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Did you know that this day occurs in most years that are evenly divisible by 4, such as 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016? Years that are evenly divisible by 100 do not contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day; thus 1900 did not contain a leap day while 2000 did. Years containing a leap day are called leap years.

And on this day in 1504 Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies, in 1916 concerning Child labor in South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old, in 1940, for her role as Mammy in Gone with the WindHattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award, in 1960 an earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country and in 1988 South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town.

Some birthdays to remember on this day (especially since they can only celebrate once every four years) are Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (1792-1868), Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (1904-1957), Dinah Shore, American singer and actress (1916-1994), Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer (1928) and Ja Rule, American rapper and actor (1976).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not simply celebrate surviving another leap day? They do, after all, only come around once every four years…

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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Did you know that it was on this day in 1525 the Aztec king Cuauhtémoc is executed by Hernán Cortés‘s forces? Or that it was on this day in 1849 regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor?

And on this day in 1883 the first vaudeville theater opens in BostonMassachusetts, in 1933 during the period leading up to World War II called Gleichschaltung the Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire, in 1939 the erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation, in 1986 Olof PalmePrime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm (the murder remains unsolved), in 1993  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group’s leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff and in 2004 over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (310 mi) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947.

Some birthdays you may want to remember (or forget as the case may be) on this day are Michel de Montaigne, French writer (1533-1592), Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (1906-1947), Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect (1929), Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver (1940), Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (1942-1969), Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef (1957) and Benjamin Raich, Austrian skier (1978).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into joining the celebration of Kalevala Day, the day of Finnish Culture. (Finland), Peace Memorial Day (Taiwan) or Teacher’s Day (Arab countries)?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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I never want you to see me cry,
will fight like a lioness hurt.
I never want you to hear me weep
when my tears water arid dirt.
I do not want you to know that inside
my heart flutters on broken wings.
I am strong, I am woman, hear me roar!
You won’t see me when sadness sings.

I never want you to stand up for me,
will fight like a tiger in pain!
I never want you to speak for me
I will shout out again and again!
I do not want you to know that inside
my soul’s fragile as a dried up leaf.
I am strong, I am woman, hear me roar!
You will not see the signs of my grief!

Although very late to the table, this was inspired by Imaginary Garden with real toad’s Sunday Challenge, this week featuring the amazing Ellen Wilson. For more of her inspiring work, please go to Ella’s Edge. I also decided to enter it at d’Verse Poets Pub for their Open Link Night Week 33.

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The pain of the world is palpable today
I feel it in every breath.
The sun reminds me of those who can’t see,
the sky’s colour reminds me of death.
Curled up in my heart a noiseless scream
of suffering for those who haven’t got
who can’t, who won’t ever have
or those who once had but have lost.

Just because there’s no famine,
doesn’t mean everyone gets to eat.
Just because there’s no war
doesn’t mean we can all enjoy peace.

Just because you’ve a smile on your face
doesn’t mean you don’t hurt within.
Just because you’re a religious man
doesn’t mean you don’t ever sin.

I admit I am one of many
who often complain about life.
But now breathing the air reminds me
of the draught that is taking lives.
I just want to send out a powerless plea
for the suffering of those who are lost,
who can’t, who won’t ever have
those we could save at a very low cost.

But my plea is more than just about
those who suffer far away.
There are people much closer who also
could use our help in many ways.
Look at the old, the poor and the weak,
look at the state of your town!
Who can’t, who won’t ever have
who needs help to get off the ground?

Just because there’s no famine,
doesn’t mean everyone gets to eat.
Just because there’s no war
doesn’t mean we can all enjoy peace.

Just because you’ve a smile on your face
doesn’t mean you don’t hurt within.
Just because you’re a religious man
doesn’t mean you are free of sin…

September 2011

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Did you know that on this day in 380 with the  Edict of Thessalonica, Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II, declare their wish that all Roman citizens convert to trinitarian Christianity? Or that it was on this day in 1812 poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire?

And on this day in 1921 the International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna, in 1939 United States labor law through the U.S. Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners’ rights and are therefore illegal, in 1940 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14, in 1943 the Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin, in 1964 the government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over and in 2010 an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chile leaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after.

Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882), John Steinbeck, American writer, Nobel laureate (1902-1968), Irwin Shaw, American writer (1913-1984), Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (1938-2011), Peter André, Australian singer (1973) and Josh Groban, American singer (1981).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you could join in the celebration of National Day, celebrating the first independence of Dominican Republic from Haiti in 1844 ?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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When walking through the forest wild
tell me who you see?
A majestic elk,
a sleepy bear
or the wolf who runs free?
Perhaps something smaller,
maybe an ant or a bee?
You need to look around yourself,
take care of who you meet,
and keep your eyes open
when you walk amongst the trees.

This is in response to the Blubell Books  55 words challenge.

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Did you know that on this day in 1658 at the Treaty of Roskilde, and after a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655–1661), the King of Denmark-Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest? Or that it was on this day in 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba?

And on this day in 1909 Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London, in 1917 the Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York, in 1920 the first German Expressionist film and early horror movieRobert Wiene‘s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin, in 1946 Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets, in 1993 in the World Trade Center bombing, in New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand and in 1995 the United Kingdom‘s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.

Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist (1564-1593), Victor Hugo, French writer (1802-1885), Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (1829-1902), William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, American frontiersman (1846-1917), Tex Avery, American cartoonist (1908-1980), Fats Domino, American musician (1928), Johnny Cash, American musician (1932-2003), Sandie Shaw, English singer (1947), Michael Bolton, American singer (1958) and Erykah Badu, American singer (1971).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of Liberation Day (Kuwait) or raise a glass to any of the many talented artists who have or had their birthdays to celebrate on this day?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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