October 29 in History

October 29 in History

October 29th is…
National Cat Day
National Hermit Day
Oatmeal Day
Pit Bull Awareness Day
World Stroke Day
National Cat Day

Everyone knows that the internet is obsessed with cats!  We adore looking at their adorable fuzzy little faces and seriously, who doesn’t love watching funny cat videos?  Cats have completely dominated the internet from the countless Grumpy Cat memes, Lil Bub and Colonel Meow images, and of course, the delightful musical styling from Keyboard Cat! They have, without a doubt, become quite the pop culture phenomenon. Of course, cats need their very own day of the year as well, so we celebrate National Cat Day annually on October 29! 

Animal advocate Colleen Paige founded National Cat Day and, according to their official website, was created to “help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.”

It is the purr-fect way to celebrate National Cat Day!  If you already happen to own a cat, take some time today to show them some extra love and affection! 

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for conspiring against James I of England.

1886 – The first ticker tape parade took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.

1888 – The Convention of Constantinople was signed, guaranteeing maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.

1929 – “Black Tuesday” – The New York Stock Exchange crashed.

1955 – #1 Hit October 29, 1955 – November 25, 1955: Roger Williams – Autumn Leaves

1966 – William Hartnell made his last appearance as the First Doctor in the concluding moments of Episode 4 of the Doctor Who serial ‘The Tenth Planet’. No original copies are known to exist.

1966 – #1 Hit October 29, 1966 – November 4, 1966: Question Mark & the Mysterians – 96 Tears

1967 – Montreal’s World Fair – Expo 67 closed, with over 50 million visitors.

1971 – Rock Guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident.

1983 – #1 Hit October 29, 1983 – November 11, 1983: Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – Islands in the Stream

1993- The very first “Got Milk?” commercial was broadcast. It was directed by Michael Bay.

1998 – The Gothenburg discotheque fire in Sweden killed 63 students and injured 200 more.

1998 – Space Shuttle Discovery took off with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

2012 – Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States, killing 148 people directly and 138 in the aftermath.