While he may be rolling in his grave to discover that he was not the first person to be able to talk to animals, Doctor Doolittle would almost certainly be a keen advocate of World Animal Day which takes place on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, October 4th. Started in 1931 in Italy, this annual celebration of all things furry is now a popular day in which we remember the important role that animals have to play in our world, as well as the people who devote their lives working to protect and care for them. To get into the festive mood on October 4th you are encouraged to ditch the fur fabrics, refuse to buy products tested on animals and – probably of greater concern to the majority of folk – convert to vegetarianism.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A translucent quartz spangled with bits of mica or other minerals.|
|Usage:||He loved the red gold of the sunstone, and the moonstone's pearly whiteness, and the broken rainbow of the milky opal.|
Idiom of the Day
To have an active and participatory role in making or influencing a decision about something.
Sputnik 1 Launch Begins the Space Race (1957)
The first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, was launched by the USSR in 1957 and spurred the dormant US space program into action, leading to an international competition popularly known as the "space race." Explorer I, the first American satellite, was launched just months later, in January 1958. In the decade that followed, the US and the USSR launched approximately 50 space probes between them to explore the Moon.
Rutherford B. Hayes (1822)
After fighting in the Union army in the American Civil War, Hayes served in the US House of Representatives and then as governor of Ohio. In 1876, he won the Republican nomination for president. His opponent, Samuel Tilden, won a larger popular vote, but the election was so close that a special commission had to decide the issue. It eventually ruled in Hayes's favor.
Fiesta of San Francisco (San Pacho)
In Quibdó, Colombia, the Fiesta of San Francisco is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. The procession on October 4 is the highlight of the festival, but several days of sports—including boxing, horse racing, cycling, and pig-catching contests—precede this. The streets are filled with people dressed up as devils, savages, and various animals, and there are dancing and fireworks every night. On the final day, there is an afternoon procession, in which everyone accompanies the statue of St. Francis as it is carried through the streets of Quibdó.
How a Strange Triassic Reptile Could Change What an Arm Looks LikeMost forearms look the same. Whether the animal is a human, a cat, or even a Tyrannosaurus rex, the same bones attach in about the same places to form roughly the same shaped limb.
1535 - The first complete English translation of the Bible was printed in Zurich, Switzerland.
1648 - The first volunteer fire department was established in New York by Peter Stuyvesant.
1881 - Edward Leveaux received a patent for the player piano.
1893 - The first professional football contract was signed by Grant Dibert for the Pittsburgh AC.
1895 - The first U.S. Open golf tournament took place in Newport, RI. Horace Rawlins, 19 years old, won the tournament.
1927 - The first actual work of carving began on Mount Rushmore.
1931 - The comic strip "Dick Tracy" made its debut in the Detroit Daily Mirror. The strip was created by Chester Gould.
1933 - "Esquire" magazine was published for the first time.
1957 - "Leave it to Beaver" debuted on CBS-TV.
2004 - SpaceShipOne reached an altitude of 368,000 feet. It was the first privately built, manned rocket ship to fly in space twice within a two week window. The ship won the Ansari X Prize of $10 million dollars for their success.
Oct 6-9, 2016 | London, United Kingdom
About This Festival
Frieze London is a premier contemporary art fair showcasing the work of leading artists from around the world. The event also hosts film screenings, musical performances, panel discussions, debates and keynote speakers featuring leading figures from the art world. A recent addition focuses on performance-based installations, and a variety of guided tours provide an excellent introduction to the event.
Oct 6-9, 2016 | Greenfield, IN
About This Festival
The Riley Festival hosted in Greenfield, Indiana, celebrates the birthday of local legend James Whitcomb Riley with a massive craft festival. Every year, the theme of the festival is based on one of Riley's many poems such as "The Raggedy Man." Guests can enjoy numerous activities including food and beverage vendors, a flea market, a parade and four days of live music performances.
Oct 6-9, 2016 | Pittsburgh, PA
About This Festival
The VIA Festival is an explosion of creativity and one of the most unique festivals you will ever attend. Video, music and technology coalesce to become one giant monster of kick-ass artistic vision. Artists from around the world bump their custom work, provide talks and lectures on their art and share special projects to inspire your own creativity.
Michael Mullen (b. 1946) is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2011, having previously served as the Navy's 28th Chief of Naval Operations. He was only the third officer in the Navy's history to be appointed to four different four-star assignments. Mullen retired from the Navy after over 43 years of service, later serving as a visiting professor at Princeton University.
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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... artwork
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