Words not used very often 01:07

I read daily with my kiddos and by myself. Maybe one day I can say the same about writing…We find many words not very common or familiar to us. Usually, I just grab the dictionary or add it to my personal register of words. (I am however trying to get rid of my paper notes) The WP app is always with me and it will take only a few seconds to type it up when I find it. Starting a while ago, I thought I’d build my record of words week by week here. Some more of our words that made me reach for the dictionary. Enjoy


– A person sent as a diplomatic representative on a special mission (e.g. ‘The British sent emissaries here to promote trade.’)


– Polite submission and respect (e.g. he addressed her with the deference due to age’)

in deference to

– Out of respect for; in consideration of (e.g. in deference to her wishes we spent two weeks on the coast’)


– Feeling or revealing an overt sexual interest or desire (e.g. he gave her a lascivious wink’)


– A shower of water (e.g. ‘I felt better for taking a daily douche’)

A jet of liquid applied to part of the body for cleansing or medicinal purposes (e.g. the mixture may be used as an antiseptic douche or as a gargle’)

USA: An obnoxious or contemptible person (typically used of a man) (e.g. that guy is such a douche’)


– Open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning (e.g. ‘ambiguous phrases’)

Not clear or decided (e.g. ‘the election result was ambiguous’)


– Crude and offensive in a sexual way (e.g. ‘she began to gyrate to the music and sing a lewd song’)


– wearing footgear (such as shoes)

– equipped with tires

– furnished or equipped with a shoe


– Supply (an organ or other body part) with nerves

– to communicate nervous energy to; stimulate through nerves

– to furnish with nerves; grow nerves into


– Discharge faeces from the body

– to clear of dregs, impurities, etc.; purify; refine


– Not having any serious purpose or value (e.g. ‘frivolous ribbons and lacy frills’ OR ‘rules to stop frivolous lawsuits’)

And that is it for my list of weird and wonderful words.

Please share some of your unique or seldom used words with me on Twitter.

Until next time!

Wonderful Words

Words not used very often 01:06

I read daily with my kiddos and by myself. We find many words not very common or familiar to us. Or just plain old beautiful! Usually, I just grab the dictionary or add it to my personal register of words. Enjoy


– light umbrella giving shelter from the sun (e.g. She studied the gentlemen playing cricket from under her parasol next to the field) – a widely distributed large mushroom with a broad scaly grayish-brown cap and a tall, slender stalk


– very thin, especially because of sickness or hunger (e.g. The gaunt man stood at death’s door)

– literary: empty or not attractive (e.g. His gaunt eyes looked back at the squirming child.)


– noun: a bed mattress made from a coarse cotton material, or shoddy, and filled with (usually) straw (e.g. The orphans curled up on the straw-tick in the attic)

– also used to refer to the empty mattress bag (e.g. Famine caused them to feed the last straw from the straw-tick to their prized pig)


– mathematical: a number that, when multiplied by another number, results in 1 OR an expression or function so related to another that their product is unity; the quantity obtained by dividing the number one by a given quantity (I AM NOT EVEN GOING TO TRY AND FABRICATE AN EXAMPLE!!!)

– a pronoun or verb expressing mutual action or relationship (e.g. each other)

– action or agreement involves two people or groups who do the same thing to each other or agree to help each another in a similar way (e.g. Management expressed reciprocal commitments to putting a stop to harassment of any sort in future)


– to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing (e.g. The vets abetted poachers in slaughtering rhinos and elephants)


– an act that shows that you feel sorry for something that you have done, sometimes for religious reasons


– person who has an obsessive desire for power (e.g. ‘Can a megalomaniac get bored by his own propaganda?’)

– person who suffers delusions of their own power or importance


– relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible (e.g ‘an eidetic memory’)


– a plant disease, typically one caused by fungi such as mildews, rusts, and smuts (e.g. ‘the vines suffered blight and disease’)

a thing that spoils or damages something (e.g. her remorse could be a blight on that happiness’)

the degeneration of a landscape or urban area as a result of neglect (e.g. the city’s high-rise social housing had become synonymous with urban blight’)


– Conducive to success; favourable (e.g. it was not the most auspicious moment to hold an election’)

And that is it for my list of weird and wonderful words.

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Until next time!

This month in History

This month in History: December

National Egg Nog Month

National Fruit Cake Month

1 December

World Aids Day

Rosa Parks Day

National Fried Pie Day

1934 Josef Stalin begins a purge of enemies in Soviet Union

1942 Nationwide gasoline rationing goes into effect U.S.

1955 Rosa Parks sets off a bus boycott in Montgomery, Georgia

1958 Fire at Our Lady of Angels School grade school in Chicago leaves 100 children dead

1969 The U.S. government holds its first draft lottery since World War II ( Vietnam War )

1990 Channel Tunnel links UK to Europe

1997 Heath High School Shooting in Paducah, Kentucky.

1999 Mapping of Human Chromosome 22 Released Into The Public Domain

2009 The Treaty of Lisbon comes into force in European Union

2 December

National Fritters Day

Feast of St. Bibiana

1939 New York’s LaGuardia Airport Opens

1956 Cuban Revolution Begins

1959 The Malpasset Dam in France collapses leaving 400 dead

1969 The Boeing 747 ( Often Known as Jumbo Jet ) Gains FAA Airworthiness Certificate

1974 Birmingham Pub Bombing By IRA

1988 School Bus Hijack Soviet Union

1995 Dayton Accord peace plan Accepted By All Parties

2001 Enron an energy trading company filed for Chapter 11 protection

3 December

National Peppermint Latte Day

1964 800 students arrested at the University of California at Berkeley

1967 Worlds First Heart Transplant South Africa

1984 Bhopal Chemical Accident In India

4 December

National Cookie Day (U.S.A.)

1872 Crew from the Dei Gratia, a small British brig spot the Mary Celeste

1935 Game Of Monopoly Debuted

1952 Deadly London Smog In England Leaves 1’000s dead in London

1954 first Burger King ( Insta Burger King )is opened in Miami, Florida

1998 International Space Station Assembly Begins

5 December

National Comfort Food Day

Repeal of Prohibition Day

1901 Walt Disney’s Birthday (1901 – 1966)

1933 Prohibition comes to an end

1945 Five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bombers comprising Flight 19 Lost In Bermuda Triangle

6 December

National Gazpacho Day

National Microwave Oven Day

National “Cook for Christmas” Day

1917 Munitions Ship Explodes In Halifax Harbor Killing 1,800

1922 Irish Free State is created

1962 Deadly Smog Spreads In England

1969 Altamont Rolling Stones Concert Disaster

1989 École Polytechnique massacre Montreal

7 December

National Cotton Candy Day

Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)

