No Beard Day
Before growing that beard in for winter, start with a clean slate. Or maybe you miss your chin and wonder what you look like without all that hair. If you've ever wanted to shave it all off, No Beard Day is the day to do it. The holiday is celebrated annually on Oct. 18 for no particular reason. Famous beardless actors who have a birthday today include actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (51), jazz musician Wynton Marsalis (50) and heart throb Zac Efron (24) who hopefully won't be growing back his weird beard anytime soon.
First Comic Strip
One panel cartoons in print were not new. Richard Felton Outcault created a popular character, the Yellow Kid in a comic strip first published on Oct. 18, 1896. The strip was popular in publications owned by two competing publishers, Hearst and Pulitzer. Outcault, the artist who had once worked as a technical illustrator for Thomas Edison sued for copyright of "The Yellow Kid" comic strip but was only awarded the title, not the likeness.
"From 1896 until 1898, newspaper readers enjoyed The Yellow Kid in the Sunday editions of both the New York Journal and The World. The phrase "yellow journalism" has had a much longer life than the comic strip that inspired it" according to Duke University Libraries.
World Menopause Day
As part of World Menopause Month, the International Menopause Society celebrates World Menopause Day "to create awareness of vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Prevalence of these symptoms varies throughout the world with one in five women affected in Asia, in contrast to 74 percent of women reported in Europe. These symptoms are both distressing and debilitating for many women, and this campaign is designed as a call to action, to encourage more women to seek help from their physicians, and to consider the safe and effective treatment options available in their countries."
Chocolate Cupcake Day
When Columbus first saw the cacao bean he thought it was a type of almond according to The "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink." Before the mid-18th century chocolate was mostly mixed into hot beverages. John Hannon, with financial backing from James Baker produced a form of chocolate suitable for baking. The same "baker's" chocolate developed in Dorchester, Mass. in 1780s is the same as today's Baker's brand of chocolate now owned by Kraft.
A chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting tops TLC's top cupcake flavors. Celebrate Chocolate Cupcake Day
* German Chocolate Cupcakes