ON THIS DAY: October 4, 2017

October 4th is

World Animal Day *

Golf Lover’s Day *

Improve Your Office Day

Ship in a Bottle Day *

National Taco Day

National Vodka Day


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Judaism – Sukkot begins at sundown, and lasts through October 11 – Festival of Booths or Tabernacles, which has roots in a water-drawing festival, but now is a time spent in ceremonies and feasting in temporary structures called Sukkahs, which symbolize the shelters built during the Exodus from Egypt, and also to celebrates the grape harvest

China – Zhongqui Jie
(Mid-Autumn Festival)

Italy – Bologna: St. Petronius Day

Lesotho – Independence Day

Mozambique – Peace and Reconciliation Day

North Korea – Han’gawi (Harvest festival)

South Korea – Chusok
(Harvest moon festival)

Sweden – Kanelbullens Dag
(National Cinnamon Bun Day)

Taiwan – Moon/Mid-Autumn Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

AD 23 – Lulin agrarian rebellion: during a time of great famine and political corruption, peasant rebels capture and sack the Chinese capital Chang’an. They will kill the Xin dynasty emperor, Wang Mang, two days later

1302 – A peace treaty ends the Byzantine-Venetian War (1296-1302)

1515 – Lucas Cranach the Younger born, German Renaissance painter

Samson and Delilah by Lucas Cranach the Younger

1535 – The Cloverdale Bible, first complete English-language version, is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Myles Cloverdale

1562 – Christen Sørensen Longomontanus born, Danish astronomer and author; Tycho Brahe’s assistant at Uraniborg, completed work on the Tychonic lunar theory; later professor, then chair of mathematics at the University of Copenhagen (1607-1647)

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian calendar – in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain, October 4 is followed directly by October 15

1625 – Jacqueline Pascal born, French nun, poet and composer; sister of Blaise Pascal

1795 – Napoleon Bonaparte uses cannon to suppress armed counter-revolutionaries threatening the French National Convention, this “Whiff of Grapeshot” brings him to national attention, and leads to his promotion to commander of the Army of Italy

Attack by Napoleon’s cannons the next day, at Saint Roch Church, 13 Vendemiaire – October 5, 1795

1814 – Jean Francois Millet born, French painter, co-founder of the Barbizon school

Peasant Spreading Manure by Jean-François Millet, circa 1854 

1824 – Mexico becomes a federal republic, adopting a new constitution

1830 – Kingdom of Belgium created by separation from the Netherlands

1835 – Jenny Twitchell Kempton born, American contralto opera soloist whose career spanned almost five decades; supporter of women’s suffrage who gave numerous benefit concerts for the cause between 1890 and 1910

Jenny Twitchell Kempton – 1860s

1836 – Juliette Lambert Adam born, French author and feminist; founded the Nouvelle Revue in 1879, also its editor for the first eight years; involved in the Avant-Courrière (Forerunner) association which advocated for the right of women to have control over the product of their labor and to be witnesses

1861 – Frederic Remington born, American artist, famed for his western themes

1862 – Edward L. Stratemeyer born, American publisher-author of popular juvenile fiction; developed several series, including The Rover Boys, and pioneered book-packaging – using freelance writers to maintain a long-running series under a pen name

1864 – Eliza Kellas born, American educator; principal (1911-1916) of the Emma Willard School, the first U.S. women’s higher education institution (founded in 1814 as the Troy Female Seminary); co-founder of Russell Sage College, originally part of the Emma Willard School, which mainly through the efforts of Kellas, secured a separate charter in 1917, stressing science education for women

1876 – The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas becomes the first institution of higher education in Texas – later becomes Texas A & M University

1876 – Florence Eliza Allen born, American mathematician and suffrage activist; second woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she became an instructor and assistant professor; published papers on transcendental curves and the rational plane cubic

1883 – The Orient Express makes its first run from Paris to Giurgiu, Romania, where passengers had to catch a ferry, another train, and a second ferry in order to complete their journey to Constantinople (now Istanbul)

