‘The Twilight Zone’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

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.

Groucho Marx’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

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.

Guardian Angels Day
Oct 2 all-day

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.

Mohandas Gandhi’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

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).

Peanuts Debut – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

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.

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown)
Oct 2 all-day

The Jewish New Year – marking year 5777 – begins at sundown.

Thurgood Marshall Sworn In To US Supreme Court – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

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.

‘Captain Kangaroo’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 3 all-day

Captain Kangaroo Oct 3, 1955. On the air until 1985, this was the longest-running children’s TV show until it was surpassed by Sesame Street. Starring Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo, it was broadcast on CBS and PBS. Other characters included Mr Green Jeans, Grandfather Clock, Bunny Rabbit, Mr Moose and Dancing Bear. Keeshan was an advocate for excellence in children’s programming and even supervised which commercials would appear on the program.



Image: Promotional postcard by The Kellogg Company. Kellogg’s was one of the program’s sponsors. Public Domain, located via

‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 3 all-day

Oct 3, 1955. This afternoon show for children was on ABC. Among its young cast members were Mouseketeers Annette Funicello and Shelley Fabares. A later version, The New Mickey Mouse Club, starred Keri Russell, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Image: Public Domain,  original copyright  TV Radio Mirror

German Reunification – Anniversary
Oct 3 all-day

Oct 3, 1990. After 45 years of division, East and West Germany reunited just four days short of East Germany’s 41st founding anniversary (Oct 7, 1949). The new united Germany took the name the Federal Republic of Germany, the formal name of the former West Germany, and adopted the constitution of the former West Germany. Today is a national holiday in Germany, Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity).

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-1003-400 / Grimm, Peer / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Saint Francis of Assisi Feast Day
Oct 3 all-day

Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Friars Minor (Franciscan Order) died on 3 October 1226 at Porziuncula, Italy.

Image: Jan van Eyck, Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Public Domain

‘Dick Tracy’ Cartoon Debuts – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Oct 4, 1931. Square-jawed detective Dick Tracy made his comic strip debut in the Detroit Daily Mirror in Plainclothes Tracy.


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‘Leave It To Beaver’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Oct 4, 1957. This family sitcom was a stereotypical portrayal of American family life. It focused on Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) and his family: his patient, understanding and all-knowing father, Ward (Hugh Beaumont); impeccably dressed housewife and mother, June (Barbara Billingsley); and Wally (Tony Dow), Beavers good-natured, all-American older brother. The perfectness of the Cleaver family was balanced by other, less-than-perfect characters played by Ken Osmond, Frank Bank, Richard Deacon, Diane Brewster, Sue Randall, Rusty Stevens and Madge Blake. The last episode aired Sept 12, 1963. Leave It to Beaver remained popular in reruns.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Charlton Heston’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Charlton-Heston Oct 4, 1923. Born at Evanston, IL, the handsome, resolute Heston won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Moses in the 1956 Hollywood epic The Ten Commandments. Over a career that spanned six decades, his credits include Ben-Hur, Touch of Evil, Will Penny and Planet of the Apes. Heston died Apr 5, 2008, at Beverly Hills, CA.

Image: WikiMediaCommons

Edward L. Stratemeyer’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Oct 4, 1862. American author of children’s books, Stratemeyer was born at Elizabeth, NJ. He created numerous series of popular children’s books, including The Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Tom Swift, hiring ghostwriters to work from his outlines. He and his Stratemeyer Syndicate, using 60 or more pen names, produced more than 1,300 books, selling more than 200 million copies. Stratemeyer died at Newark, NJ, May 10, 1930, but his daughters continued his legacy of essentially mass-produced literature until 1982.

Image: Public Domain, Stratemeyer Syndicate

Jonathan Edwards’ Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 5 all-day

Oct 5, 1703.  Jonathan Edwards, famed theologian and leader of the Great Awakening, the religious revival in the colonies, was born at East Windsor, CT. His Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God is the most famous sermon in American history. He later became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Edwards died at Princeton, NJ, Mar 22, 1758, when he contracted smallpox from an inoculation.