1931 Ford produces the last Ford Model A

1941 Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor

1941 Letter Writing Day

1960 First episode of British Soap “Coronation Street”

1993 Long Island Rail Road commuter train shootings

8 December

National Brownie Day

1765 Eli Whitney’s birthday (1765 – 1825)

1941 US Enters World War II

1980 Former Beatle John Lennon was shot dead in New York

1993 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Signed into Law

2010 National Brownie Day (U.S.A.)

9 December

National Pastry Day

1884 Roller Skates Patented

1963 Studebaker Production Ends

1990 Solidarity founder Lech Walesa wins Poland’s presidential runoff

1992 Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce a formal separation

1993 Hubble Telescope Repair is a success

10 December

National Lager Day

1830 Emily Dickinson Birthday (1830 – 1886)

1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights By United Nations

1958 First US Commercial Jet Flight

2006 Augusto Pinochet Dies

2008 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested

11 December

National “Have a Bagel” Day

1936 King Edward VIII Abdicates to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson

1946 UNICEF Established

1985 The Unabomber kills his first victim, Hugh Scrutton

1990 Ivana Trump filed for divorce from real estate mogul Donald Trump

1997 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan ( Kyoto Protocol )

2005 Buncefield Oil Depot Explosions Hemel Hempstead in England

2008 Car Companies Bail Out Bill Agreed

12 December

National Cocoa Day

National Ambrosia Day

1901 Marconi sends first wireless transmission over 2000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada

1917 Father Edward Flanagan founds Boys Town

1925 first Motel opens the Milestone Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, California

1955 Hovercraft Patented

1975 Balcombe Street Siege London England

1988 Clapham Junction Rail Crash South London

2003 Keiko From Free Willy dies

13 December

National Popcorn String Day

1937 Rape of Nanking

1950 James Dean who is still unknown at that time appears in a Pepsi commercial

1972 Thalidomide victims ( 50’s and 60’s Sales ) are offered a compensation deal

1995 Brixton Riots London England

2003 Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces at a farmhouse in Adwar

2007 Rupert Murdoch buys Dow Jones & Co. which includes The Wall Street Journal

14 December

National Biscuits and Gravy Day

National Bouillabaisse Day

1546 Tycho Brahe (1546-1601)

1905 1 in 10 are Illiterate in US

1911 South Pole First Reached

1947 NASCAR is formed

1962 Mariner 2 space probe becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus

1972 Last Men To Walk On The Moon

1995 Dayton Accord Signed Ending War

15 December

National Gingerbread Latte Day

National Lemon Cupcake Day

1939 Gone With The Wind Premiers

1944 Glenn Miller Killed In Plane Crash

1967 The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River collapses

16 December

Chocolate Coated Anything Day

1770 Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Birthday (1770 – 1792)

1773 Boston Tea Party

1916 Rasputin Murdered In Russia

1920 Earthquake measuring 8.5 hits the heavily populated of Gansu province of midwestern China, causing the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people.

1944 Battle of the Bulge Begins during World War II

1969 Death Penalty Abolished England

17 December

Maple Syrup Day

Wright Brothers Day

National Maple Syrup Day

1843 A Christmas Carol first published

1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight

1942 Mass executions of Jews by killing squads and in Poland

1983 Harrods Department Store Bombing

1987 The Simpsons Debuts as a half-hour prime time show

18 December

National “I Love Honey” Day

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

1892 The Nutcracker Suite Premiered

1946 Steven Spielberg’s Birthday

1966 Dr. Seuss’ book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is made into an animated television special and shown for first time on CBS

19 December

National Hard Candy Day

National Oatmeal Muffin Day

1732 Poor Richards Almanac first published

1997 The movie “Titanic” opened in American theaters.

2008 General Motors and Chrysler bailed out

20 December

National Sangria Day

1963 Berlin Wall Opened For 1 Day Passes

1968 The Zodiac killer’s first attributable murders

1989 President George Bush launches Operation Just Cause In Panama

2005 Transit Strike New York City

21 December

National French Fried Shrimp Day

1620 Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth

1913 First Cross Word Puzzle Published IN New York World.

1958 General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France

22 December

National Date Nut Bread Day

1938 A living coelacanth was discovered

1952 The first Corvette, a production-ready prototype, is completed

2001 The shoe bomber, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes

23 December

National Bake Day

National Pfeffernuesse Day

1947 Bell Labs demonstrates the worlds first Transistor Radio

1956 British French Troops Withdraw From Suez Canal

1995 A fire in Dabwali, India, kills 540 people, including 170 children .

2006 United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed sanctions against Iran over its failure to halt uranium enrichment with Resolution 1737

24 December


National Egg Nog Day

1865 A group of Confederate veterans convenes to form the secret society the “Ku Klux Klan.”

1903 The first car number plate ( A1 ) is issued in England

1968 Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.

1994 Four Islamic extremists hijack Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers

2009 The Senate passes health care reform bill

25 December


National Pumpkin Pie Day

National “Kiss the Cook” Day

1952 The young Queen Elizabeth gives her first Christmas broadcast on BBC radio from the study at Sandringham House

1974 Thousands are left homeless and more than 30 people are feared dead after cyclone Tracy with winds of up to 135mph hits the northern Australian city of Darwin on Christmas Day

26 December

Boxing Day

National Candy Cane Day

1606 First performance of Aida

1947 A severe snowstorm covers the Northeastern part of the United States , burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours

2004 A tsunami caused by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean leaves 216,000 dead in 13 countries..

27 December

National Fruitcake Day

1571 Johannes Kepler’s Birthday (1571 – 1630)

1822 Louis Pasteur’s Birthday (1822 – 1895)

1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City

1949 Indonesia gains it’s independence from the Netherlands after 400 years.

1994 Blood Bath Begins In Rwanda between Hutu majority and the Tutsis

2001 U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2007 Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan

28 December

National Box of Chocolates Day

1945 US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

29 December

National “Get on the Scales” Day

National Pepper Pot Day

1940 Germany begin dropping incendiary bombs on London

1975 A terrorist bomb is exploded in the main terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.

30 December

National Bacon Day

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Baking Soda Day

1865 Rudyard Kipling’s Birthday (1865 – 1936)

1903 The Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago, Illinois, claims 602 lives

1986 Canaries made redundant from British Coal Mines and replaced by modern carbon monoxide detectors.

2006 Saddam Hussein hanged in northern Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

1932 Daisy de Melke is hanged in South Africa for the murders of her husbands and son

31 December

New Years Eve

National Champagne Day

National Vinegar Day

1869 Henri Matisse’s Birthday (1869 – 1954)

1999 The world prepares to have a global party with fireworks and special events around the world to welcome in the third millennium


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This month in History

This month in History: November

National Fun with Fondue Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Stuffing Month
National Raisin Bread Month

