Oct. 6: National Chili Month; Cubs’ ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’ Anniversary

VIDEO: Pope John Paul II Visits White House

Celebrate spice in October, it’s National Chili Month! Try mixing up flavors by using a different protein source, adding corn, sweet potato or cinnamon.

This week marks ten years since the American invasion of Afghanistan, which began on October 7, 2001.  Just Foreign Policy policy director Robert Naiman is calling for America to make a “clamor for peace” on Oct. 6, 2011.  In addition to “occupy” protests popping up across the nation, there is a planned rally at the Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.  This anti-war movement seeks to bring home the troops, cut military spending and channel that money toward job creation and education.

1876 American Library Association founded

The American Library Association was formed by 103 librarians who met at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.  The ALA’s mission statement is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

1927 “The Jazz Singer” Premieres

Warner Bros. produced “The Jazz Singer,” the first feature-length “talkie” film, with synchronized dialogue.  The film premiered in New York City on Oct. 6, 1927 for the cast and crew.

1945 Chicago Cubs’ “Curse of the Billy Goat”

Goats and baseball – the stuff urban legends are made of.  In October 1945, the Chicago Cubs met the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.  Tavern owner William Sianis brought his pet billy goat with him to Game 4 at Wrigley Stadium (yes, the goat did have his own ticket).  Before the game was over, the pair was kicked out of the stadium because of the goat’s odor.  Upon exiting, William Sianis allegedly put a curse on the team.  The Cubs went on to lose the series in 1945, and have not won it since.

1979 First Pope to Visit the White House

Pope John Paul II is the first pontiff to visit the White House.

1981 Anwar Sadat Assassinated

The Egyptian president is shot by military men while watching a parade.


Famous Birthdays

1903 Ernest Walton

1908 Carole Lombard

1963 Elisabeth Shue

1974 Jeremy Sisto


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