Thursday, December 14, 2017

 Going to try a slightly different approach in this new month, less history, more awareness. I have included links so you can explore the internet if one of the topics grabs your interest. Besides, it's quicker than writing original stuff.

October is here!

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Quasquicentennial Celebration - June 6th, 2015!

Days until Alvo's Party Date
248 Wednesday, October 01, 2014
247 Thursday, October 02, 2014
246 Friday, October 03, 2014
245 Saturday, October 04, 2014
244 Sunday, October 05, 2014
243 Monday, October 06, 2014
242

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

 

 

Got our early ballots yesterday! To me, this is the best way to vote intelligently. We look up information on every candidate before we check the blocks. This is way better than trying to remember who's who in the voting booth. You can look up this year's ballot on the Cass County Election Site if you aren't voting early.

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Here is a suggestion - if there is only one person on the ballot and you don't approve of the job they are doing - DON'T VOTE FOR THEM - leaving a box blank won't invalidate your ballot - OR write someone else in if that's an option. Local newspapers will have candidate information pages in upcoming issues. Candidates with money behind them will probably have their own web pages. In upcoming newsletters I will link you to all of thos sites. If you really want to show your patriotism - VOTE!

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Winter
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 07:22 AM 07:07 PM 11:45 81
Thursday, October 02, 2014 07:23 AM 07:06 PM 11:43 80
Friday, October 03, 2014 07:24 AM 07:04 PM 11:40 79
Saturday, October 04, 2014 07:25 AM 07:03 PM 11:38 78
Sunday, October 05, 2014 07:26 AM 07:01 PM 11:35 77
Monday, October 06, 2014 07:27 AM 06:59 PM 11:32 76
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 07:28 AM 06:58 PM 11:30 75
 

 

October 1

1908 – Henry Ford’s Model T, a "universal car" designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.

1938 - Hitler's troops occupied the Sudetanland portion of Czechoslovakia. In an effort to avoid war, the leaders of Britain and France had agreed to cede the German-speaking area to Hitler, who later broke the agreement and occupied all of Czechoslovakia.

1946 - Twelve Nazi leaders were sentenced to death at the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.

1949 - The People's Republic of China was founded with Mao Zedong as Chairman.

1979 - After 70 years of American control, the Panama Canal Zone was handed over to Panama. - Build it, pay for it, give it away.

October 2

1967 - Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was sworn in as the first African American associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served until 1991, opposing discrimination and the death penalty, and championing free speech and civil liberties. - And now we have Clarence Thomas

1968 - California's Redwood National Park was established. Redwoods are the tallest of all trees, growing up to 400 feet (120 meters) during a lifetime that can span 2,000 years.

Birthday - Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869-1948) was born in Porbandar, India. He achieved worldwide fame for his devout lifestyle and nonviolent resistance which ended British rule over India. He was assassinated by a religious fanatic in the garden of his home in New Delhi on January 30, 1948. - Religious fanatics always have justification for what they do

October 3

1863 - President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. - Don't think he pardoned any turkeys

1974 - Frank Robinson was hired by the Cleveland Indians as baseball's first African American major league manager.

1990 - After 45 years of Cold War division, East and West Germany were reunited as the Federal Republic of Germany.

October 4

1943 - The Island of Corsica was the first French territory freed from the Nazis as Free French troops took the city of Bastia.

1957 - The Space Age began as the Russians launched the first satellite into orbit. Sputnik I weighed just 184 lbs. and transmitted a beeping radio signal for 21 days. The remarkable accomplishment by Russia sent a shockwave through the American political leadership resulting in U.S. efforts to be the first on the moon.- It took 12 years.

Birthday - St. Francis of Assissi (1181-1226) was born in Assisi, Umbria, Italy (as Giovanni Francesco Bernardone). He renounced his family's wealth and founded the Friars Minor (Franciscan Order).

Birthday – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) 19th U.S. President was born in Delaware, Ohio. He served from March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1881. He was a Republican best known for his statement, "He serves his party best who serves his country best." - Not a Republican motto these days.

