Sept 26 – Oct 1. Annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books. Sponsors: American Library Association, American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores.
More information at http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/.
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Sept 30, 1641. According to the Laws and Ordinances of New Netherlands (now New York and New Jersey), on Sept 30, 1641, authorities declared that henceforth there shall be held annually at Fort Amsterdam a Cattle Fair (Oct 15) and a Hog Fair (Nov 1), and that whosoever hath any things to sell or buy can regulate himself accordingly.
|Title||Chases’ Calendar of Annual Events|
|Authors||Harrison V. Chase, Helen M Chase, William DeRoy Chase|
|Publisher||Apple Tree Press, 1983|
|Original from||the University of Michigan|
|Digitized||Jun 6, 2008|
Gold Star Mothers Day honors mothers who have lost a child in military service. More information at http://www.goldstarmoms.com/.
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The first section of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed from movable type, was published at Mainz, Germany on 30 September 1452. Johann Gutenberg was the printer. The book was completed by 1456. Read more at the U.S. Library of Congress website.
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Sept 30, 1955. Rising young film star James Dean died in an auto accident near Cholame, CA, two hours after getting a speeding ticket. He was 24 years old. His final films, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, were released posthumously in 1956.
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Rioting broke out when James Meredith became the first African American to enroll in the all-white University of Mississippi. President Kennedy sent US troops to the area to force compliance with the law. Three people died in the fighting and 50 were injured. On June 6, 1966, Meredith was shot while participating in a civil rights march at Mississippi. On June 25, Meredith, barely recovered, rejoined the marchers near Jackson, MS.
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On 1 October 1984, the term cyberspace” was used in the science fiction novel Neuromancer by William Gibson.”
Children and adults are asked to wear blue shirts on Monday 5 October on Blue Shirt Day to raise awareness about bullying and especially cyber-bullying.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created in 1958 to raise awareness of breast cancer to to encourage early detection.
share something positive about the disease and the diet with friends and neighbors; meet with your local grocery store manager about the importance of the availability of gluten-free options
On the first day of each month, the genealogy community is urged to back up their genealogy data and all computer data.
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Each October is Family History Month in the United States.
October was selected to commemorate the first two lesbian and gay marches on Washington in October 1979 and 1987.
A month celebrating Americas German heritage. Numerous historical programs, museum and library exhibits, cultural events, genealogicalworkshops and more planned.
Oct 1, 1947. On this date the first residents moved into what would become Levittown at Long Island, NY. The community developed by William Levitt and his brother Alfred with their father, Abraham, started as affordable rental houses built for returning WWII veterans. In 1948 the Levitts began to sell the 800-square-foot homes for less than $ 8,000. By 1951, when this first community was finished, the Levitts had built 17,447 mass-produced Cape Cod and ranch homes. In 1952, they started constructionon a new Levittown in Bucks County, PA, where they built another 17,000houses, and beginning in 1958, they built 12,000 homes in Willingboro,NJ.
Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place the first week of October each year and works to increase the public’s awareness of the causes of mental illness, its impact on friends and family, and available treatments.
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A national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride, in cooperation with the Polish-American Congress and Polonia Across America.
The first Monday of each October has been designated as World Habitat Day by the United Nations. The goal is to raise awareness of the living conditions of humans all over the world.
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Oct 2, 1959. The Twilight Zone went on the air with these now-familiar words: There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of mans fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone. The anthology program ran five seasons for 154 installments, with a one-year hiatus between the third and fourth seasons. Created and hosted by Rod Serling, it is now considered to have been one of the best dramas to appear on television. The last original episode was telecast June 15, 1964.
Born Julius Henry Marx at New York, NY. Comedian who along with his brothers constituted the famous Marx Brothers. The Marx Brothers began as a singing group and then acted in such movies as Duck Soup and Animal Crackers. During the 40s and 50s, Groucho was the host of the televisionand radio show You Bet Your Life. Died at Los Angeles, CA, Aug 19, 1977.
We all have guardian angels. Nows the time to give them recognition and thanks for being in our lives with their own day. Take the time today to find out how theyve played a unique role in our lives, as well asin various cultures, religions and even foods. Celebrate today by doing something special to recognize their qualities.
The Indian political and spiritual leader who achieved world honor and fame for his advocacy of nonviolent resistance as a weapon against tyranny was born at Porbandar, India. He was assassinated in the garden ofhis home at New Delhi, Jan 30, 1948. On the anniversary of Gandhis birth (Gandhi Jayanti) thousands gather at the park on the Jumna River at Delhiwhere Gandhis body was cremated. Hymns are sung; verses from the Gita, the Koran and the Bible are recited; and cotton thread is spun on small spinning wheels (one of Gandhis favorite activities).
In 1950, this comic strip by Charles Schulz featured Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally and Charlies dog, Snoopy. The last new Peanuts strip was published Feb 13, 2000.
The Jewish New Year – marking year 5777 – begins at sundown.
On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black associate justice to the US Supreme Court. On June 27, 1991, he announced his resignation, effective upon the confirmation of his successor.