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Make a Difference Day

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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When: The fourth Saturday in October

Initiated in 1990, this is a national day devoted to helping others by doing volunteer work in the community. The activity can be almost anything. On this day, millions of Americans participate in community improvement projects. It takes the form of cleanup, fixup, painting, and repair in poorer neighborhoods, parks and municipal facilities. It doesn't matter what project you take on. It doesn't matter whether you help a non-profit organization, the community, your town, nursing home, a church, a food kitchen, or any other group in need. What matters is that you participate.

Make a commitment to help others for just one day. Make a difference on Make a Difference Day!

Did You Know? Each year on Make a Difference Day, ex-President Jimmie Carter gets out his hammer and saw, and helps to build or rebuild housing in underprivileged areas. There is not better example of people helping others than this!

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This Day in History October 26th

General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera himself soon after. (1689)

The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1774)

King George III of Great Britain goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution. (1775)

Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution. (1776)

War of 1812: A combined force of British regulars, Canadian militia, and Mohawks defeat the Americans in the Battle of Chateauguay. (1813)

The Erie Canal opens – passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie. (1825)

The Pony Express officially ceases operations. (1861)

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona. (1881)

Norway becomes independent from Sweden. (1905)

World War I: Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat at the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany. The young unknown Oberleutnant Erwin Rommel captures Mount Matajur with only 100 Germans against a force of over 7000 Italians. (1917)

Erich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, is dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations. (1918)

The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation. (1936)

The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight. (1940)

World War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, is sunk and another aircraft carrier, Enterprise, is heavily damaged, while two Japanese carriers and one cruiser are heavily damaged. (1942)

World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with an overwhelming American victory. (1944)

After the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares permanent neutrality. (1955)

Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France. (1958)

Ali Maow Maalin, the last natural case of smallpox, develops rash in Merca district, Somalia. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination. (1977)

"Baby Fae" receives a heart transplant from a baboon. (1984)

The London Ambulance Service is thrown into chaos after the implementation of a new CAD, or Computer Aided Dispatch, system which failed. (1992)

Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty. (1994)

The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law. (2001)

The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km2), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego. (2003)
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    I try to do this every day....many times!
    1577 days ago
  • PMAY0313
    1577 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder (and the history tidbits).
    1577 days ago
    volunteering is good for you!
    1578 days ago
    The problem with that program here in Boise is that most of the work is done for retired millionaires or people abusing the labor of volunteers.

    I am very happy to lend a helping hand and do indeed to those truly in need and those who truly can not (not WILL not) do for themselves.
    1578 days ago
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