Monthly Archives: October 2015
Richard Rummel’s 1906 Watercolour Rendition of Harvard University The oldest university in the United States of America is the one founded on October 28th, 1636 in what would soon be Cambridge Massachusetts. For a while it didn’t have a name beyond, ‘the university’, but in 1638, a learned (and wealthy) colonist named John Harvard bequeathed […]
Today is St. Crispin’s Day, and on St. Crispin’s Day, 1415, the English won a major victory in its ongoing war with France. (The one called the Hundred Years War, even though it actually lasted, on and off, for one hundred and sixteen years.) Why were they fighting – this time? Well, in 1414, England’s […]
When you think of tornadoes ripping through a city, London, England isn’t the first place that comes to mind, but it does get them. The earliest on record blew in (literally) on October 17th, 1091, or October 23rd, 1091, depending on which calendar you care to go by. (That Julian/Gregorian change-over thing.) Moving at around […]
Halloween masks. Those creepy looking plastic things that make the wearer too hot, get wet with condensed breath, and obstruct vision unless parents cut the eye-holes larger. Which is probably why they’re the first things kids discard at Halloween parties. They do add much to certain costumes, however. The first masks were worn at the […]
The familiar Halloween cry of, “Trick or Treat!”, came into being in 1930s America, and was first referred to in print in a Portland Oregon newspaper article about the problems local police were having with Halloween pranksters. By the 1940s, kids were yelling it outside houses nationwide.
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