ON THIS DAY: September 21, 2016

September 21st is

international-day-of-peace

U.N. International Day of Peace

World Gratitude Day

Autumnal Equinox
(Northern Hemisphere)

Vernal Equinox
(Southern Hemisphere)

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MORE!  J.R.R. Tolkein, Jimi Hendrix and Masoumeh Ebtekar, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Armenia – Referendum/Independence Day

Belize – Independence Dayinternational Flags

Bosnia-Herzegovina – Mala gosopjina
(Orthodox – nativity of the Virgin Mary)

Canada Montreal QC:
Montreal Pop Festival

Ghana – Founder’s Day
(Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday)

India – Kerata:
Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi Day
(death ceremony of Sree Narayana Guru)

Malta – Jum Indipendenza

Papua New Guinea – St. Michael’s Day

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On This Day in HISTORY

1792 – The French National Convention votes to abolish the monarchy

1843 – John Williams Wilson claims the Strait of Magellan for the newly independent government of Chile

1866 – H.G. Wells, pioneering science fiction writer, is born


hg-wells-time-machine


1874 – Gustav Holst, composer known for The Planets, is born



1897 – “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial is printed in the New York Sun

1931 – Great Britain goes off the gold standard

1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien publishes The Hobbit


the_hobbit_1937


1942 – Boeing’s B-29 Superfortress makes its first flight

1957 – Perry Mason premieres on CBS-TV

1968 – Jimi Hendrix releases “All Along the Watchtower”



1973 – U.S. Senate confirms Henry Kissenger as the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State

1960 – Masoumeh Ebtekar born, Iranian politician and professor of immunology, first woman Vice President of Otan (1997-2005), Head of Environmental Protection Organization since 2013

1964 – The world’s first Mach 3 bomber, North American XB-70 Valkyrie, makes its maiden flight


north_american_xb-70_above_runway


1977 – Fifteen countries, including the U.S. and the Soviet Union, sign a nuclear non-proliferation pact

1981 – Belize becomes independent from the United Kingdom

1983 – Interior Secretary James G. Watt described a special advisory panel as “a black … a woman, two Jews and a cripple.” He later apologized and resigned

1984 – David Bowie releases “Tonight”



1985 – North and South Korea open their borders for a family reunion program

1991 – Armenia is granted independence from the Soviet Union

1996 – Virginia Military Institute, the last state-supported males-only school, under a Supreme Court order, says it will admit women, but will require them to meet the same fitness requirements as males cadets – and get crewcuts, because it would be “demeaning to women to cut them slack” 

1996 – U.S. Congress passes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage, but allowing states to use their own definition, but not requiring them to recognize same-sex marriages granted under laws of other states

2001 – NASA’s Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 kilometers of Comet Borrelly


deep_space_1

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Visuals

  • International Day of Peace poster
  • International flags
  • The time machine, in the 1960 film based on The Time Machine  by H.G. Wells
  • 1937 book jacket of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
  • North American XB-70 Valkyrie
  • NASA’s Deep Space 1

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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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