Think about it. Today is October 13th, the 286th day of the calendar year. How many October 13th holidays can you name?
October 13th is a holiday for Yorkshire Pudding, brain games and more. Skeptics, theatergoers and others mark October 13th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 13th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Are you a skeptic? Have you ever been tagged as skeptical?
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), the famous German physicist, has been called a skeptic by many. This quote may solidify such suspicions. Albert Einstein said, “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.
American humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) might have agreed. Mark Twain once quipped, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”
October 13th is Skeptics Day in some parts. Of course, the actual origins of this doubting day are dubious at best, and celebration dates may vary. Besides, if firm facts were issued about Skeptics Day, who would believe them, anyway?
Train Your Brain Day
October 13th is also Train Your Brain Day, a cerebral holiday celebrating brain teasers, mind benders and exercises requiring the proverbial thinking cap.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the British writer (1959 – 1930) who created the legendary fictional detective known as Sherlock Holmes, said this about the human brain: “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”
In what creative ways might you stretch your intellect on Train Your Brain Day? Do you love crosswords, puzzles, riddles, sudokus or another mental challenge?
Yorkshire Pudding Day
Cheerio! October 13th is Yorkshire Pudding Day. This foodie holiday celebrates Yorkshire Pudding, a classic British dish from the 18th century.
What is Yorkshire Pudding? Yorkshire Pudding is a muffin-like accompaniment, baked with the pan drippings from roast beef or prime rib.
Here are several Yorkshire Pudding recipes from a variety of Associated Content contributors (CTRL-click on each title to read that article in a new internet window.): “Classic Yorkshire Pudding,” by Lesley Jones; “How to Make Yorkshire Puddings,” by Sam Munden; “How to Prepare and Eat Yorkshire Pudding,” by Eve Lichtgarn, and “A Recipe for Yorkshire Pudding,” by Marcus Wise.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 13th: Agilbert, Agnellus, Alexandrina Maria da Costa, Berthoald of Cambrai, Carpus, Chelidonia, Colman of Stockerau and Comgan the Monk.
Additional October 13th saints include Daniel of Ceuta, Donulus, Edward the Confessor, Faustus, Fyncana, Gebrand, Gerald of Aurillac and Hugolinus.
Still more October 13th saints are Leo, Maurice of Carnoet, Nicholas, Regimbald of Speyer, Romulus, Samuel, Simbert of Augsburg, Theophilus and Venantius.
Notable Anniversaries on October 13th:
Roman Emperor Claudius was allegedly murdered on October 13, 54 A.D. According to lore, Claudius was poisoned by a lethal substance in either a feather or toxic mushrooms, with his wife Agrippina likely involved in the treacherous plot.
The Continental Navy, precursor to the modern U.S. Navy, was established on October 13, 1775 by the Continental Congress.
On October 13, 1792, a group of American Freemasons laid the cornerstone of the American White House. The exact location of the White House cornerstone is not known today.
B’nai Brith, an international Jewish humanitarian organization, was founded in New York City on October 13, 1843.
Broadway’s Billy Rose Theater premiered Edward Albee’s play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on October 13, 1962. Original cast members included Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, Melinda Dillon and George Grizzard.
Various Other October 13th Holidays
October 13th is also Adopt-a-Dog Month, Cession Day (Fiji), Feast Day of St. Colman, Feast Day of St. Colman the Martyr, Feast of Saints Faustus Januarius and Martialis, Festal Celebration of St. Gerald of Orillac the Confessor, Festal Day of the Seven Friar Minors of Morocco and Festival of Unmediated Play.
Additional October 13th holidays include Floating of the Lamps Holiday (Thailand), Fontinalia Winter Festival (Roman), Friendship Day (Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands), International Newspaper Carrier’s Day, Modern Mythology Day, Native American’s Day (varies), Peanut Festival Holiday and Pumpkin Festival Holiday.
Still more October 13th holidays are Runic half-month of Wyn (first day), Emergency Nurses Day (varies), Rwagasore Day (Burundi), St. Edward the Confessor’s Day, Texas Constitution Day (1845) and the Translation Holiday of the Relics of St. Edward the Confessor.
Happy October 13th to one and all!
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