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Oct. 2: 1957—The Yankees play in their 25th World Series. Born: Gordon Sumner a/k/a Sting (1951). Died: Rock Hudson (1985). National Sarcastic Month. Today’s Word: Butt—a unit of volume equal to two hogsheads or 126 gallons.

Oct. 3: 1849—In Baltimore, a delirious Edgar Allan Poe is found in a gutter. A few days later he finds there is no balm in Gilead and is nevermore. 1964—In Buffalo, N.Y., the Anchor Bar serves the first order of Buffalo wings. 1995—The gloves never fitted so he was acquitted: O. J. Simpson is found not guilty for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Born: Gore Vidal (1925). Died: Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (1967). National Foundation Day (South Korea).

Oct. 4: 1777—British General Sir William Howe repels George Washington and his troops at Germantown, Penn., forcing them to spend their winter at Valley Forge. 1905—Orville Wright flies for 33 minutes and 17 seconds, the first flight lasting more than half an hour long. He flew the plane approximately 21 miles. 1927—The carving on the face of Mt. Rushmore is begun by Gutzon Borglum. 1957—The space race between the USSR and the U.S. begins with the launch of Sputnik 1. The following year it burns up reentering the atmosphere. Born with a rifle in his hands: Charlton Heston (1923). Died with a bottle of Southern Comfort in her hands: Janis Joplin (1970). National Applejack Month. Today’ Word: Swasivious—agreeably persuasive.

Oct. 5: 1493—Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships for his second voyage to the western hemisphere. 1775—Ethan Allen is captured by the British while attacking on Montreal and is held by then until 1778. 1804—American voters vote for both presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the first time. Beforehand, who ever came in second was made VP. 1897—A peace treaty ends the little known and very short American-Gambian War. 1954—Elvis Presley is advised to go back to truck driving after his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Born: Luke Skywalker a/k/a Mark Hamill (1952). Died: First Brother and brewer of Billy Beer, Billy Carter (1988). National Storytelling Festival. As in campaign promises. Today’s Word: Spanghew—to throw or jerk something violently into the air.

Oct. 6: 1783—Benjamin Hanks patents the self-winding clock. 1893—The Diamond Mill of Grand Forks suffers a loss of business in an economic depression, but it gets buyers back after today when its head miller creates porridge with farina—it’s named Cream of Wheat. Apparently they never discovered how to keep the lumps out. 1956—The oral polio vaccine is invented by Dr. Albert Sabin. Born: Thor Heyerdahl (1914). Died: Corn flake magnate W.K. Kellogg (1951). Feral Hog Month. Today’s Word: Pigritude—slothfulness.

Oct. 7: 1806—Englishman Ralph Wedgwood patents the “Stylographic Writer,” intended to help the blind write. He did it by saturating thin paper with printer’s ink and drying it out between sheets of blotting paper. It is later called carbon paper. 1965—Robert Mitera tees off at the 10th hole tee, sending the ball 447 yards—and makes the official world’s longest hole-in-one. 1968—The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) adopts the film rating system. Born: Bishop Desmond Tutu (1931). Died: Clarence Birdseye (1956). Bald and Free Day. Today’s Word: Toffken—an abode containing rich occupants.

Oct. 8: 1871—The Great Chicago Fire kills 200, and burns up not only four miles of buildings but also the original Emancipation Proclamation. 1918—Pacifist Sgt. Alvin York kills 25 and captures 132 German soldiers by himself. 1935—Harriet Hilliard marries band leader Ozzie Nelson. Nine years later to the day CBS radio debuts the “Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” Born: Norman “Boomer” Esaison (1972). Died looking mahvelus: Fernando Lamas (1982). American Tag Day/Every Day is Tag Day, which promotes animal tags.


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