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For the week of Oct. 17, 2021

Jean Jacques Dessalines (1758-1806) Haitian. Revolutionary leader. Dessalines, born a slave, joined the revolt against French rule by Francois Dominique Toussiant-Louveture. After Tossaint-Louverture's capture in 1802, Dessalines, along with Henri Christophe, led the successful effort to defeat the French army of Napoleon I. He declared independence from France on January 1, 1804, gave the land the name of Haiti (Indian for hills), and proclaimed himself Emperor Jacques I. He ruled Haiti as the first independent nation in Latin America from 1804 to 18906. This is the day of his death.

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.

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.

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

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).

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