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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Cambodia – Paris Peace Agreements Day

Chile – Municipal Election Dayinternational Flags

Hungary – Proclamation of the Republic Day

Libya – Liberation Day

Macedonia –  Macedonian Revolution Day

Mexico – Cabo San Lucas:
Double Road Race

Niue – Peniamina Gospel Day *

Thailand – Chulalongkorn Day
(King Rama V memorial day)


On This Day in HISTORY

42 BC – Mark Antony and Octavian decisively defeat Brutus, who commits suicide

1295 – The first treaty forming the Auld Alliance between Scitland and France against England is signed in Paris by King of Scots John Baliol and King Philip IV of France


1707 – Following ratification of the Acts of Union by the parliaments of England and Scotland, a new unified Kingdom of Great Britain is created, and the separate ruling bodies unified into the Parliament of Great Britain

1812 – French General Claude François de Malet conspires to overthrow Napoleon Bonaparte, claims the Emperor died in Russia, so he’s now commandant of Paris

1846 – (October 26) Peniamina Nukai, a convert to Christianity, returns to Niue to preach the gospel, and converts many islanders to Christianity. National Holiday in his honor on the fourth Friday of October, Peniamina Gospel Day *

1850 – First U.S. National Women’s Rights Convention begins in Worcester, MA


1856 – Chef M. Sanzian creates Boston Cream Pie at Parker House Hotel in Boston

1861 – After mobs in Baltimore attack Union troops changing trains, and critical rail bridges to Washington were burned, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases

1867 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the British North America Act, uniting the Province of Canada (Quebec and Ontario) with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single federation, the dominion of Canada, and a Senate is formed, all Senators to be appointed by the Governor General to serve until mandatory retirement age, unlike the House of Commons, where representatives are elected

1906 – Alberto Santos-Dumont flies an airplane in the first heavier-than-air flight in Europe at Champs de Bagatelle, Paris, France


1911 – First use of aircraft in war: Italo-Turkish War: An Italian pilot takes off from Libya to observe Turkish army line

1911– Martha Rountree born, creator and first moderator (1945-54) of televised show of unrehearsed panel interviews, “Meet the Press” 


1915 – Women’s suffrage: In New York City, 30,000–33,000 women march on Fifth Avenue for their right to vote

1917 – Lenin calls for the October Revolution, which begins with an armed insurrection in Petrograd


1925 – Johnny Carson is born – beginning in 1950, he hosted the Tonight Show for 42 years, so all TV Talk Show hosts are honored today, TV Talk Show Host Day *

1929 – NY Stock Exchange shows first signs of panic as market prices keep dropping

1935 – Chophouse Massacre: Dutch Schultz and 3 others are killed in Newark NJ saloon
1944 – WWII Battle of Leyte Gulf: largest naval battle in history begins in the Philippines

1946 – The United Nations General Assembly convenes for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing, Queens, NYC

1956 – Thousands of Hungarians protest against the government and Soviet occupation

1959 – “Weird Al” Yankovic born, musician, songwriter, satirist

1970 – Gary Gabelich sets a land speed record in ‘Blue Flame’ a rocket-powered automobile, fueled with natural gas

1972 – The musical “Pippin” premieres on Broadway

1973 – Watergate scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations

1989 – The Hungarian Republic is officially declared by president Mátyás Szűrös, replacing the communist Hungarian People’s Republic

1998 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a “land for peace” agreement

2001 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft begins orbiting Mars




  • San Juan Capistrano swallows art poster
  • International flags
  • King of Scots John Baliol
  • Lucy Stone with free speech quote
  • Novenber 1906 cover of Le Petit Journal with illustration of Alberto Santos-Dumont’s flight
  • Martha Rountree with Thomas Dewey on Meet the Press 
  • Lenin speaking to crowd in 1917
  • NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 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 and a bewildered Border Collie.
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