ON THIS DAY: September 1, 2017

September 1st is

Emma M Nutt Day *

World Letter Writing Day *

No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
(words that don’t rhyme)

International Day of the Taiji Dolphins *


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 Islam: Eil al-Adna (Feast of Sacrifice)

Australia – Birdsville, Queensland:
135th Birdsville Horseraces

Eritrea – Bahti Meskerem
(Revolution Day)

Germany – Hamburg:
Off the Radar Music Fest

Netherlands – Utrecht:
Lief Music Festival

Slovakia – Constitution Memorial Day

Sweden – Stockholm:
Popaganda Festival

Uzbekistan – Mustaqillik Kuni
(Independence Day)


On This Day in History

717 – Byzantine navy defeats an 1,800-ship Muslim armada using Greek Fire

1449 – Tumu Fortress Crisis: Ming dynasty Emperor Zhu Qizhen captured by Oirat Mongols, and held captive

1532 – Anne Boleyn is made Marquis of Pembroke by King Henry VIII of England

1593 – Arjumand Banu born, Mughal Empress, consort of Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal as her final resting place

1604 – The Sikh Holy Scripture, Guru Granth Sadib, is installed at Harnabdir Sahib

1608 – Giacomo Torelli born, Italian stage designer and engineer of innovative machinery for spectacular stage effects

1653 – Johann Pachelbel born, German composer and organist, remembered for his Canon in D Major

1715 – French King Louis XIV dies after 72 year reign, longest of any major European monarch

1772 – Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is founded by Father Junipero Serra

1773 – African-American slave Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral is published by act of Parliament in England

1791 – Lydia Huntley Sigourney born, American poet, known as the “Sweet Singer of Hartford,” published under the name Mrs. Sigourney

1804 – German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding discovers a large asteroid in the Main Belt, and names it Juno

1807 – Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr found innocent of treason

1810 – John H. Wood patents the first plow with interchangeable parts

1815 – Emma Stebbins born, American sculptor and painter; her “Angel of the Waters” is at Bethesda Terrace in New York’s Central Park

1836 – Narcissa Whitman, a missionary, one of the first English-speaking white women to settle west of the Rockies, arrives in Walla Walla, Washington, with her husband

1849 – Elizabeth Harrison born, American educator, founder of National Louis University, created professional standards for early childhood teachers

1854 – Engelbert Humperdinck born, German playwright and composer

1854 – Anna Botsford Comstock born, American artist, educator and conservationist, illustrator and co-author or author of several books including Manual for the Study of Insects and The Handbook of Nature Study

1859 – Pullman Sleeping cars go into service

1873 – Cetshwayo becomes King of the Zulus upon the death of his father Mpande

1875 – Edgar Rice Burroughs born, American author; creator of Tarzan series

1876 – Harriet Shaw Weaver born, English journalist and political activist and
suffragette; publisher and later editor of The Egoist; literary executor of James Joyce

1877 – Francis William Aston born, English chemist; 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovery of isotopes in non-radioactive elements, and work on whole-number rule

1878 – J.F.C. Fuller, British Major General, military historian, pioneering theorist on modern armored warfare; after retirement, became an admirer of fascism and Hitler; only senior British officer not asked to return to service during WWII

1878 – Emma M. Nutt becomes first woman telephone operator for Boston’s Telephone Dispatch Company, then worked the job for 33 years.  Emma M. Nutt Day *celebrates her achievement and honors telephone operators

1883 – Anita Bush born, American stage actress and playwright, founder of Anita Bush All-Colored Dramatic Stock Company, a repertory theatre company which brought theatre to black audiences

1886 – Othmar Schoeck born, Swiss composer

1897 – Boston’s Tremont Street Subway opens, the first underground rapid transit in North America

1902 – The pioneering science fiction film, A Trip to the Moon, premieres in France

1905 – Alberta and Saskatchewan join the Canadian federation

1906 – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys established, based in Basel, Switzerland

1907 – Walter Reuther born, United Automobile Workers Union president (1946-1970)

1910 – Peggy van Praagh born in England, ballet dancer; Australian Ballet founder

1914 – St. Petersburg, Russia, renamed Petrograd by the Imperial government

1919 – Hilda Hänchen born, German physicist, discoverer of the Goos-Hänchen effect

1920 – The Fountain of Time opens in Chicago IL to commemorate 100 years of peace between the U.S. and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent

1920 – Liz Carpenter born, American activist, feminist, author, journalist, media adviser and speech writer; as a reporter covered presidents Franklin D Roosevelt through John F Kennedy

1923 – Kantō Earthquake devastates Tokyo and Yokohama, leaving 105,000 dead

1933 – Ann Richards born, American politician and feminist, 45th Governor of Texas, known for her quick-witted one-liners

1939 – General George C. Marshall becomes Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

1939 – The Nazis invade Poland; in Germany, Adolf Hitler signs an order to systematically euthanize mentally ill and disabled people

1939 – The Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan head of the Swiss Armed Forces, and mobilizes them

1942 – A federal judge in Sacramento CA upholds the wartime detention of Japanese-American citizens as well as Japanese nationals

Japanese Internment Camp at Manzanar

1951 – The U.S., Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS treaty for mutual defense

1952 – Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is published, which will win the Pulitzer Prize

1958 – Iceland expands its fishing zone overlapping the U.K. zone, starts the Cod Wars

1961 – The first conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is held in Belgium; NAM has 120 member countries, not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc; founding nations are Yugoslavia, India, Indonesia, Egypt and Ghana; their declaration is known as “The Initiative of Five”

1972 – American Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland, to become world chess champion

1977 – Generation X released their debut single “Your Generation”

1979 – Space probe Pioneer 11 passes Saturn at distance of 13,000 miles (21,000 km)

1985 – A joint U.S.-French expedition locates the wreckage of RMS Titanic

1991 – Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union

2003 – International Day of the Taiji Dolphins * is launched by the Dolphin Project to raise awareness of Japanese dolphin hunting season, which opens on September 1 each year. Hundreds of dolphins are slaughtered, but some are captured for sale to marine parks. Hunting permits are issued by the Japanese government

2005 – Richard Simpkin wanted to photograph and interview people he considered Australian Legends, so he wrote dozens of letters asking to meet them. He was always elated when he got a reply. By 2005, he had interviewed and photographed 80 people. This project inspired him to found World Letter Writing Day * on September 1 (not to be confused with U.S. National Letter Writing Day on December 7)

2009 – In Vermont, a law allowing same-sex marriage goes into effect


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6 Responses to ON THIS DAY: September 1, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    WordCloud9, you’re scaring me!

  2. pete says:

    “What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can’t reread a phone call.”
    Liz Carpenter

    “Thank you text and e-mails.”
    Dept. Homeland Security

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Exactly Pete – and how is it that it’s a crime to open someone’s snailmail without a warrant, but it’s OK to troll through their emails and text messages?

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