October 28th is
World Animation Day *
National Chocolate Day II
Plush Animal Lover’s Day
St. Jude’s Day
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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Brazil –Dia do Servidor Público
(Civil Servants’ Day)
Cyprus and Greece – Oxi Day *
(‘No’ Day – Greek National Day)
Czech Republic – Den vzniku samostatneho
ceskoslovenskeho statu (Independence Day)
Hong Kong and Macau – Chung Yeung Festival
(Festival of Ancestors)
On This Day in HISTORY
AD 97 – Roman Emperor Nerva is forced by the Praetorian Guard to adopt Marcus Ulpius Trajanus (Trajan) as his heir and successor
1420 – Beijing is officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty in the same year that the Forbidden City, the seat of government, is completed
1466 – Desiderius Erasmus born, Dutch Renaissance humanist, priest, scholar, social critic and theologian; has been called “the crowning glory of the Christian humanists”
1538 – First university in the ‘New World’ (present-day Dominican Republic), the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established
1636 – New College is established by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony – it will be renamed Harvard in 1639
1793 – Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin
1793 – Eliphalet Remington born, American inventor and firearms manufacturer
1794– Robert Liston born, Scottish surgeon who performed the first European operation using ether, and invented see-through isinglass sticking plaster, Bulldogs forceps (a type of locking artery forceps), and a leg splint used to stabilize dislocations and fractures of the femur, and still used today
1846 – Georges Auguste Escoffier born, French culinary artist
1858 – Rowland Macy opens his first New York store, in Manhattan
1875 – Gilbert H. Grosvenor born, American geographer; president of National Geographic Society (1920-1954)
1884 – William Douglas Cook born, New Zealand horticulturalist; founder of Eastwoodhill Arboretum, now the national arboretum of New Zealand
1886 – ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ a gift from the people of France, is dedicated by President Cleveland, and quickly becomes better-known as ‘The Statue of Liberty’
1892 – Dink Johnson born, American Dixieland pianist, clarinetist and drummer
1893 – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts the first public performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, “Pathetique”
1896 – Howard Hanson born, American composer, conductor and musical theorist; director of the Eastman School of Music (1924-1964); won the 1944 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Symphony no. 4
1897 – Edith Head born, American motion-picture costume designer, who won eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, from The Heiress in 1949 to The Sting in 1973; created everything from Dorothy Lamour’s sarong to Audrey Hepburn’s stylish clothes for Breakfast at Tiffany’s
1903 – Evelyn Waugh born, English author of novels, biographies and travel books; A Handful of Dust, Brideshead Revisited, and The Loved One
1904 – The St. Louis Police Department begins using fingerprinting
1905 – Tatyana van Aardenne-Ehrenfest born, Dutch mathematician; contributed to De Bruijn sequences, the discrepancy theorem and the BEST theorem
1914 – Jonas Salk born, American medical researcher who develops the first vaccine against polio
1919 – The Volstead Act, also called the National Prohibition Act becomes law
1922 – Fascist Benito Mussolini takes control of the Italian government
1922 – Gershon Kingsley born in Germany, American composer, pioneer of electronic music and the Moog synthesizer, and co-founder of the First Moog Quartet
1927 – Cleo Laine born as Clementine Bullock, daughter of a Jamaican father and an English mother, English jazz singer with a vocal range over of over three octaves
1929 – Virginia P. Held born, American social-political and feminist philosopher, whose work centers on the ethics of caregiving and the roles of women in society
1936 – Charlie Daniels born, American musician, singer and lyricist, bluegrass, country and Southern rock; “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”
1936 – The Statue of Liberty is rededicated by FDR on its 50th anniversary
1938 – Anne Perry born Juliet Hulme, English author of historical detective fiction
1939 – Jane Alexander born, Tony Award winner, Two-time Emmy winner, Four-time Academy Award nominee, Director of the National Endowment for the Arts (1993-97)
1940 – Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas says, “No” to an ultimatum made by Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini demanding he allow Italian forces to occupy strategic locations in Greece or otherwise face war – celebrated in Greece and Cyprus as Oxi Day * (Greek for ‘no’ – pronounced ‘oh-hee’)
1940 – Susan S. Harris born, American television comedy writer-producer
1942 – Gillian Lovegrove born, British computer scientist and academic; worked on object-oriented computing; advocate for gender balance in computer education and employment; with Wendy Hall, organized ‘Women into Computing’ conferences
1949 – President Truman swears in Eugenie Moore Anderson as U.S ambassador to Denmark, first American woman appointed as chief of mission at ambassador level
1950 – Sihem Bensedrine born, Tunisian journalist and human rights advocate; honored by OXFAM in 2005 with their Novib/PEN Award
1956 – Elvis Presley’s song “Love Me Tender” became the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit, the first time a musician had back-to-back hits in the No. 1 spot, because “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” had been the previous No. 1 song for 11 weeks
1957 – Marian P. Bell born, British economist; Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Board (2002-2005); Royal Bank of Scotland (1982-1989 and 1991-2000); Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (2014 to present)
1958 – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli is elected Pope, taking the name John XXIII
1962 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informs U.S. President Kennedy that he ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba
1963 – The Beach Boys release “Be True To Your School” in the U.S.
