ON THIS DAY: September 7, 2016

September 7th is

National ADHD Awareness Day *

Grandma Moses painting

Buy a Book Day *

Grandma Moses Day *

Neither Rain Nor Snow Day *

Salami Day *

Superhuman Day – new!
(inspired by Summer Paralympic Games)


MORE! Holidays, Hercules, Nikita Khrushchev and Salami, click



Brazil – Independence Day

international Flags

Canada – Toronto ON:
Mount Woozy Festival

Fiji – Constitution Day

India – First Parkash Bikarami (Sikh)

Mozambique – Lusaka Peace Agreement Day

Namibia – National Tree Planting Day

Nepal – Nijamati Sewa Divas
(Civil Servants Day)


On This Day on HISTORY

1251 BC (legend) – a solar eclipse marks birth of Heracles (aka Hercules) at Thebes

1813 – First use in print of nickname ‘Uncle Sam’ for United States in NY’s Troy Post

Nast Uncle Sam 1877

1822 – Dom Pedro I declares Brazil independent from Portugal

1857 – Mormon extremists in Mountain Meadows Utah slaughter 120 men, women and children of an emigrant wagon train on its way to California. Only 17 children, all younger than seven, were spared, and taken in by local families

1896 – First successful heart surgery performed by Ludwig Rehn in Frankfurt, repairing a stab wound suffered by 22-year-old Wilhelm Justus, who lived to age 56, dying in 1930

1901 – The Boxer Protocol, one of the ‘unequal treaties’ between China and an alliance of 11 Western nations, is signed, officially ending the Boxer Rebellion

1907 – Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitiana embarks on her maiden voyage from Liverpool England to New York City

Lusitania 1907

1914 – Opening day of main New York City Post Office building, inscribed, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” from a passage in Herodotus describing the Persian mounted postal carriers, 500 BC:  “It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.” (trans. by A.D. Godley) Celebrated as ‘Neither Rain Nor Snow Day’ *

1916 – U.S. federal employees win the right to Worker’s Compensation in the Federal Employees Liability Act

1927 – Philo Farnsworth builds the first fully electronic television device, an “image dissector”

1936 – Benjamin, the last known Tasmanian “wolf” (thylacinus cynocephalus), a carnivorous marsupial, dies at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania. Thylacine fossils estimated to be 23 million years old have been found in NW Queensland


1940 – Artie Shaw and his orchestra record “Temptation”

1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is elected first secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party

1956 – Sam Cook releases single “You Send Me’

1960 – On the 100th Birthday of Anna Mary Robertson Moses, NY Governor Rockefeller proclaimed the first ‘Grandma Moses Day’ to honor the American folk artist, who began painting in her 70s

Grandma Moses self-portrait

1977 – Torrijos-Carter Treaties signed by U.S. and Panama. U.S. agrees to transfer control of the Panama Canal at the end of the 20th century.

1979 – The Chrysler Corporation asks the U.S. government for a $1.5 billion bail-out to save it from bankruptcy

1986 – Desmond Tutu becomes first black leader of Anglican Church in South Africa


2004 – Attention Deficit Disorder Association spearheads passage of U.S. Senate resolution designating September 7 as National ADHD Awareness Day *

2006 – The Salami Appreciation Society of Henrico VA inaugurates Salami Day *

2008 – U.S. government takes over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage financing 

2012 – First ‘Buy a Book Day’ * to encourage readers to support authors and their works


  • Grandma Moses painting
  • International flags
  • Thomas Nast cartoon of Uncle Sam riding ‘Congress’ snail -1877
  • Post card of the Lusitiania – 1907
  • Benjamin, the last Tasmanian ‘wolf’ at Hobart Zoo in 1935
  • Self-portrait by Grandma Moses
  • Bishop Desmond Tutu


About wordcloud9

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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