Date When Celebrated : Fourth Sunday in October
If you missed Mother's Day in May, then here's another chance to honor your beloved Mother-In-Law. The source of many jokes, a mother-in-law doesn't usually get the praise and appreciation she deserves.
Source/Origination: Unknown. We suspect this one was started by card companies or flower companies.
Always the fourth Sunday in October.
This Day in History October 27
Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. (312)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded. (1682)
The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Madrid, which establishes the boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S. (1795)
United States annexes the former Spanish colony of West Florida. (1810)
Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated. (1838)
The first underground New York City Subway line opens; the system becomes the biggest in United States, and one of the biggest in world. (1904)
World War I: The British super-dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious (23,400 tons), is sunk off Tory Island, north-west of Ireland, by a minefield laid by the armed German merchant-cruiser Berlin. (1914)
Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne. (1936)
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force. (1954)
NASA tests the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1. (1961)
Major Rudolf Anderson of the United States Air Force becomes the only direct human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 reconnaissance airplane is shot down in Cuba by a Soviet-supplied SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile. (1962)
Ronald Reagan delivers a speech on behalf of Republican candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. The speech launched his political career and came to be known as "A Time for Choosing". (1964)
Catholic priest Philip Berrigan and others of the Baltimore Four protest the Vietnam War by pouring blood on Selective Service records. (1967)
The Caņon City meteorite, a 1.4 kg chondrite type meteorite, strikes in Fremont County, Colorado. (1973)
The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang. (1986)
Ronald Reagan decides to tear down the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow because of Soviet listening devices in the building structure. (1988)
United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. is brutally murdered by shipmate Terry M. Helvey for being gay, precipitating first military, then national, debate about gays in the military that resulted in the United States "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy. (1992)
October 27, 1997 mini-crash: Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 554.26 points to 7,161.15. (1997)