ON THIS DAY: September 9, 2016

September 9th is


National “I Love Food” Day

Stand Up to Cancer Day

National Teddy Bear Day

Wonderful Weirdos Day *


MORE! Marathons, Abraham Lincoln, and Mao Tse-tung, click



Canada – Montreal QC:
Île Sainte-Hélène Night Nation Runinternational Flags

Mauritius –Père Laval Day *

North Korea – National Day

Tajikistan – Independence Day

United Kingdom –
› Goodwood Revival (classic car races)
› The Social Festival

United States – New London CT:
Maritime Heritage Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

490 – Battle of Marathon on the Greek plain between the Athenians and the invading Persians. The Marathon race was named for the run from Marathon to Athens made by a messenger bearing news of the battle


1739 – Stono Rebellion, also called Cato’s Conspiracy, begins in south Carolina, the largest slave uprising in the British mainland colonies, spearheaded by recently enslaved Africans. South Carolina’s Negro Act of 1740 banned the importation of slaves from Africa for the next ten years

1776 – Second Continental Congress first uses “United States” to replace “United Colonies”

1834 –Mob attacks Prudence Crandall’s school for black women in Canterbury, Connecticut. She had already been arrested for breaking a local law against teaching “colored persons,’ and this attack forced her to close the school

1836 – Abraham Lincoln receives his license to practice law

Abraham Lincoln as a young man

1839 – John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph

1850 – Compromise of 1850 transfers third of Texas-claimed territory (parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico Oklahoma and Wyoming) to U.S. control in return for federal government assuming the faltering Republic of Texas’ pre-annexation $10 million debt

1864 – French Catholic missionary  Père Jacques-Désiré Laval * dies, after 23 years in Mauritius, during which he is credited with converting 67,000 people to Catholicism

1896 – “Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works” finalized

1904 – Mounted police first used in New York City

1905 mounted police postcard

1926 – RCA incorporates NBC

1957 – Civil Rights Act of 1957 enacted,  primarily a voting rights bill, but also supported school integration

1971 – John Lennon’s LP “Imagine” released

1976 – Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung dies in Beijing

1993 – Israeli and PLO leaders agree to recognize each other

1994 – NASA Space shuttle Discovery lifts off on an 11-day mission

Space shuttle Discovery launch 1994

1997 – Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political ally, formally renounces violence during talks on Northern Ireland’s future

2000 – Austin TX celebrates Wonderful Weirdos Day * as part of  the “Keep Austin Weird” campaign promoting local small businesses, but the movement is spreading – “Keep Portland Weird” bumper stickers have been sighted in Oregon

Keep Austin Weird

2015 – Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning monarch in British history


  • Teddy Bear Day poster
  • International flags
  • Greek stone relief of Battle of Marathon
  • Abraham Lincoln as a young lawyer
  • New York City mounted police, 1905 postcard
  • NASA Space shuttle Discovery lifts off, 1994
  • ‘Keep Austin Weird’ t-shirt


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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