ON THIS DAY: September 17, 2016

September 17th is

Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids


Coastal Cleanup Day *

Citizenship Day

Eat an Apple Day

Monte Cristo Sandwich Day *

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Software Freedom Day *


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Angola – Heroes’ Day

Australia – Castlereagh NSW:international Flags
Defqon.1  Music Festival

Canada – Toronto ON:
Garlic Festival &  Breath Contest

Germany – Oktoberfest begins

Melilla (North Africa) –
Fundación de Melilla
(founding of the independent city)

Poland – Nadarzyn:
Beauty & Fashion Fair

Tonga – Birthday of
Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala 

United Kingdom – Hawarden:
The Good Life Experience

United States – Erie PA:
Therapy Dogs United Paws in the Park


On This Day in HISTORY

1394 – King Charles VI decrees all Jews are to be expelled from France

1683 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek sends a letter to the Royal Society describing ‘animalcules’ – the first known description of protozoa

1776 – The Presidio Real de San Francisco is founded at the tip of San Francisco’s peninsula in what was then Alta California in New Spain


1778 – First treaty between U.S government and a tribe, the Delaware Nation

1787 – The U.S. Constitution signed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention

1796 – President George Washington’s Farewell Address read before U.S. Congress


1849 – Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery

1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself “Norton I, Emperor of the United States” in San Francisco, where he is tolerantly regarded as harmless eccentric, and “money” issued in his name is accepted at establishments where he is known

1866 – Mary Burnett Talbert born, African-American orator, suffragist, worked to develop black women leaders and women’s clubs, early advocate of women of all colors working together for women’s rights

1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patents a type of sprinkler system

1910 – The exact date, who created it and at which Parisian café are all in dispute, but there’s no disputing that the diet-busting Monte Christo sandwich * is delicious!

1911 – C.P. Rogers takes off from New York on the first transcontinental airplane flight, which lasts 82 hours in the air, but 18 days total because of crashes and repairs, before he arrives in Pasadena CA


1931 – RCA Victor demonstrates the long-playing (LP) phonograph record

1965 – The Smothers Brothers Show debuts on CBS

1967 – The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing “Light My Fire” and “People Are Strange”

1972 – M.A.S.H. premieres on CBS

1976 – NASA unveils its first space shuttle, the Enterprise

1985 – The Free Software Foundation is born, sponsor of Software Freedom Day *

1986 – The Ocean Conservancy establishes International Coastal Cleanup Day * In 2015, 18 million pounds of trash were collected by almost 800,000 volunteers worldwide

2011 – ‘Occupy Wall Street’ begins in New York City



  • Monte Cristo sandwich
  • International flags
  • The Presidio 1843, drawing by Swedish Traveler G.M. Waseurtz af Sandels
  • Quote from George Washington’s farewell address to Congress
  • C.P. Rodgers with the Vin Fizz, his Wright Model EX airplane
  • ‘Occupy Wall Street’ demonstrators


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 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 and a bewildered Border Collie.
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