Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Summer's nearly done

September is the ninth month of the year, which is why its name is derived from the Latin septum, meaning seven. (We have previously addressed this problem last month; see "August, the Sixth Month.")

September is Classical Music Month, Fall Hat Month, Honey Month, Baby Safety Month, and Chicken Month, as well as International Square Dancing Month, National Piano Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. So remember, if you notice someone with their thumbs up their ass, they may just be celebrating.

It's Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator, 1878. She was hired personally by Alexander Graham Bell. A few hours after Emma started work her sister Stella Nutt became the world's second female telephone operator.

She loved the job, and worked at it for 33 years.

September 1, 1939
How appropriate then that Mary Jean Tomlin, Academy Award nominated, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winning actress, comedian, writer and producer was born on this date.

AT&T once offered Tomlin $500,000 to play her character Ernestine in a commercial, but she declined saying it would compromise her artistic integrity.

September 1, 1914 –
The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo. There are various reasons for the extinction of the passenger pigeon - the main one unfortunately was they tasted so damn good broasted.

Her body was frozen into a block of ice and sent to the Smithsonian Institution, where it was skinned and mounted. Currently, Martha (named after Martha Washington) is in the museum's archived collection, and not on display.

A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune),written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston, is a 1902 French black and white silent film, considered to be the first science fiction movie, was released on this date.

It is loosely based on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells.

September 1, 1939 -
Germany, ever eager to start their Second World War Tour, began, it at 5:30AM on this date when German troops invade Poland.

Hitler was so happy that day, he orders extermination of mentally ill.

And so it goes.

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