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October 2023 on KnowItAll.org

October 2023 on KnowItAll.org

October 2023 on KnowItAll.org

  • Our KnowItAll Highlights for October include content for Archaeology MonthBat Appreciation MonthHealth Literacy MonthHispanic Heritage MonthInternational Walk to School MonthNational Book MonthNational Bullying Prevention MonthNational Domestic Violence Awareness MonthNational Economic Education Month and TeenTober..

  • Our week-long observances include Fire Prevention WeekWorld Space WeekAmerica’s Safe Schools Week,,National Friends of Libraries Week, National School Bus Safety Week and Media Literacy Week. 

  • Our one-day observances include International Day of Non-Violence,, National Walk to School Day, National Child Health Day, World Habitat Day,World Teachers’ Day, World Migratory Bird Day, MFG Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Columbus Day,, International Day of the Girl Child, National Farmer’s Day, World Food Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day, National Mole DayNational Paralegal DayUnited Nations DayNational First Responders DayNational Cat Day, and Halloween.

 

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SC STATE FAIR ROCKET FACTOID

“Meet me at the rocket!” Visitors to the South Carolina State Fair may have heard those famous words. Fair-goers have used this rocket as a popular rendezvous point ever since it was placed there.

Before it became a rallying point for state fair visitors, it was an intermediate range ballistic missile for the U.S. Air Force. Designed by Dr. Wernher Von Braun (the same von Braun who designed the rockets which carried astronauts to the moon!) and built by Chrysler, this Jupiter missile’s original purpose was to carry nuclear payloads. The rocket’s name, believe it or not, is Columbia! The Air Force retired Columbia in 1963 and donated it to the city which shares its namesake. It was erected in 1969 and has served as a staple symbol of the SC State Fair ever since!

SC State Fair Rocket Factoid

WHERE DID THE NAME HALLOWEEN COME FROM? OCTOBER FACTOIDS

Through a bizarre twist in history, the Catholic Church contributed just as much as Pagans did to the Halloween we know today! In the Catholic Church's early years, missionaries journeyed out to convert Pagans to Christianity. At first missionaries adapted or reimagined Pagan customs instead of outright stamping them out, however results from these early missions were mixed. Pope Gregory III decided to officially convert the Pagan holiday, Samhain into a holiday for Christians. November 1 was designated “All Saints Day” – a day to honor all the saints as well as Christian martyrs. All Saints Day is also known as All Hallows Day; the night before being called All Hallow’s Evening. With a series of language corruptions throughout the following years, All Hallow’s Evening disambiguated into the name Halloween!

Despite the efforts of the Catholic Church to squelch Samhain traditions, the practices never fully went away completely.

WHY DO WE LIKE TO TELL SCARY STORIES ON HALLOWEEN? OCTOBER FACTOIDS

One possible origin for telling scary stories around Halloween is found thousands of years ago with the Celts of ancient Ireland! These Celtic Pagans worshipped the earth, and during their festival called Samhain they built bonfires and held ritual sacrifices to pay homage to their gods as well as the dead. Celtic priests called “Druids” would read the entrails of sacrificed animals to predict the future. The Celts believed that the best time for predicting the future was when the veil between our world and the spirit world was at its thinnest! The prophecies read by the Druids would spread through Celt villages becoming stories told long into the night. If you enjoy scary stories on Halloween, you might consider thanking the Celts!

JAMES OTIS LECTURE 2023

On September 17, 1787, 39 men gathered in Independence Hall in Philadelphia and signed the United States Constitution. What started in May of that year as an effort by delegates of the several States to amend the Articles of Confederation, resulted, instead, in an agreement by The People of the United States to establish a wholly new government unlike any on earth. Their expressed goal was to secure the blessings of Liberty to themselves and to their posterity. Of the 55 delegates who participated in the Convention that hot summer, 32 were lawyers.

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates presents the 14th Annual James Otis Lecture. What they formed was not perfect. It was a document which spoke of Liberty yet condoned slavery. It hinted at equality yet gave disproportionate power to smaller states and slave states. It had an unworkable method of selecting an executive branch. Yet what was created after four months of debate, conflict and compromise resulted in a remarkable affirmation of the value of self-government and the rule of law. These principles have endured for more than two centuries.

Remarkable women and men have helped shape our government and preserve our liberties in that span. Many were lawyers. ABOTA hopes that the James Otis Lecture Series will help keep their memories and examples alive.

CAROLINA SNAPS

The Carolina Jessamine, South Carolina's state flower, is a vibrant yellow bloom found throughout the state and Southeast. This versatile plant, cherished for its beauty and traditional medicinal uses, thrives in the region's heat, and likes well-drained soil. However, its toxic nature warrants caution, as it can be lethal when consumed. 

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, is not just a campus but also a historic Civil War site. Its origins lie in Rutledge Chapel, the first building on the Historic Horseshoe. The Longstreet Theatre, now a theater, served as a morgue, hospital, gymnasium, and armory during the war. The protective wall along Sumter St. prevented fire damage during the Burning of Columbia in 1865, preserving the college grounds.

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VIEW OUR FEATURED COLLECTIONS FOR OCTOBER

Archaeology Month

Bat Appreciation Month

Health Literacy Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

International Walk to School Month

National Book Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Economic Education Month

  • View the collection and be sure to check out the series and programs listed to learn more! 

TeenTober

World Space Week

Fire Prevention Week

America's Safe Schools Week

National Friends of Libraries Week

National School Bus Safety Week

Media Literacy Week

Be sure to view the October Factoids for all of the October observances and links to resources!

 

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