ON THIS DAY: September 16, 2017

September 16th is

Anne Dudley Bradstreet Day *

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

Guacamole Day

Mayflower Day *

Working Parents Day

Trail of Tears Commemoration Day *

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer *


MORE!  James Pierpont, Karen Horney and B.B.King, click



Libya – Martyrs’ Day

Malaysia – Malaysia Day

Mexico – Día de la Independencia

Papua New Guinea –Independence Day

St. Kitts & Nevis – National Heroes Day

United States – Monterey CA:
Monterey Jazz Festival

Wales – Owain Glyndwr Day *


On This Day in HISTORY

1400 – Owain Glyndwr * rebels against English rule, proclaimed Prince of Wales, the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales

Owain Glyndwr statue in Corwen, Wales

1620 – The Mayflower * embarks from Plymouth, England for Massachusetts

Mayflower in a Riptide off Monomoy Point by Mike Haywood

1630 – The village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston

1638 – French King Louis XIV born

Louis XIV le Roi Soleil

1672 – Anne Dudley Bradstreet,* the first woman to be recognized as an accomplished colonial American poet, dies in Andover, MA

1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the “Old Pretender”, becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland

1782 – First use of the Great Seal of the United States on POW agreement with Britain

1810 – Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores):  In Guanajuato, Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rings his church’s bell and gives the pronunciamiento (call to arms) that triggers the Mexican War of Independence

1830 – The Indian Removal Act: President Andrew Jackson’s persistent lobbying of Congress results in its passage, by a single vote.  Several tribes reluctantly move from their homes in the southeastern U.S. to less desirable land west of the Mississippi, but 15,000 Cherokees are force-marched by U.S. army troops over 1,000 miles. 4,000 die, many of disease or starvation, on the ‘Trail of Tears’ *

1846 – Anna Kingsford born, one of the first English women to obtain a medical degree, but the only medical student to graduate without ever dissecting a single animal; anti-vivisectionist, women’s rights and vegetarian campaigner; founder of the Food Reform Society, author of The Perfect Way in Diet

1857 – James Pierpont copyrights his song “Jingle Bells” under its original title, “One Horse Open Sleigh”

1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun, now the oldest U.S. continuously-independent college daily, prints its first issue in Ithaca NY

1881 – Clive Bell born, English art critic

1885 – Karen Danielsen Horney born in Germany, German-American psychoanalyst; the first known woman to present a paper regarding feminine psychiatry; fourteen papers she wrote between 1922 and 1937 are amalgamated into her ground-breaking book, Feminine Psychology 

1887 – Jean Arp born, French sculptor, painter and poet

Groupe méditerranéan by Jean Arp

1887 – Nadia Boulanger born, French composer, mentor to Aaron Copland, Philip Glass and Quincy Jones among others

1893 – “Cherokee Strip” Land Run in Oklahoma: 100,000 settlers race to claim land that had once been given to the Cherokees and other tribes “as long as the grass grows and the water runs” to replace their original homelands in the Southeastern U.S.

1898 – H. A. Rey born, American author and illustrator, co-creator of Curious George

1908 – Buick and Olds car companies merge as General Motors under William Durant

1919 – The America Legion is incorporated by an act of Congress

1925 – B.B.King born, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1927 – Sadako Ogata born, Japanese diplomat, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2001); President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA, 2003-2012); 2002 Fulbright Prize for International Understanding

1934 – Ronnie Drew born, Irish singer-songwriter and musician with The Dubliners

1938 – Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra record “Boogie Woogie”

1940 – Hamiet Bluiett born, American Jazz musician and composer

1940 – Franklin Roosevelt signs into law first peacetime military draft in U.S. history

1940 – Sam Rayburn of Texas elected Speaker of the House of Representatives

1953 – The Robe, first movie filmed in CinemaScope, premieres in New York City

1959 – Xerox demonstrates their new Xerox 914 photocopier on live television

1963 – The Outer Limits debuts on ABC television

1963 – The Beach Boys release their Surfer Girl album

1963 – The Beatles single “She Loves You” debuts in the U.S.

1965 – Duke Ellington’s first concert in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral

1966 –The Metropolitan Opera opens its new home at NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

1972 – The Bob Newhart Show premieres on CBS

1974 – U.S. President Ford announced conditional amnesty for Vietnam War draft-evaders and deserters

1976 – The Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as clergy

1978 – The Grateful Dead record their concert at the pyramids in Egypt

1982 – A massacre of between 1,200 and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied Christian Phalange militiamen begins in west Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps

1987 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer * – 24 countries sign the Montreal Protocol to reduce emissions damaging to the ozone layer by the year 2000

1992 – Deposed dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, is sentenced to 40 years for drug trafficking and money laundering in a U.S. District Court in Miami FL

1994 – Exxon Corporation is ordered to pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska

2002 – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announces that Iraq unconditionally accepts the return of U.N. weapons inspectors

2008 – U.S. federal government commits to an $85 billion emergency loan to rescue AIG, the world’s largest insurance company


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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: September 16, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    In 1988 and 1989, at several feminist conferences in NY and DC, whenever there was an open mic, a woman would step up (whom we came to refer to as “The Ozone Lady”) and instead of asking a question of one of the panelists, she would read a 4-page statement about the danger to the ozone layer. By 1990 or so some of the feminists were quite irritable with her but nobody tried to shut her up or insult her. It was always the same four pages, neatly written out pen on yellow lined paper. No margins. She read it quickly and passionately and then left the mic and sat down again. I kind of miss the Ozone Lady. She gave me one of my best lines of poetry. “lovinglobe impotent through the torn ozone veil.”

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Cassandra, the voice of prophecy who is not believed. She probably went to women’s conferences as a welcome relief from being ridiculed elsewhere.

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