Monday, September 2, 2013
We are making more changes to the blog this month. Starting today we will post blogs on each Monday and Friday with an occasional additional post. Fewer blogs a week mean each post is a bit longer so let’s get to it!
This week in history
The United States Department of the Treasury was founded September 2, 1789.
On September 3, 1802, William Wordsworth composed the sonnet Composed upon Westminister Bridge.
On September 4, 1781, forty four Spanish settlers founded Los Angeles, California as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola.
Holidays and Observances this week:
Labor day is always the first Monday of September. This is a day in honor of the worker. As long as you work somewhere at something, this holiday is for you! The first Labor Day was held celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882 and was started by the Central Labor Union in New York City. In 1884, it was moved to the first Monday in September. On June 28, 1894, the U.S. congress voted it a national holiday. Labor Day is also viewed as the official end of summer.
Heads will roll because September second is National Beheading Day. Why this day exists, no one seems to know but it is listed on many sites on the internet. Beheadings have occurred throughout history on many that include commoners and Kings. Charles I of England in 1645 is probably the most notable king to be beheaded. Don’t lose your head today!
Skyscraper Day is a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest skyscrapers. Skyscrapers are truly engineering and architectural marvels. In many crowded cities, space is in short supply, and real estate prices are ever increasing. Building “up” becomes more and more logical. As technical capabilities in construction improved, skyscrapers have become taller and taller. In addition, there is a certain prestige to have one of the tallest structures in the world in your city.
The day after Labor day is Another Look Unlimited Day, a day devoted each year to lessening the flow to landfills, and is reserved for taking a second look around your house, attic, basement, garage, or any storage area where you may find possessions you no longer need. These items should be taken to a local charity or reused in some other project somehow.
Newspaper Carrier Day honors everyone who is now, or once was, a newspaper carrier. Years ago, this job was primarily populated by kids, from pre-teen through approximately sixteen. At that age, many, but not all, kids moved to restaurant, grocery store and retail type of jobs. This job is now largely held by adults, many of them delivering the paper from their cars. This day commemorates the hiring of the very first newspaper carrier. Newspaper carriers date back to the early 1800s. On September 10, 1833, 10 year old Barney Flaherty became the first newspaper carrier. Benjamin Day, publisher of The New York Sun, hired Barney Flaherty to sell papers for his penny press. The only job requirement, was that he had to show that he could throw a newspaper into the bushes.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 4 and ends at sunset on September 6, 2013. This is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two day celebration which begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God’s world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year.” The common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is “Shanah Tovah”, which, in Hebrew, means “[have a] good year” or “Ketiva VeChatima Tova” which means “[may you be] written and inscribed [for a good new year].”
This Thursday is a great day to be a procrastinator. Being late for something as a common occurrence. It’s caused by a whole host of reasons. Some are intentional, some are not. Fall behind schedule early in the day, and you will be late for everything that follows. Doctors and lawyers are notoriously late for something….their appointment with you! It’s proper to be “fashionably late” for parties. It is easy and natural to enjoy this special day. All you have to do is be late for something. That’s easy for procrastinators.
Order yourself a Cheese Pizza on Thursday to celebrate Cheese Pizza Day, one of America‘s favorite meals. If you decide you just have to add other toppings, its okay. We won’t tell. Did you know that Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second? Whether you prefer thin crust, deep dish, or regular style, this is the day to celebrate one of the most popular meals in the country. In the 1800s, most Italians thought of pizza as a peasant meal. That changed when a baker named Raffaele Esposito created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty. The king and queen were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza’s white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce, and green basil. Pizza became fashionable overnight and was soon a staple in restaurants all across the country. Today, there are hundreds of different pizza types and toppings, but they all originated with the classic cheese pizza. To celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day, head to your favorite pizza place or make your own homemade pizza for dinner tonight. Enjoy!
Some of the writers born this week include:
William Somervile (1675), William Seymour Tyler (1810), Lucretia Hale (1820), Eugene Field (1850), Paul Bourget (1852), Romare Bearden (1911), Cleveland Amory (1917), Allen Drury (1918), Grady Nutt (1918), Andrew Grove (1936), Walt Simonson (1946), John S. Hall (1960), and Jon Berkeley (1962).
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849), Andrey Dikiy (1893), Loren Eiseley (1907), Tereska Torres (1920), Marguerite Higgins (1921), Alison Lurie (1926), Cherry Wilder (1930), Sergei Dovlatov (1941), Malcolm Gladwell (1963), Kiran Desai (1971), and Justin Halpern (1980).
Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817), Humphrey Cobb (1899), Helen Creighton (1899), Arthur Koestler (1905), Leila Mackinlay (1910), Frank Yerby (1916), Justin Kaplan (1925), Paul William Roberts (1950), Victor Davis Hanson (1953), Frederick Kempe (1954), Chris Gore (1965), and Richard Marsland (1976).
See you Friday!
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