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This Week in Hippy History: 24th – 30th October

Week 3

Hippy HistoryHello there, welcome to week 3 of Mystical Mayhem Clothing’s This week in Hippy history.
We have looked high and low to find some fun and interesting hippy facts for you this week so please, read on and see what we have found for you…………..

24th October 1938 – US forbids child labour in factories. This was achieved by the Fair Labour Standards Act. This act meant that for the very first time, minimum ages of employment and hours of     work for children were regulated by federal law. People had been working towards this act since 1832 which it was deemed that children should not be able to work in factories from morning until night without time for recreation as it is not good for their health. It took a very long time and many many trade meetings etc to get there but after hard work and perseverance they got there in the end!

24th October 1995 – Total solar eclipse is SW/S Asia which lasted 2m09s. Now this would have been awesome to behold. I always love watching eclipses through my silly glasses. There is something about these world occurrences that make me realise how small we are along with our tiny planet. I am sure that you all know however I will tell you again anyways – a solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun obscuring the sun from us on earth. A total eclipse is when the sun is completely obscured and the darkness comes – wonderful! I know us hippy’s are supposed to love the light which I do but, the dark is awesome to. Without light there is no dark and without dark there is no light!

25th October 1965 – Stones Release “Get off of my Cloud”. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards it is said to be a reaction to their growing popularity and people’s expectations of them after the huge success of their single “Satisfaction”. Topping the charts in the UK it also made it to #2 in Australia. We like the Rolling Stones. Who would have thought that they would still be touring. I have been to 1 of their farewell tours and Simon has been to 2. We do like our hippy rockers!

25th October 1978 – The movie “Halloween” is released. Now I know that this has nothing to do with being a hippy however, I am a sucker for horror movies – I just love them! This movie brings back some great memories of the first time that I watched this with some friends (we weren’t supposed to as we were too young) and to be honest, it scared the poop out of us. We were hooked from there on out and watched what horror movies we could. This is a classic cult horror!

25th October 1881 – Pablo Picasso born. Pablo is one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Now this dude made art for hippy’s with his bright colours and abstract images. What’s not to like? Active from an early age, over the span of his career (about 80 years) he made more than 50,000 paintings, engravings and sculptures. If you have not seen any of his amazing works then you should – check him out on google and see if you can find a gallery showing one of his pieces – they truly are amazing.

26th October 1950 – Mother Teresa (aka Saint Teresa of Calcutta) funds Missions of Charity in Calcutta. Another perfect example of how Mother Teresa was a wonderful human being that everyone should aspire to. The Missions of Charity was made to care for these who could did not have the means to properly care for themselves and included people such as sick and abandoned children, former prostitutes, the mentally ill, lepers and people with AIDS. Basically they helped everyone that they could.  There are 19 homes in Calcutta including a leper colony.  They also have volunteer run schools for children and soup kitchen. Amazing!!!!!

26th October 1965 – Beatles receive MBE at Buckingham Palace. This is the day that these fantastically talented hippy’s got their MBE’s. It turns out that there was a petition from people to get them knighted however it would not have been quite right for that high an honour and so it was decided that they would be awarded an MBE which is Members of the Most Honourable Order of the British Empire.

 27th October 1988 – “ET” released on home video. Can you believe that it took 6 years for this to be released onto video. It was first screened in the cinema in 1982 and then again in 1985. “E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial” was one of the most anticipated home movie releases of all time. I grew up with this movie and used to watch it at least once a week. “E.T” is a cult classic that everyone should see at some point. Although it has not aged well in terms of what is out there today it is still a great movie and will always hold a place in my hippy heart.

27th October 1939 – John Cleese Born. This was a great day for everyone. John is an actor, comedian and a film producer and co-founder and one of the funny men behind Monty Pythons. Monty Pythons has such a huge following and will be watched for many many years to come. It was something that my father introduced me to and something that I will pass on to my children (when I have them). Other than Monty Pythons, John is well known for Faulty Towers which he co-wrote and starred in with his then wife Bonnie. Utter comedy genius.

28th October 1726 – “Gulliver’s Travels” published – “Gulliver’s Travels” was written by Jonathan Swift and is a tale know to most children and adults. I read this book when I was little and have seen many TV adaptations of the book. I did not realise that it was written so long ago.

29th October 1945 – 1st ball point pen goes on sale made by biro – I thought that I would throw this random fact in here as it was a great invention and is still used and will be used for the rest of time I would imagine.  I do like a good ball point pen 🙂

30th October 1503 – Queen Isabella of Spain bans violence against Indians. Isabelle was the one who funded Christopher Columbus’s expeditions which brought the New World and wealth to Spain. Isabella took a great interest in the Native Americans of the new lands so much so that she wanted all of the Indians to be treated fairly. When some of them were brought to Spain as slaves she had them freed and returned to their lands.

Well, there you have it, week 3 of our hippy news article. We hope you enjoyed reading it and found out some new and interesting information. You may have seen read some random facts that you thought weren’t very hippy – they are there on purpose just because I thought that they were interesting 🙂