Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September First

September First

September 1st is the start of a new liturgical year for the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Church (Byzantine). It is also Saint Giles Day in the Church of England, Knowledge Day in Russia, Teachers’ Day in Singapore, Independence Day for Uzbekistan and the First Day of Spring in Australia and New Zealand.

Here in Canada many of us becoming grumpy that it feels like summer is over and winter is on its way. School starts soon and teachers like my son and daughter in law report to their schools for some preliminary meeting today.

Comedian and actress Lily Tomlin celebrates her 70th birthday today and ‘Dr. Phil’ McGraw is 59.

Today the crew of the space shuttle Discovery awoke to begin unloading tons of equipment to the International Space Station and two of the astronauts will embark on this mission’s first spacewalk.

Our economy is beginning to recover we are told today.

September One has had some memorable moments in history. Alberta and Saskatchewan became the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada when they joined confederation in 1905. The last passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. In 1982 our country adopted its Charter of Rights and Freedoms as part of our Constitution. The Titanic was located at the ocean floor in 1985. One of our greatest heroes, Terry Fox, had run a marathon each day for 135 days when he was forced to abandon his Marathon of Hope. Running on one leg and an artificial limb, he and run/hopped over 5,000 kms since April 12th of that year. Cancer returned to his body, affecting his lungs and having been returned to Vancouver, he died one year later. His Foundation is here.

Today the 2010 Volvo c70 convertible has been previewed. You can find a review here.

And you can find a lot about September 1 at Wikipedia.

Have a great first day of September.

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 17 I thought in my heart,God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,17

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