Old Farmers Day
When : Always October 12th
Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture. Early settlers cleared fields and pristine woods, to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them. They found new seeds, and learned new methods along the way. Many of those new farming methods came from Native Americans, who were already farming the land. Most notably, was the concept of hilling, or mounding soil.
The month of October is a very appropriate month to celebrate and honor farmers. At this time, the harvest is largely complete. It means that farmers can take a break from their labors, to enjoy this celebration.
A farmers' work is long and hard. It certainly doesn't make a person rich. It has its good years, and its bad ones. There is no guarantee of a good crop. Weather, pests, and disease problems often prove disastrous. But, through it all, farmers have persevered. And, their ceaseless hard work sets an example for all.
As Americans, we tip our hat to all farmers for their contributions to American culture, values,society, and the economy. Happy Old Farmers Day!
Origin of Old Farmers Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. The origin of this day seems to date back to the early to mid 1800's.
There appears for be many dates in September and October for local town "Farmer Days". Many have been around for a long time. For some unknown reason, October 12th is by far the most common date for this celebration of farming and of the harvest they reap.
This Day in History October 12th
Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India. (1492)
The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips. (1692)
America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia. (1773)
First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York City. (1792)
The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina. (1793)
Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse was the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute, from an altitude of 900 meters. (1799)
First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. (1810)
Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat. (1823)
The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage. (1892)
President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House. (1901)
World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium (1915)
World War I: The First Battle of Passchendaele takes place resulting in the largest single day loss of life in New Zealand history. (1917)
An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston (1928)
The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, is acquired by the United States Department of Justice (1933)
World War II: Japanese ships retreat after their defeat in the Battle of Cape Esperance with the Japanese commander, Aritomo Gotō dying from wounds suffered in the battle and two Japanese destroyers sunk by Allied air attack. (1942)
World War II: The Liberation of Athens from the German invaders. (1944)
World War II: Desmond Doss is the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. (1945)
"The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" opens at Plymouth Theatre, New York City (1953)
Television viewers in Japan unexpectedly witness the assassination of Inejiro Asanuma, leader of the Japan Socialist Party, when he is stabbed and killed during a live broadcast. (1960)
The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits. (1964)
Vietnam War: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the U.S. Congress for peace initiatives are futile because of North Vietnam's opposition (1967)
Vietnam War: US President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 40,000 more troops before Christmas (1970)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published. (1979)
NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus (the spacecraft presumably burned up in the atmosphere). (1994)
The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39. (2000)