September 22: Happy National White Chocolate Day!

When most people think of chocolate, they think of the classic brown color of milk or dark chocolate. However, during the process of making, there’s a point when two options are available: the rich dark of traditional chocolate, or the path of white chocolate. White Chocolate Day is the perfect opportunity to learn about the origins of this delicious treat. And It seems that this day has been created so that we can celebrate it, and for eat it as much as we want without feeling guilty! Sounds fantastic, right?…

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September 19th: Ahoy, maties! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Ahoy there ye lily livered blaggards! Today It is the Talk Like A Pirate Day, and that means it’s time for pillaging and drinking rum! Pirates have been all the rage in recent years and out of that particular fascination came a completely insane and idea: that there should be a day dedicated to keeping the piratical language alive and, more importantly, the tradition of all things related to pirates. So Talk Like a Pirate Day was invented, and now it’s time to celebrate with all of the pirate talk…

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September 9: Wienerschnitzel Day

Wiener Schnitzel is a delicious treat that is much beloved in Austria and other countries in that region. It is one of the premier examples of Viennese cuisine and was a classic of many a native’s childhood diet. Wiener Schnitzel Day celebrates this treat, its culture and its history. Basically a breaded cutlet that is deep-fried in oil, Wiener Schnitzel is traditionally made from veal, but also can be made from pork. In Australia, it might even be found made out of chicken or beef. This dish is actually named…

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The month of September: holidays, curiosities and folklore

There are flowers enough in the summertime, More flowers than I can remember— But none with the purple, gold, and red That dye the flowers of September! —Mary Howitt (1799-1888) September, in Old England, was called Haervest-monath, literally Harvest Month, as a time to gather up the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter months. The Anglo-Saxons called it Gerst monath (Barley month), because it was their time when they harvested barley to be made into their favourite drink – barley brew. September’s name comes from the Latin…

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#TodayInHistory – September 30

September 30 – Some important events on this day. 1520 👉🏼 Suleiman the Magnificent succeeds his father Selam I as Ottoman Sultan (rules till 1566) 1659 👉🏼 Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (1st mention of tennis in US) 1791 👉🏼 Mozart’s opera “Magic Flute” premieres in Vienna 1846 👉🏼 Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr William Morton who extracts a tooth 1862 👉🏼 Prussia Minister President Otto von Bismarck’s delivers his “Blood & Iron” speech 1878 👉🏼 1st Portuguese immigrants…

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#TodayInHistory – September 29

September 29 – Some important events on this day. 522 BC 👉🏼 Darius I of Persia kills Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire 480 BC 👉🏼 Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I 61 BC 👉🏼 Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday. 1567 👉🏼 War of Religion breaks out in France – Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX…

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#TodayInHistory – September 28

September 28 – Some important events on this day. 48 BC 👉🏼 Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt. 935 👉🏼 Saint Wenceslas is murdered by his brother, Boleslaus I of Bohemia 1066 👉🏼 William the Conqueror invades England landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex 1542 👉🏼 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain 1621 👉🏼 Battle at Chocim Dniester: King Sigismund III Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth defeats an invading Ottoman Imperial…

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September 27, 1825: the first time in history that a steam locomotive carry passengers on a public railway

For the first time in history a steam locomotive carried passengers on a public railway on this day, September 27, 1825. The engine was called Locomotion No. 1 and in control was its designer, the engineer George Stephenson. The train belonged to the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which operated across the North East of England but, for the first time, apart from 36 wagons filled with sacks of coal and flour, it included a purpose-built passenger coach called, not by chance, The Experiment. Actually, shaking and springless, the carriage resembled…

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#TodayInHistory – September 27

September 27 – Some important events on this day. 1066 👉🏼 William the Conqueror’s troops set sail for England. In 1066 the course of British history changed forever when William, the Duke of Normandy, landed on the southern coast of England and seized the country from its Anglo-Saxon king Harold Godwinson. The French had a long history of claims in England, and in 1002 the English king Aethelred the Unready married the sister of Richard II, the Norman duke. The Normans weren’t the only ones keen on the English throne…

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#TodayInHistory – September 26

September 26 – Some important events on this day. 46 BC 👉🏼 Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus 1580 👉🏼 Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind 1665 👉🏼 Height of the Great Plague of London as 7,165 people die throughout the previous week. In 1665 and 1666, the last great outbreak of bubonic plague to hit England swept through the capital, London. The outbreak was…

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#TodayInHistory – September 25

September 25 – Some important events on this day. 303 👉🏼 On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France. 1066 👉🏼 Battle of Stamford Bridge: English army under King Harold II defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold’s brother Tostig, who were both killed 1396 👉🏼 Battle of Nicopolis: Sultan Bajezid I defeats Crusades armies 1513 👉🏼 Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crosses the Panama Isthmus becoming first European to see the Pacific Ocean 1555 👉🏼 Freedom of Religion…

