ON THIS DAY: August 9, 2016

August 9th is


National Book Lover’s Day*

National Veep Day

Rice Pudding Day

International Day of World’s Indigenous People



China – Hong Kong:
Qi Xi Festival (7 Sisters)international Flags

Grenada – Carnival Tuesday

Singapore – National Day

South Africa – Women’s Day

Sri Lanka – Kandy:
Esala Perahera (Tooth Fest)

Suriname: Dag der Ihheemsen
(Indigenous People’s Day)

United States – Providence, RI:
Rhode Island International Film Festival

Zimbabwe – Defense Forces Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1173 – Construction begins on cathedral campanile, now called Leaning Tower of Pisa


1483 – First Mass celebrated in the Sistine Chapel in Rome

1790 – Columbia returns to Boston from 3 year voyage, first ship to carry American flag around the world

1831 – First steam locomotive leaves Schenectady for Albany in New York state

1854 – Henry David Thoreau publishes Walden

1859 – Nathan Ames patents the escalator

MORE! For Mary Poppins, Betty Boop, and “Smokey the Bear” click

1892 – Thomas Edison patents a two-way telegraph

1899 – P.L. Travers born, Australian author of Mary Poppins books

1910 – A. J. Fisher patents the electric washing machine

1930 – Betty Boop debuts in “Dizzy Dishes” created by Max Fleischer

1936 – Jesse Owens wins fourth gold medal at Berlin Olympics, first American to win 4 medals in single Olympics

1942 – British forces in Bombay arrest Gandhi, Quit India Movement takes off

1944 – U.S. Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council debut “Smokey the Bear”

smokey the bear posters

1945 – U.S. drops Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki, 3 days after Hiroshima, killing 74,000 people. In U.S., first network television broadcast announces the bombing

1956 – Alabama launches the first statewide, state-supported educational TV network

1965 – Singapore expelled from the Malaysian Federation

1969 – Charles Manson followers murder Sharon Tate and four others

1969 – Sly and the Family Stone release single “Hot Fun in the Summertime”

1973 – U.S. Senate committee investigating Watergate scandal files suit against Nixon

1974 – U.S. Vice President Gerald Ford becomes President after Richard Nixon is only President to resign. Veep Day, honoring Constitution’s Article II, Section 1, Clause 6

1982 – United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations first meets. In 1994, UN General Assembly established International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces support for federal funding of limited medical research on embryonic stem cells

2004 – Donald Duck receives 2,257th star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2004 – Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts announces filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy


*A recent study of people over 50 comparing those who did not read books with those who read for at least 3 1/2 hours a week found that book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.

boy with big books

National Book Lover’s Day



  • Heart of the Book
  • International Flags
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Fire Prevention posters
  • Boy with big books


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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4 Responses to ON THIS DAY: August 9, 2016

  1. Glad you worked in that plug for book reading. Reading books is better than watching TV or fiddling with a smart phone any day.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    As a compulsive reading, I had no choice – put the printed word in front of me, even on a cereal box, and I must read it. Books have ever been my friends, my solace and my delight!

  3. pete says:

    Thanks, it’s good to know I’m not the only one who reads cereal boxes. My ex could never understand why I would read a book more than once. A good story is a good story, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read it before.

  4. wordcloud9 says:

    My most favorites, I re-read every few years, and always discover something new.

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