This week: The Walking Dead and World Vasectomy Day

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CHICAGO, October 12, 2013 — Ronald Reagan leads the pack, having presided over eight government shutdowns during his presidency, but how many have there actually been? Read on for the answer and to find out the interesting way Australia is celebrating World Vasectomy Day.

Sunday, Oct. 13  International Skeptics Day

2013- AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD returns for its fourth season. Rick and the survivors may think the prison is safe, but that wouldn’t make for much of a show now, would it.

1978- The people of Swaziland, perhaps tired of immature bickering that oppressed their entire country, ratified a new constitution banning political parties.

Monday, Oct. 14  Columbus Day

2013- Over 200 speakers will take part in Chicago Ideas Week which runs through Sunday. Categories range from Comedy to Politics…. Oh, no. That’s not much of a range. Let’s go with Hip Hop to Scientific Breakthroughs, including a Small Business in the City master class featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel, chef Mario Batali and television journalist and producer Bill Kurtis. Admission to each event is only $15, allowing the initiative to “provoke new ideas and inspire actionable results” across economically diverse communities.

1926- Children’s lives were enriched forever when A.A. Milne’s book based on his son’s teddy bear, “Winnie-the-Pooh,” was first published. Christopher Robin Milne’s original Pooh Bear, Piglet, Kanga, Eeyore, and Tigger have moved out of the Hundred Acre Wood and are visited by children every day in their new home at the New York Public Library.

Tuesday, Oct. 15  Ada Lovelace Day. In the mid-1800’s, Lord Byron’s daughter became the founder of scientific computing.

2013- Non-profit organizations can apply today through Oct. 29 for licenses to run their own Low-Power FM (LPFM) radio stations.

1951- “I Love Lucy” debuted on CBS TV. While the original show ended in 1957, thanks to syndication the show has never been off the air.

Wednesday, Oct. 16  Global Dignity Day

2013- The Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of musical artists from Asia, Europe and the Americas founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, celebrates its 15th anniversary by returning to Carnegie Hall.

1986- The U.S. government shut down due to disagreements between then-President Ronald Reagan and the Democratically-controlled House. There have been 17 government shutdowns (actually, that’s 18 now) since 1976 when the current Congressional budgeting process began. We survived them all.

Thursday, Oct. 17  Wear Something Gaudy Day

2013- People in 37 states will participate in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill, preparing to Drop, Cover and Hold On in the event of a major earthquake, which may come in handy since the ground is sure to be unstable if the government runs out of money today, too.

1814- It must have been a sight to see. In what came to be known as the London Beer Flood, 323,000 gallons (1,470,000 L) of beer burst out of the Meux and Company Brewery in London after several vats ruptured. The huge wave of beer destroyed two homes and drowned seven people.

Friday, Oct. 18  World Vasectomy Day. (For its part, Australia will be live-streaming vasectomies performed in front of a live studio audience. Seriously.)

2013- In the midst of homecoming season, the remake of the horror classic Carrie opens today starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Yes, the highlight of the movie is during prom, not homecoming, but this way all those homecoming dresses can be recycled into Halloween costumes. Anyone know where to buy pig blood?

1974- Nate Thurmond of the Chicago Bulls became the first NBA player to achieve a quadruple double: 14 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 blocks, and 22 points (5 years before the 3-point shot came into existence.

Saturday, Oct. 19  Sweetest Day is also Evaluate Your Life Day. That could cause trouble.

2013- People around the world will take part in Global Frackdown2 to protest the environmental consequences of fracking for natural gas. Energy from Shale notes that up to 80% of natural gas wells drilled in the next 10 years will require hydraulic fracturing. Opponents note the toxic chemicals, such as lead, mercury and hydrochloric acid, which have worked their way into the water table near at least 1,000 wells, the acid rain and ground-level ozone created when the fracking fluid evaporates from open-air pits, and fracking’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. What the frack?!

1987- The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points (22%), 4½ times the previous record drop. Even with its “Black Monday” fall, the index was net positive for 1987 having started the year on January 2 at 1,895 and closing on December 31 at 1,939.

That’s what’s happening Here, There and Everywhere. Go make your day unique!

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In addition to her work at The Communities, Julia Goralka is a free-lance novel editor and has served as a volunteer board member or committee member for several local charitable organizations. Prior to writing and editing, Julia was the Division Coordinator for the interest rate derivatives marketing desk at a large financial institution based in Chicago.

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