1965 – Pope Paul VI issues a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the Gateway Arch is completed in St. Louis MO
1965 – The Supremes record “My World is Empty Without You”
1976 – John D. Erlichman, former aide to disgraced President Nixon, enters a federal prison camp to serve his sentence for Watergate-related convictions
1982 – Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev condemns the U.S. for arms buildup
1983 – The U.S. vetoes a U.N. Security Council resolution “deeply deploring” the ongoing U.S.-led invasion of Grenada
1986 – The centennial of the Statue of Liberty is celebrated in New York
1991 – Metallica releases their single “The Unforgiven”
2002 – World Animation Day * is launched by ASIFA, Association Internationale du Film d’Animation – the International Film Association to honor the first public showing of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, on October 28, 1892
2005 – Vice President Dick Cheney’s top adviser, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, resigned after he is indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements in the CIA leak investigation. Libby will be convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison, but President George W. Bush will commute his sentence
2007 – Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is elected Argentina’s first woman president
2009 – Angela Merkel is sworn in for a second term as German chancellor
2014 – An unmanned Antares rocket carrying NASA’s Cygnus CRS Orb-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station explodes seconds after taking off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia
Robert Mueller Russia inquiry: first charges have been filed
The Lizard has been busy.
I wonder what it would have been like to grow up in the world of the electronically-enabled rage-net temper tantrum, where every grievance could lead to a “tweet” with the potential to be seen by a million strangers who felt their own hoarded angers lit up by your careless words tossed off stinging fingers longing to slap a face in your past. Where you had no common remembered “don’t” to restrain you from pitching a fit, say, in the A&P because you really wanted to try macaroni and cheese in a box but mom said no, that’s junk food. Where you could blare your private insult and thought freedom meant never having to say excuse me. It’s weird. It’s like the capacity for embarrassment has departed from our common consciousness.
Not conducive to World Peace – especially when coming from the White House
Hi Gene –
Crossing my fingers and thinking fierce thoughts – rumors abound that occupant in the Oval Office is gearing up to fire Mueller, and that’s why Mueller filed charges now.
Nothing to see here. Just move along.
Cronyism and Nepotism are so rampant in this mis-administration – instead of Truman’s “the buck stops here” we’re getting that ol’ shell game and musical chairs.
“Drain the swamp”, I’m guessing “the swamp” is code for the US Treasury.
Good Day 🙂
So, question….is Pence likely to be more effective in his current role as tie-breaker supreme? or would he accomplish more as President should Trump be removed? What would the shift look like?
Hey Woosty. Good to hear from you.
Pence wants to take the country back to 1950 or so. He just cleans up better and has better hair.
My suspicion is the paper trail is a lot wider than anyone on the outside knows. Mueller has probably drilled down extremely deep. The larger question is whether Pence survives what is coming.
The insurance policy against pardons is Eric Schneiderman. Presidents cannot pardon state crimes. Take it to the bank that Schneiderman has just about everything that Mueller and his team have.
It’s been awhile since I checked in….the site has evolved again!
Pence booted too? that’s a thing I didn’t think of!
I just read about your daughter, I’m so sorry for your loss though from what I read she brought more to life than most, even in her short time on this planet. Happy memories.
I hope you become a regular again. Your contributions are always valuable. I just sent Terry a note saying that Chris Christie will probably go to Mass tomorrow to give thanks to the Lord he was not chosen as VP.
Thanks for the kind note about Brandi. The Lassie crammed a lot of living into 26 years. Would that more people did so. As Prince EA says, everyone dies, but not everyone really lives.
Well thank you for that vid…it hit me in the right spot! I’ll be checking in, I’m trying not to OD on the political climate…fear feeder that it is… be well 🙂