Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween Throughout the Years

Halloween is a typically a good day—and those are usually the best kind! It’s a holiday rich with history and legend, fun and frivolity.

Being a lover of history, I like to learn what else happened in our world in days past: sometimes things that occurred on random dates, and sometimes things that happened on specific holidays or other notable dates (i.e. my birthday falls on 9/11.) Well, today I learned a lot about October 31st, so here’s a bit of “this day in history” for you!

In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 revolutionary theses on the door of the Castle Church in Germany, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

In 1864, the U.S. Congress admitted Nevada as the 36th state, in order to have support of the 40,000 inhabitants of the Republican-dominated Nevada Territory for President Abraham Lincoln's reelection.

In 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was published, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is published. The book was the first collection of Holmes stories, which Conan Doyle had been publishing in magazines since 1887.

In 1912, the very first gangster film opened: The Musketeers of Pig Alley, directed by D.W. Griffith.

In 1950, Canadian actor John Candy was born. He died of a heart attack in 1994 while making a film in Mexico at 43 years of age.

In 1957, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. was founded, two months after a three-man Toyota team flew to Los Angeles to survey the U.S. market. Toyota's first American headquarters were located in an auto dealership in downtown Hollywood, California.

In 1961, Joseph Stalin's embalmed body was removed from Lenin's tomb in Moscow's Red Square. Soviet authorities uniformly condemned the brutal leader and removed his body from public display and placed it in a nearby tomb.

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announced a stoppage of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam," five days before the presidential election

In 1978, the U.S. dollar almost hit a record low against foreign currency, a report strongly denied by the U.S. government.

In 2005, kids of all ages show up at our house in their costumes, offering a hearty “trick-or-treat!” in return for some candy. It took me back to my childhood memories of Halloween—all good. Milk caramels are my favorite. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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