This week: an insane asylum near Washington, D.C and the new $100 bill

Plus: Fire Prevention Week Photo: Federal Reserve photo

CHICAGO, September 28, 2013 — A couple of strikes and an immigration reform march are on the agenda this week, along with Moment of Frustration Day. Perhaps we’re frustrated because we can’t take our teddy bears to work every day.

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Sunday, Oct. 6  Change a Light Day

2013- Surprisingly, while the majority of home fires start in the kitchen, only 34% listed unattended cooking as a factor. With so much time spent in the kitchen, the dangers can be taken for granted. Prevent Kitchen Fires is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week starting today.

1889- Thomas Edison premiered his first “motion picture,” and 38 years later in1927- “Jazz Singer” added sound. If the “Mute” button had also debuted on Oct. 6, it would have had a nice circle-of-life feel.


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Monday, Oct. 7  Habitat Day

2013- Will the dragon awaken? Tonight, just after sunset, look to the northern sky for the Draconid Meteor shower. Draco the Dragon is notoriously unpredictable, so whether he breathes a firestorm of meteors or merely a hiccup remains to be seen.

1942- The U.S and British government announced the establishment of a United Nations Commission into war crimes committed by the Axis powers. It was an interesting move given that the United Nations did not officially exist until October 24. Details, details.


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Tuesday, Oct. 8  Face Your Fears Day (Unless you’re too chicken?)

2013- The new $100 bill debuts today after a 10-year research and design process. Ten years to design a bill that most Americans will never see, and they only have a week to print out enough of them to keep the country from going bankrupt. Good luck with that.

1871- In Peshtigo, Wis., a wildfire combined with a tornado to create what has been described as “a wall of flame, a mile high, five miles wide, traveling 90 to 100 miles per hour, hotter than a crematorium, turning sand into glass.” It consumed over 1,875 square miles (1.2 million acres) of forest, 12 entire communities, and took somewhere between 1,200 to 2,500 lives. The Wisconsin Legislature listed 1,182 names of deceased or missing from the town of 1,749 residents. An accurate death toll cannot be determined because local records were destroyed in the fire, and there were not enough survivors to identify the bodies. The same day, a fire started in Chicago, too, burning 3.3 square miles and claiming 300 lives. We call that one “great.”


Wednesday, Oct. 9  Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

2013- The Juno spacecraft will be giving our Earth a flyby today on its way to Jupiter. A quote from the NASA website would be appropriate, but it was shutdown with the government.

1865- The first underground pipeline for carrying oil was laid along a five-mile path in Pennsylvania. Today about 2.6 million miles of pipelines carry natural gas and petroleum products, even without Keystone.

Thursday, Oct. 10  National Angel Food Cake Day

2013- Gridlock is expected in Europe as approximately 14,000 air traffic controllers in 26 countries are set to strike in protest to the European Commission’s SES2+ project. The ATCEUC (Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination) believes the project will “reduce safety, increase inefficiencies, and cause loss of jobs and social unrest,” according to their position statement. More job loss and social unrest really aren’t what Europe needs right now.

1886- Pierre Lorillard modified a new European style of men’s formal wear and wore it to the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Bet you can guess what it’s called now.


Friday, Oct. 11  National Coming Out Day

2013- To protest corruption, Truckers Ride for the Constitution has planned a three-day strike starting today during which truckers will not haul freight. They had planned to converge in Washington D.C. in an attempt to shut it down. Stop working and shut down D.C. Well, it seemed like a unique idea at the time.

1521- Pope Leo X bestows England’s King Henry VIII with the title “Defender of the Faith.” Henry is the guy who separated from the Catholic Church and formed his own religion so he could divorce his wife and marry his mistress. The Defender had his priorities.


Saturday, Oct. 12  Moment of Frustration Day

2013- The March for Dignity, Respect and Justice, an effort to pressure Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, will take place in Chicago. Which has a better chance: getting immigration reform passed or Congress actually being back at work by October 12?

1773- The first U.S. insane asylum for Minds” opened in Virginia, one of the states which now borders Washington D.C. Coincidence?

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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