This Day In History – October 20

1914

For the first time, the U.S. required photographs be included with all new U.S. passports.

Just imagine how easy it would be the counterfeit one otherwise!

1967

Bigfoot was allegedly filmed in California, just north of the little city of Eureka.

According to Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson, who took the pictures, the creature was seven feet tall, weighed over 350 pounds and was covered with shiny, black hair.

1968

Jackie Kennedy became Jackie Onassis!

The former First Lady became Jackie O when she tied the knot with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis on the island of Skorpio

1991

Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman were married!

Still going strong 23 years later!

and then lastly…

1992

George Strait was on hand for the Nashville premiere of his film Pure Country!

Best movie EVER!

-Tyler Jackson

A Sparkly New Way to Remember a Loved One

There’s a new way to remember your loved one after they pass: Turn them into a diamond!!!

No joke. You can actually turn your loved one’s ashes into a gorgeous blue diamond and do whatever you want with it.  Not gonna lie…it does sound way more fun than ashes in an urn!

Read more here!

Be on the Lookout for Teal Pumpkins for Food Allergy Awareness This Halloween

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An organization is pushing a teal Halloween project to have people hand out non-food treats instead of candy.

The Food Allergy Research & Education started the Teal Pumpkin Project and is pushing it online especially on social media.

The purpose is to get people to handle non-food treats like bubbles, coins or stickers to help kids with food allergies.

Homes that offer these non-food treats should place a teal pumpkin (teal is the color of food allergy awareness) somewhere visible to indicate that they’re taking part in the project.

The Scariest Thing You’ll See…Maybe Ever!

A giant spider the size of a puppy was found in the rainforest in Guyana.

The spider is known as the South American Goliath Birdeater and it’s the world’s largest spider.

Its leg span can reach up to a foot with a body the size of a large fist.

Despite its size, the spider is no danger to people.

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Read more here!

This Day In History – October 17

1962

The number one song was Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers!

Here’s a fun fact: This Halloween hit would re-enter the Billboard singles chart in 1970 and 1973, getting as high as number 10 in ‘73.

1979

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was a true gift to the world

1989

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage. This is known as the Loma Prieta earthquake

The timing couldn’t have been worse, either! Millions were watching the third game of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, when the seats at Candlestick Park began to rock, light towers swayed, and 58,000 fans became eerily quiet. Homes crumbled, gas lines ruptured, ‘earthquake-safe’ structures fell and the upper section of a two-tiered freeway collapsed onto the lower level at the height of rush hour — trapping commuters in flattened cars. The tremor and its aftershocks reached north to Sacramento and south to Los Angeles, causing an estimated 270 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $3 billion.

1997

Rapper Warren G sued country star Garth Brooks, claiming Garth infringed on the rapper’s trademark circled “g” logo.

Do you know who really owns these logos! The type-writer does!

(By the way, they came to an agreement that they both could use it because it was positive symbol for both brands!)

and then lastly…

1997

The teen thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer opened up in theaters!

Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr., they play a group of high-school kids who run over a mysterious person on the road. They decide to dump the ‘body’, and, well, it didn’t go se

I Know What You Did Last Summer had scared up $72,219,000 at the box office!

-Tyler Jackson

Spider Burrows Into Man’s Chest for 3 Days! Eeeeeeeeekkkk!!!

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A tropical spider burrowed into the skin of an Australian man and stayed there for three days before doctors finally figured out what was causing the nasty marks on his chest.

Dylan Thomas woke up Saturday morning with a red scar about 2 inches long extending up from his naval. That night, it was 3 inches longer. He went to the doctors on Sunday and was given a cream to deal with what was believed to be an insect bite. It didn’t help, and painful red blisters came next.

On Monday, doctors called in a dermatologist, who finally figured out what was happening and plucked the spider from his skin.

Spider victim explains, “It wasn’t really a tickling sensation, obviously once the venom started to affect my skin it was a really burning sensation like a searing feeling”.

The best guess is that the spider got inside his skin via a scar from a recent appendectomy.

Health authorities are testing the spider to figure out what kind it was.

Read more here!

This Day In History – October 16

1916

Margaret Sanger, Fania Mindell and Ethel Burne decided that the poor should have some help in controlling the size of their families

They opened the doors of the first Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States, right smack in the middle of Brooklyn at 46 Amboy Street on October 16,1916.

 Ms. Sanger served 30 days in jail for her bold action. 

“No social progress is possible, especially where poverty is a factor, unless the size of families is limited.” – Margaret Sanger

1972

John C. Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival called it a career … and the group disbanded.

No! I love CCR! In fact, this is my favorite song:

Fogerty would continue in a solo career

2004

Sara Evans went to number one with Suds in the Bucket!

This is the perfect country song!

and then lastly…

2011

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300

#RIPDan

-Tyler Jackson