Image: Public Domain, engraving by R Babson & J Andrews (1855) 

Monty Python’s Flying Circus Debuts – Anniversary
Oct 5 all-day

“Cupid’s foot” often featured in Monty Python’s Flying Circus opening credits (along with rude sound effects). Foot based on Cupid’s foot in Agnolo Bronzino’s Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time. Image in public domain.

Oct 5, 1969. This wacky comedy series debuted on BBC-1 in Great Britain and aired until 1974. The cast was made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and American Terry Gilliam. John Philip Sousas Liberty Bell March got the show started, and viewers were treated to surreal animation and such skits as The Spanish Inquisition and The Ministry of Silly Walks. On Oct 6, 1974, Monty Pythons Flying Circus began airing in the US. The cast members also made four films together.



World Teachers Day
Oct 5 all-day

World Teachers Day on 5 October is a day to honor and celebrate the work of all teachers.

Image: CC0, courtesy of Pixabay user alfakurnia

National German-American Day
Oct 6 all-day

Oct 6. Observed since the 19th century, this day honors the contributions of German immigrants to US culture and history. Celebrated on the date in 1683 when 13 Mennonite families disembarked near Philadelphia, PA, from Krefeld, Germany. These families later founded Germantown, PA. The day is celebrated by all those who are culturally German from all partsof Europe. This special day had a boost in popularity when President Ronald Reagan became the first US president to proclaim it in 1987.

Yom Kippur War – Anniversary
Oct 6 all-day

Oct 6 25, 1973. A surprise attack by Egypt and Syria pushed Israeli forces several miles behind the 1967 cease-fire lines. Israel was caught off guard, partly because the attack came on the holiest Jewish religious day. After 18 days of fighting, hostilities were halted by the UN Oct25. Israel partially recovered from the initial setback but failed to regain all the land lost in the fighting.

‘Cats’ Premiere – Anniversary
Oct 7 all-day

Oct 7, 1982. The second longest-running production in Broadwayhistory (after Phantom of the Opera) opened this day. Cats was based on a book of poetry by T.S. Eliot and had a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. More than 10 million theatergoers saw the New York City production, which closedSept 10, 2000, after 7,485 performances. Cats was also produced in 30 other countries.

‘Your Hit Parade’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 7 all-day

Oct 7, 1950. Your Hit Parade began as a radio show in 1935. When it finally made it to TV, the format was simple: the shows cast performed the weeks top musical hits. To sustain interest, since many of the same songs appeared weekly, eye-catching production sequences were created. YHP was the starting point for many famous choreographers and dancers,including Peter Gennaro and Bob Fosse. Regulars included Dorothy Collins,Eileen Wilson, Snooky Lanson and Sue Bennett. The show was overhauled many times and switched networks before leaving the air in 1959. A summer revival in 1974 was short-lived.

Dow Jones Industrial Average – Anniversary
Oct 7 all-day

Oct 7, 1896. Dow Jones began reporting an average of the prices of 12 industrial stocks in the Wall Street Journal on this day. In the early years these were largely railroad stocks. In 1928 Mr Dow expanded the number of stocks to 30, where it currently remains. Today, the large, frequently traded stocks in the DJIA represent about a fifth of the market value of all US stocks.

National Diversity Day
Oct 7 all-day

A day to celebrate and embrace who we are, despite our differences, no matter what race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age,nationality or disability. A day to reflect on and learn about different cultures and ideologies. A day to vow to uphold acceptance and tolerance. A day to consciously address these areas at educational and religious institutions, as well as in the workplace and at home. Our slogan: Embrace diversity, embrace our world.

Great Chicago Fire – Anniversary
Oct 8 all-day

Oct 8, 1871. Great fire of Chicago began, according to legend, when Mrs OLearys cow kicked over the lantern in her barn on DeKoven Street. The fire leveled 3 square miles, destroying 17,450 buildings and leaving 98,500 people homeless and about 250 people dead. Financially, the loss was $ 200 million.

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