... 2007 (today), is celebrated the holiday of Samhain, a "spirit-night" at the end of the harvest, a time when it is said the dead walk, a time that continues through the 1st days of November. Sometimes called the Celtic New Year, it's a precursor of the wildly popular secular holiday Halloween, itself marked by the Irish tradition of lighting hollowed-out gourds and so transforming them into Jack-o-Lanterns.
... 1517 (490 years ago today), a German monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed to the door of to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg 95 Theses, a condemnation of the Roman Catholic Church's practicing of selling the means to divine grace. The act launched the Reformation; in the words of 1 website: Nearly all Protestants trace their history back to Luther in one way or another. Luther’s relationship to philosophy is complex and should not be judged only by his famous statement that 'reason is the devil’s whore.'