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Calendar for September 18th, 2013

Ember Days

Upcoming Ember Days are May 27, 29, and 30. The Almanac traditionally marks the four periods formerly observed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches for prayer, fasting, and the ordination of clergy. These Ember Days are the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays that follow in succession after (1) the First Sunday in Lent; (2) Whitsunday/Pentecost; (3) the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14; and (4) the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13. The word ember is perhaps a corruption of the Latin quatuor tempora, "four times." Folklore has it that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months; for example, in the case of September's Ember Days: Wednesday, September 17, forecasts the weather for October; Friday, September 19, for November; and Saturday, September 20, for December.


  • 1502: Christopher Columbus landed in what is now Costa Rica

  • 1670s

  • 1679: New Hampshire territory separated from Massachusetts

  • 1700s

  • Born 1709: Samuel Johnson (author)

  • 1790s

  • 1793: The cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., was laid

  • 1850s

  • 1851: The first edition of "The New York Daily Times" went on sale. The paper later dropped "Daily" from its title

  • 1880s

  • Born 1883: Elmer Henry Maytag (manufacturer)

  • Born 1888: Archie "Grey Owl" Belaney (conservationist)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1901: Harold Clurman (director)

  • Born 1905: Greta Garbo (actress)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1920: Jack Warden (actor)

  • 1930s

  • 1932: Shirley Temple made her film debut, at the age of 3, in War Babies

  • 1937: First nighttime skywriting in the U.S.

  • Born 1939: Frankie Avalon (singer & actor)

  • Born 1939: Fred Willard (actor)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Darryl Sittler (hockey player)

  • 1955: Final day of streetcar service in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • 1955: What had previously been The Toast of the Town on CBS TV since 1948 became The Ed Sullivan Show

  • 1970s

  • Died 1970: Jimi Hendrix (musician)

  • Born 1971: Jada Pinkett Smith (actress)

  • 1973: The UN accepts East Germany, West Germany and the Bahamas as members

  • Born 1973: James Marsden (actor)

  • 1975: Fugitive Patty Hearst was arrested in San Francisco after spending more than six months with the Symbionese Liberation Army

  • Born 1979: Alison Lohman (actress)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1980: Katherine Anne Porter (author)

  • 1983: George Meegan finished an almost seven-year long walk, from the tip of South America to the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

  • 1990s

  • Died 1994: Vitas Gerulaitis (tennis player)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2001: Ernie Coombs (children's entertainer, "Mr. Dressup")

  • Died 2002: "Bullet" Bob Hayes (Olympic gold medalist and football player)

  • 2007: Aquarium of the Bay in California reported that an angel shark had been born

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