ON THIS DAY – August 9, 2017

August 9th is

National Book Lover’s Day

National Veep Day *

Rice Pudding Day

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International Day of World’s Indigenous People *


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First Night of Perseid Meteor Showers

British Virgin Islands –
August Festival, East End Parade

Hungary – Budapest:
Sziget Music Festival

Serbia – Guca: Trumpet Festival

Singapore – National Day

South Africa – Women’s Day

Sri Lanka – Kandy:
Esala Perahera (Tooth Fest)

Suriname: Dag der Ihheemsen
(Indigenous People’s Day)

United Kingdom – Newquay, Cornwall:
Boardmasters Festival (music and surfing)


On This Day in HISTORY

48 BC – Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at the Battle of Pharsalus, in Thessaly, Greece; Pompey flees to Egypt

378 – Emperor Valens and his Eastern Roman army are defeated by the Visigoths at the Battle of Adrianople (now modern Turkey, near Greek-Bulgarian border); Valens is killed, but the manner of his death is disputed

1173 – Construction begins on cathedral campanile, now called Leaning Tower of Pisa

1483 – First Mass celebrated in the Sistine Chapel in Rome

1593 – Izaak Walton born, English biographer and author of The Compleat Angler

1631 – John Dryden born, English Restoration poet, dramatist and translator; England’s first Poet Laureate (1668)


1686 – Benedetto Marcello born, Italian composer, critic, and Venetian politician

1762 – Mary Randolph born, American author, The Virginia Housewife, and influential domestic “how-to” book; first recorded person buried at Arlington National Cemetery

1789 – National Veep Day * – Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the U.S. Constitution: “In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.” (See 1974 entry)

1790 – Columbia returns to Boston from 3 year voyage, first ship to carry American flag around the world

1819 – William Morton born, dental surgeon who first demonstrates anesthesia

1831 – First steam locomotive leaves Schenectady for Albany in New York state

1834 – Elias Álvares Lobo born, Brazilian composer; first Brazilian opera in Portuguese

1839 – Gaston Paros born, French writer and medieval literature academic; three-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature; Vie de Saint-Alexis, La Poésie du Moyen Âge

1854 – Henry David Thoreau publishes Walden

1859 – Nathan Ames patents the escalator

1865 – Janie Porter Barrett born to a former slave, American welfare worker, reformer and educator; founded the Locust Street Social Settlement, the first of its kind for black people in the U.S., and the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls, a pioneer in rehabilitation of  African-American female delinquents, which has become the Barrett Learning Center

1867 – Evelina Haverfield born, Scottish nurse, suffragette and aid worker, founder Women’s Emergency Corps, associated with the Women’s Social and Political Union

1874 – Reynaldo Hahn born in Venezuela, French composer, conductor and salon singer

1875 – Albert W. Ketèlbey born, English composer of light orchestral pieces; first British millionaire composer

1892 – Thomas Edison patents a two-way telegraph

1896 – Jean Piaget born, Swiss psychologist who pioneered the study of child development, particularly relating to how a child learns

1896 – Leonide Massine born, Russian dancer and choreographer of over 50 ballets

1899 – P.L. Travers born in Australia, English author of Mary Poppins books

1902 – The coronation of Edward VII, which had been delayed from June 26th due to the king needing surgery for perityphlitis (inflammation of a part of the large colon)

1910 – A. J. Fisher patents the electric washing machine

1911 – William Fowler born, American 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics co-winner for studies of nuclear reactions

1927 – Robert Shaw born, British actor, novelist and playwright; his novels The Man in the Glass Booth and The Hiding Place were adapted for stage and film

1928 – Camilla Wicks born, American violinist, one of the first women to establish an international career as a violinist

1930 – Betty Boop debuts in “Dizzy Dishes” created by Max Fleischer

1932 – Helen Morgan records “Bill” with Victor Young orchestra

1936 – Jesse Owens wins a fourth gold medal at Berlin Olympics in the 400-meter relay; first American to win four medals in a single Olympics

