Switch on the fun for October 3rd, the 276th day of the calendar year.
October 3rd is a holiday for caramel custard, family TV, etiquette and more. Techies and others mark October 3rd as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 3rd holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Caramel Custard Day
What’s astir on October 3rd? How about a rich and delicious dessert? It’s Caramel Custard Day, an epicurean celebration featuring one of the sweetest and smoothest after-dinner treats.
Here are several caramel custard (and basic custard) recipes from a variety of AC writers (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “Baked Custard,” by Dustin Crowe; “Custard,” by Rouxster; “How to Make Homemade Custard,” by Scfc 16, and “Making Custard for Breakfast, Lunch or Supper,” by Tucker.
Caramel custard may be used to make cream pies, creme caramel, trifles, tarts and more.
Family Television Day
Do you ever wax nostalgic for those wholesome, old-time family television shows? If you do, then October 3rd is a prime holiday for you. It’s Family Television Day.
Several popular family television programs began airing on this date. For example, ABC first ran Ozzie and Harriet on October 3, 1952. CBS’ Captain Kangaroo and ABC’s Mickey Mouse Club debuted on October 3, 1955. The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS on October 3, 1960, and The Dick van Dyke Show first showed up on CBS on October 3, 1961.
Many of these old-fashioned family television programs are still shown (in reruns) on cable television and satellite TV stations. Why not tune in for a favorite old show on Family Television Day?
What happens when your computer crashes, or your monitor freezes? Unless you are a computer whiz, chances are you will call a technie. October 3rd honors these masters of programming and software savvy superstars, who keep laptops, notebooks, desktop computers and other electronic equipment running smoothly.
Perhaps ironically, October 3rd is also Virus Appreciation Day. Although this horrifying holiday may have started with human health issues, many computer users find technological viruses considerably more daunting.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 3rd: Adalgott, Candidus the Martyr, Clare of Assisi, Columba Marmion, Cyprian, Dionysius and Dominic Spadafora.
Additional October 3rd saints include Ebontius, Ewald the Black, Ewald the Fair, Froilan, Gerard of Brogne, Hesychius, Maximian of Bagaia, Menna, Theodore Guerin, Utto of Metten and Widradus.
Notable Anniversaries on October 3rd:
East and West Germany were officially reunited as a single nation through a public proclamation on October 3, 1990.
On October 3, 2003, Roy Horn (of the popular performing duo, Siegfried &Roy) was attacked by Montecore the tiger during a show at Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel. Roy Horn suffered a tiger bite on his neck, which led to severe blood loss and eventual partial paralysis.
Various Other October 3rd Holidays
October 3rd is also Adopt-a-Dog Month, Butterfly and Hummingbird Day, Child Health Day (varies), Chung Yeung Festival Holiday (Hong Kong), Come and Take-It Day, Dalton Defenders Day, Day of German Unity (Germany), Denim Day (varies), Dog Day (varies), Etiquette Day and Fairies’ Buttering-Up Semi-Finals Day.
Additional October 3rd holidays include Feast Day of St. Theresa of Lizieux, Feast of Free Spirits, Feast of St. Gerard of Brogne Holiday, Festal Celebration Day of Dionysus, Francisco Morazan Holiday (Honduras), Goddess Month of Hathor (first Day), Goose Fair Holiday (United Kingdom), Intergeneration Day, Look at the Leaves Day, National Foundation Day (Korea) and Oktoberfest Day (varies).
Still more October 3rd holidays are Relief of Leiden Day (Netherlands), St. Thomas de Cantilupe Feast Day, Techies Day, Universal Children’s Day (United Nations), Virus Appreciation Day, World Habitat Day (varies), World Smile Day (varies) and World Temperance Day.
A Happy October 3rd to one and all!
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