November 1-7: National Fig Week

1 November

National Bison Day

1927 Ford Model A Begins In Production

1938 Seabiscuit Match Race Against War Admiral at Pimlico

1952 The United States detonates the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bom

1955 United Airlines Flight 629 is blown up

1957 Mackinac suspension bridge opens

1986 The first case of BSE or “mad cow disease” is found in cattle in England

1991 University of Iowa Shootings

1993 The Maastricht Treaty formally starts

2 November

National Deviled Egg Day

1734 Daniel Boone’s Birthday

– Danielle Boone for kids

– a quote by Boone that I can associate with:

“I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.” Daniel Boone

– 8 things you might not know about Boone

1917 “The Balfour Declaration” establish a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine

– 100 years: ‘The Balfour Declaration’ explained

– Text of the declaration

1930 Haile Selassie is crowned Emperor / “King of Kings of Ethiopia”

1932 Hunger Marchers Army Marches On London

1936 The BBC Television Service, launches

1942 The British win the Second Battle of El Alamein

1951 Anti British Disturbances Egypt Over Suez Canal

1957 Dog launched into orbit as the first animal in space on board Sputnik 2

– Laika

– 10 Tragic facts about Laika, the first dog in space

1959 The first section of the M1 motorway Completed In UK

1966 Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force

2000 One American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first to move into the international space station, preparing for a four-month stay.

3 November

National Sandwich Day

– 101 Best Sandwiches in New York

Japan Culture Day

– Kids Web Japan
1913 The first American citizens receive information over the new national income tax. A married man living with his wife, who is in receipt of an income of $5,000 pays $10 a year and if his income is $10,000 he pays $60 per year.

1924 Pneumonic plague death total now at 25 in Los Angeles,

1943 Nazi’s carry out “Operation Harvest Festival” to kill all Jews remaining in the Lublin District of Poland

1957 Laila, First Dog Orbited the Earth

1964 Washington D.C. Residents Gain The Vote

1969 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Established

1979 Greensboro Massacre

2005 Civil unrest continued in Paris suburbs

4 November

National Candy Day

1920 Air mail service opens between U.S. and Canada

1922 King Tutankhamen’s Tomb discovered

‘Tut’ a miniseries about this young farao 

– 2016 exhibit in NYC

– More rooms to be discovered

1956 Soviet tanks and troops crush protests against Soviet rule in Hungary

1958 Pope John XXIII crowned 262nd pontiff

1966 2/3rd’s of the city of Florence Flooded

1970 Genie a feral child is taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

1979 U.S. embassy in Tehran 90 hostages taken.

1995 Prime Minister Rabin assassinated

5 November

National Doughnut Day

National Chinese Take-out Day

Guy Fawkes Day

1605 Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot To Blow Up The House of Lords discovered

– Story of Guy Fawkes

– 9 things you didn’t know about Guy Fawkes

1991 body of the millionaire newspaper publisher, Robert Maxwell Found

1996 Ancient port of Alexandria discovered

2006 Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Death

2007 Hollywood screenwriters go on strike

6 November

National Nachos Day

1965 Cuban Exiles Airlift Begins

1977 Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia fails

1985 American newspapers reveal Iran Contra Affair

1999 Australian voters decided to keep the queen and not become a republic.

2005 F3 tornado strikes Evansville, Indiana

7 November

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

1867 Marie Curie’s Birthday (1867-1934)

– Mini bio of Marie Curie

– Wiki’s list of women in science

1929 The Museum Of Modern Art is opened in New York City

1956 Allied forces take control of the Suez Canal during the Suez Crisis

1996 Mars Global Surveyor is launched

2007 Jokela school shooting Finland

2009 The Health Care Plan passes the House

8 November

National Cappuccino Day

1895 X-Ray Day

– Random facts about x-rays

1951 Alleged Yeti Tracks Discovered

1960 Senator John F. Kennedy is elected the 35th President

1933 U.S.A. – – Jobs Creation

1965 U.S.A. – – Higher Education Act of

1966 U.S.A. – – NFL / AFL Merger

1974 U.S.A. – – United States Senate Bomb

9 November

National Greek Yogurt Day

1921 Albert Einstein receives the Nobel Prize in Physics

1960 Senator John F Kennedy wins the election for the president of the United States.

1965 Blackout affecting 30 million people in northeastern states including New York of the United States and Ontario, Canada lasting for up to 13 hours.

1967 First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.

1979 Four men are found guilty of killing 12-year-old paperboy Carl Bridgewater in England

1979 Mississauga Train Derailment

1989 Berlin Wall Comes Down Allowing East and West Berlin To Visit

– Berlin Wall, Secret History

– 10 things you did not know about the Berlin Wall
10 November

National Vanilla Cupcake Day

1951 Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone services begin in U.S.A.

1969 Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, makes it’s debut on PBS

– Sesame Street, official website

1970 Great Wall of China opened to tourism

– 10 facts about the Great Wall of China

1975 The Edmund Fitzgerald carrying Iron Ore sinks in Lake Superior

1997 MCI / Worldcom Merger

11 November

National Sundae Day

Remembrance Day

– What is: Remembrance Day

1926 U.S. Route 66 Established

1933 Strong winds strip the topsoil from the drought affected farms of South Dakota and within two days, dust from the storm had reached all the way to Albany, New York.

1965 Rhodesia Makes Unilateral Declaration of Independence From Britain

1989 Jaguar becomes a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company.

12 November

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

1927 Josef Stalin takes full control of the Soviet Union

1944 British Sink German battleship Tirpitz

1946 First drive in banking service in America

1954 Ellis Island in New York closes

1981 First Balloon Crossing the Pacific

1990 Sir Tim Berners-Lee Formal proposal for the World Wide Web

2004 Scott Peterson Convicted

13 November

National Indian Pudding Day

Feast of St. Diego Alacala

1927 The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River Opens

1940 Prototype for the Jeep featuring four-wheel drive Created

1940 Walt Disney releases “Fantasia”

1941 HMS Ark Royal is torpedoed By U-Boat

1956 Segregated Busses End

1969 Anti Vietnam “March Against Death” in Washington, D.C.

1971 Mariner 9 Reaches Mars

1990 Aramoana massacre New Zealand.

2003 Justice Roy Moore Suspended

14 November

National Guacamole Day

National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day

National Clean Out the Refrigerator Day (USA)

1840 Claude Monet’s Birthday (1840 – 1926)

– Giverny, museum

1851 Moby Dick first published

– Real life horror that inspired Mobi Dick

1934 New York Slum Clearance Begins

1940 German bombers devastate the British industrial city of Coventry carried on through 15th

1994 Eurostar Service Launched

15 November

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

1970 Tropical cyclone Bangladesh Leaves 500,000 people dead

1926 NBC launches

1934 Sir Oswald Mosley and Black-Shirt fascist followers were put on Trial in London

1940 The German Luftwaffe bombs Coventry in a massive raid

1942 Battle of Guadalcanal Won By US Fleet

1943 Heinrich Himmler orders that all Gypsies and those of mixed Gypsy blood are to be put on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps

1956 Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley’s first movie, opens in New York.