Birthday - Artist Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was born in Canton, New York. He studied at Yale Art School then traveled extensively throughout the American West in the late 1800s sketching cowboys, Native Americans, frontiersmen, and soldiers. He also created lively sculptures featuring bucking broncos.

October 5

1813 - Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh was defeated and killed during the War of 1812. Regarded as one of the greatest American Indians, he was a powerful orator who defended his people against white settlement. When the War of 1812 broke out, he joined the British as a brigadier general and was killed at the Battle of the Thames in Ontario.

1877 - Following a 1,700-mile retreat, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to U.S. Cavalry troops at Bear's Paw near Chinook, Montana. "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever," he declared.

1964 - The largest mass escape since the Berlin Wall was built - 57 East German escaped to West Berlin through a tunnel..

1986 - Former U.S. Marine Eugene Hasenfus was captured by Nicaraguan Sandinistas after a plane carrying arms for the Nicaraguan rebels (Contras) was shot down over Nicaragua. This marked the beginning of the "Iran-Contra" controversy resulting in Congressional hearings and a major scandal for the Reagan White House after it was revealed that money from the sale of arms to Iran was used to fund covert operations in Nicaragua. - Another CIA foul up.

Birthday – Chester A Arthur (1830-1886) the 21st President of the U.S. was born in Fairfield, Vermont. He succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of James A. Garfield. He served from September 20, 1881 to March 3, 1885, but was not nominated by the Republican Party for a second term.

Birthday - "Father of the Space Age" Robert Goddard (1882-1945) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. During his lifetime he was ridiculed by the public and the press over his idea of constructing a space flight machine. In 1926, he launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket on a farm near Auburn, Mass. In 1935, his liquid-fueled rocket surpassed the speed of sound. Other developments included a steering apparatus for rocket machines, staged rockets to reach high altitudes, rocket fuel pumps, and a self-cooling rocket motor. - He had the last laugh.

October 6

1927 - The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson was the first full-length feature film using spoken dialogue.

1949 – “Tokyo Rose” (Iva Toguri d'Aquino) was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years imprisonment and fined $10,000 for treason. She had broadcast music and Japanese propaganda to American troops in the Pacific during World War II. She was pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1977.

1973 - The Yom Kippur War started as Egypt and Syria launched attacks on Israeli positions on the East Bank of the Suez and the Golan Heights. - We loaded up all the air defense fighters with live missiles.

1978 - Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini was granted asylum in France after being expelled from Iran for his opposition to the Shah.

1981 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (1918-1981) was assassinated in Cairo by Muslim fundamentalists while watching a military parade. He shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize with Menachem Begin of Israel. He signed an American-sponsored peace accord with Israel, but had been denounced by other Arab leaders. - Another example of religious fanaticism's negative effects.

Birthday - Engineer and inventor George Westinghouse (1846-1914) was born in Central Bridge, New York. He developed air brakes for trains and was later responsible for the adoption of alternating current (AC) systems for electric power transmission in the U.S. He was also the first employer to give his employees paid vacations.

Birthday - Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl was born in Larvik, Norway, in 1914. He used Kon-Tiki and other primitive ocean-going vessels to prove the possibility of transoceanic contact between ancient, widely separated civilizations.

October 7

1765 - The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York City with representatives from nine colonies meeting in protest to the British Stamp Act which imposed the first direct tax by the British Crown upon the American colonies.

1940 – During World War II, German troops invaded Romania to take seize strategic oil fields

1949 - The German Democratic Republic came into existence in East Germany. Dominated by Soviet Russia, it lasted until German reunification in 1990.

1985 - Palestinian terrorists seized the Italian passenger ship Achille Lauro carrying about 440 persons, threatening to blow it up if Israel did not free 50 Palestinian prisoners. Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly wheelchair-bound American, was murdered.

 "Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt." - Robertson Davies

"From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step." - Denis Diderot

"It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." - Warren Buffett

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