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Darryl Hall

American singer and musician Darryl Hall was born on 11 October in Pottstown, a Pennsylvania borough 40 miles (64 km) from Philadelphia. His parents each had a background in music: his father was a professional singer and his mother was a vocal coach. He started recording while still a student at Owen J. Roberts High School, from which he graduated in 1964. In college at Temple University in Philadelphia, he majored in music, while continuing to record, working with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff as both an artist and a session musician. During his first semester at Temple, in the fall of 1965, he and four other white Temple University students formed the vocal harmony group the Temptones. They were popular additions to the largely black Philly soul scene, defeating both The Ambassadors and The Delfonics in a contest at the Uptown Theater.The Temptones recorded a handful of singles for Arctic Records, produced by Jimmy Bishop. While performing at the Uptown theatre, Hall formed creative affiliations with such artists as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and many other top soul singers of the 1960s.

In 1967 Hall met John Oates, who was also an undergraduate at Temple University. According to Daryl Hall, they met when “We got in the middle of a fight at a dance – I have no idea what the fight was about. I guess the Greek letters on one gang’s jackets didn’t appeal to the other gang. We both beat it out the back and met on the elevator while leaving the place rather quickly.” Hall was by then a senior, while Oates was a freshman. They played together until Oates transferred to a different school at age 19. Hall did not let Oates’ departure discourage him from pursuing his own musical career: he dropped out of college in 1968 and worked with Tim Moore in a short-lived rock band, Gulliver, and released an album on the Elektra Records label. In 1969 Hall again began recording songs by other artists, which led to the duo signing their first record contract in early 1972. When they were Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegun and managed by Tommy Mottola Their second album, Abandoned Luncheonette, was produced by Arif Mardin and released in 1973. It yielded the single, “She’s Gone” reached No. 1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Tavares. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, War Babies (produced by Todd Rundgren), before they were dropped and promptly signed to RCA.

From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, Hall & Oates scored six U.S. No. 1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also No. 1 R&B), “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” (also No. 1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six multi-platinum albums – Bigger Than Both of Us, Voices, Private Eyes, H2O, Rock ‘n Soul Part 1 and Big Bam Boom – the last five of which were released consecutively. The era also produced an additional six U.S. Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile”, “One on One”, “Family Man,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love”.

In 1972 Hall & Oates opened for David Bowie, who was doing an American tour as Ziggy Stardust. Of his relationship with the British rocker, Hall reminisced, “One time I ran into him in Jamaica…we went to the Playboy Club and got drunk while watching a bad reggae band!” Later in 1985 the duo performed at the Philadelphia leg of the seminal ‘Live Aid’ concert. After playing their set, they then went on to back Mick Jagger & Tina Turner, a highlight of the concert.The duo released a Christmas album in October 2006 titled Home for Christmas and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

In addition to his work with Oates, Hall has made music as a solo artist, as well as recording with Robert Fripp in the late ‘70s, working on Fripp’s critically praised Exposure album from 1979. In 1977 Fripp produced and performed on Hall’s debut solo album, the much-acclaimed Sacred Songs. This album was released in 1980. In 1984 Hall co-wrote and produced, with Arthur Baker, the single “Swept Away” for Diana Ross, In 1985 he performed two songs in the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois. Hall participated in the We Are the World session as well as closing the Live Aid show in Philadelphia. He also made an album with Dave Stewart that year, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, which included t single “Dreamtime”. He has recorded such solo works as Soul Alone in 1993 and Can’t Stop Dreaming in 1996, both of which were received well internationally. In 1994 composed “Gloryland” that was official album of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In 2007 Hall guest-starred on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, playing an MC of a “world music” festival. In 2008, Hall played a well-received set with his band at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Hall was slated to sing the National Anthem of the United States before Game 5 of the 2008 World Series at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park but, due to an illness, could not appear, and Oates sang it instead. In 2009, Hall guest starred on the Independent Film Channel series, Z-Rock (as himself).

