ON THIS DAY: September 23, 2017

September 23rd is

Checkers/Dogs in Politics Day *

Celebrate Bisexuality Day *

Great American Pot Pie Day

National Singles Day *

Restless Legs Awareness Day *


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In Shinto – Shūbun no Hi – Autumnal Equinox Day

Bhutan – Thrue Bab
(Blessed Rainy Day)

India – Haryana:  Haryana Veer and
Shaheedi Diwas (Martyrs’ Day)

Japan – Autumnal Equinox Celebration

Micronesia – Chuuk Liberation Day

Puerto Rico – Grito de Lares *
(Revolt against Spanish rule)

Saudi Arabia – Al-Yaom Al-Watany
(National Day)


On This Day in HISTORY

63 BC – Augustus born, considered the first Roman Emperor (27 BC – AD 14)

1122 – The Concorat of Worms: agreement between Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V concerning the power struggle between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperors over the investing of bishops; Henry renounced the right of sovereigns to invest bishops with sacred authority, and guaranteed election by the canons of cathedral or abbey, setting up the distinction that bishops would be endowed by Kings with secular authority (“by the lance”), and by the Church with sacred authority (“by ring and staff”)

1215 – Kublai Khan born, Mongolian Emperor

1642 – The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge MA

1642 – Giovanni Maria Bononcini born, Italian composer, father of composers Giovanni Bononcini and Antonio Maria Bononcini

1740 – Empress Go-Sakuramachi born, the last of eight women to rule Japan as Empress regnant according to the traditional order of succession

1779 – American commander John Paul Jones, aboard the warship Bon Homme, says “I have not yet begun to fight!”

1780 – John Andre, a British spy, is captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point

1800 – William H. McGuffey born, author of the McGuffey Readers, which sold 122 million copies between 1836 and 1960

William H. McGuffey – Eclectic First Reader – Lesson I

1806 – The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reach St. Louis on their return trip from exploring the Pacific Northwest

1823 – Sara Jane Clarke Lippincott born, better known as by her pen-name Grace Greenwood; American author, poet, journalist and advocate for abolition and women’s rights; first woman reporter on the payroll of the New York Times; one of the first women in the Congressional press galleries

1838 – Victoria Claflin Woodhull born; first female candidate to run for U.S. president in 1872, three years after Wyoming gave women the vote, but 48 years before the 19th Amendment finally made it a constitutional right for women

1838 – Helen Almira Shafer born, professor of mathematics and president of Wellesley College (1887-1894)

1846 – Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle, in collaboration with Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams, discovers the planet Neptune

1861 – Robert Bosch born, German industrialist, engineer and inventor of the first commercially viable high-voltage spark plug

1863 – Mary Church Terrell born, African American author, teacher and activist; first black woman appointed to Washington DC’s school board; founding member of the NAACP; first president of the National Association of  Colored Women

1865 – Emma Orczy born in Hungary, Baroness Orczy, English novelist and painter, author of The Scarlet Pimpernel

1868 – Grito de Lares * (“Cry of Lares”- Puerto Rico) uprising against Spanish rule

1889 – Walter Lippmann born, American newspaper commentator and author

1899 – Louise Nevelson born, American sculptor and painter

1905 – Karlstad Treaty: Norway and Sweden dissolve the union between them

1907 – Karl-Acel Ekborn, Swedish neurologist who first investigated Restless Legs * Syndrome, is born

1907 – Anne Desclos born, pen-names Dominique Aury and Pauline Réage, French author of Histoire d’O (Story of O)

1908 – The University of Alberta is founded in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada

1909 – French author Gaston Leroux’s novel, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (The Phantom of the Opera), is first published, serialized in Le Gaulois, a daily newspaper

1911 – First official U.S. Post Office airmail delivery is made by pilot Earle Ovington

1913 – Roland Garros is first to fly across the Mediterranean (from France to Tunisia)

1926 – John Coltrane born, American jazz saxophonist and composer

1930 – Johannes Ostermeier patents flashbulbs

1930 – Ray Charles born, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1932 – The Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd is renamed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

1943 – Julio Iglesias born, Spanish singer-songwriter

1949 – “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen is born (in the U.S.A.)

1952 – The “Checkers” Speech * made by Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon. When he was accused of misuse of monies and gifts in a fund established by his backers, he gave a televised speech defending himself and attacking his opponents, but saying regardless of what anyone thought, he intended to keep one gift: a black-and-white dog his children had named Checkers


1957 – Nine black students withdraw from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas because of the white mob outside

1962 – First phase of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Philharmonic Hall opens (later renamed Avery Fisher Hall)

1964 – The Paris Opera’s new ceiling, painted by Marc Chagall, is unveiled

1967 – The Doors release “People Are Strange”

1972 – Ferdinand Marcos issues proclamation placing the Philippines under martial law while he re-writes the constitution, silences the press, and ruthlessly uses violence and suppression against political opposition

1980 – Bob Marley plays his last concert in Pittsburgh PA

1990 – Iraq threatens to destroy Middle East oil fields and attack Israel if other nations try to force it to leave Kuwait

1993 – The South African Parliament votes to allow black South Africans a role in the nation’s government

1999 – Bisexual rights activists start Celebrate Bisexuality Day * in Maine, Florida and Texas

2001 – The first National Singles Day * is celebrated in January, but in 2017 had been moved to coincide with September’s National Singles Week

2002 – Mozilla Firefox “Phoenix 0.1” is released


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7 Responses to ON THIS DAY: September 23, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    OMG I never saw that Chagall ceiling before; I love it! Once I had a book of postcards called “The Great Housewives of Art,” showing postcards in the style of famous artists and the captions were about the wives shown in them doing chores. In the Chagallian one, a woman appears in a weird messy kitchen as a baby floats overhead and the mom is holding a big spoon if I remember correctly. The caption is: “Mrs. Chagall tries to feed the baby.”

  2. That Chagall ceiling reminded me. If anyone is ever near Ocean Springs, MS, be sure to make a stop at the Walter Anderson museum. He was a brilliant artist and troubled man. His story is legendary, but few have heard of him outside the Gulf Coast area. The museum is next to the old community center. He painted a mural on the large meeting room of the community center, using every flat surface. There are several pictures of the walls in this Google picture quilt. He was paid $1.00 for his work. It is now worth into the millions, even if you could buy it. The first time I walked into that room, it was pure visual overload.

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