Daily Calendar for Monday, September 2, 2024

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 “the 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 “convenient,” 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

How long ago did aluminum cans start having pop tops on them?
In 1963, a patent for a rivet device made these kinds of cans possible to produce. The patent was obtained by Ermal Fraze.

Advice of the Day

Soften butter quickly by grating it.

Home Hint of the Day

Clean windows with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 10 parts warm water.

Word of the Day

Cirrocumulus cloud
Thin cloud that appears as small “cotton patches.”

Puzzle of the Day

The Sioux State.(Name the U.S. state!)
North Dakota


  • Albert Spalding (baseball player)
  • Cleveland Amory (author of The Cat Who Came for Christmas)
  • Peter Ueberroth (businessman)
  • Terry Bradshaw (football player)
  • Christa McAuliffe (selected to be the first teacher in space)
  • Mark Harmon (actor)
  • Keanu Reeves (actor)
  • Salma Hayek (actress)
  • Erin Hershey Presley (actress)


  • J. R. R. Tolkien (author)
  • Troy Donahue (actor)
  • Bob Denver (actor)


  • Great Fire of London began
  • Congress established the United States Department of the Treasury
  • The first issue of McCall’s magazine was published. The magazine had previously been called Queens Magazine and Queen of Fashion
  • Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, Speak softly and carry a big stick at the Minnesota State Fair
  • Japan surrendered formally at ceremonies held aboard the battleship Missouri, to end World War II
  • First ATM in U.S. debuted, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
  • Charles Burton started 3-year pole-to-pole expedition
  • The long awaited chess rematch between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky began in Yugoslavia
  • Diana Nyad completed a two-day, two-night swim from Cuba to Florida and became the first person to accomplish the feat unaided by a shark cage


  • Denver had its earliest measurable snow, 4.2 inches
  • Hurricane Frances caused 2.5 million Florida residents and vacationers to flee the state. It was the biggest evacuation ever ordered in Florida

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