In 2010 Hall was back in the studio working on a solo recording with bassist and musical director, T-Bone Wolk. Unfortunately Wolk tragically died of a heart attack on February 28, 2010, hours after completing a session with Hall. On June 11, 2010, Hall shared the stage with electronic duo Chromeo for a special late night set at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Their set consisted of a mix of both Hall & Oates and Chromeo tracks. In 2011 Hall released the album Laughing Down Crying and, UK Electronic duo Nero released their debut album “Welcome Reality”, which features guest vocals by Hall on the track “Reaching Out”, which also samples Hall & Oates’ 80’s hit Out of Touch

Hall restores and preserves historic homes in both the United States and England. In 2008, he purchased the 18th century Bray House, in Kittery Point, Maine and is in the process of restoring it. He also has restored a Georgian-style home in London, England, first built in 1740, with direct waterfront access to the River Thames. He purchased two homes located near Hartford, Connecticut – one built in 1771, the other in 1780 – and had them moved to the same property in New York’s Dutchess County where they were combined and restored. After having the houses moved, he discovered that both homes, by coincidence, were connected to the same family. Hall has a home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Hall also hosted the 2014 television show Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall on the DIY Network, which showed him and a crew working on restoring one of his homes in Connecticut. Since 2007, Hall has also hosted the online show/webcast Live from Daryl’s House, which features live music acts in a podcast/videocast first from his home in Millerton, New York, and more recently from his club Daryl’s House in Pawling, New York. The webcast has featured appearances by Ceelo Green, The O’Jays, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, KT Tunstall, Joe Walsh, Rob Thomas, Darius Rucker, Eric Hutchinson, Cheap Trick, Aaron Neville, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors and many others, as well as a holiday special featuring Shelby Lynne and songs from the Hall and Oates release Home for Christmas.Hall hosted WGN America’s 2010 New Year’s Eve coverage as a Live from Daryl’s House special featuring clips of previous Live from Daryl’s House episodes.

In total Hall & Oates had six #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1977 and 1984, all six of which were written or co-written by Hall: “Rich Girl”, “Kiss On My List” (which Hall wrote with Janna Allen), “Private Eyes” (with Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash), “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” (with John Oates & Sara Allen), “Maneater” (with John Oates & Sara Allen) and “Out of Touch” (with John Oates). In addition, “Do It For Love” (written with John Oates) and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” (by Edmund Hamilton Sears & Richard Storrs Willis) topped the U.S. Adult Contemporary charts. The Hall & Oates song “She’s Gone”, which Hall and Oates co-wrote, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart when covered by Tavares in 1974. Their song “Everytime You Go Away”, which Hall wrote by himself, reached #1 in the US and Canada in 1985 when covered by Paul Young. Hall also sang lead vocals on, and wrote or co-wrote, nine more popular Billboard songs that also made it to the Top 10: “Say It Isn’t So”, “Adult Education” (with John Oates & Sara Allen), “Sara Smile” (with John Oates – a song that refers to Hall’s then-girlfriend), “Method of Modern Love” (with Janna Allen), “You Make My Dreams” (with John Oates & Sara Allen), “Everything Your Heart Desires”, “One on One”, “Did It in a Minute” (with Sara Allen & Janna Allen) and “So Close” (with George Green).Hall has also had hits recording other people’s material, reaching No. 12 with his 1980 rendition of The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” and No. 6 with 1983’s “Family Man,” written by Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly.

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Elmore Leonard

American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter Elmore John Leonard Jr. was born October 11, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Flora Amelia (née Rive) and Elmore John Leonard, Sr. Because his father worked as a site locator for General Motors, the family moved frequently. In 1934, the family settled in Detroit.

He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1943 and, after being rejected for the Marines for weak eyesight, he immediately joined the Navy, where he served with the Seabees for three years in the South Pacific (gaining the nickname “Dutch”, after pitcher Dutch Leonard). Enrolling at the University of Detroit in 1946, he pursued writing more seriously, entering his work in short story contests and sending it off to magazines. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy. A year before he graduated, he got a job as a copy writer with Campbell-Ewald Advertising Agency, a position he kept for several years, writing on the side.

Leonard got his first break in the fiction market during the 1950s, regularly publishing pulp Western novels. Leonard had his first success in 1951 when Argosy published the short story “Trail of the Apaches”. During the 1950s and early 1960s, he continued writing Westerns, publishing more than 30 short stories. He wrote his first novel, The Bounty Hunters, in 1953 and followed this with four other novels. Five of his westerns were turned into major movies including The Tall T(Richard Boone), 3:10 to Yuma Glenn Ford), Hombre (Paul Newman), Valdez Is Coming (Burt Lancaster), and Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood).

