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The sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator twice a year: on or about March 21 (the Vernal Equinox) and again six months later, on or about September 22 or 23 (the Autumnal Equinox). On these two occasions, night and day are of equal length all over the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, September 22 or 23 is the first day of autumn. Autumnal Equinox Day is a national holiday in Japan, observed on either September 23 or 24 to celebrate the arrival of autumn and to honor family ancestors. Discuss
22 Sep 2019 at 5:00am
A legend in his own time, John Chapman—better known as "Johnny Appleseed"—was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774. It was supposedly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that he died in 1845, and Chapman has been commemorated there since 1974 with a two-day fall festival at Johnny Appleseed Park. The festival includes traditional music and entertainment, demonstrations of pioneer arts and crafts, and discussions with "The Living Lincoln," who talks with visitors about the social issues of the period in history he shared with Johnny Appleseed.
Von Steuben Day
21 Sep 2019 at 5:00am
Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730-1794) was an experienced Prussian soldier who came to America in 1777 and helped the American troops bring the Revolutionary War to an end. Today, many states honor him with patriotic exercises on or near the Prussian hero's birthday. At Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania, there is a Steuben birthday celebration featuring German music and speeches at the monument to him erected in 1915. There are also Steuben Day parades in New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.