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This week in history

 October 24 in History


 Today's birthday

For the week of Oct. 19, 2014

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William (Will) Rogers Jr. (1879): American Indian (Cherokee). Humorist. Rogers' homespun humor won him national fame and great popularity as a stage and film actor, radio personality, and writer of a syndicated newspaper column. The targets of his barbs ranged across the entire political spectrum.

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Birthday of the Bab (1819-1850: Baha'i. The Bab (which means the Gate) is honored by the Baha' is the one who announced that the messenger of God would soon appear. He was the forerunner of Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith. On this day Baha' is throughout the world suspend work and come together for prayer and festivities.

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Chulalongkorn Day: Thailand. This day commemorates the death in 1910 of King Chulalongkorn the Great, who abolished slavery in Thailand.

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Durga Puja: Hindu. This is a fall festival that honors the Mother-goddess, Durga. It is a ten day festival. The days of observance are October 24 (Maha Saptami), October 25 (Maha Ashtami) and October 26 (Vijaya Dasami).

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United Nations Day: United Nations. This day commemorates the founding of the United Nations in 1945.

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Miriam Kressyn (1912-1996): Jewish American Yiddish actress. Born in Bialystok, Poland, Kressyn came to the United States in 1025 and, along with her husband, Seymour Rechtzeit, was a primary force in the survival of Yiddish theater in the United States. Together, they were known as the romantic idols of Yiddish musicals. Considered by many to be the first Lady of the Yiddish Theater, Kressyn taught Yiddish theater at Queens College in New York and for * 40 years she and her husband broadcast in Yiddish on WEVD in New York City. *This is the day of her death.