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Calendar day; September 11, 2014

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Thursday, the 11th of September, 2014 is the 254th day in 2014 and in the 37th calendar week.

General Events:

Patriot Day 2014
September 11, 2014 in the USA

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.” President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). It is a discretionary day of remembrance.

Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.

On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane crash on September 11, 2001.

Presidential Proclamation–Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/09/presidential-proclamation-patriot-day-and-national-day-service-and-remem

Where is Patriot Day?
Nationwide USA

No News is Good News Day
September 11, 2014 in the World

Take a break from the twenty-four hour news cycle on No News is Good News Day. Really, you can. Believe it or not, the world keeps turning even if you aren’t plugged into every crisis, disaster, scandal, and tragedy. A day can be fulfilling without being crammed full of tidbits of celebrity trivia or the daily misdeeds of the great and not-so-good.

Turn off the TV and radio, unhook from the web, and cancel the newspapers. If the weather really matters to you, look out of the window, and, be honest, when was the last time a traffic report actually turned out to be useful?

If it seems the news is always bad news, you can put that to rights on No News is Good News Day. The world isn’t all that bad when there’s no-one telling you how awful it all is!

Where is No News is Good News Day?
Worldwide

National Day of Catalonia
September 11, 2014 in Catalonia

National Day of Catalonia is celebrated on September 11, 2014. The National Day of Catalonia is a day-long festival in Catalonia. It commemorates the defeat of the Catalan troops fighting during the War of the Spanish Succession. The Catalan troops that fought in support of the Habsburg dynasty’s claim to the Spanish throne were defeated at the Siege of Barcelona by the army of the Bourbon king Philip V of Spain on 11 September 1714 after 14 months of siege. The holiday was first celebrated in 11 September 1886, was suppressed by the Franco dictatorship in 1939 and reinstated in 1980 by the government of Catalonia, the Generalitat de Catalunya, upon its restoration after the Franco dictatorship. Independentist organizations and political parties traditionally lay floral offerings at the monuments of the leaders of the defence of the city Rafael Casanova and General Moragues for their fight against the king Philip V of Spain. Typically, Catalan nationalists organize demonstrations and meet at the Fossar de les Moreres of Barcelona, where they pay homage to the defenders of city who died during the siege and were buried there.

Where is National Day of Catalonia?
Nationwide Catalonia

Jeûne genevois
September 11, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland

Jeûne genevois takes place on September 11, 2014. Jeûne genevois (meaning Genevan fast) is a public holiday in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland which occurs on the Thursday following the first Sunday of September. It dates back to the 16th century. The religious fasting of Jeûne genevois is not widely followed. Plum pie is often served as dessert in Geneva homes on Jeûne genevois. Banks and post offices along with many shops, restaurants and bars close for the day. However, unlike Thanksgiving in the U.S., which also falls on a Thursday, a four-day weekend is not wontedly taken and most businesses are open on Friday.

Where is Jeûne genevois?
Nationwide Geneva, Switzerland

Enkutatash 2014
September 11, 2014 in Ethiopia

Enkutatash takes place on September 11, 2014. Enkutatash is the first day of the New Year in Ethiopia. It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is 11 September or, during a leap year, 12 September according to the Gregorian calendar. The date marks the approximate end of the “rainy season”. It has also been associated traditionally with the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia following her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem in ca. 980 BC. Large celebrations are held around the country, notably at the Ragual Church on Entoto mountain. But Enkutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday. Modern Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging formal new year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated – in lieu of the traditional bouquet of flowers.

Where is Enkutatash?
Nationwide Ethiopia

National Hot Cross Bun Day
September 11, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Hot Cross Bun Day! A hot cross bun is a sweet, spiced bun made with currants or raisins and leavened with yeast. Just as the name suggests, these baked goodies are marked with a cross on the top, which is supposed to symbolize the crucifixion.

In many Christian countries, these buns are traditionally eaten toasted or hot during Lent, starting on the evening before Ash Wednesday through midday on Good Friday.

So, why is National Hot Cross Bun Day six months after Good Friday? We don’t know! The origins of this day are unknown, but we’re thankful to have an excuse to enjoy this treat anytime of year! Enjoy!

Where is National Hot Cross Bun Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 11th September:

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 beats English

1541 – Santiago, Chile, is destroyed by indigenous warriors, lead by Michimalonko.

1649 – Massacre of Drogheda, Ireland – Oliver Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists

1697 – Battle of Zenta: Prince Eugen of Savoye beats Turks, ending Ottoman control of large parts of Central Europe

1708 – Charles XII of Sweden stops his march to conquer Moscow outside Smolensk, marking the turning point in the Great Northern War. The army is defeated nine months later in the Battle of Poltava, and the Swedish empire is no longer a major power.

1792 – The Hope Diamond is stolen with other crown jewels when six men break into house used to store the jewels.

1857 – Mountain Meadows Massacre, Mormons dressed as Indians murder 120 colonists in Utah

1881 – Triple landslides bury Elm Switz

1897 – After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.

1906 – Mahatma Gandhi coins the term “Satyagraha” to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.

1909 – Max Wolf rediscovers Halley’s comet

1919 – US marines invade Honduras

1922 – British mandate of Palestine begins

1926 – Aloha Tower dedicated in Honolulu

1930 – Stromboli volcano (Sicily) throws 2-ton basaltic rocks 2 miles

1940 – George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.

1946 – 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation

1951 – Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes

1971 – Egypt adopts its constitution

1980 – Chile adopts its constitution

1997 – After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.

2001 – Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crashes into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people
2001 – Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
2001 – Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard

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