Happy Columbus Never Met An Indigenous Person He Didn't Kill or Enslave Day! Let's celebrate the day by breaking into your neighbor's house and telling them you live there now.
It was discovered that Columbus' ships really landed on the October 13, 1492, he was persuaded by Dutch sailor Piet de Stuini (or DeStynie) to change it to the 12th in the logs because he said that the number 13 might frighten sailors and future investors away. An Italian study group called the Colombiani detected this change.
And for all of this has nothing to do with the fact that it's Canadian Thanksgiving.
Today is also Moldy Cheese day.
Am I really going to encourage you to eat rotting cheese, (while bleu, camembert, gorgonzola, maytag blue, roquefort, brie, and stilton are perfectly fine,) I just never thought I'd be in this position. But then again I never thought the film Idiocracy would become a documentary.
The celebrations of Cephalopod Awareness Day keep rolling along - Today we celebrate Nautilus Night, highlighting all the lesser-known extant cephalopods -
Hopefully the shocking nature of the documentary wasn't too off-putting for your holiday celebrations
October 9, 1969 -
BBC's Top Of The Pops refused to play the Number One hit in the country Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus, on this date.
Serge Gainsbourg's song Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus, was considered one of the first 'orgasm records' and the BBC was not able to cope with such explicit lyrics and Jane Birkin’s moans and groans.
October 9, 1978 -
Jacques Brel was certainly not alive and well and living in Paris on this date.
Mr. Brel, the Belgian-born French cabaret singer, had died earlier in the day.
October 9, 1986 -
The FOX network debuted Joan Rivers' new The Late Show on this date.
Joan Rivers gave up her long-running guest host position on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for her short-lived stint as host of this series, which was the Fox network's first late-night talk show.
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Today in History:
October 9, 28 BC -
Caesar Augustus dedicated the Temple of Apollo to his patron god Apollo, on the Palatine Hill in Rome, on this date.
October 9, 1000 -
Leif Ericson discovered Vinland and became the first known European to walk in North America, on this date (or not). In 1964, the United States Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim October 9 of each year as Leif Erikson Day.
This is an exciting development, because it will almost certainly necessitate the development of Viking reservations and the establishment of Viking-run casinos.
But this is also deeply troubling, because there was probably someone here before those original Caucasians.
In the interests of fairness, I enthusiastically endorses the endowment of every American with their own casino.
October 9, 1582 -
It's true, tomorrow never knows.
Once again, because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain. This leads to more mass confusion and most of the populace just go back to bed and give up belief in calendars.
On this date in 1776 a group of Spanish Missionaries, led by Father Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is today San Francisco.
October 9, 1915 -
Took my girl to a baseball game, sat her in the front ...
October 9, 1934 -
While the Boomtown Rats don't like Mondays, King Alexander I of Yugoslavia didn't like Tuesdays.
The film record of Alexander I's assassination remains one of the most historic pieces of newsreel in existence (film footage), alongside the film of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia's coronation, the funerals of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, and Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
October 9, 1958 -
Pope Pius XII suffered a most 'unfortunate' accident after his demise. The Pope died during an exceptionally hot summer.
When Pius died, Professor Riccardo Galeazzi-Lisi who was treating the ill pontiff (Galeazzi-Lisi was not a doctor but an optometrist) turned embalmer, trying to hide his crimes.
Very messy indeed.
October 9, 1967 -
On October 8th, Che Guevara was captured while leading a detachment with Simeón Cuba Sarabia in Bolivia. According to some soldiers present at the capture, during the skirmish as they approached Guevara, he allegedly shouted, "Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and worth more to you alive than dead." Upon hearing of Guevara's capture, news was relayed to CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, via CIA stations in various South American nations.
The President of Bolivia, René Barrientos promptly ordered his execution upon being informed of his capture. Guevara was taken to a dilapidated schoolhouse in the nearby village of La Higuera where he was held overnight. Early the next afternoon he was executed. The executioner was Mario Terán, a Sergeant in the Bolivian army who had drawn a short straw after arguments over who got the honor of killing Guevara broke out among the soldiers. To make the bullet wounds appear consistent with the official story sold to the public, Felix Rodriguez, the CIA asset, ordered the soldier who pulled the trigger to aim carefully to make it appear that Che had been killed in action during a clash with the Bolivian army, and thus to help cover up the official secret assassination. Guevara received multiple shots to the legs, so as to avoid maiming his face for identification purposes and simulate combat wounds in an attempt to conceal his ex judicial execution.
Che Guevara had some last words before his death; he allegedly said to his executioner, "I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man." His body was lashed to the landing skids of a helicopter and flown to neighboring Vallegrande where it was laid out on a laundry tub in the local hospital and displayed to the press.
After the execution, Rodríguez took several personal items of Guevara's including a Rolex watch, often proudly showing them to reporters during the ensuing years. Today, some of these belongings, including his flashlight, are on display at the CIA headquarters. After a military doctor surgically amputated his hands, Bolivian army officers transferred Guevara's cadaver to an undisclosed location and refused to reveal whether his remains had been buried or cremated.
And that boys and girls, was your US dollars at work in 1967.
October 9, 1973 -
All this new stuff they call rock ’n’ roll, why, I’ve been playing that for years now… Ninety percent of rock-and-roll artists came out of the church, their foundation is the church.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, pioneering gospel singer and recording artist, died on this date.
October 9, 1974 -
Obscure German businessman Oskar Schindler, passed away at the age of 66 in Frankfurt, Germany on this date. A member of the Nazi Party, he ran an enamel-works factory in Krakaw during the German occupation of Poland, employing workers from the nearby Jewish ghetto. When the ghetto was liquidated, he persuaded Nazi officials to allow the transfer of his workers to the Plaszow labor camp, thus saving them from deportation to the death camps.
In 1944, all Jews at Plaszow were sent to Auschwitz, but Schindler, at great risk to himself, bribed officials into allowing him to keep his workers and set up a factory in a safer location in occupied Czechoslovakia. By the war's end, he was penniless, but he had saved 1,200 Jews. In 1962, he was declared a Righteous Gentile by Yad Vashem, Israel's official agency for remembering the Holocaust. According to his wishes, he was buried in Israel at the Catholic cemetery on Mount Zion.
October 9, 1985 -
Happy Birthday John
There are 83 days left in the year
(So therefore there are 77 days until Christmas.)
And so it goes