Reflections on This Week in Pop Culture History…

By Amanda Whitaker

Lifestyle Editor

Oct. 28, 1858 – Macy’s Department store opens in New York City. Unfortunately, the credit card would not be introduced for another century.

Oct. 29, 1390 – First documented witchcraft trail occurs in Paris. I’m going to make an educated guess that this didn’t end well.

Oct. 30, 2001 -Basketball legend Michael Jordan returns to the NBA over three years after his second retirement. It was either this or “Space Jam 2.” I would have appreciated the latter, but that’s just me.

Oct. 31, 1868 – Standard uniform approved for postal carriers. How coincidental this would be if dressing up like a mailman on Halloween was actually a thing.

Nov. 1, 1986 – The first case of BSE or “mad cow disease” is found in cattle in England. Mooove over, bird flu! But don’t have a cow! I’m “udder-ly” milking these cow puns for all they’re worth! And for that, I’m sorry and will stop immediately.

Nov. 2, 1957 – Eight residents of Levelland, Texas report UFO sightings in one of the most baffling and publicized cases of a close encounter. Sounds like a case for Spooky Mulder.

Nov. 3, 1957 – First animal in orbit: USSR launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika). Although never able to see “Alien,” I’m sure Laika learned through personal experience that in space, no one can hear you bark.

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