Archive for September 4th, 2017

Happy Labor Day, 2017!

September 4, 2017

In addition to being Labor Day this year, September 4th has been the day of numerous significant historical events including:

  • Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire (476)
  • English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him (1682)
  • General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during US Civil war (1862)
  • Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war (1886)
  • George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers “Kodak” (1888)
  • English author Beatrix Potter first writes the story of Peter Rabbit for a 5 year old boy (1893)
  • First accident (collision) in London Underground: 22 people injured (1912)
  • Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000m in 5:26.3 (1922)
  • Yanks become 1st team to win 5 consecutive championship (1953)
  • Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school (1957)
  • Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America (1972)
  • Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University (1998)
  • Mother Teresa canonised by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican (2016)
  •  . . . and many, many more.