September 10th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
September 10th History Highlights
Elias Howe’s Sewing Machine
The first double topstitch sewing machine was patented in 1845, but Howe developed the design for it. In 1846, Elias Howe was granted a patent for a sewing machine using the pattern of the lock stitches. On May 17, 1846, he filed the patent application, submitted the documents, and on September 10, 1846, he received the patent for the sewing machine.
Isaac M. Singer is often credited with inventing the brand name, and the advent of patent pooling and licensing agreements in 1856 allowed the manufacture of Singer machines to continue with his own improvements. By 1860 the Singer Manufacturing Company had become the world’s largest maker of sewing machines.
September 10th is…
Sewing Machine Day
Swap Ideas Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
Falling on September 10 every year, World Suicide Prevention Day is a day observed for awareness on the matter. According to the World Health Organization’s “40 seconds of action” campaign in 2019, at least one life is lost every 40 seconds to suicide. This statistic highlights the growing concern and a burgeoning need for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
The WSPD has run several campaigns since 2003, focusing on providing awareness and taking collective action to prevent suicides across the world. The campaigns have discussed that despite the cultural and religious stigma associated with it, suicides are an unfortunate reality. The campaigns also highlight the main triggers behind this act, which include unemployment, poverty, work-related stress, loss of a loved one, depression, and much more.
Much recently, the “Working together to prevent suicide” campaign is focused on understanding the different facets of mental health and how we all have a role to play. The campaign encourages individuals to create an environment of support at home, workplaces, and educational institutions.
Moreover, it also encourages individuals to recognize warning signs and take immediate action to prevent suicide. For example, if you notice a coworker, friend, or family member showing signs of depression or extreme anxiety, there’s probably more than what you can see going on under the surface.
In the end, WSPD is not only limited to just one day. Every day is a day when you should look out for those going through divorces, mental illnesses, academic struggles, family troubles, and financial issues, etc. Every day is a day where a life can be saved. Every day is a day that teaches us to be more compassionate with those who need it the most.
September 10th Birthday Quotes
“Now everybody has been doing the national anthem in their own style, but in 1968 I was the one that took the heat. It cut my career for quite a while.”
“I won’t say I’m the baddest, or portray that role, but I’m in the top 2, and my father’s gettin’ old.”
“If you change the rules on what controls you… you will change the rules on what you can control.”
“I’m fully aware that if I were to change professions tomorrow, become an astronaut and be the first man to land on Mars, the headlines in the newspapers would read: `Mr. Darcy Lands on Mars.”
“I don’t want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I’m not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn’t replacing Babe Ruth.”
September 10th Birthdays
1801 – Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (died in 1881)
1839 – Isaac K. Funk, American minister, and publisher, co-founded Funk & Wagnalls (died in 1912)
1874 – Mamie Dillard, African American educator, and suffragist (died in 1954)
1898 – Bessie Love, American actress (died in 1986)
1914 – Robert Wise, American director, and producer (died in 2005)
1915 – Edmond O’Brien, American character actor (died in 1985)
1933 – Karl Lagerfeld, German-French fashion designer, and photographer (died in 2019)
1934 – Charles Kuralt, American journalist (died in 1997)
1934 – Roger Maris, American baseball player and coach (died in 1985)
1945 – José Feliciano, blind Puerto Rican singer-songwriter
1948 – Judy Geeson, English actress
1949 – Bill O’Reilly, American pundit, and author
1953 – Amy Irving, American actress
1960 – Colin Firth, English actor
1968 – Big Daddy Kane, American rapper
1968 – Guy Ritchie, English director, producer, and screenwriter
1982 – Misty Copeland, American ballerina
September 10th History
1608 – James Smith was elected President of Jamestown colony (in Virginia)
1913 – The Lincoln Highway opened as the first coast-to-coast paved U.S. Highway.
1919 – Florida Keys Hurricane
1945 – Mike the Headless chicken survived his pre-meal beheading, living another year and a half without a head. (True story!)
1983 – #1 Hit September 10, 1983 – September 23, 1983: Michael Sembello – Maniac
September 10, 1984 – The Apple Macintosh 512K was released.
1988 – #1 Hit September 10, 1988 – September 23, 1988: Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
1990 – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered on NBC
1990 – New York’s Ellis Island reopened as a museum.
1993 – The X-Files Premiered on FOX.
2009 – The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW
2011 – #1 Hit September 10, 2011 – September 16, 2011: Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The hardest clue to guess while playing charades would be “playing charades.”
“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” – Oscar Wilde #LastWords
The Universe is only 13.7 billion years old, but it’s expected to last trillions of years if not forever. We basically live at the beginning of time.
Maybe King Arthur was able to lift Excalibur because he lifted with his legs, not his back.
“I always look for the worst in people.” – Joe Gideon #moviequotes
There’s a big difference between “the news” and what’s actually happening around the world.
If you work Mon-Fri, schedule something you enjoy for Wed evenings. It will help break up the week. #advice
Anthony Quinn was born in Chihuahua, Mexico.
A group of Waterfowl is called a Knob or Plump.
Oscillation Overthruster – Buckaroo Bonzai’s electronic device that makes it possible to travel through matter
“Yo, Adrian!” – Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) #moviequotes
“Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb!” – TV’s Batman
“Bakin’ carrot biscuits.” #misunderstoodlyrics
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