ON THIS DAY: September 30, 2016

September 30 is

KoalaInternational Blasphemy Day *

International Translation Day *

National Mulled Cider Day

Purple for Platelets Day *

Save the Koala Day *

Vegan Baking Day


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Abkhazia – National Liberation Day

Australia – Victoria: Aussie Footballinternational Flags
League Grand Final Holiday

Cambodia – Bonn Phchum Ben
(Ancestors’ Day)

India –
Karnataka, Orissa and Tripura:
Mahalaya (Mother Goddess Invocation)
Telangana: Bathukamma
(Goddess Flower Festival)

Marshall Islands – Manit Day
(Culture Day)

Sao Tome and Principe –
Agricultural Reform Day

Turks and Caicos Islands –
National Youth Day

On This Day in HISTORY

1207 – Rumi, Persian mystic and poet, is born


1791 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) premiered at Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria

1846 – Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction using ether

1882 – First hydroelectric power plant begins operation Appleton WI

1907 – McKinley National Memorial for the president dedicated in Canton, OH

1935 – Porgy and Bess premiered in Boston MA, then went on to Broadway

1938 –League of Nations outlaws “intentional bombings of civilian populations”

1946 – Nuremberg International Tribunal finds 22 top Nazis guilty of war crimes

1949 – After delivering 2.3 million tons of food to West Berlin despite the Soviet blockade, the Berlin Airlift ends


1951 – The Red Skelton Show first airs on NBC-TV

1953 – The International Federation of Translators claims September 30 as International Translation Day * to pay tribute to the work of translators

1954 – Julie Andrews makes her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend

1966 – Albert Speer, Nazi armaments minister, and Baldur Von Schirach, Hitler Youth founder, are released from Spandau prison after completing 20-year sentences

1971 – Soviet Union and U.S. sign pacts to prevent accidental nuclear war

1976 – California enacts Natural Death Act, first U.S. right-to-die legislation

1980 – Israel issues new currency, the shekel, to replace the pound

1982 – First episode of Cheers airs on NBC-TV

1986 – The Australian Koala Foundation is started in January, and designates September as Koala Month and the last day of the month as Save the Koala Day *

1989 – Thousands of East Germans emigrate under NATO-Soviet Union accord

1997 – France’s Roman Catholic Church apologizes for keeping silent during persecution and deportation of Jews under pro-Nazi Vichy regime

2005 – Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten prints controversial Muhammad drawings. 

2006 – After Jyllands-Posten published editorial cartoons depicting Islam’s prophet Muhammad, there were world-wide protests and even violence and riots in some Muslim countries. The Center for Inquiry establishes International Blasphemy Day * to counteract oppressive laws and social prohibitions against free expression, and to support the right to challenge prevailing religious beliefs without fear of violence, arrest, or persecution

2011 – The Platelet Disorder Support Association, a support group for people with ITP 
(immune thrombocytopenia),  announces the first Purple for Platelets Day  * – supporters wear purple today 




  • Young Koala
  • International flags
  • Children wave at plane during Berlin Airlift
  • Bumper sticker for ITP support


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4 Responses to ON THIS DAY: September 30, 2016

  1. Science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein had a thought on blasphemy:

    “Of all the strange crimes that humanity has legislated out of nothing, blasphemy is the most amazing – with obscenity and indecent exposure fighting it out for second and third place.”

    [from “Time Enough for Love” (1973)]

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Odd that trying to impose your religious beliefs on someone else seems more socially acceptable

  3. pete says:

    It’s a toss-up on who’s worse Muslims, Mormons or Southern Baptists. I didn’t include Jehovah Witnesses because while annoying they’re not generally violent about it.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      I don’t think it matters which brand of fundamental extreme “-ism ” it is — or even whether it’s religious or political — they’re all based on hatred and intolerance, and exploiting the fears and misfortunes of desperate, ignorant people.

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