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The Month of September in History - Each Date Illustrated

Updated on March 3, 2016

September 01, this today is the beginning of Self-University Week. Education is a lifelong pursuit. Read a book, watch something educational on TV, talk to a wise person -- just celebrate the week by learning something new!

September 02, this today is the anniversary of the Great Fire of London. In 1666, a fire broke out in London, England, that burned for several days. Thousands of homes -- three quarters of the city -- were destroyed but only a few lives were lost. Take time today to ensure that your house is fire safe!

September 03, this today is $40 Million Lottery Day. In 1984, the first person to win $40 million in a state lottery was a 28-year-old print shop employee in Chicago, Illinois. It was the largest sum anyone had won in a lottery up to that time. For years the winner and his wife even kept the windfall secret from their children!

September 04, this today is Northwest Passage Day. In 1954, icebreakers from the U.S. Navy, the USS Burton Island and USCGC Northwind, made the first voyage through the Northwest Passage via McClure Strait.

September 05, this today is Beard Tax Day. Czar Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on beards in 1698. All men except the peasants and priests had to pay Peter's yearly beard tax and wear a medal proclaiming, "Beards are a ridiculous ornament." He ended the tax on April 6, 1722. Thank goodness!

September 06, this today is Great Egg Toss Day. In 1981, Risto Antikainen threw a fresh egg 317 feet, 10 inches (more than the length of a football field). What is more incredible is
that Jyrki Korhonen actually caught the egg without breaking it!

September 07, this today is Falling in Love Day. In his journal, F. Scott Fitzgerald noted that he fell in love on the seventh of September with Zelda Sayre, the southern belle tomboy he had met earlier in the summer of 1918. Scott and Zelda were one of the most famous romantic couples in America. Fall in love again with your sweetheart today!

September 08, this today is New York Name Day. In 1664, the British accepted the surrender of New Amsterdam by the Dutch and renamed the city New York, after the Duke of York.

September 09, this today is the anniversary of the opening of the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (1990). More than 12,000,000 people entered the United States through the immigration center at Ellis Island. Today, the museum receives almost 2 million visitors annually.

September 10, this today is the African New Year. Approximately every 1,460 years Sirius, part of the Orion constellation, rises directly behind the sun. This event, which is traditionally
celebrated annually on September 10 in some African countries, marks the beginning of the African New Year.

September 11, this today is Patriot Day. In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day in honor of those who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon the year before.

September 12, this today is the birthday of the QWERTY Keyboard. The QWERTY keyboard used on most typewriters and computer keyboards was introduced on the Remington typewriter on September 12, 1873. It takes its name from the first six characters seen in the far left of the keyboard's top row of letters.

September 13, this today is Suspicious Minds Day. In 1969, Elvis Presley released his final #1 single, Suspicious Minds. Do not be suspicious on this day. Instead, listen to some great music!

September 14, this today is Star Spangled Banner Day. In 1814, Fort McHenry was successfully defended against a bombing by English ships. This act inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner. It became well known as a patriotic song to
the tune of a popular English drinking song, To Anacreon in Heaven. Although the song has four verses, only the first is commonly sung today.

September 15, this today is the beginning of German-American Heritage Month. On October 6, 1683, 13 families from Krefeld, Germany founded Germantown, Pennsylvania. The month from September 15 to October 15 celebrates the history and culture of German-Americans.

September 16, this today is She Loves You Day. In 1963 on this day, The Beatles released "She Loves You" in the U.S., which went to #1 on March 21, 1964, and stayed there for two weeks. "She Loves You" helped set a record in the United States by being one of the five Beatles songs which held the top five positions inthe American charts simultaneously.

September 17, this today is Bacteria Discovery Day. In 1683, Dutch scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek reported his discovery of bacteria. He discovered the bacteria by looking at the plaque between his own teeth where he found living animalcules. Celebrate today by spending some time with your toothbrush!

September 18, this today is the birthday of Maxwell Smart. The classic comedy spy show, Get Smart, starring Don Adams as Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99, premiered onNBC in 1984. Do something today to get smarter!

September 19, this today is Holy Batman Day. This day celebrates the birthday of Adam West (born in 1928), who played Batman in the classic TV version. Today, Adam West is a fictionalized caricature of the actor of the same name on the animated television series Family Guy. The character, voiced by West himself, is the mayor of the town of Quahog, Rhode Island, where the series is set.

September 20, this today is Salisbury Cathedral Consecration Day. In 1258, the great gothic cathedral of Salisbury, England, was consecrated. Construction had been started in 1220 and was not completed until 1315. The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (404 ft).

September 21, this today is the birthday of Stephen King 1947). King is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction. His books have sold
more than 500 million copies and have been made into many movies. As of 2010, King has written and published 49 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, five
non-fiction books, and nine collections of short stories. Pretty busy guy!

September 22, this today is the birthday of Frodo. This day celebrates the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, from J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel, The Hobbit (published on this day in 1937). Their birthdays fell on the same day.

September 23, this today is the anniversary of the Oldest Flute Discovery. In 1999, Garman Harbottle and three Chinese archaeologists announced the discovery of the world's oldest,
still-playable music instrument, a 9,000-year-old flute. The flute, made from the wing bone of a crane, was uncovered in Jiahu in the Yellow River Valley in Henan Province in central China.

September 24, this today is USS Enterprise Day. The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) became the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier in 1960; she is still part of the US Navy but is
scheduled for decommissioning in 2014 and still holds the record for the longest naval vessel in the world.

September 25, this today is Pacific Ocean Discovery Day. In 1513, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, a Spanish explorer, became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from the Americas. He had crossed the Isthmus of Panama to make the discovery and he named it Mar del Sur (South Sea). Trivia fans: The Pacific Ocean is the world's largest body of water. It encompasses a third of the Earth's surface, having an area of 69.4 million square miles,
significantly larger than Earth's entire landmass, with room for another Africa to spare!

September 26, this today is the birthday of Abbey Road. In 1969, The Beatles released the Abbey Road album in the United Kingdom. It was released in the United States on October 1. Abbey Road is regarded as one of The Beatles' most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time. Rolling Stone magazine named it
the 14th greatest album of all time.

September 27, this today is Whoopie Cushion Night. In his September 27, 1996, comic strip, B.C. creator Johnny Hart noted that the sound of thunder during a baseball game was not due to coming rain but because it was Whoopie Cushion Night. Whoop it up tonight by laughing with some friends!

September 28, this today is Music City USA. In 1928, the Binkley Brothers' Clodhoppers made the first commercial recording in Nashville, Tennessee. It was the beginning of the music
recording center in Nashville that earned it the reputation as Music City USA. Today, Nashville attracts over 11 million visitors every year.

September 29, this today is Chantilly Lace Day. In 1958, the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" hit the pop charts. The Big Bopper's real name was J.P. Richardson. Trivia fans: Richardson had
seen the college students doing a dance called The Bop, and he decided to call himself The Big Bopper.

September 30, this today is Little Women Day. In 1868, the first volume of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was published. Celebrate all the women in your life on this day!

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