ON THIS DAY: September 4, 2017

September 4th is

Eat an Extra Dessert Day

Macadamia Nut Day

Newspaper Carrier Day *

National Wildlife Day *


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Labor/Labour Day in American Samoa, Bermuda, Canada, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, the United States, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Gibraltar – National Day

Venezuela – Civil Servant’s Day


On This Day in HISTORY

626 – Li Shimin assumes the throne of the Tang dynasty in China; he will posthumously be called Emperor Taizong; his era, the “Reign of Zhenguan” is considered a golden age, when China flourishes economically, and enjoys some periods of peace; one of his first acts on assuming the throne was to release a number of ladies in waiting from the palace, returning them to their homes so they could be married

1768 – Francois Auguste Rene Vicomte de born, French author and diplomat. His chef, Montmireil, creates the dish Chateaubriand, and names it for his boss

1781 – “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula” (Town of the Queen of the Angels) is founded, now Los Angeles CA

Los Angeles Mission Church in 1870 – Los Angeles, CA

1824 – Anton Bruckner born, Austrian composer, organist and teacher

1825 – NY Governor Dewitt Clinton empties a barrel of Lake Erie water into the Atlantic Ocean in “Marriage of the Waters” ceremony for the new Erie Canal

1833 – Newspaper Carrier Day * – New York Sun editor Benjamin Day runs an ad for “steady men” to vend the paper. When 10-year-old Barney Flaherty applies for the job, he impresses Day, and is hired, becoming the first paperboy. His cry of “Paper! Get your paper, here!” becomes the universal pitch of boys – and some girls – hawking the news

1846 – Daniel Burnham born, American architect and city planner; the Director of Works for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago

1866 – Simon Lake born, American inventor; builder of the submarine Argonaut

1882 – Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan; often considered the day that begins the electrical age

1885 – The Exchange Buffet opens in NYC, first self-service cafeteria-style restaurant

1886 – Geronimo and his band surrender in Skeleton Canyon to General Nelson Miles, after almost 30 years of fighting

1888 – George Eastman registers trademark “Kodak” and patents his roll-film camera

1892 – Darius Milhaud born, French composer and educator

1901 – William Lyons born, co-founder of Jaguar automobiles

1905 – Mary Renault born in South Africa, English author, noted for novels set in Ancient Greece; The King Must Die, The Mask of Apollo, The Charioteer, The Last of the Wine

1908 – Richard Wright born, black American author of Native Son and Black Boy, exposing American racism and its harsh effects

1908 – Edward Dmytryk born, American film director; one of the “Hollywood Ten”

1917 – WWI: The first deaths of American soldiers in France

1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder the Republic of Turkey, opens the Congress in Sivas because Constantinople is still under occupation

1921 – First police broadcast made by station WIL in St. Louis MO

1924 – Joan Aiken born, English author of supernatural fiction and books for children

1934 – Clive Granger born in Wales, American economist; 2009 Nobel Prize

1941 – Marilena de Souza Chaui born, Brazilian philosopher; member of the Worker’s Party, critic of the capitalist model

1944 – WWII: The British 11th Armoured Division liberates the Belgian city of Antwerp

1951 – First live, coast-to-coast TV broadcast, of the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco, is seen all the way to New York City

1957 – Governor Orval Faubus orders the Arkansas National Guard to keep nine black students from going into Little Rock’s Central High School

1957 – After a year-long advertising campaign for “the car of the future,” the Ford Edsel goes on sale; Ford’s most expensive flop, it cost the company $250 million

1959 – Bobby Darin’s version of “Mack the Knife” is banned by a NY radio station WCBS after a teen gang member fatally stabs two other teens

1962 – The Beatles begin their first session at Abbey Road studios, rehearsing “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me”

1967 – Sam and Dave single of “Soul Man” is released, and Lulu’s “To Sir With Love”

1968 – Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” banned by several Chicago radio stations because authorities feared public disorder during Democratic National Convention

1972 – Swimmer Mark Spitz becomes the first person to win seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games when the U.S. team wins the 400-meter relay in Munich

1986 – South African security forces halt mass funeral of the dead from the Soweto riot

1995 – The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in Beijing, with over 4,750 delegates representing 181 countries

1998 – Mexican bankers stop approving personal loans and mortgages, while the International Monetary Fund approves a $257 million loan for the Ukraine

1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin; they are both still students at Stanford University

1999 – The U.N. announces East Timor voters overwhelmingly chose independence from Indonesia in August 30 referendum. In Dili, pro-Indonesian militias burn buildings, attack independence supporters, destroy telecommunications and blow up bridges

2005 – National Wildlife Day * is established in memory of conservationist and animal lover Steve Irwin to bring attention to global number of endangered species, honor those working to save them, and educate the public about what they can do to help

2007 – Toy maker Mattel Inc. recalls 800,000 lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, a third major recall in just over a month

2008 – The very first Fender Strat that Jimi Hendrix set on fire while performing is auctioned at Sotheby’s in London for $500,000


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3 Responses to ON THIS DAY: September 4, 2017

  1. I would refuse to make an instrument for, or sell an instrument to, any of those musicians who smash or destroy them as part of their act. I don’t care who the musician might be, how famous they are, or how rich they might be.

    No sales to vandals at any price.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      I completely understand your point.

    • Malisha says:

      Yeah I look upon something like that as an act of “violent waste.” It’s not just the destruction of a beautiful object that’s involved; but someone could own and use that instrument forever, who can’t afford to buy one like that, and doesnt know how to make it.
      Cleaning up hoarded homes recently (a job I have been doing) I have become so irritable to WASTE. I don’t like to see waste or even read abut it in fiction.

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