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#TodayInHistory – September 24

September 24 – Some important events on this day. 1180 👉🏼 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline. 1493 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus embarks on his 2nd expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships 1529 👉🏼 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his Ottoman troops arrive in Vienna, beginning of the siege 1657 👉🏼 1st autopsy and coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland 1789 👉🏼 US Federal Judiciary Act passes, creating a six-person Supreme Court…

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#TodayInHistory – September 23

September 23 – Some importants events on this day 1122 👉🏼 Concordat of Worms agreed between Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V 1408 👉🏼 Battle of Othée: victory of John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy over Liège. 1459 👉🏼 Battle of Blore Heath in Staffordshire, 1st major battle of the English Wars of the Roses 1821 👉🏼 Fall of Tripolitsa, Greek forces massacre 30,000 Turks during Greek War of Independence 1846 👉🏼 German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory. 1862 👉🏼…

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Mabon (?) and the Autumn Equinox

Not everyone knows that the Wheel of the Year is a set of eight seasonal celebrations spaced approximately 6-7 weeks apart through the year, which mark a combination of Solstices, Equinoxes and old British Agricultural festivals. The Autumn Equinox is one of these festivals, celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere somewhere around the 21st of September, and around March 21 below the equator. This festival is usually understood to mark a time of balance and reflection and a time when light and dark are equal in measure in the day (which…

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#TodayInHistory – September 22

September 22 – Some important events on this day. 1236 👉🏼 The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeat the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in Battle of Šiauliai. 1499 👉🏼 Switzerland becomes an independent state 1586 👉🏼 Battle at Zutphen: Dutch army, assisted by the English, against the Spanish 1692 👉🏼Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 19 hanged overall, with six other deaths during Salem Witch Trials 1699 👉🏼 People of Rotterdam strike over high cost of butter 1735 👉🏼 Robert Walpole becomes the first British “Prime Minister” (actually…

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#TodayInHistory – September 21

September 21 – Some important events on this day. 1192 👉🏼 English King Richard I the Lion hearted, captured by Leopold V, Duke of Austria 1217 👉🏼 The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu of Lehola was killed in a battle against Teutonic Knights 1348 👉🏼 Jews in Zurich, Switzerland, are accused of poisoning wells 1621 👉🏼 King James I of England gives Sir William Alexander a royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia 1792 👉🏼 French Revolution: The National Convention passes a proclamation announcing the formal abolition of the French monarchy…

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#TodayInHistory – September 20

September 20 – Some important events on this day. 451 👉🏼 Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Chalons-sur-Marne), halting Hun invasion of Roman Gaul 622 👉🏼 Islamic Prophet Muhammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina) 1066 👉🏼 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar 1187 👉🏼 1st sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem. 1519 👉🏼 Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st…

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What was the first country to grant women the vote?

Saudi Arabia, in 2011, became the most recent country in 21st century to grant women’s suffrage (and also lifted the ban on women’s driving in June 2018…). But which country first gave women voting rights? In the late nineteenth century the women’s suffrage movement was widespread throughout Northern Europe, but also in America, Britain and its colonies. However, the first self-governing country to grant all women the vote was New Zealand on this day, 19th September 1893. So, how did New Zealand manage to grant all women, including indigenous Maori…

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#TodayInHistory – September 19

September 19 – Some important events on this day. 1356 👉🏼 English forces under Edward the Black Prince defeat French at Battle of Poitiers and capture the French King during the Hundred Years’ War 1848 👉🏼 Hyperion, moon of Saturn, discovered by Bond (US) & Lassell (England) 1849 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California 1870 👉🏼 Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until January 28 1871) 1888 👉🏼 One of first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium 1893 👉🏼 New Zealand becomes the first country…

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#TodayInHistory – September 18

September 18 – Some important events on this day. 96 👉🏼 Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated 1454 👉🏼 In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army is defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years’ War. 1793 👉🏼 US President George Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. 1809 👉🏼 Royal Opera House in London opens 1811 👉🏼 British East India Company force led by Baron Minto conquers Java, part of the Dutch East Indies, Stamford Raffles appointed lieutenant governor 1812…

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#TodayInHistory – September 17

September 17 – Some important events on this day. 642 👉🏼 Arab forces under Amr ibn al-‘As conquer Alexandria 1156 👉🏼 Emperor Frederick Barbarossa issues the ‘Privilegium Minus’ decree, which elevated Austria to a duchy. 1598 👉🏼 Dutch sailors discover island of Mauritius 1683 👉🏼 Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria 1859 👉🏼 Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America 1862 👉🏼 Battle of Antietam [Battle…

