ON THIS DAY: September 7, 2017

September 7th is

Buy a Book Day *

Acorn Squash Day

ADHD Awareness Day *

Grandma Moses Day *

Salami Day *

Superhuman Day *

Neither Rain Nor Snow Day *

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Brazil – Independence Day

Croatia – Punta Christo:
Outlook Festival

Fiji – Constitution Day

Mozambique –
Lusaka Peace Agreement Day

Nepal – Nijamati Sewa Divas
(Civil Servants Day)

Switzerland – Geneva: Jeûne Genevois
(a fast, originally for persecuted Huguenots)

United Kingdom – Isle of Wight:
Bestival Music Fest

Wales – Portmeirion:
Festival No. 6

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On This Day on HISTORY

1251 BC (legend) – A solar eclipse marks the birth of Heracles (aka Hercules) at Thebes

1533 – Elizabeth born, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; after the death of her half-sister Queen Mary I, she will become Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland



1541 – Hernando de Cabezon born, Spanish composer



1813 – First use in print of nickname ‘Uncle Sam’ for United States in NY’s Troy Post


Uncle Sam Cartoon by Thomas Nast – 1877


1814 – William Butterfield born, English Gothic Revival architect

1822 – Dom Pedro I declares Brazil is independent from Portugal

1829 – Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden born, American geologist; pioneering surveyor of the Rocky Mountains, and leader of the first federally-funded geological survey of the Yellowstone area of Wyoming

1857 – Mormon extremists in Mountain Meadows Utah slaughter 120 men, women and children of an emigrant wagon train on its way to California. Only 17 children, all younger than seven, were spared, and taken in by local families

1860 – Anna Robertson Moses born, aka Grandma Moses, American folk artist – (see 1960 entry)


Bennington, by Grandma Moses


1865 – Elinor Wylie born, American novelist and poet



1887 – Dame Edith Sitwell born, English poet, critic and editor; an eccentric often cruelly mocked for her tall thin appearance, a large and distinctive nose, and her flamboyant style of dress



1896 – First successful heart surgery performed by Ludwig Rehn in Frankfurt, repairing a stab wound suffered by 22-year-old Wilhelm Justus, who lived to age 56, dying in 1930

1900 – Taylor Caldwell born, prolific American novelist, much of it historical fiction



1901 – The Boxer Protocol, one of the ‘unequal treaties’ between China and an alliance of eleven Western nations, is signed, officially ending the Boxer Rebellion

1903 – Margaret Landon born, American author; her best-selling novel, Anna and the King of Siam, became the inspiration for the Broadway musical The King and I

1907 – Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitiana embarks on her maiden voyage from Liverpool England to New York City


RMS Lusitiana – 1907 post card


1912 – David Packard born, American engineer; cofounder of Hewlett-Packard Co.

1914 – Neither Rain Nor Snow Day * celebrates the opening day of main New York City Post Office building, inscribed, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” from a passage in Herodotus describing the Persian mounted postal carriers, 500 BC:  “It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.” (trans. by A.D. Godley)



1916 – U.S. federal employees win the right to Worker’s Compensation in the Federal Employees Liability Act

1923 – Nancy Keesing born, Australian Jewish author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry; Garden Island People, The Woman I Am: Poems, Douglas Stewart

1925 –Laura Ashley born, Welsh designer who builds a fashion, home furnishings and textiles empire

1927 – Philo Farnsworth builds the first fully electronic television device, an “image dissector”

1934 – Mary Bauermeister born, German painter, art installation creator and garden designer, influenced by Pop Art and Nouveau Réalisme

1936 – Charles Holley born, better known as Buddy Holly, American Rock’n’Roll star of the 1950s



1936 – Benjamin, the last known Tasmanian “wolf” (thylacinus cynocephalus), a carnivorous marsupial, dies at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania. Thylacine fossils estimated to be 23 million years old have been found in NW Queensland



1940 – Artie Shaw and his orchestra record “Temptation”



1940 – WWII: The German Luftwaffe begins its blitz of London, a massive aerial bombardment; in 71 raids over the next eight months, over 40,000 civilians will be killed, and as many as 139,000 injured

1943 – Beverley McLachlin, Canadian jurist, Chief Justice of Canada (2000 to present, but recently announced her retirement will be at the end of 2017)

1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is elected first secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party

1956 – Sam Cook releases single “You Send Me’



1957 – First appearance of NBC’s peacock logo

1960 – On the 100th Birthday of Anna Mary Robertson Moses, NY Governor Rockefeller proclaimed the first ‘Grandma Moses Day’ to honor the American folk artist, who began painting in her 70s


Self-Portrait, Grandma Moses


1977 – Torrijos-Carter Treaties signed by U.S. and Panama. U.S. agrees to transfer control of the Panama Canal at the end of the 20th century.

1979 – The Chrysler Corporation asks the U.S. government for a $1.5 billion bail-out to save it from bankruptcy

1979 – ESPN makes it cable television debut

1986 – Desmond Tutu becomes first black leader of Anglican Church in South Africa



1997 – First flight of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force



2004 – Attention Deficit Disorder Association spearheads passage of U.S. Senate resolution designating September 7 as National ADHD Awareness Day *

2006 – The Salami Appreciation Society of Henrico VA inaugurates Salami Day *

2008 – U.S. government takes control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage financing companies

2012 – The first Buy a Book Day * encourages readers to support authors by purchasing copies of their work

2016 – The first Superhuman Day * inspired by the Summer Paralympic Games, celebrates all the incredible athletes, musicians, craftspeople, artists and people from every other discipline, who never let disability stop them from fulfilling their dreams


Richard Whitehead (GBR) sets a new Paralympic Record and wins the Gold Medal in the Men’s 200m – T42 Final in the Olympic Stadium at the Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – photo by Bob Martin for OIS/IOC

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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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