ON THIS DAY: September 15, 2016

September 15th is


Greenpeace Day *

International Dot Day *

Felt Hat Day

National Crème de Menthe Day

National RAINN Day *
(Rape-Abuse-Incest National Network)

UN International Day of Democracy


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China – Zhongqui Jie
(Mid-Autumn Festival)

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemalainternational Flags
Honduras and Nicaragua – Independence Day

Nepal – Kathmandu: Indra Jātrā and
Kumāri Jātrā (dance/procession festivals)

North Korea – Han’gawi
(Mid-Autumn Holiday)

Spain – Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida
(Our Lady of the Good Advent)

Slovakia – Our Lady of Many Sorrows

South Korea – Chusok
(Harvest Moon Festival)


On This Day in HISTORY

1616 – First non-aristocratic free public school in Europe opens in Frascati, Italy

1789 – U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs renamed Department of State

1830 – The Liverpool-to-Manchester railway line opens in Great Britain

Traveling on Liverpool2Manchester SBHughes 1833

1835 – Charles Darwin, aboard HMS Beagle, arrives at the Galápagos Islands


1853 – Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell ordained, first U.S. female minister

1857 – Timothy Alder patents a typesetting machine

1883 – The University of Texas at Austin opened

1916 – Tanks are first used in warfare, at the WWI Battle of the Somme

1923 – Oklahoma Governor John Calloway Walton declares martial law – Ku Klux Klan terrorism and illegal activities headlined in national newspapers


1928 – Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin in the mold Penicillium notatum

1930 – Hoagy Carmichael records his song  “Georgia on My Mind”

1935 – Nazi Germany enacts the Nuremberg Laws, stripping all German Jews of civil rights, and they adopt the swastika as their official symbol

1948 – F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record of 671 mph


1949 – “The Lone Ranger” premieres on ABC with Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto

1955 – Betty Robbins, first woman cantor officially appointed by a congregation, leads Rosh Hashanah services at Temple Avodah in Oceanside NJ

1963 – Four children are killed when the African American 16th Street Baptist Church is bombed in Birmingham, Alabama

1966 – President Lyndon Johnson, reacting to the sniper shootings at the University of Texas at Austin, urges Congress to enact gun control legislation

1965 – “Green Acres” and “Lost in Space” premiere on CBS

1968 – Soviet spaceship Zond launched, becomes first space craft to circle the Moon and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere


1971 – Greenpeace is founded by 17 activists in Vancouver protesting off-shore nuclear testing in Alaska – in 2011, on the 40th anniversary of Greenpeace, Vancouver city officials plant a yellow cedar tree and proclaim Greenpeace Day *

1982 – “USA Today” first issue goes to press

1994 – RAINN founded in 1994 by Scott Berkowitz. National RAINN Day * soon followed, a campus-based event – supporters wear red, decorate umbrellas, and attend programs

1995 – U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing


2009 – Terry Shay started International Dot Day * when he shared The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds with his students, which is the story of a teacher who challenges her insecure student to “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”



  • International Dot Day Poster
  • International flags
  • Traveling on the Liverpool to Manchester, S.G. Hughes 1833
  • HMS Beagle, artist not credited
  • Ku Klux Klan in Tulsa OK
  • An F-86 Sabre
  • Russian Zond commemorative postal stamp
  • 1995 – U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing – Hillary Clinton speaking


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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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