ON THIS DAY: September 10, 2017

September 10th is

International Drive Your Studebaker Day *

Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day*

National Swap Ideas Day

TV Dinner Day *

World Suicide Prevention Day *


MORE! Thomas Wolsey, Elsa Schiaparelli and Abebe Bikila, click



Belize – Saint George’s Caye Day *

Canada – Banff:
Lake Louise Wonderfall Festival

China – Teacher’s Day

Gibraltar – National Day


On This Day in History

506 – With permission from Visigoth King Alaric, 35 bishops meet at the Council of Agde, led by Bishop Caesarius of Arles; they promulgate 47 canons on ecclesiastical discipline and rules for congregants, including forbidding ecclesiastics to sell the property of the church from which they draw their living, forbidding clerics from visiting women to whom they are not related, and forbidding marriages between cousins

1419 – John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy is assassinated by adherents of the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France

1509 – An earthquake, known as “The Lesser Judgment Day,” hits Constantinople, and is followed by 45 days of aftershocks and a tsunami

1570 – Spanish Jesuits attempt to establish a mission near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in what they call Ajacán (present-day Virginia), but they are killed by local Native Americans five months later

1515 – English priest Thomas Wolsey is invested as a Cardinal

1608 – John Smith is elected president of the Jamestown VA council

1753 – John Soane born, the son of a bricklayer, English Neo-Classical architect, knighted in 1831; designed and oversaw work on the Bank of England, a 45-year project (destroyed in 1920s), Dulwich Picture Gallery, and his former home/office at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, now a museum

1758 – Hannah Webster Foster born, American novelist and advocate for women’s education; her best-seller is The Coquette, or a History of Eliza Wharton,  a fictionalized version of the true story of Elizabeth Whitman, a young woman who is seduced by an unidentified suitor, and dies after the still-born birth of her illegitimate child

1776 – Nathan Hale volunteers to spy on the British for the Continental Army

1798 – Battle of St. George’s Caye * – British Honduran (present-day Belize) settlers and their black slaves defeat Spanish Empire naval forces during the Anglo-Spanish War

1813 – War of 1812: Oliver H. Perry sends the message, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours,” after an American naval victory over the British at the Battle of Lake Erie

1823 – Simón Bolivar is named president of Peru

1835 – William Torrey Harris born, American educator and philosopher; founder of the first U.S journal devoted solely to philosophy, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy; co-founder of the St. Louis Philosophical Society

1846 – Elias Howe is granted a patent for a sewing machine

1852 – Alice Brown Davis born, American chief of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma, postmistress, business owner, Superintendent of the Seminole Nation’s girl’s school

1860 – Marianne von Werefkin born, Russian-Swiss painter, salon host, co-founder of artist groups in Munich and Switzerland, known for Expressionism

1862 – Rabbi Jacob Frankel becomes the first Jewish U.S. Army chaplain

1866 – Tor Aulin born, Swedish composer, violinist and conductor

1877 – Katherine S. Dreier born, artist, art patron, social reformer and woman suffragist; co-founder with Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray of the Société Anonyme, the first major U.S. collection of modern art and sponsor of numerous exhibitions; her estate donated 28 works by important modern artists to the Guggenheim Foundation

1882 – Flora Dodge “Fola” La Follette born, women’s suffrage and labor activist, actress and author, contributing editor to La Follette’s Weekly Magazine; noted for saying “A good husband is not a substitute for the ballot”

1885 – Carl Van Doren born, American novelist and biographer; literary editor of The Nation (1919-1922); Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Benjamin Franklin

1886 – Hilda Dolittle born, pen name H.D., American poet and novelist, known for avant-garde poetry, literary editor of  The Egoist journal during WWI, frequently uses Greek mythology and insights from psychoanalysis in her work; now an icon for feminists and the LGBTQ Community

1890 – Franz Werfel born, German Expressionist poet, playwright and novelist

1890 – Elsa Schiaparelli born, Italian fashion designer, one of the most prominent designers between the World Wars along with her rival Coco Chanel

Schiaparelli design – Elsa Schiaparelli in 1937

1898 – Empress Elisabeth of Austria is stabbed to death by an Italian anarchist

1903 – Cyril Connolly born, English critic, novelist, founder of Horizon magazine

