01 September 2009

You know it!

Or you'd have to, because it is now officially Septempre! That means?

Fall is near! You can walk outside and feel it getting cooler, time to crack out the pull-overs!

As newly promised, there will be some fun facts about September, following this short post.

Read ON:

Gemstone: Sapphire

Flower: Aster

The name September comes from the old Roman word 'septem', which means seven, because in the Roman calendar it was the seventh month. The Anglo-Saxons called it Gerst monath (Barley month), because it was their time when they harvested barley to be made into their favourite drink - barley brew. They also called it Haefest monath, or Harvest month.
The Romans believed that the month of September was looked after by the god, Vulcan. As the god of the fire and forge they therefore expected September to be associated with fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

At the Harvest Festivals in September, people made Corn Dollies. Down here.....

Traditionally 24th September was the day on which harvesting began in medieval England.

Rood is another name for a cross and traditionally on 14 September children were freed from school or work so they could gather nuts.

1st September 1951 : Britain's first supermarket opens at Earl's Court in London.

1st September 1971: The penny and the thrupenny piece coins cease to be legal tender as Britain continues the changeover to decimal coinage.

2 - 6th September 1666:The Great Fire of London raged for four days - destroying more than 13,000 houses and almost 100 churches - including St Paul's Cathedral. A total of 6 people are killed.

2nd September 1752 : Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar.

3rd September 1939 – 15th August 1945: The Second World War. Great Britain, France, New Zealand, and Australia declare war on Germany after Adolf Hitler, refuses to withdraw his troops from Poland.

6th September 1527: Magellan completed the first circumnavigation of the world.

6th September 1852: First free public lending library opened.

7th September 1533: Queen Elizabeth I was born.

9th September 1835: The 'sport' of bear baiting was banned by parliament.

9th September 1835: Local government constituted in the UK.

9th September 1950: Soap rationing ended in Britain - introduced in 1942.

9th September 1087 : William the Conqueror died

18th September 1839: George Cadbury was born.

19th September 1960: First parking tickets issued in London.

22nd September 1955: ITV started.

September 1735: Sir Robert Walpole becomes the first prime minister to move into 10 Downing Street in London which has since become the official home of the british prime minister.

23rd September 1940: George Cross instituted.

26th September 1955: Bird’s Eye fish fingers first went on sale.

26th September 1580: English seaman Francis Drake returns to Plymouth in the Golden Hind, becoming the first British navigator to sail the earth.

27th September 1825: The world's first public passenger rail service begins - between Stockton and Darlington in the north of England.

28th September: St Wenceslas Day

28th September 1745: First singing of the National Anthem.

29th September: Michaelmas Day.

29th September 1758: Nelson was born.

30th September 1928: Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming

--I got my info from woodlands-junior


  1. Wow. That's a lot of neat info!

  2. Loved reading all that....things I never knew, very interesting info!!!!

  3. Thank you all for all of the kind comments!