October 31

Event:
1775
Russia turns down an appeal by the British to provide mercenary troops for the war in America.

Note:
The Halloween celebrations that we know today were mostly invented after this time. As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, the celebration of Halloween was limited in New England. It was much more common in the southern colonies. During colonial times, colonists would slice off the top of the pumpkin, remove the seeds, fill with milk, spices and honey, and then bake the concoction in hot ashes. This is how pumpkin pie originated and became a traditional Thanksgiving food. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief making of all kinds.

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For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period goto: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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