Archive: September, 2012

Happy Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest officially kicked off in Munich, Germany on Saturday. For those not in the know, Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day fair held annually in Bavria in late September and early October. It attracts around five million revelers, who come to celebrate German culture by consuming copious quantities of beer and bratwurst. Think of it as a 2+ week long Mardi Gras. Or, just check out an Oktoberfest for yourself. German restaurants and bars in America also celebrate the holiday, although to a lesser extent. We’ve mapped all of the Oktoberfest celebrations across the country; take a look to see if any are being thrown in your city.

On this day in history…

September 14th, 1901 – President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6th, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt. President McKinley is one of four sitting Presidents to be killed by assassinations, the others being Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and John F. Kennedy. Although McKinley’s name doesn’t carry the same weight as Lincoln’s or Kennedy’s, his murder left at least one significant legacy: the 1901 reorganization of the Secret Service into a dedicated Presidential security agency.

US history buffs may want to check out our interactive map of Presidential Burial Sites, which, in addition to showing the locations of all current and planned Presidential gravesites, has some interesting facts about each one.