As most of the northern U.S. cools down for the coming winter, Boston's Red Sox heat up! The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to none to become world champions for the first time since 1918. Manny Ramirez is the MVP, and most Bostonians are now saving talk of mysterious curses for Halloween, which is just around the corner.
Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday in October, has come under a great deal of controversy as, historically, Columbus wasn't the first to discover America, nor was he the first European to land on the continent. To the obverse, he was known for some fairly questionable practices concerning the abuse of native peoples. Washington Irving is largely responsible for the historic mix-up as his biography of Columbus wrongly embellished the account in what many claim was essentially a piece of dramatic fiction. Italian Americans began celebrating Columbus Day on October 12th in 1869, and Franklin Roosevelt made it a national holiday in 1937. In 1968, President Johnson changed the day to October 2nd and declared it a federal holiday.
President Hamid Karzai wins Afghanistan's first presidential election, which marks the first parliamentary vote in 30 years.
October 28 finds Australian and Indonesian archaeologists unearthing skeletons of tiny people, who are being called Homo Floresiensis. The three-foot-tall individuals had lengthy arms and heads the size of grapefruits. Archaeologists believe the people disappeared within the last 13,000 years.
After nearly two decades of sleep, Washington's volcano spits up a small eruption of steam and volcanic ash on October 1. No deaths or injuries are reported.
Spaceship One wins the $10 million Ansari X Prize on October 4th when the privately owned manned spacecraft leaves the Earth's atmosphere twice in the same week.
"Sideways" premieres in Beverly Hills. The critically acclaimed film stars Paul Giamatti (American Splendor, Saving Private Ryan, Cinderella Man) and Thomas Hayden Church (Spanglish) as an odd couple who set out for a week of wine tasting and golf.
Halloween is on October 31st. Goblins, witches, ghosts and more will be on the prowl to collect candy in exchange for protection from pranksters.
Here are some links for October:
Wikipedia: Columbus Day
- Features the history of the holiday as well as info about why many find the celebration offensive.
- Furnishes costumes for kids, adults and even pets. Includes specials, clearance items, separate masks, makeup, props and accessories.
Boston.com: Red Sox World Series
- Commemorative feature highlights the long-awaited return to the status of world champions for the major league baseball team. Features images, multimedia clips, statistics, interviews and more.