Sunday, September 2, 2012

Beheading Day, Blueberry Popsicle Day, more

September 2nd, 2012, is Calendar Adjustment Day, Bison-Ten-Yell Day, V-J Day, Father's Day (Australia, New Zealand), National Beheading Day, Spalding Baseball Day, Independence Day (Vietnam), and Blueberry Popsicle Day.

Calendar Adjustment Day commemorates the British Calendar Act of 1751, correcting the Gregorian calendar. The previously used Julian calendar was eleven days ahead of the earth's actual position, because it did not include leap years. The British Calendar Act decreed that the day after Wednesday, September 2nd, 1752 would be Thursday, September 14th. The act also decreed that the new year would begin on January 1st instead of March 25th.

Bison-Ten-Yell Day honors the bicentennial birth date of a fictional person. Get it? Bison-Ten-Yell. Bicentennial. Supposedly, Bison-Ten-Yell invented a set of ten battle yells. Get it? Bison-Ten-Yell. Ten battle yells. The yells were based on a memory aid system.

On September 2nd, 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies. V-J Day, also known as Victory over Japan Day, is remembered by some on August 14th or August 15th, when the surrender was originally announced in different time zones.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads in Australia and New Zealand!

Dust off your guillotine - today is National Beheading Day. Nobody seems to know who, what, why, or when, but somehow this event has spread across the Internet. Remember that literal celebrations are illegal in most places!

Spalding Baseball Day commemorates the birth date of Albert Goodwill Spalding, the first man to publish the rules of baseball and the first to wear a glove to protect his hand during a game.

Vietnam celebrates Independence Day on September 2nd.

Blueberry Popsicle Day sounds like a yummy way to say goodbye to summer. Just don't wear a white shirt while enjoying your blueberry treat.

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