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On This Day - October 5th

Believe it or not, October 5th is not just about pumpkin lattes and red scarves! In fact, a lot has taken place on this very important date over the years. Here are just some of the most important things to know about October 5th – which, if you’re already celebrating today for whatever reason, should give you a little more to mark the occasion with!

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Facts of Japan

Soldiers landed on Tsushima.

In 1274, about 1,000 soldiers in the Mongolian army landed on the island of Tsushima, Japan. It was the first official attack from Kublai Khan's invasion of Japan.

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The women of Paris marched.

In 1789, during the ongoing French Revolution, women of Paris officially marched to Versailles in order to confront then-King of France, Louis XVI. They demanded retribution for his refusal to promote decrees on feudalism’s abolition. They also demanded bread – and that the King and his court be moved to Paris.

Facts of Portugal

Portugal became a republic.

In 1910, the monarchy was overthrown in Portugal. It was replaced by a republic. To this day, the country has a semi-presidential republic.

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The Hollywood Black Friday took place.

Sadly, it’s not the Black Friday you’re probably accustomed to. In 1945, Hollywood Black Friday took place when a six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators culminated in a bloody riot. The riot took place at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios.

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Marc Garneau made space travel history.

In 1984, NASA launched the Challenger 6 as part of the 13th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41G). Onboard was Marc Garneau, the first-ever Canadian in space!

Special Days Falling on October 5th

October 5th is all about celebrating where we come from, learning more about each other, and being grateful for those who guide us. Here are some of the most important events taking place around the world today.
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World Teachers’ Day

This special day was originally launched by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation), back in 1994. The idea behind the day is to honor all of the great teachers all over the world. We all learn from our teachers, and truly great teachers manage to teach us beyond the scope of their subjects! They guide us through our day-to-day lives and often leave us with lessons we keep with us for our entire lifetimes.
So, today, take the time to thank your favorite teachers for all that they do and everything they have given you!

Facts of Vanuatu

Vanuatu Constitution Day

October 5th is also Vanuatu Constitution Day! This public holiday commemorates the signing of the Pacific Island Republic of Vanuatu’s Constitution back in 1979. The signing of the constitution marked the nation’s independence from France and the UK, which officially took effect in 1980.

Facts of Portugal

Portugal Republic Day

We’ve already discussed Portuguese history briefly, meaning it should come as no surprise that it’s Portugal’s official Republic Day, also known as the Implantation of the Republic in Portugal! The day commemorates the end of the monarchy, the House of Braganca, in 1910. As a public holiday, schools, offices, and most businesses are closed, so join in the celebration!

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