1968 Soviet Union Imports Vodka From United States

1971 Intel releases world’s first commercial complete central processing unit 4004

1979 UnaBomber strikes for the first time

1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement Signed By Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald

2007 Cyclone Sidr strikes coastal areas of Bangladesh

16 November

National Fast Food Day

1945 85 German V-2 Scientists brought To U.S. To Work on Space Program

1959 The last Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” opens on Broadway.

1988 Benazir Bhutto Elected Prime Minister of Pakistan

2006 Great Firewall of China Providing Internet Net censorship put in Place

2006 Nancy Pelosi selected as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

17 November

National Baklava Day

Homemade Bread Day

1869 Suez Canal Opened

1950 15-year-old Tenzin Gyatso, is enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama at age 15.

1970 Soviet Union’s moonrover becomes the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on the moon.

1973 President Richard Nixon told the nation on TV, “I am not a crook.”

1973 Marshal Law Declared In Greece

2007 Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as the governor of California .

18 November

National Apple Cider Day

National Vichyssoise Day

1307 William Tell Shot the Apple

1922 Mussolini Comes To Power In Italy

1928 Mickey Mouse appears for the first time in Steamboat Willie

– How Mickey Mouse came to be

1966 U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.

1967 Foot and Mouth Outbreak In Britain

1978 The Cult leader Jim Jones instructed 400 members of his church, “People’s Temple”, to committ suicide in Guyana .

1987 King’s Cross underground station Fire

2004 Fox Hunting Ends In England

19 November

National Macchiato Day

1863 famous Gettysburg Address delivered by President Lincoln

1954 The first automatic toll collection machine is used at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway.

1967 Beatles Release “Magical Mystery Tour”

1969 Apollo 12 lands on the Moon

1984 PEMEX Explosions in Mexico City

1994 UK lottery operated by Camelot has it’s first lottery draw in UK

20 November

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Universal Children’s Day

1889 Edwin Hubbles Birthday (1889 – 1953)

1945 The Nuremburg Trials Begin

1947 Princess Elizabeth, the future queen of England, marries Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey.

1968 Methane gas explosions in a West Virginia coal mine kills 78 men .

1979 Muslims Seize Grand Mosque Saudi Arabia

1989 Czechoslovakia Student Prague Protests crushed by Soviet Union starting the Velvet Revolution as 100,000 ordinary Czechs joined and a planned national strike

1992 Fire damages a major part of Windsor Castle

1995 Diana Princess is interviewed on British Television by Martin Bashir for the Panorama programme about her life with the Royals

2001 The worlds first transdermal patch ( Ortho-Evra ) Approved

2003 Michael Jackson is booked on suspicion of multiple counts of child molestation

21 November

National Cranberry Day

National Gingerbread Cookie Day

1763 First Hot Air Balloon Flight
1927 Five hundred Striking coal miners from the Columbine Mine and their families in Serene, Colorado are beaten with clubs by Colorado state police

1942 The Alcan Highway, which connects British Columbia to Alaska opens

1964 Staten Island and Brooklyn linked by the new Verrazano Narrows Bridge

1974 Pub Bombing By IRA at Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town, Birmingham UK

1974 Congress passes the “Freedom Of Information Act”

1980 Millions of TV viewers tune in to watch the start of the new series of Dallas and find out ” Who Shot JR

1980 Fire At MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas

22 November

National Cranberry Relish Day

National Cashew Day

1497 Vasco Da Gama sailed around the Cape

1906 International Morse code distress signal or SOS Becomes World Wide Standard

1935 First Pacific Airmail delivery

1950 Two Long Island Railroad (LIRR) commuter trains collide Queens New York

1963 John F. Kennedy Assassinated

1977 Concord Begins Flights To US

1986 Mike Tyson becomes the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history

1995 Toy Story produced by Pixar is released

23 November

National Espresso Day

Thanksgiving 2017 USA

1935 Italy Declares War on France

1980 Major Earthquake Stikes southern Italy leaving 300,000 homeless

1984 Oxford Circus Tube Station in London Fire

1985 EgyptAir Flight 648 Hijacking

2006 EX Russian Spy Litvinenko dies after poison by polonium-210

24 November

National Sardines Day

1859 Darwin’s Origin of the Species Published

1950 Great Appalachian November Storm

1974 Lucy Skeleton (Australopithecus) Found In Ethiopia

1991 Freddie Mercury the lead singer for the rock group Queen Dies

1993 Congress Passes The Brady Bill

1997 New York Stock Exchange Circuit Breaker rule and put a halt to trading

25 November

National Parfait Day

National “Eat with a Friend” Day

1914 Jo DiMaggio’s Birthday (1914-1999)

1926 27 Tornadoes including an F4 that struck the town of Heber Springs, Arkansas

1940 Woody Woodpecker’s birthday

1952 The Mousetrap written by Agatha Christie opens in London’s West End.

1987 Supertyphoon Nina ( category 5 ) strikes the Philippines

26 November

National Cake Day

1922 British archaeologist Lord Carnarvon and the American archaeologist Howard Carter enter King Tut’s tomb

1922 Charles Schultz’s Birthday

1941 Thanksgiving Day Established

1942 “Casablanca” World Premier

1983 Brinks Mat Robbery

2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks

27 November

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

1701 Anders Celsius birthday (1701-1744)

1910 Penn Station opens in New York

1924 1st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

1942 French Admiral Jean de Laborde scuttles the French fleet

1975 Guinness Book of Records co-founder and editor Ross McWhirter is shot dead outside his North London home.

28 November

National French Toast Day

1520 Ferdinand Magellan passed through the Magellan Straights

1835 Mark Twain’s Birthday (1835-1910)

1942 Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Boston

1990 Maggy Thatcher Quits

1995 U.S.A. Ends federal 55 MPH Speed Limit

29 November

National Chocolates Day

National Lemon Creme Pie Day

National Rice Cake Day

1832 Louis May Alcott’s Birthday (1832-1888)

1948 General Motors Begins Producing Holden Cars In Australia

1963 The Beatles release “I Want to Hold Your Hand,”

30 November

National Mousse Day

1874 Winston Churchill’s Birthday (1874-1965)

1936 Crystal Palace Destroyed By Fire

1979 Pink Floyd release “The Wall”

1993 The Brady bill Signed Into Law


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This month in History

This month in History: October

General events not linked to a date:

National Apple Month

National Applejack Month

National Caramel Month

National Cookbook Month

National Cookie Month

National Dessert Month

National Pasta Month

National Pickled Peppers Month

National Pizza Month

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

National Pork Month

National Pretzel Month

National Seafood Month

Second Weekend in October: National Kegger Weekend

1 October

Homemade Cookies Day

National Pumpkin Spice Day

World Vegetarian Day

1908 The Ford Model T introduced to the public

– History of the Model T Ford

– Henry Ford builds a city in the Amazon. I didn’t know that!

