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October

Right between the lazy days of summer and the chilly days of autumn, there’s a time when the days are sunny and warm, the nights are crisp and cool. It’s called Indian Summer. The green leaves of summer begin to change their hue to yellow, orange, and burnt red; pumpkins and maize ripen in the fields. The name also serves to remind us of the days when Native Americans harvested nature’s bountiful array of nuts, fruits, and vegetables; fished its clear running rivers for salmon and trout; hunted the herds of wild buffalo; and stalked the mountains for bear, moose, and deer.  (more…)

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September

September is the time when we traditionally conclude the rites of summer with the long Labor Day weekend. Intended to be a salute to working people, Labor Day has become a celebration of the end of the vacation season, signaling that it’s time to go back to work or for children to hit the books and go back to school.

On September 1, 1939, the Second World War began. It was ignited when Germany invaded Poland and was not extinguished until two atomic bombs were dropped upon Germany’s ally, Japan.

On September 1, 1972, Bobby Fisher won the international chess championship against Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland. (more…)

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August

On August 1st, 1137, King Louis VI dies and is succeeded by his son Louis VII, who will launch the Second Crusade.
On August 1st, 1291, The Republic of Switzerland was founded. (
Swiss Independence Day.)
On August 1st, 1291, the communities of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden form an alliance known as the Swiss Confederation to protect themselves against the Austrian House of Hapsburg. (more…)

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July

July is the watchword for independence and freedom from Canada, the United States, Peru and other points south. The echoes of “libertè, egaliltè, fraternitè” chimed through France, Belgium, and then other African coastal nation of Algeria.

In July 321 AD, Sunday was proclaimed by Roman emperor Constantine as a day of Freedom from work and as a day of rest. Horace Greeley said in July, “To west, young man! God west!” Freedom is the wide-open spaces.

In 1863, The three-day-long confrontation that took place as The Battle of Gettysburg began.

July 1 is Canada Day.  (more…)

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June

What does June 15th mean to you?

It’s the feast day of St. Vitus in Germany, the patron saint of comedians, dancers and Sicilians.

King John of England begrudgingly signed the Magna Cara on this day in 1215.

Margaret Jones became the first person executed in Massachusetts for witch craft in 1648.

Benjamin Franklin tied a key to a kite and discovered that lightning contained electricity in 1752.

The modern cork-centered baseball was patented in 1909 and rubber was patented in 1844.  (more…)

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May

On May 1, 1786, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro premieres in Vienna.

On May 1, 1883, Legendary American hunter/showman/cowboy Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) stages his first Wild West show.

On May 1, 1921, The U. S. Lighthouse Service begins guiding ships into New York harbor with a system of “radio fog signals.” These beacons ushered in a new means of electronic navigation.  (more…)

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April

On April 2, 1963, my first-born daughter, Melanie Ann Meyer, was born.

On April 13, 1929, my oldest brother, Eldor William Meyer, was born.

On April 24, 1894, my father, Heinrich Dietrich Wilhelm Meyer, was born.

On April 30, 1931, my sister Nelda Arlene Meyer Schoennauer was born.  (more…)

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September

September is the time when we traditionally conclude the rites of summer with the long Labor Day weekend. Intended to be a salute to working people, Labor Day has become a celebration of the end of the vacation season, signaling that it’s time to go back to work. But it is also a warning to children that it’s time to hit the books and go back to school. The month of September does remind us that even though hard work may be difficult to digest at times, we all savor the fruits of our labors.  (more…)

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On August First

In some parts of this country, the days of August have a special name: the dog days of summer. Not meant to demean the canine species, this designation is an apt description of the Sweltering month. . . It’s not uncommon to hear people barking about the heat and the humidity, nipping at comments as if they’re meant to be insults. (more…)

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March

On March 1, 1360, the young English author Geoffrey Chaucer, who later wrote The Canterbury Tales, is ransomed during the Hundred Years’ War by King Edward III, who paid £16 for his release.

On March 1, 1546, Protestant reformer George Wishart is burned at the stake on orders of David Beaton, the Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Andrews, England.   (more…)

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February

On February 1, 1587, Queen Elizabeth I of England signs the warrant of execution for Mary, Queen of Scots.

On February 1, 1789, Vietnamese forces drive Chinese troops from the Vietnamese capital of Thang Long.             

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December

Christmas comes but once a year, and unluckily the Christmas shopping season lasts longer than that. There was a time when Christmas advertising didn’t appear in newspapers, magazines, or on television until the first week in December. Slowly, but surely, the kickoff date was moved to the day after Thanksgiving. It was then forwarded to just before Halloween. This acceleration continued, and some ads occurred shortly after Labor Day. At this progressive rate, we’ll be Christmas shopping all year long! (more…)

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November

November is when the north winds begin to blow and herald the coming of winter. This month is also a time of migration: gray whales swim south to the warm waters of Mexico; ducks, geese, cranes, and even monarch butterflies fly south to escape the ice and snow: and many people now fly south to Florida and Arizona to warm their weary bones.

On November 1, 1492, Italian Explorer Christopher Columbus, realizing he is not in Japan, decides that Cuba is the Chinese Mainland.  (more…)

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July

July is Freedom Month: Many nations—including our own—gained their freedom during this particular month of the year. Canada became a self-governing British dominion on this day in 1867. France had its first revolution on July 14. Nations such as Algeria, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Peru, Liberia and Venezuela also gained self-government and freedom during this month.

July 1, 1946, the first postwar atomic bomb test was conducted at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands by the United States. (more…)

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April

April showers may bring May flowers, but most of us are too busy worrying about our taxes to stop and smell the daffodils, tulips, lilies, and hyacinths which are some of the most popular blossoms of spring.

April 1 – April Fool’s Day; This is the day when the aquarium receives a lot of phone calls for Mr. Fish, Salt and sugar get switched, quarters are occasionally glued to the sidewalk, and all sorts of improbable tales are told with a straight face in the hope of declaring listeners to be April Fools. (more…)

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March: National Anthem; World Standard time

March 3, 1931. The Star Spangle Banner became the national anthem. The “Star Spangled Banner” was written in 1814. On this date in 1931, 117 year later, it officially became our national anthem. We were using the “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national anthem long before it became official.  There is no law that says we have to wait for Congress to move before we tackle a problem through other means.  (more…)