ON THIS DAY: November 9, 2016

November 9th is


Benjamin Banneker Day *

Chaos Never Dies Day

Microtia Awareness Day *

National Greek Yogurt Day

National Scrapple Day

World Freedom Day *

International Tempranillo Grape Day *


MORE! Theodore Roosevelt, Florence R. Sabin and Garry Kasparov, click



Azerbaijan – State Flag Dayinternational Flags

Cambodia – Independence Day

Germany – Berlin Wall Opening Day

Pakistan – Allama Muhammad Iqbal Day

Peru – Día de Camaná
(Camaná province anniversary)

Spain – Madrid: Virgen de la Almudena
(Virgin Mary celebration, Madrid’s patron)


On This Day in HISTORY

694 – Egica, Visigoth King of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, and sentences all Jews to slavery.

1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod MA


1731 – Benjamin Banneker is born, a free black American farmer, surveyor, and self-taught astronomer, who built a clock entirely out of wood, the first clock built in the American colonies, which kept perfect time for 40 years – Benjamin Banneker Day*

1851 – Kentucky marshals abduct abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from  Jeffersonville, Indiana, and take him to Kentucky to stand trial for helping a slave escape, where he was convicted, and served 15 years in prison

1857 – The Atlantic Monthly is founded in Boston MA


1871 – Florence R. Sabin is born, pioneering woman in medical science; first female full professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine; first woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences; first female department head at Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research; Chaired the Colorado Governors’s Committee on Health, spear-heading campaign to pass health reform laws, named the ‘Sabin Health Laws’ in her honor, which drastically reduced tuberculosis cases in the state, expanded and improved hospital care, and became a blueprint for health reform in other states.


1872 – The Great Fire of Boston begins, which would burn 65 acres of the city

1877 – Allama Muhammad Iqbal * is born, Pakistani poet, philosopher and politician

1880 – Giles Gilbert Scott born, English architect, designed the red telephone box


1887 – The U.S. gets rights to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

1906 – Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting U.S. President to make an official trip outside the country, going to Panama to inspect progress on the Panama Canal


1907 – The Cullinan Diamond is presented to King Edward VII on his birthday

1911 – George Claude of Paris, France, applies for a patent on neon signs

1913 – The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 destroys 19 ships and kills over 250 people

1921 – The Italian National Fascist Party is founded

1934 – Carl Sagan is born, American astrophysicist, cosmologist and popular author of Cosmos, and the TV series based on the book


1935 – The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) is founded in Atlantic City NJ, by eight trade unions belonging to the American Federation of Labor (AFL)

1936 – Mary Travers is born, singer-songwriter of Peter, Paul and Mary

1940 – The city of Warsaw is awarded Poland’s highest military honor, Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari, for heorism and courage in the face of the enemy

1953 – Cambodia gains independence from France

1960 –  Robert McNamara becomes the first non-Ford family member to be named president of Ford Motor Company, but he resigns to join the Kennedy administration

1962 – The Miracles release “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”

1965 – A series of blackouts leave the U.S. Northeast and parts of Canada in the dark

1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published


1970 – The U.S. Supreme Courts votes 6–3 against hearing a case to allow enforcement of a Massachusetts law granting residents the right to refuse military service in an undeclared war

1973 – Billy Joe’s song “Piano Man” is released

1979 – NORAD computers detect a purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After raw date is reviewed from satellites and early-warning radar is checked, alert is cancelled

1985 – Garry Kasparov, 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion by beating fellow Soviet Anatoly Karpov

1989 – East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin


1994 – The chemical element darmstadtium is discovered

1998 – Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences

2001 – First World Freedom Day * to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall

2005 – The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

2011 – TAPAS, the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society, holds its first International Tempranillo Grape Day * to celebrate this Spanish wine grape used in making the great Spanish reds, like Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

2016 – The Ear Community Organization starts Microtia Awareness Day, * to bring attention to this birth defect that effects about 1 in every 9,000 children born, which causes deafness and ear deformity. The cause has not been discovered, and research is underfunded, but advancements in bio-ear technology can improve ear appearance.




  • World Freedom Day – East and West Berliners on the Berlin Wall in front of  the Brandenburg Gate
  • International flags
  • Mayflower in riptide off Monomoy point, painted by Mike Haywood
  • Cover page of first issue of The Atlantic Monthly
  • Florence R Sabin in her Rockefeller Institute lab 1956
  • British red telephone box, Big Ben in the background
  • Teddy Roosevelt & Panama Canal cartoon – Corbis
  • Carl Sagan with “star stuff” quote
  • First Rolling Stone magazine cover
  • East Berliners streaming through Checkpoint Charlie after end of a divided Berlin


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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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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: November 9, 2016

  1. pete says:

    Chaos never dies day.

    That’s a good one.

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