Today is Thursday, October 15th. It’s National Mushroom Day, World Students Day, National Grouch Day, National Chicken Cacciatore Day, Spirit Day, National Cheese Curd Day, International Credit Union Day, National Pug Day, National Aesthetician Day, Get Smart About Credit Day, Sewing Lovers Day, Global Handwashing Day, White Cane Safety Day, Blind Americans Equality Day, My Mom Is a Student Day and National Lemon Bar Day

There are 15 days until SIU football plays SEMO in the War For The Wheel Game
There are 16 days until Halloween
There are 17 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends
There are 42 days until Thanksgiving
There are 71 days until Christmas

Today is the day that…

— in 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Abraham Lincoln telling him to grow a beard

— in 1914, ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers, is founded

— in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge declares the Statue of Liberty a national monument

— in 1951, I Love Lucy premiered on CBS

— in 1952, the classic children’s book “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White is first published

— in 1957, Elvis Presley’s first Christmas album, titled Elvis’ Christmas Album, is released. It goes on to become the best-selling holiday album of all time by a wide margin.

— in 1964, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees 7-5 to win their 7th World Series. Bob Gibson is named series MVP.

— in 1965, Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract. The 3-year deal with PPX Productions gives him one dollar plus one percent of his royalties on his records.

— in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill creating the U.S. Department of Transportation

— in 1971, Rick Nelson plays the “Rock & Roll Spectacular” concert at Madison Square Garden. When he plays some newer songs, the audience boos. Nelson writes the song “Garden Party” about the experience, and it becomes a hit, reviving his career.

— in 1973, The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, a 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs

— also in 1973, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is banned from entering France for two years when he is found guilty of using, supplying and trafficking cannabis

— in 1979, The New York Knicks retire former Saluki Walt Frazier’s #10 jersey

— in 1987, the NFL Players Association orders an end to their 24-day strike

— in 1988, UB40’s cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine” finally hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 over four years after its initial release

— also in 1988, Game 1 of the World Series: With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2-run HR to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the A’s

— in 1989, Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as the NHL’s all-time top scorer

— in 1990, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize

— in 1993, both Nelson Mandela and South African President F. W. de Klerk are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

— in 1995, Paul McCartney and his wife Linda appear on an episode of The Simpsons where they help Lisa become a vegetarian

— in 1997, Former Illinois US Representative Dan Rostenkowski is released from prison after a 17-month sentence for mail fraud

— in 2000, Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” debuts on HBO

— in 2009, 6 year-old Falcon Heene allegedly floated away from his Colorado Springs home after climbing into a homemade helium spacecraft. Falcon was eventually found hiding inside a cardboard box in the attic of his family’s garage. The incident was later revealed to be a hoax cooked up by his father Richard.

— in 2011, Legoland Florida (the world’s largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida

— in 2014, At the St. Louis club Blueberry Hill, Chuck Berry performs for the last time. Berry would die three years later.

— in 2017, Actress Alyssa Milano tweets “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’”, prompting a flood of replies across social media, and starting the #MeToo movement

— and in 2018, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen died of cancer at the age of 65

— also in 2018, Sears files for bankruptcy

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