2016

October 19th is


Evaluate Your Life Day

Global Dignity Day *

Hagfish Day *

National Seafood Bisque Day

Unity Day


MORE! Martin Luther, Barbara McClintock, and Max Planck, click



Albania – Mother Teresa Dayinternational Flags

Canada – Halifax NS:
Halifax Pop Explosion

Mongolia – Local Elections Day

Mozambique – Samora Machel Day
(first Mozambique president)

Netherlands – Amsterdam:
Amsterdam Dance Fest

Niue – Constitution Celebration


On This Day in HISTORY

1469 – The marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile begins the unification of Spain


1512 – Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology

1765 – The Stamp Act Congress draws up resolutions addressed to King George III , acknowledging his sovereignty, but claiming full rights  and liberties as subject of Great Britain, including the right to be taxed, only by their consent, and only by the colonial legislatures which represent them

1781 – Representatives of British General Lord Cornwallis surrender his sword to American General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia


1789 – John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States

1812 – Napoleon’s army begins the retreat from Moscow

1864 –The American Civil War’s northernmost land action is a raid from Canada by 21 Confederate soldiers on St. Albans Vermont, to rob banks, and trick the Union Army into diverting troops to defend the Canadian border. Several villagers resist, one killed and two wounded.  Raiders retreat to Canada with over $200,000 taken from three banks. Under U.S. government pressure, Canada arrests them, returns $88,000 of recovered money to St. Albans, but refuses to extradite them on grounds they were soldiers under orders in time of war, and releases them. Many Canadians turn against the Confederacy, feeling that Canada is being drawn into the conflict in spite of its declared neutrality, so Confederates never launch a raid from Canada again.

1900 – Max Planck, German physicist, working on creating lightbulbs to produce maximum light with minimum energy, formulates the Planck black-body radiation law, describing amount of energy given off by an ‘ideal’ physical body, which absorbs all incident electromagnetic radiation, no matter what frequency or angle of incidence


1912 – After the Treaty of Lausanne, Italy takes possession of Tripoli, Libya, from the Ottoman Empire

1917 – Dallas TX Love Field is named by the U.S. Aviation Section of the Army Signal Corps after Moss L. Love, who was killed during a training flight in 1913

1935 – League of Nations places economic sanctions on fascist Italy for invading Ethiopia

1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University

1950 – Iran is first country to accept technical assistance from U.S. under Point Four Program, Harry Truman’s fourth foreign policy objective his 1949 inaugural address – to win developing countries to the U.S. side in the Cold War with U.S.S.R. by sharing with them expertise in agriculture, industry and healthcare

1960 – The U.S. imposes a drastic trade embargo against Cuba, not lifted until 2015

1967 – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release “I Second That Emotion”

1973 – President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court decision he must turn over the Watergate tapes

1974 – Niue becomes a self-governing colony of New Zealand

1983 – Dr. Barbara McClintock receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine for her work in genetics with mobile genetic elements

1992 – Metallica releases “Wherever I May Roam”

2003 – Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II

2005 – Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

2006 – HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE founder American John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, who became friends at a World Economic Forum, start Global Dignity Day,* now observed in 50+ countries on the third Wednesday in October, to affirm the dignity of young people, while teaching them to respect the dignity of others


2009 – First Hagfish Day,* started by WhaleTimes on the 3rd Wednesday of October, as a reminder that even the ugliest of creatures serves a valuable function in their ecosystem. Not all endangered species are cute or pretty, but all of them deserve to survive



  • Global Dignity logo
  • International flags
  • Wedding portraits of Ferdinand and Isabella
  • Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull, 1820
  • Max Planck, Nobel Prize winner in Physics
  • Global Dignity co-f0unders


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 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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