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#TodayInHistory – September 16

September 16 – Some important events on this day. 1498 👉🏼 A frail, 78-year-old Dominican monk, Tomás de Torquemada, offered his final prayers to God on this day, turned his face to his pillow, then died. And thousands rejoiced. Why? ✔️READ THE ARTICLE! 1630 👉🏼 Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston 1795 👉🏼 British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch 1810 👉🏼 Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, calling for the end of Spanish rule (Mexican Independence Day) 1847 👉🏼 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust buys bard’s birthplace in…

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#TodayInHistory – September 15

September 15 – Some important events on this day. 608 👉🏼 St Boniface IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1616 👉🏼 First non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy 1707 👉🏼 Ferenc Rákóczi II, Prince of Transylvania and Tsar Peter the Great sign social security agreement 1821 👉🏼 Act of Independence of Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua declare their independence from the Spanish Empire 1835 👉🏼 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board reaches the Galapagos Islands 1916 👉🏼 First…

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#TodayInHistory – September 14

September 14 – Some important events on this day. 81 👉🏼 Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus 1629 👉🏼 Siege of ‘s-Hertogenbosch: Spanish garrison surrenders to Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange 1741 👉🏼 George Frideric Handel finishes his “Messiah” oratorio after working on it non-stop for 23 days 1752 👉🏼 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian calendar 1812 👉🏼 Great Fire of Moscow begins as Napoleon approaches the city and retreating Russians burn it – fire…

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Harvest Moon: September’s Full Moon

September is the month of the Harvest Moon, sometimes also referred to as the Wine Moon or the Singing Moon. This is the time of year when the last of the crops are being gathered from the fields and stored for the winter. It can occur in either September or October, depending on how the lunar cycle lines up with the Gregorian calendar. There’s a chill in the air, the earth is slowly beginning its winter rest as the sun pulls away from us, and It’s the season when is…

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#TodayInHistory – September 13

September 13 – Some important events on this day. 509 BC 👉🏼 The temple of Jupiter on Rome’s Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September 122 👉🏼 Building begins on Hadrian’s Wall, Northern England. Roman Emperor from 117 to 138, Hadrian re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma, and is perhaps best known for building Hadrian’s Wall itself, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. He is regarded as one of the Five Good Emperors. 335 👉🏼 Church of Holy Sepulchre consecrated in…

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The boy who made one of the most stunning archaeological discoveries of all time…

On this day, September 12, 1940 a French teenager took his dog for a walk. Well, a simple everyday event, surely nothing special. However, this event lead to one of the most stunning archaeological discoveries of all time. Marcel Ravidat was an 18-year-old apprentice garage mechanic, who took his dog, Robot, into hills near his home at Montignac in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. According to the story, there Robot ran into a hole created by a fallen tree. Intrigued, Marcel threw some stones into the hole and was…

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#TodayInHistory – September 12

September 12 – Some important events on this day. 490 BC 👉🏼 Traditional date of the Battle of Marathon, where a small Athenian force defeats the Persian Empire 1624 👉🏼 1st submarine publicly tested in London on the Thames for King James I 1755 👉🏼 Giacomo Casanova is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in Venice without trial for affront to religion and common decency 1758 👉🏼 French astronomer Charles Messier mistakenly identifies the Crab Nebula so begins his Messier Catalogue 1909 👉🏼 World’s first patent for synthetic rubber granted to…

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#TodayInHistory – September 11

September 11 – Some important events on this day. 1185 👉🏼 Isaac II Angelus kills Stephanus Hagiochristophorites and then appeals to the people, resulting in the revolt that deposes Andronicus I Comnenus and places Isaac on the throne of the Byzantine Empire. 1297 👉🏼 Battle at Stirling Bridge, Scottish rebel William Wallace defeats the English 1390 👉🏼 Lithuanian Civil War (1389-1392): the Teutonic Knights begin a five-week siege of Vilnius 1541 👉🏼 Santiago, Chile, is destroyed by indigenous warriors, lead by Michimalonko 1609 👉🏼 Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos…

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#September 10, 1547: Battle of Pinkie Cleugh between English and Scottish forces

On this day, September 10, 1547, along the banks of the River Esk, a massive battle occurred that pitted Scottish and English forces in what has been called the first modern conflict recorded on the British Isles. The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, also known as the Rough Wooing, is considered one of the largest battles ever fought on Scottish soil, but It’s also viewed as one of the defining battles of the medieval English-Scottish conflict. The Scottish suffered a heavy defeat, in a day now forever known as “Black Friday”.…

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