1884 – Damon Runyon born, American writer and newspaper reporter who covered news and sports; best-known for his short stories (a “Damon Runyon character” evokes a distinctive social type from Brooklyn or Midtown NY) which became the basis for the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls

1888 – Lucy Tayiah Eads born, aka Cha-me, first female tribal chief of the Kaw tribe (1922-1928) and nurse at the Haskell Indian College; mother of nine children

1892 – Robert Lawson born, American author-illustrator of children’s books; winner Caldecott Medal for They Were Strong and Good, and Newbery Award for Rabbit Hill

Pan, and City Ship, by Robert Lawson

1895 –Buster Keaton born, American comic actor, producer-director, screenwriter and stuntman of silent films; high on the list of greatest actor-directors of all time

1895 – The first U.S. Open golf tournament held at the Newport Country Club, RI (see related entry for 1952)

1896 – Dorothy Lawrence born, English reporter; disguised as a man, she posed as a soldier at the front during WWI for ten days before turning herself in and being interrogated as a suspected spy; after the war, her book, Dorothy Lawrence: The Only English Woman Soldier, was heavily censored by the British War Office

1908 – Eleanor Flexner born, author, historian, pioneer in the field of Women’s Studies; Century of Struggle: The Women’s Rights Movement in the United States, and Mary Wollstonecraft: A Biography

1917 – Violeta Parra born, Chilean singer-songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist

1925 – Heinrich Zimmermann, publisher of Mensch und Hund (‘Man and Dog’) magazine, organizes the first Animal Day in Berlin on March 24, but in 1929 it moves to October 4, the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. In 1931, the International Animal Protection Congress, adopted a resolution designating this day as World Animal Day * and since 2003, Naturewatch Foundation is its main sponsor

1927 – Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore on South Dakota’s Black Hills, which was completed after his death under direction of his son, Lincoln Borglum

1929 – Leroy Van Dyke born, American singer-songwriter

1931 – Chester Gould’s comic strip “Dick Tracy” makes its debut

1932 –Anne Thwaite born, British biographer; AA Milne: His Life is the Whitbread Biography of the Year for 1990

1936 – Anti-Fascists and Fascists clash violently in the “Battle of Cable Street” in London’s East End; When Fascist leader Oswald Mosley announced that he would march with 5000 of his Blackshirts, an exaggerated number,  through the working-class, heavily Jewish  and Irish immigrant neigborhoods of East London, Labour Unionists and immigrants unite to block the streets shouting “Mosley shall not pass!”

1941 – Ann Rice born, American author; Interview with the Vampire is the first book in her series The Vampire Chronicles

1941 – Norman Rockwell’s ‘Willie Gillis’ debuts on the Saturday Evening Post cover

1952 – The PGA holds its first annual charity event for National Golf Lover’s Day * (see related entry for 1895)

1957 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite

1957 – Leave It to Beaver premieres on CBS-TV

1965 – Pope Paul VI arrives in New York City, becoming the first Pope ever to visit the Western hemisphere

1966 – Grace Slick makes her first appearance with Jefferson Airplane

1976 – Barbara Walters debuts as first woman evening news co-anchor (ABC News)

1985 – Richard Stallman launches the Free Software Foundation, which works on legal and structural issues for the free software movement

1990 – Leonard Bernstein, American music legend, dies at age 72

1990 – German lawmakers hold the first meeting of the reunified country’s parliament in the Reichstag in Berlin

1991 – The Antarctic-Environmental Protocol is concluded in Madrid, and opens for signature, entering into force on January 14, 1998

1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the second woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice

1997 – The soundtrack for Casablanca is released for the first time

2004 – SpaceShipOne, as the first private craft to fly into space, wins the Ansari X Prize

2006 – Julian Assange launches Wikileaks

2010 – U.S. Supreme Court begins a new era, with three women serving together for the first time, as Elena Kagan takes her place at the end of the bench

2012 – The Ship in a Bottle Association of America starts Ship in a Bottle Day * on the birthday (October 4) of the Association’s co-founder and first president Jack Hinkley, to honor his memory


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