1910 Los Angeles Times building is bombed

1918 Lawrence of Arabia Forces capture Damascus from Turkish forces

1924 Jimmy’s Carter Birthday

– write up on Jimmy Carter

1946 Mensa Created

1962 First Broadcast Of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

1964 Shinkansen network of high-speed railway lines open in Japan

1971 Walt Disney World Resort Opens Orlando

1975 “Thrilla in Manilla” match Muhammad Ali beats Joe Fraser

1982 Epcot Opens Orlando, Florida

1985 Brixton Toxteth and Peckham Riots In UK

2005 Suicide Bombers Strike Bali

2009 Earthquake Sumatra

2 October

World Farm Animals Day

1869 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (1869 – 1948)

‘Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.’ Mahatma Gandi

– biography on Brittanica

– History channel has another great biography written up about this remarkable man.

1944 Warsaw Uprising Ends

1950 ‘Peanuts’ First Published

– Peanuts have his own website

– The Charles M Schulz Museum

– find daily Peanuts comics here

2005 Ethan Allen capsized on Lake George

– 21 people died in this disaster. Popular Mechanics investigated

3 October

National Soft Taco Day

1189 Richard I (The Lionheart) crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey

– Lords and Ladies. Great website with everything middle ages

1906 SOS Established

– What is the meaning of SOS? on boatsafe.com

What does SOS stand for?

– What is Cryptography?

– Morse code activity

– Cryptography for Kids

1916 James Herriot’s Birthday (1916 – 1995)

– James Herriot museum, World of James Herriot

– James Herriot, my favourite book from his pen

1955 “The Mickey Mouse Club” begins on ABC

2002 Sniper Attacks “Beltway Sniper.” Washington DC

4 October (DAD’S BDAY!!)

Child Health Day

National Taco Day

1925 Teaching the theory of evolution became illegal in Tennessee.

1927 Work Begins On Mount Rushmore

1957 The Space Race begins with Sputnik Launch

1970 Janis Joplin, is found dead

1984 A section of Central Park is renamed ‘Strawberry Fields’ to honour John Lennon

1994 Due to bad harvests, there is a shortage of Japanese grown rice. Japan’s Imperial Palace begins serving royal meals to the Emperor & Empress with rice grown in the U.S., China and Thailand.

1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed in the Egyptian desert, having completed the 1st ‘Around the World’ hot air balloon flight. According to the BBC, they carried fresh food, including bread, cheese and pre-cooked steaks to last for 6 or 7 days, after which they made due with dried foods such as cereals and powdered milk. The flight began in the Swiss Alps, took 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, and covered 29,056 non-stop miles.

2002 John Walker Lindh is sentenced to 20 years
5 October

National Apple Betty Day

1962 Beatles Release First Single “Love Me Do”

1999 Train Crash Paddington, London

6 October

1926 Babe Ruth sets new record

1927 “The Jazz Singer” Premiers

1973 Yom Kippur War / Arab Israeli War Begins

1981 Anwar Sadat Assassinated

6 October

National Noodle Day

1919 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines of the Netherlands is founded

1959 Southend Pier Fire

1982 Musical “Cats” Opens On Broadway

1985 Achille Lauro Hihack

1985 Tottenham Riots London, England

7 October

National Poetry Day (USA)

– Importance of Poetry in our Lives (I am terrible at poetry writing but I love reading it)

National Frappe Day

– What is a frappe? (Sounds YUM!!!)

1885 Niels Bohr’s Birthday (1885 – 1962)

– Biography on Nobelprize.org

8 October

National Fluffernutter Day

1871 Great Fire of Chicago

– What (or who) caused the Great Chicago Fire?

1969 Days of Rage riots in Chicago

2004 Martha Stewart Found Guilty and Sentenced

9 October (HUBBY’S BDAY!!)

Moldy Cheese Day

– NewsMax had something to say in 2014 about this day

– 3 recipes with blue cheese

World Post Day

– The Art of Letter Writing by The Art of Manliness. What a way to keep the postal system alive!

– some activities from around the world in 2016

Leif Erikson Day

– Leif Erikson Day in the USA

– More on Leif Erikson (or Ericson)

National Pizza and Beer Day

National Hoagy Day

1876 First Two-Way Telephone Conversation (there is, however, other dates I found…hmmm. Anybody with some clarity?)

– The first 2-way telephone conversation

1936 Hoover Dam Starts Producing Electricity

1967 Che Guevara Executed

2006 Google announces the purchase of YouTube

10 October

National Tic Tac Day

National Angel Food Cake Day

1913 The Panama Canal joined the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific ocean

1957 World’s First Nuclear Accident Windscale

11 October

National Sausage Pizza Day

1880 Boer War Began

– Also known by a few other names

1884 Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Women are like teabags. You dont know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

1921 Sleeping Sickness Deaths Increase

– CDC has a write-up about an epidemic in Uganda from 1900 to 1920

1968 Apollo 7, is launched from Cape Canaveral

1975 Saturday Night Live premiered

1982 The Mary Rose Raised In The Solent

12 October 

National Gumbo Day

Pumpkin Pie Day

National Fossil Day

– Fossil Park, close to Cape Town

Columbus Day

Here is the complete 1492 poem:

IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Columbus Day Song
(sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

In 1492,
In 1492,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
In 1492.

For 70 days he sailed,
For 70 days he sailed,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
For 70 days he sailed.

He came to a new land,
He came to a new land,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
And came to a new land.

Exploring he did go,
Exploring he did go,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Exploring he did go.

He sailed back home to Spain,
He sailed back home to Spain,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Then sailed back home to Spain.

Christopher Columbus
In August 1492,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

October 12th they sighted land,
And set their feet upon new sand.

1931 Johnny Weissmuller is chosen to play Tarzan

1962 The Columbus Day Storm strikes Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

1978 Sid Vicious Arrested For Murder

1984 Conservative Party Conference Bombing Grand Hotel in Brighton

2000 The USS Cole attacked by two suicide terrorists

13 October

National Peanut Festival

National Pumpkin Festival

Yorkshire Pudding Day

National M&M Day

1958 Paddington Bear Books Released

1960 Nixon – Kennedy Debate TV

1966 Strict New Apartheid Laws Take Effect In South Africa

2005 Apple introduces new iPod

14 October

National Dessert Day

1066 Battle of Hastings

– What happened at the Battle of Hastings?

