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Guy Fawkes Night: Gunpowder Treason & Plot

November 5. Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! [caption id="attachment_10110" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Guy Fawkes[/caption] We think of terrorism as a modern phenomenon but 400 years ago, before the first permanent settlement in North America, English…
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International Day to Eradicate Poverty

October 17. 60 years after the adoption of the universal declaration of human rights, million of people are still deprived of basic human rights such as food, housing and decent working conditions. On October 17, 1987, over 100,000 people gathered at the Trocadero in Paris, the site of the signing…
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Dictionary Day

October 16. October 16th is Dictionary Day in honor of Webster's birthday. [caption id="attachment_4792" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Webster Long[/caption] Wrong Webster. [caption id="attachment_4793" align="aligncenter" width="263"] Noah Webster[/caption] That's better. "On the first of May will be opened...a school, in which children may be instructed, not only in the common arts of…
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Nyerere Day – Tanzania

October 14. Julius Nyerere was born in 1922 just east of Lake Victoria in what was then Tanganyika. He herded sheep and “led a typical tribal life” in the village where his father was chief of a small tribe. He began school at age 12 and studied to be a…

Canadian Thanksgiving

Second Monday of October. Newfoundland and Nova Scotia each lay claim to Thanksgiving celebrations even older than the Pilgrims of Massachusetts. English navigator Martin Frobisher enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal on Baffin Island in 1578, and Samuel de Champlain established an “Order of Good Cheer” in 1606, after most of his…
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Children’s Day – Brazil

October 12. It began with a two-foot tall sculpture. Headless at that. Three fishermen were casting their nets in the Paraiba River in Brazil. The year was 1717. Their nets were turning up empty until one of the fishermen pulled up a dark brown headless statue of a woman. Intrigued…
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Dia de la Raza

October 12. On this day in 1492 two worlds collided. Mexican philosopher Jose Vasconcelos coined the term La Raza Cósmica, the Cosmic Race (for lack of a better word), to describe the people of Latin America, and what he considered the future of the human race. Vasconcelos theorized that: "the different…
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Columbus Day

Second Monday in October. October 12, 1492. Perhaps no date in Pan-American history is as important or controversial. By October 11, 1492, Columbus's crew had had enough. The trip was too long. They had spotted weeds and birds---signs of land---for weeks, but not a hint of soil. And at the…