Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Wijnmaand again (wine month)

October is the tenth month of the year and its name is therefore derived from octo, the Latin word for eight (as Nadya Suleman well knows.) October is often preceded by September and sometimes followed by November.

There are 31 days in October, many of which are Wednesdays. (Wednesday is the fourth day of the week and its name is therefore derived from wednes, the Latin word for hump.)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Car Care Month, National Helmet Safety Month, Clergy Appreciation Month , National Stamp Collecting Month, Pickled Pepper Month, and National Rodent Prevention Month. It also International Dinosaur Month.

As a result of U.N. resolutions passed three years ago, October is no longer Soiled Linens Month (September) or International Smegma Appreciation Month (February).

There are thirty shopping days left until Halloween.

Today in History :
October 1, 1847 -
Maria Mitchell, a distant relative of Benjamin Franklin, using a telescope, discovered "Miss Mitchell's Comet" (Comet 1847 VI, modern designation is C/1847 T1) on this date. Some years previously, King Frederick VI of Denmark had established gold medal prizes to each discoverer of a "telescopic comet" (too faint to be seen with the naked eye). The prize was to be awarded to the "first discoverer" of each such comet (note that comets are often independently discovered by more than one person). She duly won one of these prizes, and this gave her worldwide fame, since the only previous woman to discover a comet had been Caroline Herschel. She was also asked by her Nantucket neighbors to stop peeking into their bedrooms at night.

There was a temporary question of priority because Francesco de Vico had independently discovered the same comet two days later, but had reported it first; however, this was resolved in Mitchell's favor. The prize was awarded in 1848 by the new king Frederick VII.

She was the first professional woman astronomer in the United States, noted for her discovery that sunspots are whirling vertical cavities and not, as previously thought, clouds.

October 1, 1890 -
The Yosemite National Park and the Yellowstone National Park are established by the U.S. Congress.

Picnic baskets have never been safe since then.

October 1, 1903 -
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the home team Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox), 7-3, in the first World Series game.

Boston, however, went on to win the series, five games to three.

October 1, 1908 -
Rabid Anti-semite and American Isolationist Henry Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of $825.

Ford sold over 10,000 cars in the first year of production.

October 1, 1949 -
The People's Republic of China was formed with Mao Zedong as its head with its capital at Beiping (Peiping), which was renamed Beijing (Peking).

I will make no other comment other than Happy National Day. I've already pissed off a large segment of the world with some of my other comments about China.

October 1, 1955 -
The Honeymooners half hour episodes premiere.

Come on, admit it, if you are of a certain age, you can remember coming home at night drunk (or stoned) and turning on WPIX and watching The Honeymooners to chill out.

October 1, 1962 -
Johnny Carson hosts his first Tonight Show with Joan Crawford as his guest. On his first show, Carson was introduced by Groucho Marx; Johnny's first words, reacting to applause as he walked onstage for the first time: "Boy, you would think it was Vice President Nixon."

Although no footage is known to remain of Carson's first broadcast as host of The Tonight Show on this date, photographs taken that night do survive, as does an audio recording of Carson's first monologue. One of his first jokes upon starting the show was to pretend to panic and say, "I want my Na-Na!"

October 1, 1968 -
Night of the Living Dead premiered in Pittsburgh on this date.

Horror movies are never the same again.

October 1, 1971 -
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida opens on this date.

Epicot Center opens on this date in 1982.

Once again, Disney, the Happiest Place on Earth - Pedophiles all over the East Coast celebrate.

October 1, 1975 -
The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World, fought in Manila, Philippines on this date.

Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in 15 for heavyweight boxing title .

Also - on a personal note, Happy Anniversary Cara and Matt.

And so it goes

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