September 1st – A Day For Disastrous Events

disastrous events

Disastrous Events And Some Good News

The first of our disastrous events is one that occurred on September 1st 1923. The “Great Kanto” earthquake struck the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama on the Japanese island of Honshu. It killed approximately 100,000 people.

Let us remember September 1st 1939 when Germany invaded Poland without any prior declaration of war. 1.5 million troops invaded Poland while the German airforce, the Luftwaffe bombed the Polish airfields. Two days later, Britain and France both went to war against Germany. The second World War was to claim the lives of some 80 million souls. Many through battle, but it is estimated by statisticians that 55 million of those casualties were civilians.

This day in 1983 saw a Korean civilian aircraft shot down by Russia when it was in Soviet airspace. 269 passengers and crew died.

Happier news

September 1st 1972 and Bobby Fischer became the World Chess Champion by beating Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. Bobby was the youngest ever American Junior Chess Champion at only 13 years of age.

Rocky Marciano, a famous American heavyweight boxer, was born on this day.

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, the 1st of September marks the first day of spring. In Western Australia, it is the beginning of Wildflower Season. Large tracts of land become carpets of colour during this time.

Today is also World Beard Day. if you do not have a beard then perhaps you coulld start to grow one in preparation for Movember which occurs in the month of November. That is the month when beards and moustaches are shaved off for charity.

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