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Calendar day; September 3, 2014

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Wednesday, the 3rd of September, 2014 is the 246th day in 2014 and in the 36th calendar week.
 
General Events:
 
Australian National Flag Day
September 3, 2014 in Australia
 
Australian National Flag Day is observed on September 03, 2014. It commemorates the day in 1901 on which the Australian National Flag was first flown. On that day Prime Minister Edmund Barton announced the winners of a competition to design a flag for Australia. A large flag, 5.5 metres by 11 metres, was flown over the dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. On 28 August 1996, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir William Deane, issued a proclamation from Government House, Canberra that officially established 3 September as Australian National Flag Day. Australian National Flag Day is not a public holiday. Ceremonies are held annually in schools, major centres, and the Governor-General, Governors and some politicians attend or release statements to the media.
 
Where is Australian National Flag Day?
Nationwide Australia
 
Skyscraper Day
September 3, 2014 in the World
 
Skyscraper Day or National Skyscraper Day takes place on September 03, 2014. It is on September 3rd because that is Louis H. Sullivan’s birthday (1856), the architect credited with the first skyscrapers. Because of Sullivan’s remarkable accomplishments in design and construction at such a critical point in architectural history, he has sometimes been described as the “father” of the American skyscraper. In truth, many architects had been building skyscrapers before or contemporarily with Sullivan.
 
A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building of many storeys, usually designed for office and commercial use. There is no official definition or height above which a building may be classified as a skyscraper. One common feature of skyscrapers is having a steel framework that supports curtain walls.
 
Today, skyscrapers are an increasingly common sight where land is expensive, as in the centres of big cities, because they provide such a high ratio of rentable floor space per unit area of land. They are built not just for economy of space; like temples and palaces of the past, skyscrapers are considered symbols of a city’s economic power. Not only do they define the skyline, they help to define the city’s identity. In some cases, exceptionally tall skyscrapers have been built not out of necessity, but to help define the city’s identity and presence or power as a city.
 
World’s ten tallest skyscrapers of the world: http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?searchID=203
 
Where is Skyscraper Day?
Worldwide
 
National Welsh Rarebit Day
September 3, 2014 in the USA
 
It’s National Welsh Rarebit Day! Welsh rarebit is toast with hot cheese poured over it. It is often served as a pub snack.
 
The origins of this dishes’ name are unclear. The Welsh term “rarebit” most probably means “rabbit.” Why would cheesy toast be called rabbit? The title is likely just a playful way to poke fun at the dish and those who eat it—much in the same way that “mock turtle soup” is not actually made from turtle.
 
Today, Welsh rarebit is a popular dish across Europe and in certain parts of the rest of the world. If you’ve never had Welsh rarebit before, National Welsh Rarebit Day is a great opportunity to try it for the first time!
 
Where is National Welsh Rarebit Day?
Nationwide USA
 
Historical Events on 3rd September:
 
301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino )
 
1189 – Richard the Lionheart is crowned in Westminster. 30 Jews are massacred after the coronation – Richard ordered the perpetrators be executed.
 
1632 – Battle of Nuremberg: Duke Wallenstein beats Sweden
 
1697 – King William’s War in America ends with Treaty of Ryswick
 
1752 – Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives
 
1777 – Cooch’s Bridge – Skirmish of American Revolutionary war in New Castle County, Delaware where the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time.
 
1783 – Treaty of Paris signed (ending US Revolutionary War)
 
1791 – French Constitution passed by French National Assembly
 
1803 – English scientist John Dalton started using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
 
1878 – British passenger paddle steamer Princess Alice sunk in a collision on the River Thames with the collier Bywell Castle; 645 die
 
1882 – French/Vietnamese/Chinese battle at Hanoi, 100s die
 
1900 – With a proclamation by General Lord Roberts, Britain annexes the Boer Republic of South Africa
 
1912 – World’s first cannery opens in England to supply food to the Royal Navy
 
1924 – Civil war breaks out in China (Gen Tsi moves to Shanghai)
 
1939 – Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada
 
1940 – First showing of high definition color TV
 
1949 – Fire in Chiang-king, China, destroys 7,000 lives
 
1953 – European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect
 
1956 – Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
 
1971 – Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
 
1984 – South Africa adopts constitution
 
1988 – Estimated by this date 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers killed by Iraq, many using chemical weapons, in aftermath of Iran-Iraq War
 
1995 – eBay founded.
 

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