1. Mischief Night—observed on the eve of Halloween as a great evening to practice your tricks before on Halloween giving the either/or ultimatum.
2. International Orthopedic Nurses Day—honoring those angels of mercy assisting the doctors mending bones or replacing orthopedic parts during surgery and the first kind face one wakes up to after and looks to when the drugs wear off and the pain takes off like a rocket.
3. One Person You Would Never Fire Day—honoring not those totally indispensable employees of an organization, but rather the birthday of Ivanka Trump born on this day in 1981.
4. National Pumpkin Bread Day—celebrating a great use for the meat of the pumpkins you are carving to put out tonight—pumpkin bread.
On this day in
a. 1938 Orson Welles broadcasted on the radio H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, causing panic that the U.S. was being invaded by Martians
b. 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt approved $1 billion in Lend Lease aid to the Allied Nations to aid in the fight against the Germans and Italians.
c. 1945 thanks to the foresight of Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in baseball.
d. 1974 the Rumble in the Jungle was fought between challenger Muhammad Ali and champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Ali regained his title by knockout.
Reflections on the similarity of struggle against a strange invading army with with different values in fiction published 116 years ago and the reality of the ISIS hordes seeking to destroy the non-Islamic world today: “At the time there was a strong feeling in the streets that the authorities were to blame for their incapacity to dispose of the invaders without all this inconvenience.” H.G. Wells, War War of the Worlds published in 1898
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