Daily Calendar for Monday, September 4, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Monday, September 4, 2023

Always the first Monday in September, Labor Day is meant as a tribute to the American worker to whom the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country is made possible.

The holiday started modestly in cities and towns, with the first celebration on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, held by the Central Labor Union. GIven the growth of labor organizations at this time in American history and the era of industrialization, the idea of a day to honor the American worker quickly spread to other cities and then to states.

In 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. The observance of Labor Day began as a street parade to exhibit to the public β€œthe strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a relaxing day for the workers and their families.

There is some doubt as to the individual who first proposed the holiday for workers. Most believe it was the idea of Peter J. Maguire (although recent research has shown that it might have been his brother Matthew’s idea), a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker. The date chosen was simply β€œconvenient,” according to Maguire, because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

Although the day’s focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the legal holiday still marks the end of summer and the traditional time for children to return to school.

Question of the Day

Why does the soil of my houseplants get moldy?
It’s probably not mold but algae, carried by spores in the air or water. Loosen the dirt in your pots periodically.

Advice of the Day

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Home Hint of the Day

To help keep a pet free of fleas and ticks, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to each quart of the animal’s drinking water.

Word of the Day

9 inches; derived from the distance between the end of the thumb and the end of the little finger when both are outstretched.

Puzzle of the Day

Little Rhody.(Name the U.S. state!)
Rhode Island


  • Sarah Childress Polk (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Anton Bruckner (composer) –
  • Richard Wright (author) –
  • Paul Harvey (radio personality) –
  • Dick York (actor) –
  • Mitzi Gaynor (dancer) –
  • Damon Wayans (actor) –
  • Mike Piazza (baseball player) –
  • Jason David Frank (actor) –
  • Beyonce Knowles (singer) –


  • Albert Schweitzer (physician) –
  • Irene Dunne (actress) –
  • Steve Irwin (died from a stingray barb wound to the chest while filming a documentary) –
  • Joan Rivers (comedienne) –
  • Willard Scott (television weatherman) –


  • Los Angeles founded by Spanish settlers–
  • Russian decree issued concerning Northwest America–
  • Ten-year-old Barney Flaherty became first newsboy in the U.S. He worked for New York Sun–
  • George Eastman received a patent for the roll-film camera–
  • First transit of McClure Strait (Northwest Passage) made by the US Navy icebreaker, Burton Island and US Coast Guard icebreaker, Northwind–
  • Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel–
  • U.S. swimmer, Mark Spitz, became the first person to win seven gold medals in a single Olympics–
  • Bob Barker began hosting The Price is Right–
  • Thieves stole $2 million in art from Montreal Museum of Fine Arts–
  • A 127-pound cabbage won a prize at the Alaska State Fair–
  • A 50-year overdue library book, The United States in World War I, was returned to the Lexington, Kentucky, public library.–


  • Washington, D.C., got 4.4 inches of rain in 2 hours–
  • A tornado struck Minneapolis, Minnesota–
  • Tropical storm Delia dumped very heavy rain on Galveston, Texas, resulting in flooding–
  • A strong dust devil whirled across the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in Arizona, flipping a Cessna 182 plane and scattering papers in the National Weather service office.–

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