This Day of Judgment (also called Day of Memorial) marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the beginning of the Ten Days of Penitence (or Repentance), which end on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the creation of the world in the Jewish tradition.
The shofar, traditionally made of ram's horn, is blown 100 times on Rosh Hashanah. Jews who observe Rosh Hashanah make time for personal introspection and prayer, as well as visiting graves.
Be Late for Something Day (United States)
Born 1187: Louis VIII of France
Born 1568: Tommaso Campanella (philosopher)
1666: Great Fire of London ended
1698: Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards
Born 1735: Johann Christian Bach (composer)
1774: First Continental Congress opened, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1776: First standardized naval uniforms adopted for U.S.
Born 1847: Jesse James (outlaw)
Born 1875: Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie (baseball player)
1882: The Central Labor Union in New York organized the first Labor Day parade
1905: A treaty of peace signed in Portsmouth, NH, ending the Russo-Japanese war
1918: USS Mount Vernon torpedoed by German submarine off France
Born 1929: Bob Newhart (actor)
Born 1940: Raquel Welch (actress)
Born 1946: Freddie Mercury (singer)
1958: Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago published in the U.S.
1960: Cassius Clay won an Olympic gold medal for boxing
Born 1969: Dweezil Zappa (musician)
1975: Lynette Fromme attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford
1987: After 30 years, ABC canceled TV show American Bandstand
Born 1991: Skandar Keynes (actor)
Died 1997: Mother Teresa (missionary)
Died 1998: Leo Penn (director)