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September 2003


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September Events

The Plains of Abraham are on the Western edge of Quebec . Here Gen James Wolfe defeated the French under Gen Montcalm 13th September, 1759, leading to British control over Canada .

The September birthstone is the sapphire.

The Fire of London  burned from 2nd to 5th September, 1666 .  It started in a bakerís shop in Pudding Lane and destroyed four-fifths of the City. More than 13000 buildings, including the medieval St Paul ís Cathedral, were burnt to the ground.

On 3rd September, 1609 , Henry Hudson sailed into what later became New York Bay .  In 1625 New Amsterdam , situated at the Southern tip of Manhattan , became the capital of the newly established colony of New Netherland and the following year the whole island of Manhattan was bought from the Indians for the equivalent of 24 dollars. In 1664 the city was captured by the English for the Duke of York and promptly renamed.

The St Leger is a flat race for three-year-old horses, run in September at Doncaster over 1 mile 6Ĺ furlongs.  It was the first of the English Classics to be established (in 1776).

Labour Day is May 1st for most of us, but in the US and Canada it is celebrated on the first Monday in September, in honour of working folk, who otherwise donít get much fun at all.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.

Stevins MS. (c.1555)

Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

W. H. Auden, September 1st, 1939

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