Sunday, September 1, 2013

You already know Monday is Labor Day

You might even remember that September 2 is Victory over Japan Day.

It was on September 2, 1945 that a Japanese delegation boarded the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay to sign the Instrument of Surrender. Thus, September 2 officially became Victory over Japan Day according to President Harry Truman -- even though, by this point, America had been celebrating since August 14 (August 15 in Japan) when Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender over the radio.

V-J Day is a legal holiday (called Victory Day) in the State of Rhode Island.

Salma Hayek
Those are pretty substantial observances. What's left over is rather, well, meager, even by the low standards of microminiholidayettes. There is some support for Monday being National Blueberry Popsicle Day and National Beheading Day. Beheading? Really?

Musician Billy Preston was born on September 2, 1946 (he passed away in 2006). Teacher-turned-astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger disaster, was born on September 2, 1948.

Actor Mark Harmon turns 62 on Monday. Tennis legend Jimmy Connors will be 61. Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw will be 65 on Monday. Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek turns 47 on Monday.

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