ON THIS DAY: September 13, 2017

September 13th is

Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

National Peanut Day

Programmer’s Day *

Uncle Sam Day *

Roald Dahl Day *


MORE!  Clara Schumann, J. B. Priestly and Margaret Chase Smith, click



Argentina – Librarian’s Day

Canada – Banff ALB: Fall Leaf Peep

Japan – Daisetsuzan Mountain, Hokkaido:
Autumn Color Viewing (ongoing)

Spain – Sant Rafel de sa Creu:
Amnesia Ibiza Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

509 BC – Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Rome’s Capitoline Hill is dedicated

533 – Battle of Ad Decimum: Byzantine General Belisarius leads his troops to victory over the Vandals commanded by King Gelimer near Carthage in North Africa

1583 – Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian composer, is born

1584 – San Lorenzo del Escorial Palacio is completed near Madrid

El Escorial Biblioteca (library)

1739 – Grigory Potemkin born, Russian army office and statesman

1775 – Laura Secord born, Canadian heroine of the War of 1812, who walked 20-miles out of American-occupied territory to warn British troops of an impending attack

1788 – The Congress of the Confederation authorizes the first national election and declares New York City the temporary national capital

1789 – The U.S. Government takes out its first loan

1813 – Daniel Macmillan born, Scottish bookseller; co-founder Macmillan Publishing

1814 – Frances Scott Key is inspired to write his poem “Defense of Fort McHenry”

1819 – Clara Schumann born, German pianist and composer, gives first public performances of several works by Johannes Brahams

1830 – Baroness Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, notable Austrian late 19th century author, admired for her psychological insight; Božena, Das Gemeindekind

1844 – Ann Webb Young born, one of LDS President Brigham Young’s many wives, who filed for divorce on grounds of cruelty, neglect and abandonment; excommunicated from the LDS Church in 1874; her divorce is final in 1875. She went on the lecture circuit, advocating against polygamy and Mormonism; Webb testifies before Congress during debates before passage of the Poland (anti-polygamy enforcement) Act. Author of Wife No. 19, or The Story of a Life in Bondage

1844 – Anna Lea Merritt born, American painter; known for portraits, landscapes and religious scenes; she lived and worked primarily in England as a professional artist

Ophelia, by Anna Lea Merritt

1851 – Walter Reed born, American pathologist and bacteriologist; U.S. Army doctor who leads the team that confirms Yellow Fever is transmitted by mosquitoes

1857 – Milton Hershey born, American chocolate manufacturer

1858 – Catharinus Elling born, Norwegian composer

1860 – John (“Black Jack”) Pershing born, American General in command of the American Expeditionary Force in WWI

1865 – Maud Charlesworth born in England, known as Maud Ballington Booth, Salvation Army leader and co-founder of the Volunteers of America

1874 – Arnold Schoenberg born in Austria, American composer

1876 – Sherwood Anderson born, American author; Winesburg, Ohio

1894 – J.B Priestly born, English novelist and playwright; An Inspector Calls

1898 – Hannibal W. Goodwin patents celluloid film, used to make movies

1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the U.S. killed in an automobile accident

1914 – Leonard Feather born, British jazz pianist and composer

1916 – Bill Monroe born, American singer, songwriter and mandolin player

1916 – Roald Dahl born in Wales, author;  James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


1919 –  Mary Midgley, British philosopher, advocate for science, ethics and animal rights, author of many books including her autobiography The Owl of Minerva

1922 – Highest shade temperature 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit recorded at El Azizia, Libya

1924 – Maurice Jarre born, French composer; nine Academy Award nominations with four wins for Best Original Film Score

1933 – Elizabeth McCombs is the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament

1935 – Howard Hughes sets new airspeed record, 352 mph, in his H-1 plane

1938 – Judith Martin is born, aka etiquette author ‘Miss Manners’

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) is elected U.S. Senator, first woman to serve in both houses of Congress, serving a combined total of 33 years, 1940-1973

1948 – The School of the Performing Arts, the first specialized public school for the arts, opens in New York

1956 – IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, first computer to use disk storage

1960 – The FCC bans payola (bribes for more airplay of a record company’s product)

1965 – The Beatles release “Yesterday”

1970 – First NYC Marathon

1971 – The four-day riot that claimed 43 lives at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility ends as police and guards storm the prison

1989 – Desmond Tutu leads largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa

1989 – George W. Bush proclaims Uncle Sam Day * in honor of the birth of Samuel Wilson, a N.Y. meatpacker whose “U.S.” stamp on shipments to the American army during the War of 1812 led to the nickname Uncle Sam

1990 – The TV series Law and Order premieres on NBC

1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chair Yasser Arafat sign first major agreement, granting Palestine limited self-government in Gaza Strip and Jericho

2001 – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell names Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 – limited U.S. commercial flights resume after being grounded for two days

2009 – Russia President Dmitry Medvedev signs decree Day of the Programmer * held annually on the 265th day of the year


About wordcloud9

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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