15 SEPTEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Francois VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1613
  • James Fennimore Cooper, 1789
  • William Howard Taft, 1857
  • Bruno Walter, 1876
  • Robert Benchley, 1889
  • Agatha Christie, 1890
  • Jean Renoir, 1894
  • Roy Acuff, 1903
  • Umberto II Italy, 1904
  • Fay Wray, 1907
  • Margaret Lockwood, 1916
  • Jackie Cooper, 1922
  • Hank Williams, 1923
  • Cannonball Adderley, 1926
  • Bobby Short, 1926
  • Norm Crosby, 1927
  • Merlin Olsen, 1944
  • Jessye Norman, 1945
  • Oliver Stone, 1946
  • Tommy Lee Jones, 1946
  • Dan Marino, 1961
  • Henry, (Harry) Prince of Wales, 1984

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Ludmila, AD 921
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1859
  • Jumbo the Elephant, 1885
  • William Seward Burroughs, 1898
  • Thomas Wolfe, 1938
  • Patrice Lamumba assassinated, 1960
  • King Gustav VI of Sweden, 1973
  • Willy Messerschmitt, 1978
  • Robert Penn Warren, 1989
  • Freddy de Cordova, 2001
  • Johnny Ramone, 2004

Today's Events:

  • 1571 - 200 Spanish & Italian ships sail to eastern Mediterranean to do battle against Ottomans. Attack 10/7
  • 1776 - British occupy New York; George Washington withdraws to Harlem.
  • 1784 - A year after Paris, first ascent in a hydrogen balloon in England made by Italian Vincenzo Lunardi.
  • 1812 - Russians set fire to Moscow to keep out Napoleon and invading French troops
  • 1821 - Central American republics proclaim independence from Spanish.
  • 1830 - Liverpool-Manchester Railway opens in England; first railway death occurs-MP William Huskisson.
  • 1835 - First sighting of Galapagos Archipelago by Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle.
  • 1862 - Stonewall Jackson captures Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
  • 1916 - Tanks first used by the British in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Somme offensive. WWI.
  • 1928 - Bacteriologist Alexander Fleming announces discovery of bacteria-killing compound, penicillin.
  • 1938 - Hitler and Chamberlain meet at Berchtesgarden.
  • 1940 - German Luftwaffe in biggest raid over London in the Battle of Britain.
  • 1946 - Bulgarian People's Republic proclaimed.
  • 1971 - Greenpeace founded in Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1978 - Muhammad Ali regains title from Leon Spinks; is first to win heavyweight championship 3 times.
  • 1982 - USA Today began appearing on newsstands and vending machines today across America.
  • 2004 - 5 pro-hunting protestors breach security on House of Commons floor - first time since 17th Century.
  • 2008 - Largest corporate bankruptcy in US history - Lehman Brothers goes bust owing $613 billion; Wall Street goes into meltdown; World markets collapse.
  • 2008 - Dow Jones falls 504.48 points, 4.4%, biggest loss since terrorist attacks of 2001.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Nicetas the Goth
  • Nicomedes
  • John the Dwarf
  • Katherine of Genoa

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua & Guatemala (1821)
  • Battle of Britain Day in England
  • Mexican independence festivities begin
  • Respect for the Aged Day in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • LABOR DAY (U.S. and Canada) First Monday in September.
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • BIRTHDAY OF KRSNA. (Hindu)
  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • ROSH HASHANA (Jewish New Year) first and second days of lunar month Tishri.
  • YOM KIPPUR (Jewish Day of Atonement) tenth day of lunar month Tishri.
  • SUKKOTH (Jewish Feast of Tabernacles) 15th day of lunar month Tishri - five days after Yom Kippur
  • SIMCHAT TORAH (Jewish Rejoicing of the Law) 23rd day of Tishri
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CH'IU CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • OWARA KAZE NO BON, HACHIMAN & DOBUROKU MATSURI harvest festivals in Japan
  • NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS' DAY - first Sunday after Labor Day in USA
  • NATIVE AMERICAN DAY - fourth Friday in September in US
  • RAMADAN, Muslim Holy Month

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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