OCTOBER 9 — JOHN LENNON
Imagine… Martyred Beatle with brains, guts, vision, genius.
OCTOBER 9, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
LEIF ERIKSON DAY. INSTANT KARMA DAY.
Japan: CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE DAY.
China: FEAST OF HIGH PLACES, kite flying festival. SEASON OF GLASS.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 9 IN HISTORY…
1000 — Leif Erikson reaches Vinland.
1855 — Joshua Stoddard gets patent for steam calliope.
1940 — Future Beatle John Lennon born, Liverpool, England.
1978 — Belgian cabaret composer Jacques Brel dies.
1983 — James Watt resigns in disgrace as U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
1985 — One-time film great Orson Welles dies, Hollywood, California
SEPTEMBER 15 — HRANT DINK
Armenian-Turkish journalist, editor, columnist, martyr.
SEPTEMBER 15 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
China: MOON’S BIRTHDAY. Offerings of fruit are left on rooftops and in open courtyards, with lanterns burning all night on houses, pagodas, ships and river boats. Children get special candies and moon cakes. Flowers and seeds fall from the moon.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 15 IN HISTORY…
1782 — Congress adopts a Masonic emblem as the Great Seal of the U.S.
1889 — Writer Claude McKay born, Sunny Ville, Jamaica.
1943 — Paul Robeson gives 296th performance of Othelloin New York City.
1954 — Armenian-Turkish journalist, martyr Hrant Dink born, Malatya, Turkey.
1959 — Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev denied right to visit Disneyland.
1963 — Bomb in Black church in Birmingham, Alabama kills four young girls.
1973 — Victor Jara killed in massacre after overthrow of Salvador Allende.