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Fire Prevention Day

October 9 is Fire Prevention Day!

Fire Prevention Day was established in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. As the story goes, a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, starting a fire that lasted from October 8 to October 10, 1871. The Great Chicago Fire killed hundreds of people and burned down over 3 miles of land in Illinois.

The first Fire Prevention Day was held 40 years after the incident with the aim of educating people on fire safety and steps to take in the unfortunate event of a fire. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson announced Fire Prevention Week with the same goal.

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Leif Erikson Day

LeifErikson1968stampLeif Erikson Day honors the Norwegian Viking explorer Leif Erikson, who was the first Scandinavian to set foot on American soil, though many credit him with being the first European to do so. The holiday also recognizes the Nordic people’s culture and their contributions to the U.S.

Leif Erikson Day is celebrated on October 9, the anniversary of the day the ship Restauration arrived in New York from Norway, which initiated organized immigration from Scandinavia to the U.S. (This date is not associated with any event that occurred during Leif Erikson’s lifetime.)

Celebrate Leif Erikson Day at home by throwing a Viking-themed party or hosting a birthday dinner party, consisting of  Scandinavian dishes only, in honor of Leif Erikson.

Celebrating your Norwegian heritage? Cook up some of these Norwegian-specific recipes and don’t forget the lefse!


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