October 31 — Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve)
This day was known as Samhain to the ancient Celts — the death night of the old year.
This is the day when all the saints are
honored, especially those who do not have a day of their own. The idea
probably began in the fourth century as a way to honor Christian
martyrs whose names were unknown. In an attempt to replace the popular
pagan festival of the dead Samhain, the church moved the celebration of All Saints’ to November 1.
Daylight Saving Time was first observed
in the United States during World War I and then again during World War
II. The time change was enacted to provide more light in the evening
hours. This year Daylight Saving Time started on the second Sunday in
March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
Celebrated in the state of Oklahoma to
honor the rope-tricking cowboy and all-around entertainer, who was born
in that state in 1879. His rope tricks eventually led to a career on
Broadway and in the movies. Rogers later became a popular broadcaster
and syndicated newspaper columnist.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
— Will Rogers (1879-1935)
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