ON THIS DAY: September 1, 2016

September 1st is


Emma M Nutt Day *

World Letter Writing Day *

No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
(celebrates words that don’t
rhyme, like orange)



Australia – Birdsville, Queensland:
Birdsville Races

Canada – Peterborough, Ontario:international Flags
Purple Onion Festival

Eritrea – Bahti Meskerem
(Start of Armed Struggle Day)

India – Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji  (Sikh holiday) *

Libya – Day of Revolution

Mexico – Presidential Message Day

Slovakia – Constitution Day

United States –
Martha’s Vineyard MA:
Jazz & Blues Summerfest

Uzbekistan – Mustaqillik Kuni
(Independence Day)


On This Day in History

717 – Byzantine navy defeats an 1,800-ship Muslim armada using Greek Fire

1449 – Ming dynasty Emperor Zhu Qizhen captured by Oirat Mongols, held captive

1604 – * First Parkash: Guru Granth Sahib bestowed title of eternal Sikh Guru

MORE! Johann Pachelbel, Aaron Burr and Lily Tomlin, click

1653 – Johann Pachelbel born, German composer and organist, remembered for his Canon in D Major

1715 – French King Louis XIV dies after 72 year reign, longest of any major European monarch

1772 – Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is founded by Father Junipero Serra


1804 – German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding discovers large asteroid in the Main Belt, and names it Juno

1807 – Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr acquitted of treason for plotting to found an independent country, because he committed no “overt act”

1810 – John H. Wood patents the first plow with interchangeable parts

1836 – Narcissa Whitman, one of first English-speaking women to settle west of the Rockies, arrives in Walla Walla, Washington

1859 – Pullman Sleeping cars go into service

Pullman Sleeping Car

1873 – Cetshwayo becomes King of the Zulus upon the death of his father Mpande

1878 – Emma M. Nutt becomes first woman telephone operator for Boston’s Telephone Dispatch Company, then worked the job for 33 years. Emma M. Nutt Day *celebrates her achievement and honors telephone operators

1897 – Boston’s Tremont Street Subway, first North American underground rapid transit

1902 – Pioneering science fiction film, A Trip to the Moon, premieres in France

1905 – Alberta and Saskatchewan join the Canadian federation

1906 – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys established

1914 – St. Petersburg, Russia, renamed Petrograd by the Imperial government

1920 – The Fountain of Time opens in Chicago IL to commemorate 100 years of peace between the U.S. and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent

1923 – Kantō Earthquake devastates Tokyo and Yokohama, leaving 105,000 dead

1939 – General George C. Marshall becomes Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

1939 – Adolf Hitler signs order to systematically euthanize mentally ill and disabled people

1939 – Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan head of armed forces, and mobilizes them

1939 – Lily Tomlin born, major force in American comedy, “Laugh-In,” Broadway, film

1952 – Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea published, Pulitzer Prize winner

1958 – Iceland expands its fishing zone overlapping the U.K. zone, starts the Cod Wars

1972 – American Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland, to become world chess champion

1977 – Generation X released their debut single “Your Generation”

1979 – Space probe Pioneer 11 passes Saturn at distance of 13,000 miles (21,000 km)

1985 – A joint U.S.-French expedition locates wreckage of RMS Titanic

1991 – Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union

2005 – Richard Simpkin wanted to photograph and interview people he considered Australian Legends, so he wrote dozens of letters asking to meet them. He was always elated when he got a reply. By 2005, he had interviewed and photographed 80 people. This project inspired him to found World Letter Writing Day * on September 1 (not to be confused with U.S. National Letter Writing Day on December 7)



  • Oranges
  • International Flags
  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa – church interior
  • Pullman sleeping car


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 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 and a bewildered Border Collie.
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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: September 1, 2016

  1. Nicole Plyler Fisk says:

    I’m going to love these “On This Day” posts! My kids are home-schooled, so this will be one of our go-tos for history and discussion topics. I just showed my train-obsessed 6-year-old the sleeping car tidbit, and he was on cloud 9.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Thanks Nicole –

    I try to keep the history a mix of the important, and the odd-but-interesting, and avoid most war-and-battle events (I do put in a few just for Chuck) and sports – they get plenty of attention elsewhere.

    Finding pictures and music is the really fun part.

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