He then went on to write seventeen novels and stories in the mystery, crime, genre and Many of his crime fiction novels and suspense thrillers, have been adapted into motion pictures have subsequently been adapted into into movies. Including Glitz, Jackie Brown from the novel Rum Punch Which starred Pam Grier, and was directed by Quentin Tarantino) which is a “homage to the author’s trademark rhythm and pace”; Get Shorty (1995, starring John Travolta and Gene Hackman); and Out of Sight (1999, starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh). The novels Swag, Hombre and Mr. Majestyk were also adapted into movies. Many of Leonard’s short stories Have also been adapted into films and television series including 3:10 to Yuma The Tall T, and the FX television series Justified.

Elmore Leonard has been called “the Dickens of Detroit” because of his intimate portraits of people from that city, though he said, “If I lived in Buffalo, I’d write about Buffalo.” His favourite epithet was one given by Britain’s New Musical Express: “the poet laureate of wild assholes with revolvers”. His ear for dialogue has been praised by writers such as Saul Bellow, Martin Amis, and Stephen King. “Your prose makes Raymond Chandler look clumsy,” Amis told Leonard at a Writers Guild event in Beverly Hills in 1998. Stephen King has called him “the great American writer.” Leonard’s mastery of free indirect discourse, a third-person narrative technique that gives the illusion of immediate access to a character’s thoughts, has been described as unsurpassed in our time, and among the surest of all time.

Leonard often cited Ernest Hemingway as perhaps his single most important influence, but at the same time criticized Hemingway for his lack of humor and for taking himself too seriously.Still, it was Leonard’s affection for Hemingway, as well as George V. Higgins, that led him to will his personal papers to the University of South Carolina, where many of Hemingway’s and Higgins’ papers are archived. Leonard’s papers reside at the university’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

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National Sausage Pizza Day🍕

National Sausage Pizza Day takes place annually on the 11 October. Sausage is one of the most popular pizza toppings, but this was not always the case. The history of pizza dates back hundreds of years, to when pie-shaped flatbreads with toppings were first eaten in Naples in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the time, this coastal city was not part of Italy, but its own kingdom. The working poor, or lazzaroni, lived outside or in small homes, and needed cheap food. Pizza consisted of flatbread with toppings such as tomatoes, garlic, cheese, oil, or anchovies, and it was sold by street vendors and informal restaurants, and eaten for any meal. Pizza didn’t end up becoming popular in the rest of Italy until the 1940s.

It was in the United States, where Neapolitans immigrated to, that pizza gained in popularity. The first pizzeria in the United States was Lombardi’s, which was started in New York City in 1905. Lombardi’s is still in business, and although it is in a new location, the original oven is still in use. Neapolitans brought pizza to many other cities, including Trenton, New Haven, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Pizza became popular all over the country, especially following World War II. Many styles of crusts and different toppings became popular in different regions. Eventually, pizza made its way back to Italy, as well as to other parts of the world.

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National Coming out day

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on October 11 and October 12 in some parts of the world. Founded in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person. The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views. In more recent years, the idea of the “lesbian and gay community” has been largely subsumed into the idea of the LGBT community, and the idea of “coming out” expanded to not only include the voluntary self-disclosure of a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation, but also transgender, genderqueer, or other non-mainstream gender identity.

NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary. Eichberg, who died in 1995 of complications from AIDS, was a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience. O’Leary was an openly lesbian political leader and long-time activist from New York, and was at the time the head of the National Gay Rights Advocates in Los Angeles. Queer activists, including Eichberg and O’Leary, did not want to respond defensively to anti-LGBT action because they believed it would be predictable. This caused them to found NCOD in order to maintain positivity and celebrate coming out. The date of October 11 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

National Coming Out Day is observed annually to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and civil rights movement. The first decades of observances were marked by private and public people coming out, often in the media, to raise awareness and let the mainstream know that everyone knows at least one person who is lesbian or gay. In more recent years, when coming out as a lesbian or gay man is now far less risky in most Western countries, the day is more of a holiday. Participants often wear pride symbols such as pink triangles and rainbow flags.

