Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wow--What a Day!

And you thought yesterday was just Labor Day.

It was also: National Cherry Popover Day … Emma M. Nutt Day … National Gyros Day … Chicken Boy’s Day … Calendar Adjustment Day … Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day … Great Bathtub Race Day … International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji … National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day … Save Japan’s Dolphins Day … Toy Tips Executive Toy Test Day … and the first day of International Enthusiasm Week … National Nutrition Week … National Payroll Week … National Waffle Week … Self-University Week … Burning Man Week … National Bourbon Heritage Month … National Organic Harvest Month … AND … National Piano Month.
(I'm wondering how National Nutrition Week jibes with National Waffle Week and National Bourbon Heritage Month!)

September 1 is the 244th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar.  There are 121 days remaining until the end of the year, which means only 114 shopping days till Christmas.

On this day in 1799, the Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY – the forerunner of Chase Manhattan.

On this day in 1810, the first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood.

On this day in 1859, the Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.

On this day in 1878, Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the US, working for the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston. (is that where "I'd have to be nuts to work at a job like that" came from?)

On this day in 1887, Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone – AKA the record player.

On this day in 1905, Saskatchewan and Alberta became the ninth and tenth provinces of Canada.

On this day in 1970, the last episode of I Dream of Jeannie aired on NBC-TV.

On this day in 1979, the U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.

On this day in 1985, a joint U. S.-French expedition located the wreck of the Titanic 560 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

On this day in 1995, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland Ohio.

On this day in 1997, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raised $50,475,055 — a record — to support Muscular Dystrophy Association research and services.  (I never could watch that show...I know there was a good cause, but it always seemed like Lewis was exploiting the kids and the whole thing creeped me out)

On this day in 1998, the movie “Titanic” went on sale across North America.


James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Richard Farnsworth, Rocky Marciano, George Maharis, Boxcar Willie, Conway Twitty, Lily Tomlin, Barry Gibb, Billy Blanks, Gloria Estefan, Kenny Mayne, Hardy Nickerson, Padma Lakshmi, Jhonen Vasquez, and Zendaya (Zendaya!  Whatever happened to him!), among many others, share this birthday, including Yvonne DeCarlo who went on to "star" with our friend Matt Buckner in Gypsy in an amphitheater in Oakland.

Hope everyone had a great holiday.  Now can we go back to delivering the mail, please?

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