ON THIS DAY: September 5, 2016

September 5th is

Two-Ingredient-Labor Day Drinks

Cheese Pizza Day

Be Late for Something Day *

Jury Rights Day *

Two-Ingredient Cocktail Day

U.N. International Day of Charity *


Happy Labor Day! – MORE!  Festivals, William Penn, French Reign of Terror, and Jack Kerouac, click


Bermuda, Canada – Labour Day

Bulgaria – Public Holidayinternational Flags

India – Ganesh Cathurthi
(Hindu festival of Ganesha)

Peru – Anniversary of Chachapoyas *

Puerto Rico – Labor Day and
Día de Santiago Iglesias Pantín

Unites States, American Samoa, Guam,
Northern Mariana Islands, Palau  and
U.S. Virgin Islands – Labor Day

United States – Lawrence MA:
Bread and Roses Heritage Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

1538-45 ? – Chachapoyas * Peruvian city, Spanish name originally San Juan de la Frontera del Los Chachapoyas,  site of the fortress of Kuelap built by the pre-Incan Chachapoya people, ‘Warriors of the Clouds’

Kuelap fortress - Chachapoya Peru

1661 – Nicolas Fouquet, Superintendent of Finances under Louis XIV, arrested by D’Artagnan, lieutenant of the king’s musketeers for records discrepancies and suspicion of lining his own pockets from the state treasury

 1670 – * William Penn of London, arrested for publicly preaching Quakerism in violation of England’s Conventicles Act, pleads Not Guilty. The court repeatedly instructs jurors to find Penn guilty but they refuse. Jurors are jailed, withholding from them food, water, tobacco and fire. Jurors appeal their imprisonment and fines. A higher court ruling (Bushell’s case) confirms jurors cannot be punished for their verdict, even if a law has technically been broken, establishing jury rights in common law

1698 – Russa’s Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards

Peter the Great beard tax

1774 – First Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia PA

1793 – French Revolution’s National Convention institutes the Reign of Terror, executing almost 17,000 people by guillotine, and 25,000 more by summary execution

1798 – French revolutionary government passes Jourdan law, universal conscription of all single and childless men between ages 20 and 25, with exemptions for clergy, public office holders, and workers essential to the war effort. However, wealthy men could pay for a “replacement” to serve in their stead

1836 – Sam Houston is elected president of the Republic of Texas

1862 – Pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher, with Henry Coxwell, breaks the world altitude record while collecting weather data in their balloon

James-Glaisher and Henry Coxwell in their balloon

1867 – Amy Beach, first successful American female orchestral composer, is born; the Gaelic Symphony, Bal masque, Hermit Thrush at Eve,  choral works, songs and chamber music

1881 – American Red Cross begins disaster relief work after Michigan’s 1881 Great Fire

1882 – First U.S. Labor Day parade, in New York City


1894 – U.S. Congress makes first Monday in September national Labor Day * to honor America’s workers

1915 – Opening Day of the Zimmerwald Conference, an international pro-peace socialist meeting in Switzerland

1921 – Actress Virginia Rappe dies at a party in San Francisco hosted by silent film comic “Fatty” Arbuckle, and he is charged with rape and manslaughter. After two hung juries, he is acquitted in a third trial, but his films are banned and his career ruined

1927 – ‘Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’ cartoon, Trolley Troubles, created by Wlat Disney and Ub Iwerks for Universal, debuts

1939 – U.S. proclaims its neutrality in WWII

1956 – Les Waas founds the Procrastinators’ Club of America, and September 5 was chosen as ‘Be Late for Something Day’ *

1957 – Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is published

On The Road Book Cover

1972 – Munich massacre: Palestinian terrorist group “Black September” takes 11 Israeli athletes hostage at the Munich Olympics. Two die in the attack, and the other 9 are killed the next day

1978 – Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin peace discussions fostered by President Carter at Camp David, Maryland

1984 – Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish the death penalty

1986  – Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” wins MTV Best Video award

1991 – Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention of 1989 goes into force, eschewing integrationist and assimilationist policies of 1957 Tribal Populations Convention, and  foreshadows 2007 U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

2005 – George W. Bush nominates John Roberts as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice



  • Labor Day 2-ingredient cocktails – photos by Cheryl Loughlin
  • International flags 
  • Fortress of Kuelap, partially restored, Peru
  • Russian cartoon of the beard tax enforcement
  • James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell in their balloon
  • First U.S. Labor Day Parade, NYC
  • ‘On the Road’ -detail of book jacket


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 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: September 5, 2016

  1. pete says:

    Cheese pizza day. A cheese pizza is like a mayonnaise sandwich. It’s just a start.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      LOL Pete – Isn’t it more like a cheese sandwich? – wouldn’t the pizza equivalent of a mayonnaise sandwich (eewww) be pizza dough with marinara sauce?

  2. Mayonnaise sandwiches need tomato. And bacon.

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