Friday, September 1, 2017

These few vintage years I'd share with you

September is the ninth month of the year, which is why its name is derived from the Latin Septem, meaning seven. (We have previously addressed this problem last month; see August, the Sixth Month.)  On  the French Revolutionary calendar, September is known as Vendémiaire (vintage,) and in Dutch, September is "the begining of autumn", "Hertmaand."  The Basque refer to it as "ear month," and the Congolese, "sánza ya libwá" (Ninth month), the Irish called it "the month of plenty", and the Samoan call it, "September."

September is:
Children's Good Manners Month
Internet Safety Month (remember always use protection while surfing the net) 
National Pleasure Your Mate Month (again - protection)
Cable TV Month 
Pediculosis Prevention Month (I beg you, don't look it up)
Metaphysical Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

So remember, sometimes you need to think about power tools! (Whatever floats your boat.)

Since it September 1, if you need to, you'd better hurry to catch the 11 am train,

The Hogwarts Express, that makes a run between London, King's Cross Station Platform 9¾ and Hogsmeade Station, if you need to get back to school.

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

Emma loved the job, and worked at it for 33 years. She, reportedly, was able to remember every single phone number in the New England Telephone Company directory.

She apparently had no life.

One last thing about September, today is the start of the season when oysters are fit to eat (when months names contain an "R")

Let us give thanks to that first brave person who ate a raw oyster.

September 1, 1902 -
Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon), written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston, considered to be the first science fiction movie, was released on this date.

After finishing work on the film, Georges Méliès intended to release it in America and thereby make lots of money. Unfortunately, Thomas A. Edison's film technicians had already secretly made copies of the film, which was shown across the USA within weeks. Melies never made any money from the film's American showings, and went broke several years later (while Edison made a fortune on the film.)

September 1, 1938 -
Frank Capra
bounced back from the disastrous reviews of Lost Horizon, released the previous year, with You Can't Take It with You, which opened in NYC on this date.

Ann Miller
was only 15 years old when this movie was filmed. Her character is called on to perform numerous (amateur) ballet positions, including the toe pointe, which was very painful for her. She hid this from the cast and crew but would cry (out of sight) off stage. James Stewart noticed her crying, though he didn't know why, and would have boxes of candy to make her feel better.

September 1, 1948 -
released the Anatole Litvak noir classic, Sorry Wrong Number, starring  Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster, on this date.

Anatole Litvak shot all of Barbara Stanwyck's bedridden scenes back-to-back in fourteen days.

September 1, 1947 -
The screwball comedy, in which Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple play sisters in the film yet Myrna Loy was more than 20 years older that Shirley Temple, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, opened nationwide on this date.

The film won Sidney Sheldon an Academy Award for the screenplay.

September 1, 1972 -
David Bowie
released John, I'm only Dancing in the U.K. on this date.

This song was originally slated to appear on the The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album but it was eventually released as a stand-alone single.

It's 5PM somewhere

Today in History:
September 1, 1854 -
Engelbert Humperdinck
was born on this date,

No, not that one,

this one, the German opera composer.

September 1, 1897 -
The first subway in North America was opened in Boston on this date. Trolley car grid-lock and street congestion on main thoroughfares motivated the Massachusetts Legislature to authorize the construction of the subway. (Either that, or their unnatural love of dank, urine drenched underground stations.)

The "cut and cover" method of construction was used, with a deep trench dug or "cut" on Tremont Street, and a steel structure built around it and then filled in or "covered up." The Boston subway designers visited the Budapest Subway, and the later Paris Metro.

September 1, 1904  -
Helen Keller
with the tireless assistance of teacher Annie Mansfield Sullivan, graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College at age 24.

Helen Keller was the first non-seeing, non-hearing person to enroll in an institution for higher learning - and then to graduate with a degree.

September 1, 1914
The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, died in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo on this date.

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.

Martha (named after Martha Washington) is in the museum's archived collection, and was on display last year.

September 1, 1923 -
The worst earthquake in Japan's history hit the Kanto Plain between Tokyo and Yokohama with a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale. The earthquake and subsequent fires killed nearly 140,000 people and destroyed most of both cities.

The fires started because the earthquake occurred at noon, when charcoal cooking stoves were in use.

People, please stop using your hibachis in your rice paper houses.

September 1, 1932  -
No man could hold life so carelessly without falling down a manhole before he is done ...

New York City Mayor James Walker who had been the Mayor since being elected in 1926 was forced to resign following charges of graft and corruption in his administration on this date.

September 1, 1939 -
, ever eager to start their Second World War Tour (the Foreign Minister of Germany, Joachim von Ribbentrop was seen running around Europe in the Tour T-Shirt, months earlier,) began it at 5:30AM on this date when

Hitler was so happy that day, he orders extermination of the mentally ill in Germany and Austria on this day as well.

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

One of her first "professional" gigs was as a waitress in Howard Johnson's on Broadway near Times Square. Her comments to customers and staff heard over the eatery's microphone attracted her first big-city audience.

September 1, 1961  -
TWA Flight 529
, a Lockheed Constellation L-049 propliner, crashed shortly after takeoff from Midway Airport in Chicago, killing all 73 passengers and 5 crew on board.

At the time, it was the deadliest single plane disaster in US history.

September 1, 1972 -
The anti-American and anti-Semitic (towards the end of his life) Bobby Fischer became the World Chess Champion in Reykjavik, Iceland, defeating Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union on this date.

He had become the youngest United States Junior Chess Champion at 13 years old followed by the US championship at age 14 and many consider him to be one of the greatest natural talent Chess Players ever.

Hey, today is the start of the Labor Day weekend.  Please remember what your old doctor always tells you -

Enjoy yourself

And so it goes.

Before you go - to those of you who live in the Greater Los Angeles area, we here at ACME wish you the Happiest Chicken Boy Day (The Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.)

If you are not familiar with the story of Chicken Boy and his miraculous re-appearance, please check out his own website or the story on Atlas Obscura.


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