1913 – The Lincoln Highway opens, the first paved coast-to-coast U.S. highway

1919 – New York City welcomes home General ‘Black Jack’ Pershing and 25,000 soldiers of the U.S. First Division from WWI

1924 – A Chicago judge sentences Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb to life in prison for the “thrill kill” murder of Bobby Franks, aged 14

1926 – Beryl Cook born, self-taught British painter, OBE, noted for paintings of people enjoying themselves

1929 – Akio Yashiro born, Japanese composer

1935 – Mary Oliver, American poet; won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry,
the 1992 National Book Award for Poetry; American Primitive, House of Light

1937 – Nine nations meet at the Nyon Conference to discuss the international piracy problem in the Mediterranean

1941 – Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science

1942 – WWII/ Indian Ocean theatre: British forces stage an amphibious landing on Madagascar in Operation Streamline Jane, the first large scale operation by the Allies combining sea, land and air forces

1943 – WWII: Nazi forces occupy Rome

1953 – TV Dinner Day * – Swanson sells its first “TV dinner,” turkey with cornbread dressing, peas and potatoes, in a compartmentalized aluminum tray, taking 25 minutes to heat up in the oven. It sells for 98 cents. The original production estimate for the year is 5,000 units, but Swanson sells over 10 million dinners in 1953. The first microwaveable frozen dinners are marketed in 1986.

1955 – Western series Gunsmoke premieres on CBS television, then airs for 20 years, with a record 635 episodes

1960 – Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia wins the marathon at the Rome Olympics, running barefoot, the first of his nation to win a medal at the Olympic games

1963 – Twenty black students enter public schools in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile, AL, after a standoff between federal authorities and Governor George Wallace

1964 – The Kinks single “You Really Got Me” hits #1 in the UK

1966 – The Beatles album Revolver is #1 on the U.S. album chart, while The Supremes are #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “You Can’t Hurry Love”

1967 – Gibraltar voters choose to remain British dependents instead of part of Spain

1968 – “Hey Jude” is #1 on the UK singles chart for The Beatles

1974 – Guinea-Bissau becomes independent from Portugal

1977 – A convicted torturer-murderer is the last person executed in France by guillotine

1981 – Farmer Dennis Higashiyama of Quincy WA decides that too many consumers had no idea where their food comes from, so he founds Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day * to invite the public to see how crops get from the fields to the processing plants on the way to their kitchens

1996 – Walmart bans Sheryl Crow’s second album because of this lyric: “Watch out sister/Watch out brother/Watch our children as they kill each other/with a gun they bought at the Wal-Mart discount stores” in the song “Love is A Good Thing”

2000 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats closes, after 7, 455 performances and almost 18 years, the longest-running show in Broadway history

2002 – Switzerland, long a neutral country, joins the United Nations

2003 – The International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO) join together to launch World Suicide Prevention Day *

2008 – The Large Hadron Colider at CERN, “largest scientific experiment in history” powers up in Geneva, Switzerland

2009 – International Drive Your Studebaker Day * is first sponsored by the Studebaker Drivers Club



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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 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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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: September 10, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    When my kid was oittoe he did not walk early. His father was very critical and started carrying on about what was “wrong with him” but there was nothing wrong with him. Suddenly he began to RUN and did not have any intermediate steps such as toddling or walking. And he used to pull his elbows back while standing straight up, while barreling full speed ahead, so I laughed and called him “abebe bequilachik,” a sort of yiddishized version of Bikila’s name. Such a distinctive posture and style of locomotion.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      My parents were very concerned because I didn’t start talking “on schedule.” I spoke only a few single words, but wasn’t “developing.” Then I suddenly started talking in complete sentences, with nouns, verbs and adjectives in the proper order. .

      That has been my pattern ever since. When I am learning something new, I spend a lot of time observing and absorbing without trying to actually do it. Then once it is all clear in my head, I move on to doing it – I still make mistakes, but not as many as I would if I had not tried it out in my mind first.

      Everybody has their own way of learning, and there are all kinds of intelligence – I’ve never understood why so many people don’t get that.

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