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White Cane Safety Day

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

White Cane Safety Day

When : October 15th

White Cane Safety Day celebrates and recognizes the achievements of the blind and visually impaired, and their independence. That independence is represented by the white cane that they use to travel from place to place.

The white cane is an invaluable tool for the blind. It affords blind people a freedom of movement they otherwise may not have. The white cane is a well recognized symbol of independence.

If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired, celebrate this day with him or her. We suggest you let them take you for a walk.

Origin of White Cane Safety Day:

On October 15, 1964, a Joint resolution of Congress passed legislation marking this day. President Lyndon Johnson immediately issued a proclamation declaring this day to be White Cane Safety Day. This is an annual proclamation.

This Day in History October 15th

The Siege of Vienna ends as the Austrians rout the invading Turks, turning the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe by the Ottoman Empire. (1529)

Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. (1764)

The Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon marks the first human ascent, by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, (tethered balloon). (1783)

Queen Marie-Antoinette of France is tried and convicted in a swift, pre-determined trial in the Palais de Justice, Paris, and condemned to death the following day. (1793)

Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean. (1815)

American Civil War: The H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sinks during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley. (1863)

American Civil War: The Battle of Glasgow is fought, resulting in the surrender of Glasgow, Missouri, and its Union garrison, to the Confederacy. (1864)

The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation. (1878)

Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists. (1880)

The "From Hell" letter sent by Jack the Ripper is received by investigators. (1888)

Airship America launched from New Jersey in the first attempt to cross the Atlantic by a powered aircraft. (1910)

World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire. (1917)

The airship, Graf Zeppelin completes its first trans-Atlantic flight, landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. (1928)

The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed LaGuardia Airport) is dedicated. (1939)

The President of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, is executed by the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco, making him the only European president to have been executed. (1940)

The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes power in Hungary. (1944)

Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes conducts the very last step of the first synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin that would later be used in one of the first three oral contraceptives. (1951)

The first episode of I Love Lucy, an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, airs on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). (1951)

British nuclear test Totem 1 detonated at Emu Field, South Australia. (1953)

Hurricane Hazel devastates the eastern seaboard, killing 95 and causing massive floods as far north as Toronto. As a Category 4 upon landfall, it is the strongest storm on record to strike as far north as North Carolina. (1954)

Fortran, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time. (1956)

Vietnam War: The Catholic Worker Movement stages an anti-war rally in Manhattan including a public burning of a draft card; the first such act to result in arrest under a new amendment to the Selective Service Act. (1965)

Black Panther Party is created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. (1966)

Vietnam War; The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam is held in Washington DC and across the US. Over 2 million demonstrate nationally; about 250,000 in the nation's capital. (1969)

Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL. (1989)

Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation. (1990)

The first supersonic land speed record is set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC (United Kingdom), exactly 50 years and 1 day after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the Earth's atmosphere. (1997)

The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn. (1997)

NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io. (2001)

The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi runs into a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43. (2003)

A riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested. (2005)

Seventeen activists in New Zealand are arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids. (2007)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 733.08 points, or 7.87%, the second worst day in the Dow's history based on a percentage drop. (2008)
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    1648 days ago
    As someone with some vision impairment, I really appreciate this (even though I don't live in the US, white canes are widely recognized in Canada as well.....
    1650 days ago
  • PMAY0313
    1651 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder!

    from the history tidbits:
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 733.08 points, or 7.87%, the second worst day in the Dow's history based on a percentage drop. (2008)

    5 years later, its back.
    1651 days ago
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