September and October

Tara Meany, Academic Life Editor

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September

  1. Birthstone – Sapphire
  2. National Potato Month
  3. September 1, 1939 – At 5:30 a.m., Hitler’s armies invaded Poland, starting World War II in Europe.
  4. September 8, 1966 – Star Trek premiered on television.
  5. September 11, 2001 – Islamic Al-Queda militants flew planes into NYC’s twin World Trade Towers and the Pentagon.
  6. September 14, 1814 – Francis Scott-key composed the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner.”
  7. September 15, 1998 – Google was launched on this date.
  8. September 16 – National Play-Doh Dayplay doh
  9. . September 19, 1893 – New Zealand becomes the first country to grant women the right to vote.

10. In America, the first Sunday after the first Monday in September is celebrated as National Grandparents’ Day.

 

October

  1. Birthstone – Opal
  2. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  3. Bullying Prevention Month
  4. October 3 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
  5. October 4, 1957 – The Space Age began as the Russians launched the first satellite into orbit. Sputnik I weighed just 184 lbs. and transmitted a beeping radio signal for 21 days. The remarkable accomplishment by Soviet Russia sent a shockwave through the American political leadership resulting in U.S. effort to be the first on the moon.
  6. October 7, 1765 – The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York City with representatives from nine colonies meeting to protest the British Stamp Act.
  7. October 13 – Molly Pitcher (1754 – 1832) was a water carrier at the battle of Monmouth in 1778 during the American Revolution. After her husband, artilleryman John Hays, collapsed, she took his place at the cannon.
  8. October 17 – National Pasta Day.pasta pic

9. October 30, 1938 – The War of the Worlds radio broadcast panicked millions of Americans. Actor Orson Welles and the Mercury Players dramatized the story by H.G. Wells depicting a Martian invasion of New Jersey. Their script utilized simulated radio news bulletins which many listeners thought were real.

10. October 31st – Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve, an ancient celebration combining the Christian festival of All Saints with Pagan autumn festivals.

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