National Chocolates Day
- Chocolate was first manufactured in the United States at Milton Lower Mills, near Dorchester, Mass., in 1765. About 1876, M. D. Peter of Vevey, Switzerland, perfected a process of making milk chocolate by combining the cocoa nib, sugar, fat, and condensed milk.
St. Jude's Day
- St. Jude, the saint of hopeless causes, was martyred along with St. Simon at Persia, and their feast is celebrated jointly. St. Jude was supposedly the brother of Jesus and, like his brother, a carpenter by trade. He is most popular with those who attempt the impossible and with students, who often ask for his help on exams.
Donner Party Famine
- Oct 28, 1846–Apr 21, 1847. The pioneering Donner party, a group of 90 people consisting of immigrants, families and businessmen led by George and Jacob Donner and James F. Reed, headed toward California in 1846 from Springfield, IL, in hopes of beginning a new life. Indian attacks and winter weather, which forced them to interrupt their journey, led to famine and outright cannibalism, which took their toll on members of the party, whose numbers dwindled to 48 by journey’s end.
First Woman US Ambassador Appointed
- Helen Eugenie Moore Anderson became the first woman to hold the post of US ambassador in 1949 when she was sworn in by President Harry S Truman on this date. She served as ambassador to Denmark.
"The Jack Benny Program" TV Premiere
- One of radio’s favorite comedians, Jack Benny made the transition to favorite TV personality with this situation comedy–variety show in 1950.
Statue of Liberty
- Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s famous sculpture, the statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor, was dedicated in 1886.
Plush Animal Lover's Day
- a day to enjoy and appreciate your plush, stuffed animals. Give them a little love and special attention today. And, if they've lost a little of their "plush", that's okay. You still love 'em.
Criminal Fingerprints Day
- Fingerprints had been used as source of identification since the T'ang Dynasty in China, and in 8th century Japan--a thumbprint could suffice for a signature on legal documents. The first crime solved using fingerprints is sometimes stated to be a murder case that occurred in ancient Rome, where a bloody handprint was later found to be the match for the killer.
Gulliver's Travels Birthday
- Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially called "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts". By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships, is a novel by Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.
Ticker Tape Parade Birthday
- The term originated in New York City after a spontaneous celebration held on October 28, 1886 during the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, and is still most closely associated with New York City. The term ticker-tape originally referred to the use of the paper output of ticker tape machines, which were remotely-driven devices used in brokerages to provide updated stock market quotes.
- to show the potential of new technology to improve the living standards of nations and their people. One of the key features of Internet Day is the total freedom of all groups to decide what to do, how to do it, and who their activities will target. Everyone can take part, each person decides to what extent they will be involved, and everyone is as important as everyone else, regardless of the size or number of proposals they put forward.
- This day is set aside for people around the world to appreciate and get a good laugh out of a bad day or a bad week. This day is set aside so friends can come together over a few drinks, a pot of stew and get a big laugh out of the stories being told about who had the worse day for the month. Invite all your friends and family over to share in the laughter.
- This was updated by Catherine on October 28, 2011 -
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