1947 Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound breaking the elusive “Sound Barrier”, His X-1 rocket plane

2006 United States population reaches 300 million

15 October

National Mushroom Day

National Red Wine Day

National Grouch Day

– Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street

1924 Chinese Tong Wars in New York

1928 “Graf Zeppelin” completes it’s transatlantic flight from Europe to America

1940 Charlie Chaplin’s satirical comedy The Great Dictator opens

1973 Iceland / Britain Cod Wars

1987 The Great Storm of 1987 Strikes UK

2003 Staten Island Ferry Accident

16 October

National Liqueur Day

World Food Day

– Se7en reviewed the book ‘The Hungry Season, Feeding South African Cities’

World Dictionary Day

– celebrating Noah Webster’s birthday

1978 Pope John Paul II Elected As New Pope

1991 Killeen, Texas Massacres

1995 Million Man March

17 October

National Pasta Day

1931 Scarface Al Capone found guilty of income tax evasion

1943 415-km Thailand Burma railroad ( Death Railway ) between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma is completed

1968 Black Power Salute Olympics

2003 Taipei 101 become the World’s tallest highrise building

18 October

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

1898 The US takes formal possession of Island of Puerto Rico

1922 The British Broadcasting Company Is Formed

1954 Texas Instruments announces the Regency TR-1 Transistor radio

1968 Bob Beamon breaks the world long jump record In Mexico

19 October

National Seafood Bisque Day

1879 Thomas Edison Demonstrated the Electric Light Bulb

– Biography of Thomas Edison

1947 US minimum wage of 40 cents per hour

20 October

National Brandied Fruit Day

1955 Final Book Of The Lord Of The Rings Published

1973 Sydney Opera House Opens

1991 Oakland Firestorm

21 October

Apple Day

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

1879 Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light

1944 First Japanese Kamikaze Attack

1959 Guggenheim Museum Opened

1966 Aberfan Disaster buried a junior school in Aberfan, Wales

1986 Antarctica scientists have been studying a huge hole that has appeared in the earths ozone layer over Antarctica

22 October

National Nut Day

1910 Dr. Crippen Convicted Of Murder

1914 First Income Tax Laws

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

1983 London CND March

2002 Washington Sniper claims his last victim and Arrested

23 October

Mother in Law’s Day

National Boston Cream Pie Day

1915 Suffrage Movement March In New York

1940: Pele’s Birthday (1940 – )

– Learn more about Pele, the Brazillian soccer player

1941 Dumbo is released

1963 “Doctor Who” Appears On British TV

1989 Phillips 66 Chemical Complex Explosion Houston, Texas

2002 Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theatre taking 7,000 hostages

24 October

United Nations Day

National Bologna Day

Feast of Good & Plenty

1929 Wall Street Crash ( Black Thursday )

1931 George Washington Bridge opened

1945 United Nations is formally established

2003 Concorde makes its final commercial passenger flight

25 October

National Greasy Foods Day

1881 Pablo Picasso’s Birthday (1881 – 1973)

1944 Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships

1952 The Mousetrap Opens In London’s West End

1970 Pacific Glory Disaster

26 October

National Mincemeat Day

National Pumpkin Day

1836 International Red Cross Organised in Switzerland

1956 Hungary October Revolution

27 October

International School Library Day

National Potato Day

American Beer Day

1848 Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday (1858 – 1919)

1904 The New York subway opens

1970 Controlled Substance Act Becomes Law Outlawing Cannabis, marijuana, heroin and LSD amongst many others

28 October

National Chocolate Day

1886 Statue of Liberty Dedicated

1929 Wall Street crash ( Black Monday ) Through The Next Week

1942 Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) Completed

1965 The Gateway Arch St. Louis, Missouri is completed

29 October

National Oatmeal Day

1927 Italian Liner Mafalda Sinks

1948 Donora Pennsylvania Deadly Smog Cloud

1956 Israel Invades Egypt

1969 The first host-to-host connection over the ARPANET ( predecessor of the Internet ) is made when the first message is sent between two computers at University of California, Los Angeles

1986 M25 Completed In UK

30 October

National Candy Corn Day

1735 John Adam’s Birthday (1735 – 1826)

1938 War of the Worlds Radio Play Causes Mass hysteria

1974 “Rumble In The Jungle” Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman

31 October

National Caramel Apple Day

1941 The Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed

1956 Suez Canal Crisis

1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was gunned down outside of her home by Sikh extremists


And growin…










This month in History

This month in History: September

General events not linked to a date:

National Chicken Month
National Honey Month
National Mushroom Month
National Papaya Month
National Potato Month
National Rice Month

1 September

National Gyro Day

Spring has sprung in the Southern Hemisphere!

1914 St. Petersburg changes name to Petrograd

1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and Great Tokyo Fire Japan

1939 Germany Invades Poland

1954 Hurricane Carol Strikes Long Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

2004 Chechen Rebels Take 1,000 Children Hostage

2 September

National “Grits for Breakfast” Day
International Bacon Day

1666 Great Fire of London

1935 Labor Day Hurricane strikes the Florida Keys

1945 Japan formally surrenders to the Allies

3 September

National Welsh Rarebit Day
National Baby Back Ribs Day
Sky Scraper Day

1929 Dow Reaches Peak of 381.17 Before Stock Market Crash

1939 Britain and France Declare War On Germany

1984 Typhoon Ike Strikes Philippines

4 September

National Macadamia Nut Day

1959 Labor Reform Act Passed US

1972 Mark Spitz wins a record seventh gold medal

5 September

National Cheese Pizza Day

U.S. Labour Day

1972 Black September attack Israel Athletes During Olympics

2007 Apple Launches Itouch

6 September

National Coffee Ice Cream Day

Read a Book Day

1901 President McKinley assassinated

1941 Jews Ordered To Wear Yellow Star Of David Germany

7 September

National Beer Lover’s Day

1533 Queen Elizabeth 1 (1533 – 1603)

1940 Battle Of Britain To Protect British Cities

1979 ESPN Debuts On Cable

2008 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into government control

8 September

National Date-Nut Bread Day

International Literacy Day

Calendar Labs have recorded information since 2014 about International Literacy Day

1519 Magellan Set Sail For First Voyage Round the World

1944 First V2 rocket Lands on London

9 September

National “I Love Food” Day

Teddy Bear Day

Chrysanthemum Day (Japan)

1950 Truman Fireside Chat To Explain new Controls

1956 Elvis Presley appears on Ed Sullivan’s show

1965 Hurricane Betsy Makes Landfall

1971 Attica Prison Riot New York

10 September

National Hot Dog Day

1846 Elias Howe Patented the Sewing Machine

1942 Gas Rationing US

1973 King’s Cross and Euston station Bombings

11 September

National Hot Cross Bun Day

Patriot Day (U.S.A.)

