Welcome to your weekend. We’re glad you are here!
As time moves forward and our temperatures drop we welcome the new season and at the same time, try to take a minute to slow things down a bit with our weekend “scroll down memory lane” and look ahead (Sunday) to history.
This is just a simpler way to start your day, with a look back at events that happened on this weekend in history before we head out to make new moments today. So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!
Tomorrow Sunday, October 8th, the 281st day of the year.
On this day:
In 1793, statesman John Hancock died at the age of 56. He was the first person to sign The Declaration of Independence.
In 1869, the 14th President of the U.S. Franklin Pierce died at the age of 64.
In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire started, destroying nearly four square miles of the city, killing approximately 300 people, leaving more than 100-thousand people homeless, and causing over 200-million dollars damage.
In 1942, “The Abbott and Costello Show” debuted on radio.
In 1944, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” debuted on the CBS Radio Network. The show remained on the radio for nine years before making the jump to television. In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his hit song “Great Balls of Fire.”
In 1984, Anne Murray became the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award.
In 1999, Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, made her professional boxing debut in Verona, New York. Ali knocked out her opponent, April Fowler, just 31 seconds after the opening bell.
In 2001, radio commentator Rush Limbaugh told listeners he was virtually deaf. Limbaugh later had an electronic device implanted in his skull that restored much of his hearing.
In 2001, President George W. Bush creates the Office of Homeland Security.
In 2004, Martha Stewart checked in to a minimum security federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia to begin serving a five month sentence. The domestic diva was convicted earlier in the year of lying to authorities about a suspicious stock trade.
In 2005, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of at least seven-point-six rocked Pakistan, killing at least 18-thousand in the Indian subcontinent.
In 2005, actress Melissa McCarthy married actor Ben Falcone in Los Angeles.
In 2017, Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company following reports of sexual harassment. Over 80 women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The outrage sparked the #MeToo movement, which is a social media campaign designed to empower victims of sexual assault.
In 2017, Northern California wildfires broke out. The fires killed at least 41 people over the next week.
In 2020, the FBI charged 13 men in a plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer and storm the state’s capitol.
And that brings us here to this day. Whatever plans you have for your weekend, here’s hoping there are moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history books.
Thanks for stopping by!