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Calendar for September 17th, 2014

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.

Every Year

  • Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (United States)

  • 1630s

  • 1630: City of Boston founded

  • 1780s

  • 1787: The U.S. Constitution signed

  • 1850s

  • Born 1854: David Dunbar Buick (automobile manufacturer)

  • 1860s

  • 1862: Battle of Antietam in Maryland occurred; known as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War

  • 1880s

  • Born 1883: William Carlos Williams (writer & doctor)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1923: Hank Williams (musician)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1931: Anne Bancroft (actress)

  • Born 1939: David Souter (U.S. Supreme Court justice)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1945: Phil Jackson (basketball coach)

  • Born 1948: John Ritter (actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1969: First public display of a lunar rock, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

  • 1970s

  • 1972: M*A*S*H made its television debut

  • 1974: Royal Canadian Mounted Police began accepting women as uniformed members

  • Born 1975: Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR driver)

  • 1980s

  • 1983: Vanessa Williams became the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America

  • 1986: William Rehnquist is confirmed as chief justice of the US Supreme Court

  • 1990s

  • 1994: Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf woman to be crowned Miss America

  • Died 1996: Spiro T. Agnew (served as vice president under Richard Nixon)

  • Died 1997: Red Skelton (comedian)

  • 2000s

  • 2001: The Late Show with David Letterman was the first TV talk show to return to the airways six days after terrorists attacked the United States in New York City

  • 2004: Barry Bonds hit his 700th home run

  • 2005: A 17-pound 4-ounce white catfish was caught in the Humboldt River of Nevada

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Robert Truax (rocket scientist)

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