1978 Georgi Markov Killed Using Poison Umbrella

2001 9/11 Attacks On World Trade Center and Pentagon

2004 Hurricane Ivan Causes Massive Destruction

12 September

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

1940 Lascaux Prehistoric Cave Paintings Discovered In France

1953 John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

1953 Nikita Khrushchev Takes Over In Soviet Union

1960 Hurricane Donna Strikes Long Island

1977 Steve Biko Killed In South Africa

1988 Hurricane Gilbert Strikes Jamaica

13 September

National Peanut Day

National GrandParents Day (U.S.A.)

International Chocolate Day

1916 Roald Dahl’s Birthday (1916-1990)

14 September

National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

1814 Star Spangled Banner Composed

1959 First Man Made Object ( Luna 2 )Reaches The Moon

1960 OPEC Created

1966 Minimum Wage Raised To $1.40 in the US

1982 Princess Grace of Monaco Dies

2001 Osama bin Laden Named As Prime Suspect

2006 E. Coli Breakout U.S.

15 September

National Double Cheeseburger Day

National Creme de Menthe Day

National Linguini Day

Make a Hat Day

Choose Your Favorite Color Day

1890 Agatha Christies Birthday

1928 Alexander Fleming Discovered Penicillin

16 September

National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day

Collect Rocks Day

International Day of the Preservation of The Ozone Layer

1920 Wall Street Bombing

1928 Okeechobee Hurricane Strikes Florida

1932 Mahatma Gandhi begins his hunger strike

1997 Steve Jobs Returns to Apple

17 September

National Apple Dumpling Day
National Monte Cristo Day

1975 Inflation Hits 26% in the UK

18 September

National Play-Dough Day

National Cheeseburger Day

1851 First Edition of the NY Times Published

1970 Jimi Hendrix Dies From Overdose

1971 Lance Armstrong’s Birthday

19 September

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day

1960 Chubby Checker has a number 1 record with The Twist

1978 Carl Bridgewater Murder UK

1995 Unabombers 35,000 word manifesto New York Times

20 September

National Punch Day / Rum Punch Day

1861 Henry Francis Fynn, Natal pioneer and settler, dies in Durban

1886 First mines are proclaimed in Johannesburg

1914 General Koos de la Rey, buried in Lichtenburg amid a very tense atmosphere

1915 WWI: battalion consisting of ‘Cape Coloured men’, called the Cape Corps, is established

1946 First Cannes Film Festival

1960 ‘ Unknown’ white man is hanged in Pretoria

1973 Battle of the sexes in Tennis Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs

1978 South African Prime Minister, John Vorster resigns

1989 F.W. de Klerk is inaugurated

1990 ANC and IFP to meet over violence

2002 Boeremag members Dirk Hanekom and Henk van Zyl are arrested in Memel.

2004 SA sprinter Oscar Pistorius reaches the final

21 September

National Pecan Cookie Day

International Day of Peace

1937 J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” published

1989 Colin Powell appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

22 September

National Ice Cream Cone Day

Elephant Appreciation Day

1920 Band Aid Invented

1938 New England hurricane

1961 Peace Corps Established

2010 World Car-Free Day

23 September

National White Chocolate Day

1760 Hokusai, Japanese Artist (1760 – 1849)

1952 Rocky Marciano Becomes world heavyweight champion

1957 Little Rock Nine School Children Issue Arkansas

2004 Hurricane Jeanne slams into Haiti

24 September

National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Punctuation Day (U.S.A.)

Heritage Day South Africa/National Braai Day

1908 First factory-built Ford Model T completed

1936 Jim Henson’s Birthday (1936 – 1990)

1952 Christopher Reeves Birthday (1952 – 2004)

1988 Ben Johnson wins the 100m gold at the Seoul Olympics and then fails drug test

25 September

National Lobster Day

National Food Service Workers Day

Native American Day

1930 Shel Silverstein born

26 September

National Key Lime Pie Day

1774 Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday (1774 – 1845)

1962 “Beverly Hillbillies” HIT TV Show Starts

1969 “Chicago Seven” Trial Begins

1969 The Beatles release the “Abbey Road Album ” in the UK

2002 The ferry Joola from Senegal capsizes off the coast of Gambia

2007 “Saffron Revolution” Burma / Union of Myanmar

2009 Roman Polanski Detained In Switzerland

27 September

National Chocolate Milk Day

Crush a Can Day

1822 Rosetta Stone Deciphered

1959 Typhoon Vera Strikes Honshu , Japan

1964 The Warren commission publishes official verdict for assassination of President John F. Kennedy

28 September

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
National Drink a Beer Day

1573 Caravaggio born (1573 – 1610)

1820 Tomato Proven Safe

1928 Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin

1975 Spaghetti House Siege In London

1994 Car and Passenger Ferry the Estonia sinks

29 September

National Coffee Day

National Mocha Day

1066 William the Conqueror invaded England

1829 Scotland Yard formed

1982 Tylenol Capsule Laced with Cyanide poison Chicago, Illinois

30 September

National Mulled Cider Day

1949 Berlin Airlift Ends After agreement reached

1955 James Dean Dies In Car Crash

1981 Sandra Day O’Connor becomes first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history

2009 Earthquake Sumatra

2009 International Translation Day



Books I read

Book I Read: Twisted: The Girl who uncovered Rumpelstiltskin’s Name by Bonnie M Hennessy

Description on Amazon

The mystery of Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound meets the romance of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings.

An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened.

The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back.

With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day.

Well almost…

Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber.

Her feelings for one of the men who tricked her from the start threaten to complicate everything. Not the tale of a damsel in distress, this is the story of a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.

Not until Aoife came along.

What says I
This was an eerie book. And Rumpelstiltskin is an eerie character. So in my mind it's a success!
But seriously though. This book is an expansion on the ultimate notorious devil in all fiction land. But, and this is where my skin crawls, Ms Hennessy manages to make this revolting character human. I couldn't help but feel sorry of him, take pity on him or cry for him. She manages to let me loath other characters for their cruelty or their betrayal.
Enter a few scenes back the protagonist Aoife. I immediately admired her strength and her tenacity both in the time that she lived in this fantasy time and both with her lot. At some stage I was a bit confused with her strength being real or just being a farce but then I realized that she's one of those rare creatures whose strength is not necessary in their boldness or their coldness but actually in their resilience and their determination. Something M Hennessy showed beautifully as Aoife developed. By the way, I love her name.
That brings me to Ronan. I did not appreciate this character at all. He felt a bit underdeveloped and flimsy. But in the end I grew to appreciate his role. In that sense the writer managed to focus her story on Aoife and Rumpelstiltskin.
I loved this book. Overall a different twist on one of the world' most famous of evil! It is a slow book but justifies a double read. Loads of information is built into the story with twists and turns round every corner.
If you're a fan of this old fantasy, read this. If you're a fan of the series Once Upon A Time, I think this book will be a hit.

What says others

Amy S Brown gave it a five star rating. And Wonderfully Awkward also liked it.

