Concerning October 21st

Events large and small, miscellany, curiosities, &c.

Being the 294th day of the year, with 71 days remaining.

Sweetest Day, observed mostly in the Midwest.

Born today : Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, session guitarist extraordinaire, producer, and member of Booker T. & the MG’s and The Blues Brothers Band, in 1941.

Departed today : Writer Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road, in 1969.

Today in history : Australian pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared south of Melbourne in 1978 after reporting an encounter with an unidentified aircraft.

Endeavour to learn something new every day.

Fact of the day : The nine muses are Clio (history), Melpomene (tragedy), Thalia (comedy), Calliope (epic poetry), Urania (astronomy), Euterpe (music), Terpsichore (dance and lyric poetry), Polyhymnia (mime and sacred poetry) and Erato (love poetry).  From Shott’s Original Miscellany

Quote of the day : “Of all human activities, man’s listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.” – Pope Paul VI.  From BrainyQuote

Word of the day : Brouhaha (broo-hah-hah) : a state of commotion or excitement : hubbub, uproar .  From Merriam-Webster

October comes from octo, Latin for eight.
October was originally the eighth month in the Roman calendar.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.

October birthstone : Opal, for hope.

October flower : The calendula, Calendula officinalis.

“October gave a party, the leaves by hundreds came; the ashes, oaks, and maples, and those of every name” – George Cooper.

Professor D. O. Durant's Original Encyclopedic Calendar

“Whilst the publisher makes every effort to verify the accuracy of the information presented herein it should not be used to decide wagers, resolve border disputes, or settle disagreements between spouses. Thank you.”

From the preface of the first
edition of the calendar.