1942 – British forces in Bombay arrest Gandhi, Quit India Movement takes off

1944 – U.S. Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council debut “Smokey the Bear”

1945 – U.S. drops ‘Fat Man’ atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, three days after Hiroshima, causing 74,000 mostly civilian casualties, and leveling 60% of the city. General Carl Spaatz announces the bombing on radio and the first U.S. network TV broadcast

1956 – Alabama launches the first statewide, state-supported educational TV network

1965 – Singapore expelled from the Malaysian Federation

1969 – Charles Manson followers murder Sharon Tate and four others

1969 – Sly and the Family Stone release single “Hot Fun in the Summertime”

1973 – U.S. Senate committee investigating Watergate scandal files suit against Richard Nixon

1974 – U.S. Vice President Gerald Ford becomes President after Richard Nixon is only President to resign. Veep Day *, honoring Constitution’s Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 (see also 1789 entry)

1982 – United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations first meets. In 1994, UN General Assembly establishes International Day of the World’s Indigenous People *

1995 – Rock musician Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces support for federal funding of limited medical research on embryonic stem cells

2004 – Donald Duck receives 2,257th star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2004 – Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts announce it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy


A recent study of people over 50 comparing those who did not read books with those who read for at least 3 1/2 hours a week found that book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.


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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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9 Responses to ON THIS DAY – August 9, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    About the study of longevity among readers, however, I will bet that its correlation has more to do with factors other than simple “enjoyment of reading” than it might at first appear. First you would have to correct for all those people who cannot read (who might also be the people who came from families that lacked resources and education). Then you’d need to correct for people who, at the end of their day, find themselves too exhausted to do anything other than collapse in a horizontal place somewhere, falling into deep sleep until the alarm wakes them. Then you have to correct for people whose environment is too noisy or disturbing to allow for a quiet time. Etc.
    I’m a voracious reader in the right circumstances. Yet I have gone for years at a time reading almost nothing; these were times of extreme disturbance in my environment and of ill health. Both would contribute to a loss of longevity not actually related to the activity of reading.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi Malisha –

      I know there are other factors involved, but at this point, anything that might encourage people to READ BOOKS is good news to me.

      As a passionate reader from age 4, I read regardless of the state of my health, the amount of noise around me, and just about any other factor short of the building being on fire (which has actually happened to me, but that’s another story). If there are no books available – a rare experience for me! – I read cereal boxes, billboards, menus, whatever has printing on it. Whether this will extend my life even 10 seconds is irrelevant – what books have always been for me are magic doors to other worlds, escapes from the hum-drum or painful, and beloved friends, many of them life-long.

      I have the deepest compassion for anyone whose circumstances have denied them the opportunity to learn how to read, and pity people who can read, but don’t.

      No matter what a person’s enthusiasms or interests are, there are books about them out there, waiting to be discovered.

      Happy National Book Lovers’ Day!

  2. pete says:

    I have an ex who couldn’t understand why I would read a book more than once. As she put it “you know how it’s going to end, why bother”. I don’t think she ever understood that I read for the story, not the ending.

    • Malisha says:

      HA HA! I have an “ex” who said he couldn’t read “Hundred Years of Solitude” (which I had given him) because there were “too many gypsies.” HE QUIT after 10 pages! Gypsied out of the whole book in 10 pages!
      I actually own an autographed copy. GABO signed it in Barcelona and his agent overnighted it to me in the US!

  3. I have had many friends in my life. They come. They go. Some stay. A few loves here and there. Several beloved pets. But through it all, books have been my constant companion. Last count, several years ago, I have read thousands (not an exaggeration). I love what they contain – knowledge and windows into other worlds. Staggering beauty and stark terrible things. I cannot upload vast quantities of information to my brain instantly or walk between parallel dimensions (yet). Books are the next best thing.

  4. Pete,
    I suspect the operant word here is “ex.” Some folks just don’t get it.

    And what Gene said.++++

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