Where to find the author
The author has a Facebook page for the book where you can chat with her. Or find all her other social media outlets on her website.

Where to find the Book
The ebook is available on Amazon for free at the moment. Also find it at Barnes and Nobel, iBooks and Kobo. I couldn't find an Audible audiobook but Amazon has the audiobook option.

Thanks for visiting
Until next time!

Books I read

Book I Read: When We Were Very Young by AA Milne

Description on Amazon

A classic celebration of childhood, A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young is a collection of poems that have touched the hearts of readers for more than 90 years. His verses sing with a playful innocence, weaving together the worlds of reality and enchanting make-believe. Published two years before Winnie-the-Pooh, careful readers will also discover the very first appearance of the Best Bear in All the World. These treasured poems are perfectly matched by Ernest Shepard's whimsical illustrations, which have delighted countless readers.

These poems have been read and re-read to generations of children, and today, they can still find a cherished place on every bookshelf.

What says I
I adore this book. I think that says enough…but I do feel oblige to share more!! Humor me!
This book as well as the others in this series, should be on every parent's list to read for their children. I never heard these poems until I read it to my kiddos. And we all loved it. Still do!
The writer captured our imaginations with his silly characters and their innocent adventures. Our edition is simply illustrated which allowed all of us the chance to go off on our own tangents in our minds.
My favorite of poems in this book has to be 'Buckingham Palace'! We memorized every one of the 6 verses. Watch this video from 1941 of the poem set to music:


What says others
Readings also loved this book. And The Book Bag also loved it. And Lost in a Book reminded me that we celebrated the 90th anniversary just the other day.

Where to find the author
The author is long since not with us anymore but I love the different ways people keep him alive such as this page from The Lovelys. I do believe this is illegal though but Alison Pask put the whole book up as a downloadable.
AA Milne's country home was up for sale a while ago. This made my imagination run wild! BBC claimed here that the writer and his son saw Winnie the Pooh as a curse. How sad.
Wikipedia and Biography both have some more information about the writer and his career.

Where to find the book
Buy this collection of poems from Amazon or Bookdepository. I bought my copy from Takealot.

That is it for today. Thanks for visiting until next time.

Books I read

Book I Read: Relentless by Karen Lynch

Description on Amazon

Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day, and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets, and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger, and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down, and who is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own, and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent, but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

** This book has language that may be offensive to some readers.

What says I
Firstly, I am not a YA fan. I am a passionate fantasy and historical fiction reader. This book however banged the young adult genre right open for me. In this first book in the series, the protagonist is usually an extremely annoying character for me. But Sara is just adorable. She's strong, fiercely independent, a bit weird and pulls on one's heartstrings. I also think she's one of those people that deserves the sympathy but never craves or accepts it.
Then there's Nicolas. He's incredibly annoying and overbearing but quickly grows on one. Sara and Nicolas' story speeds up very quickly from there.
Ms Lynch is an incredible writer. She writes fast and tight prose with an acceptance that her audience will color in the story as they go. I am a fan of beautiful prose but I've found that YA does not require much description. The writer however, cleverly uses the senses to describe her setting, the characters and the situations.
Another thing I appreciated about this book is that the writer set this book in our world. A place you can pinpoint on our modern day maps and even walk through on Google!
Overall I loved this book. It for me hooked on YA and have become the yardstick for all YA novels in my library.

What says others
Papers Pens & Peridot made me shake my head in agreement all the way. And I agree with Kirkus Reviews that this story is definitely more action than romance. Horse and Reading gushed over this book and Pretty Opinionated agreed. I think it is therefore unanimous!

Where to find the author
Karen Lynch is probably one of the most approachable authors I've ever come across. So visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are the Mohiri is her thriving tribe on Facebook for all fans of her series.

Where to find this book
The ebook is free on Amazon and also where I found it. Bookdepository stocks it as well as well as iBooks. I've never listened to the audiobook but you can buy it on Audible.

And that is it from me.

Until next time!

Books I read

Book I Read: The Abominable Mr Darcy

Description from Amazon

Mr. Darcy was an enigma… until he spoke. Then, he was the enemy.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet's eyes are instantly drawn towards a handsome, mysterious guest who arrives at the Meryton Assembly with the Bingley party. The gentleman destroys her illusions by delivering an insult that turns him from Mr. Divinely Attractive to the Abominable Mr. Darcy.

While Elizabeth sets in motion her strategy for retaliation, Darcy plans to win the campaign being waged in the genteel drawing rooms of Hertfordshire. As more players from Jane Austen's beloved cast of characters enter the fray, complications arise–some with irreversible consequences. Can a truce be called before their hearts become casualties as well? How many times can two people go from enemies to friends and back again before it's too late?

What says I
I am a devoted fan of Jane Austen and her writings. Pride and Prejudice in its US movie format as well as BBC series format have my devoted praise. I am however apprehensive of variations. But then again, Romeo and Juliette's movie adaptation with Claire Danes and Leonardo Di Caprio was just amazing! I digress. Back to Jane Austen.
Being in the mood for a historic novel, The Abominable Mr Darcy was featured on Goodreads last week. I downloaded it and started reading. Apprehensively. But the author, Joy Dawn King, is amazing! Her writing just captivated me. Her formal way of writing and sketching the characters, their setting, the circumstances was just so vivid and real that I was hooked.
Miss King managed to bring Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett alive! Mr Darcy felt like so much more human to me than Jane Austen managed to do for me. Not only did Darcy and Elizabeth's story capture my heart but the honorable Colonel Richard and Charlotte Lucas. My heart always ached for those two characters in Miss Austen rendition. Miss King did them justice.
That brings me to Mr Collins. Now that is a sorry excuse for a man. I loath this character. In the movie, the series, the book. J Dawn King managed to make him and even more pompous prick, a fool without measure and despicable! Now that was buckets full of venom! Apologies for that.
All in all, loved this book. I seldom give ratings but this book deserves 10/5 stars. I loved the writer's style of word choice, I loved the characters. The setting stayed true to Jane Austen's book but Miss King brought it to life. She engineered loads of plot twists and kept pulling me deeper and deeper into the story.
The only down side to this book: it felt drawn out. But the curiosity she created in me, made the book too short. So this is not a too big down for me.
I also have to add that there were no excessive smooching. A kiss here on the cheek and there on the hand. I find sex in books disturbing. Especially in historic fiction. But graciously non here.

What says others
Austenesque Reviews agreed that the Colonel was just such a lovely improvement. You will find loads of reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and elsewhere. I've found some interviews with the lovely Ms King but very few interviews elsewhere.

Where to connect with the author
You will find Ms King at her website, Facebook, Goodreads and Fanfiction.

Where to find the book
I bought my copy on Amazon. But find it at Bookdepository or Audible for the audio book. I were unable to find it on Takealot for my South African readers.

And that is it from me.

Thanks for reading!