Good morning, today is Friday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2014. There are 89 days left in the year. The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins at sunset. Today is World Smile Day.
FYI: The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. Harvey Ball is known to have created the smiley face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since. ~ Information taken from Wikipedia.
At 11 p.m., northbound I-5 in Lakewood will be reduced to one lane, and that one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange. All lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Beginning at 8 p.m. each weeknight next week, drivers will also encounter single-lane closures in both directions between Lacey and Lakewood. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. each following day.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 3, 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops cracked the Siegfried Line north of Aachen, Germany.
On this date:
In 1789, President George Washington declared Nov. 26, 1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
In 1922, Rebecca L. Felton, D-Ga., became the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Senate (however, she ended up serving only a day).
In 1932, Iraq became independent of British administration.
In 1951, the New York Giants captured the National League pennant by a score of 5-4 as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca in the “shot heard ‘round the world.”
In 1954, the family comedy “Father Knows Best,” formerly an NBC radio show, premiered on CBS-TV with Robert Young reprising his role of Jim Anderson.
In 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra became the fifth American to fly in space as he blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a 9-hour flight.
In 1974, Frank Robinson was named major league baseball’s first black manager as he was placed in charge of the Cleveland Indians.
In 1981, Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes that had claimed 10 lives.
In 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a reunified country.
In 1995, the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial found the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman (however, Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial).
In 2008, O.J. Simpson was found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. (Simpson was later sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.)