ON THIS DAY: September 8, 2016

September 8th is


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day

Physical Therapy Day

U.N. International Literacy Day

MORE! Michelangelo’s David, Rebranding New Amsterdam, Antonín Dvořák , and DC’s Kennedy Center, click



Nativity of Mary Day for Catholics

Andorra – Meritxell (National Day)international Flags

French Polynesia – Internal Autonomy Day

Lithuania – Crowning of Vytautas the Great

Macedonia – Independence Day

Micronesia – Kosrae Liberation Day

Portugal – Valada:
Reverence Festival

Russia – Siege of Leningrad Day

On This Day in HISTORY

1504 – Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence

david - florence

1565 – Spanish Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his men establish the first permanent European settlement in North America, now St. Augustine, Florida

1664 – New Amsterdam re-named New York when the Dutch surrender it to the British

1810 – John Jacob Astor’s Pacific Fur Company sends a company aboard the Tonquin on a voyage to the Pacific Northwest. Six months later, at the Columbia River, they found Astoria, Oregon, as a fur-trading center

1841 – Antonín Dvořák born, Czech composer (New World Symphony, Requiem)

1862 – Millennium of Russia monument unveiled in Novgorod

A Millennium of Russia-monument-novgorod

1893 – New Zealand’s Legislative Council passes the Electoral Act, then the governor  consents on September 19, giving all New Zealand women the right to vote

1900 – The Great Galveston Hurricane, makes landfall, leaving at least 8,000 dead. With winds reaching up to 145 mph, it’s the deadliest hurricane in US history

1930 – 3M markets Scotch transparent tape

Scotch_Tape 3M 1930s

1935 – U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, “The Kingfish” of Louisiana politics, is shot and mortally wounded, dies two days later

1945 – In Washington DC, a bus equipped with a two-way radio is first put into service, and Miss New York, Bess Myerson, becomes first Jewish Miss America

1951 – Peace Treaty of San Francisco is signed by 48 nations with Japan

1952 – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation makes its first televised broadcast

1954 – Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) established

1960 – President Eisenhower dedicates NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL

Redstone Test Stand at Marshall Space Flight Center

1966 – NBC televises the first episode of Star Trek

1971 – Washington DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens with the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass

1988 – Yellowstone National Park is closed for the first time in its history by wildfires

2015 – British researchers announce discovery of 90 stones in a circle buried about 2 miles from Stonehenge, found by ground penetrating radar


  • Literacy Day poster
  • International Flags
  • Close-up of the face of Michelangelo’s David
  • Millennium of Russia monument unveiling in Novgorod, artist not credited
  • Scotch cellulose tape in a 1930s tin
  • Mercury capsule and escape system atop booster for test firing at Redstone Test Stand, Marshall Space Flight Center

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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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