ON THIS DAY: September 23, 2016

September 23rd is


Celebrate Bisexuality Day *

Checkers/Dogs in Politics Day *

Great American Pot Pie Day

Restless Legs Awareness Day *


MORE! Kublai Khan, Victoria Woodhull and Marc Chagall, click



In Shinto – Shubun no Hi  – Autumnal Equinox Day

Bhutan – Thrue Babinternational Flags
(Blessed Rainy Day)

India – Haryana: Haryana Veer/Shahidi Divas
(First war of independence)

Puerto Rico – Grito de Lares
(Lares revolt against Spanish rule)

Saudi Arabia – Al-Yaom Al-Watany
(National Day)

United Kingdom – Liverpool
Psych Fest 2016


On This Day in HISTORY

1215 – Kublai Khan, Mongolian Emperor, is born


1642 – The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge MA

1779 – American commander John Paul Jones, aboard the warship Bon Homme, says “I have not yet begun to fight!”

1780 – John Andre, a British spy, is captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point

1806 – The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reach St. Louis on their return trip from exploring the Pacific Northwest

1838 – Victoria Claflin Woodhull is born. She becomes the first female candidate to run for U.S. president in 1872, three years after Wyoming gave women the vote, but 48 years before the 19th Amendment finally made it a constitutional right for women


1846 – Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle, in collaboration with Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams, discovers the planet Neptune

1907 – Karl-Acel Ekborn, Swedish neurologist who first investigated Restless Legs * Syndrome, is born

1908 – University of Alberta is founded in Canada

1911 – First official U.S. Post Office airmail delivery is made by pilot Earle Ovington

1913 – Roland Garros is first to fly across the Mediterranean (from France to Tunisia)

1930 – Johannes Ostermeier patents flashbulbs

1949 – “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen is born (in the U.S.A.)

1952 – The “Checkers” Speech, made by Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon. When he was accused of misuse of monies and gifts in a fund established by his backers, he gave a televised speech defending himself and attacking his opponents, but saying regardless of what anyone thought, he intended to keep one gift: a black-and-white dog his children had named Checkers  *


1957 – Nine black students withdraw from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas because of the white mob outside

1962 – First phase of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Philharmonic Hall opens (later renamed Avery Fisher Hall)

1964 – The Paris Opera’s new ceiling, painted by Marc Chagall, is unveiled


1967 – The Doors release “People Are Strange”

1972 – Ferdinand Marcos issues proclamation placing the Philippines under martial law while he re-wrote the constitution, silenced the press, and ruthlessly used violence and suppression against political opposition

1993 – The South African Parliament votes to allow black South Africans a role in the nation’s government

1999 – First Celebrate Bisexuality Day * started in Maine, Florida and Texas

2002 – Mozilla Firefox “Phoenix 0.1” is released




  • President Obama with Bo, the current White House Dog
  • Kublai Khan
  • Victoria Claflin Woodhull’s nomination for U.S. President
  • The Nixon family with Checkers
  • Marc Chagall ceiling of Opéra National de Paris
  • Mozilla Firefox Phoenix logo


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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