ON THIS DAY: June 9, 2017

June 9th is

Banana Split Day

Donald Duck Day *

International Archives Day *

World APS Day *
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MORE! Carl A. Nielson, Bertha von Suttner and Donald Duck, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Åland – Självstyreisedag
(Self-Governing Day)

Bhutan – Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana

India –Kabir Jayanti

Isle of Man – Senior Race Day

Spain – La Rioja: Dia de la Rioja
(Community Day)

Uganda – National Heroes’ Day

United Kingdom – Brighton:
Wildlife Music Festival

United States – Versailles OH:
First Day of Versailles Poultry Days

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On This Day in HISTORY

68 – Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.

1310 – Duccio’s Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy



1456 – 23rd recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1549 – The Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England

1650 – The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. It is the first legal corporation in the Americas.

1732 – Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe



1790 – 1st book copyrighted under constitution, “Philadelphia Spelling Book”

1802 – US Academy at West Point founded

1815 – End of the Congress of Vienna: After they defeat Napoleon, Austria, Russia, Great Britain and Russia meet in Vienna and re-draw the national boundaries of Europe

1822 – Paul Henderson born in Scotland, American horticulturalist and author; Gardening for Pleasure

1836 – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson born, first woman to complete medical qualifying exams and first woman physician in Great Britain (1870). After an 1859 lecture by Elizabeth Blackwell on “Medicine as a Profession for Ladies,” entered training as a surgical nurse – the only woman in the class, she was banned from full participation in the operating room. Rejected by medical schools, finally admitted for private study for an apothecary license, fought to take the exam and get a license. Society of Apothecaries then amended their regulations so no more women could be licensed. Opened a dispensary in London for women and children in 1866



1843 – Bertha von Suttner born, Austrian novelist and pacifist; first woman to be solely awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1905)



1860 – First U.S. “dime novel” is published: Malaseka, The Indian Wife of the White Hunter, by Mrs Ann Stevens

1861 – Mary “Mother” Bickerdyke served in the Civil War as a Union hospital nurse and administrator from June 9, 1861 to March 20, 1865, working in a total of nineteen battles, establishing 300 field hospitals; after the war, she was a tireless advocate for veterans, and became a lawyer to help them and their families with legal problems, including getting their pensions.

1865 – Carl A. Nielson born, considered Denmark’s most notable composer; also violinist and conductor



1868 – 1st meeting of Board of Regents, University of California

1870 – Washington: Pres Grant meets with Sioux chief Red Cloud

1890 –The operetta Robin Hood premieres at the Chicago Opera House; Jessie Barlett Davis sings “O Promise Me”



1891 – Cole Porter born, American lyricist and composer



1896 – Catherine Shouse born, philanthropist and political activist, benefactor of Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts

1898 – China leases Hong Kong’s new territories to the United Kingdom for 99 years

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days

1915 – Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns after a disagreement over President Wilson’s tough stand against Germany for the sinking of the Lusitania

1921 – Phyllis Wallace born, economist, first African-American woman full professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, pioneer in the study of sex and race discrimination in the workplace

1924 – Jelly Roll Morton records “Jelly-Roll Blues”



1931 – Phoebe Burnett Snetsinger born, birder and amateur ornithologist. After receiving a “terminal cancer” diagnosis, she became famous for her birding life list of 8, 398 species (out of about 10,000 in the world) before her death, a world record for the time, often traveling to remote areas, some in politically unstable countries. Her copious field notes included distinctive subspecies. She is killed in 1999, not by cancer, but when the vehicle overturned while she is traveling in Madagascar. Her memoir,  Birding on Borrowed Time, is published posthumously (2003)



1934 – Donald Duck makes his cartoon debut in Wise Little Hen (see also 1984)



1943 – “Pay-as-you-go” (withholding) US income tax deductions authorized

1948 – The International Council on Archives becomes part of UNESCO (see 2004)

1949 – Georgia Neese Clark confirmed as first woman U.S. Treasurer

1954 – Army counsel Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” during Senate-Army hearings

1958 – “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley hits #1



1958 – HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport,

1962 – Tony Bennett makes his first appearance at Carnegie Hall

1967 –  Israeli troops reach Suez Canal

1969 – Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice

1970 – Harry A Blackmun, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1973 – Secretariat won horse racing’s Triple Crown with a victory at the Belmont Stakes, leading the field by a record 31 lengths

1975 – UK House of Commons is broadcast live by radio for first time

1977 – Silver jubilee of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

1978 – Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sells for $2.4 million, London

1978 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood

1978 – The Rolling Stones release the album Some Girls



1983 – Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

1984 – Cyndi Lauper gets her first US #1 hit with “Time After Time”



1984 – Donald Duck Day * Donald Duck’s 50th birthday celebrated at Disneyland

1986 – The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts

1989 – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier premieres in the U.S.



1997 – British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires

2004 – International Congress in Vienna suggests a UN International Archives Day * which is proclaimed in 2005 

2007 – The first World APS Day * sponsored by the APS Foundation of America; Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) an autoimmune disease which increases the chance of developing blood clots; Primary Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome is singular version of APS; Secondary Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome is complicated by its connection to other illnesses, especially Lupus; Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a very rare complication characterized by multiple small blood clots in key organs: heart, lungs, nervous system, and kidneys



2011 – World’s first artificial organ transplant, an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells

2013 – Edward Snowden makes his identity public as the leaker of NSA documents

2016 – World Health Organization advises delaying pregnancy in areas affected by the  Zika virus


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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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