National Coming Out Day is also observed in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, where the Human Rights Campaign sponsors NCOD events under the auspices of their National Coming Out Project, offering resources to LGBT individuals, couples, parents, and children, as well as straight friends and relatives, to promote awareness of LGBT families living honest and open lives. Candace Gingrich became the spokesperson for NCOD in April 1995. Since 1999, the Human Rights Campaign has announced a theme to go with every NCOD. The following is a list of most of the themes from 1999 to 2014

International Newspaper Carrier Day

International Newspaper Carrier Day is celebrated annually on 11 October. It was created by the Newspaper Association of America and celebrated in October. The day is scheduled in association with the Newspaper Association Managers’ National Newspaper Week. National Newspaper Week is celebrated during the first full week in October (Sun-Sat), and Newspaper Carrier Day is observed on the Saturday of that week. Newspapers Canada (the national association representing the newspaper industry in Canada) also observes this particular date, noting newspapers may choose to observe the day by running an ad, or organizing special events or activities. The purpose of National Newspaper Week and Newspaper Carrier Day is to highlight the contributions that newspapers, their staff and carriers make to gather and deliver the news to their communities.

The Paperboy (Papergirl) was an iconic role of youngsters, often their first job. A paperboy’s task was to distribute printed newspapers to homes or offices of subscribers on a regular route, usually by bicycle or automobile. This has often been a before-school or after-school job for adolescents. (Contrast with the newsboy or newspaper hawker, now extremely rare in Western nations, who would sell newspapers to passersby on the street, often with very vocal promotion. They were common when multiple daily papers in every city—as many as 50 in New York City—competed for sales each day.)

The position of paperboy occupies a prominent place in the popular culture of many countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Japan. This is because it has long been the first paying job available to young teenagers, often male. The number of paperboys has declined dramatically in recent years. This is due partly to the disappearance of afternoon newspapers, whose delivery times worked better for school-aged children than did those of morning papers which were typically delivered before 6 a.m. The numbers have also been affected by changing demographics, the availability of news and newspapers on the internet, employment laws and concern about the safety of un-escorted children, all of which have led many newspapers to switch to delivery by adults. Today, they are mainly used by weekly community newspapers and free shopper papers, which still tend to be delivered in the afternoons. Alternatively, sometimes paperboys are only employed once a week to deliver the paper on Sunday. Newspaper industry lore suggests that the first paperboy, hired in 1833, was 10-year-old Barney Flaherty who answered an advertisement in the New York Sun, which read “To the Unemployed a number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.”

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child is held annually on 11 October to increase awareness of issues faced by girls around the world such as educating girls which helps reduce the rate of child marriage, disease and helps strengthen the economy by helping girls have access to higher paying jobs. However Many global development plans,do not include or consider girls, and their issues become “invisible.”More than 62 million girls around the world have no access to education. Worldwide and collectively, girls ages 5 to 14 spend more than 160 million hours more on household chores than boys of the same age do. Globally, one in four girls are married before age 18. On October 11, 2016, Emma Watson, who is also the United Nations Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, urged countries and families worldwide to end child marriage. Many girls around the world are vulnerable to acts of sexual violence and the perpetrators often go unpunished

The International Day of the Girl Child initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental organization that operates worldwide.The idea for an international day of observance and celebration grew out of Plan International’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular. Plan International representatives in Canada approached the Canadian federal government to seek to the coalition of supporters raised awareness of the initiative internationally. Eventually, Plan International urged the United Nations to become involved.

International Day of the Girl Child was formally proposed as a resolution by Canada in the United Nations General Assembly. Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister for the Status of Women, sponsored the resolution; a delegation of women and girls made presentations in support of the initiative at the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly voted to pass a resolution adopting October 11, 2012 as the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child. The resolution states that the Day of the Girl recognizes

The empowerment of and investment in girls, is critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community

Each year’s Day of the Girl has a theme; the first was “ending child marriage”, the second, in 2013, was “innovating for girl’s education”,the third, in 2014, was “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.” and the fourth, in 2015 was “The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030”. The 2016 theme is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.”The 2017 theme is “EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises”.

Various events to promote the Day of the Girl are held in a number of countries. Some are sponsored by the United Nations, such as a concert in Mumbai, India. Non-governmental organizations, such as the Girl Guides Australia, are supporting events and activities for International Day of the Girl Child. Local organizations have developed their own events, such as Girls and Football South Africa, who will distribute T-shirts on International Day of the Girl Child to commemorate the 1956 Black Sash march by 20,000 women. An all-day event was held on London’s South Bank in 2013, which included theatre and film performances produced by Body Gossip, an organisation that campaigns on body image and mental health issues. For the first Day of the Girl, a virtual event was developed by Sage Girl and iTwixie to bring thousands of individuals and organizations together online.