Sweet and sassy fun awaits holiday celebrants on October 5th, the 278th day of the year.
October 5th is a holiday for apple brown betty, zingers and good deeds. Teachers, noisy eaters and others mark October 5th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 5th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Apple Brown Betty Day
October 5th is Apple Brown Betty Day, a cuisine celebration making the most of autumn’s bounty of apples. The traditional American apple brown berry is a baked dessert, made with sliced fresh apples, layered between sweet streusel of crunchy crumbs. In some regions, apple brown betty is served topped with chilled whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or even a lemony sauce.
Here are several recipes for Apple Brown Betty, published by a variety of AC writers (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “Apple Recipes for the Fall Season,” by Kris Ruddy; “Autumn Apple Recipes,” by Christie Silvers; “Bon Apple-tit,” by Liesl Deaver, and “Try My Recipe for Apple Brown Betty,” by Charlene Collins.
Have an extra helping of apple brown betty on October 5th.
By the way, October is National Dessert Month in the United States, making consumption of sweets almost a patriotic duty for Americans during the month of October.
Do Something Nice Day
If serving up sweets is not enough, October 5th is also Do Something Nice Day. This happy holiday offers a special reminder for acting altruistically.
What kind gestures might be extended towards others on October 5th? From holding doors to baking browning to simple smiles of friendliness, affability is the key to Do Something Nice Day.
Noisy Munching Day
Smack that gum. Slurp that soda. Crunch those pretzels and chips. It’s Noisy Munching Day on October 5th.
Silent snackers need be silent no more, at least for today.
World Teachers Day
Educators are honored on October 5th for World Teachers Day.
Initiated in 1966 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizatin (UNESCO), World Teachers Day lauds instructors globally for their contributions to learning.
What a wonderful day for presenting a special teacher with a thank-you note, accompanied by a shiny apple – or even a generous portion of fresh-baked apple brown betty (see above).
Have a zippy quip to fling? Let it fly on October 5th. It’s Zinger Day, a prime time for snappy comebacks.
On October 5, 1988, during the U.S. Vice Presidential debates, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen faced Republican Dan Quayle. As the two U.S. Senators duked it out verbally, Dan Quayle alluded to 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy to make a point.
Lloyd Bentsen responded with this oft-parodied zinger: “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Since that night, October 5th has been known as Zinger Day, a high holiday for wisecrackers everywhere.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 5th: Alberto Marvelli, Alexander, Anna Schaeffer, Apollinaris of Valence, Attilanus, Aymard of Cluny, Bartholomew Longo and Boniface of Trier.
Additional October 5th saints include Charitina, Faustina Kowalska, Firmatus of Auxerre, Flavia, Flaviana of Auxerre, Flora of Beaulieu, Francis Xavier Seelos, Galla of Rome, John Hewitt and Magdalveus of Verdun.
Still more October 5th saints are Marcellinus of Ravenna, Meinulph, Palmatius of Trier, Philip of Moscow, Placid, Raymond of Capua, Robert Sutton, Thraseas and William Hartley.
Notable Anniversaries on October 5th:
Beginning on October 5, 1921, two New York teams squared off for Major League Baseball’s World Series. As the New York Giants and the New York Yankees vied for the top title, the games were radio broadcast for the first time. In the end, the New York Giants won the series, beating the New York Yankees, five games to three.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus was first aired on BBC Television on October 5, 1969. The cast included Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Monty Python’s Flying Circus rand for four seasons.
Various Other October 5th Holidays
October 5th is also American National Storytelling Festival Holiday, Apple Facts Day, Autumn Leaf Festival Holiday, Balloons Around the World Day (varies), Be Nice to a Lawyer Day, Big “C” Attus Day, Brewing Industry Day, Buccaneer Days (California), Bulgarian Independence Day and Day of Bansko (Bulgaria).
Additional October 5th holidays include Depression Screening Day (varies), Dionysiad – Husi Holiday (Romania), Fairies Festival of the Five Toes, Feast of St. Placid Day, Feast of the Empire of Lies, Fiesta de la Santa Galla, Ichabod and Mr. Toad Birthday Celebration Holiday, Indian Day (Oklahoma), Intergeneration Day (varies), Lesotho National Sports Day, Mania Mundus Festival for Remembering Departed Ancestors, Outer Space Nation of Celestia Independence Day, Pablo Picasso Birthday Celebration Day and Pilsner Day.
Still more October 5th holidays are Portuguese Republic Day (Macau), Ray Kroc – McDonald’s Founder Day, Republic Day (Portugal), Sea Serpent Day, Simchat Torah (Hebrew), Smile Day (varies), Unicorn Questing Season (first day), Universal Children’s Day and Wild Turkey Calling Day.
Happy October 5th to one and all!
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