Archive for October 11th, 2009

(October 11) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Coming Out Day

Sunday, October 11th, 2009


National Coming Out Day
An international day of celebration, visibility and education for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community.

I’m coming out
I want the world to know
Got to let it show
I’m coming out
I want the world to know
I got to let it show *

Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign

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* lyrics – Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali 2009 (10/11)

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Hindu Festival of Light

Oct 11 : 06 days to Diwali

Did you know that sweet pastries are traditionally served during the Festival of Diwali?

Two of the most popular treats are laddus — sweet wheat balls filled with dried nuts and fruit — and karanjis — deep fried, flour dumplings stuffed with a coconut and sugar.

Diwali, or the “festival of lights” is celebrated by Hindus across India and the huge Hindu diaspora spread all over the world. This multi-day festival, whose name literally means “row of lighted lamps“, is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm between late October and November. It’s their most important festival in the annual calendar. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Diwali.

Diwali begins Saturday October 17th, 2009


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Did You Know? Countdown to Columbus Day 2009 (10/11)

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Christopher Columbus’
Discovery of the Americas

Oct 11 : 01 day to Columbus Day

Did you know that the first official American commemoration of explorer Christopher Columbus occurred in 1892?

That’s when President Benjamin Harrison made a commemorative proclamation to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to the New World

Did you know that the state of Colorado was the first to observe Columbus Day, in 1905?

By 1937, the entire country had begun observing Columbus Day and President Franklin Roosevelt officially proclaimed October 12th for its celebration. This remained the case until 1971, when Congress declared Columbus Day a public federal holiday to be held on the second Monday of October.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus left Spain with three ships – the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria – looking to find an alternative route to India. After sighting land, his fleet eventually landed on what is now know as the Bahamas.

Columbus Day is a celebration of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas (the New World). Observed as a national holiday in the US and by Italian-Americans as a celebration of their culture and heritage.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Columbus Day which is celebrated on Monday October 12th, 2009.


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