October 1, 2015
Historically speaking, the months of September and October are known as harvest. As I’m sure you’ve heard, there is even a moniker given (the “Harvest Moon”) to this lunar phase that falls closest to the autumn equinox, which occurred on Sept. 23. The harvest moon was significant because during this time farmers could work longer into the night harvesting their crops by the light of the moon.
September is from the Latin word septem (“seven”) and October octō (“eight”). Originally the seventh and eighth of ten months on the oldest known Roman calendar, with March the first month of the year until perhaps as late as 153 BC. After the calendar reform that added January and February to the beginning of the year, September and October became the ninth and tenth months, but retained their names.
These two autumn months personify transformation. Crops are harvested, the very symbol of permanence and sustenance, there is a seasonal shift, signifying regeneration and transformation, and a new academic year begins, representing growth and development.
Speaking of growth and development, yet another fantastisk connection was recently discovered between America and Denmark. Earlier this month the very first University Start-Up World Cup took place in Copenhagen, described as “one of the strongest startup scenes in the world”. As the University Start-Up World Cup website explains, this past September 14th -18th brought together the 50 most promising student startups in the world for one intense week of development and networking to help them cultivate their ideas. A VIP panel then chose the best university student startup in the world.
This year Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary was on hand to announce the winner, which was none other than Stanford University student team VesaliusMed at the helm of the world’s greatest idea! Even more heartwarming (aside from them all being under 23-years old!) is learning about their winning startup idea, “a new way to detect abnormal cells in bladder cancer patients by testing urine instead of blood, providing a quicker, cheaper and more accurate means of diagnosis.” This couldn’t come at a better time, since September is also awareness month for several types of cancer. Godt gået (well done)!
There are many momentous historical events that have taken place in September and October globally, nationally and civically. Here is a list of just a few of them:
September 2, 2015 – The 1st Danish astronaut ever, Andreas Mogensen, was launched into space, returning ten days later .
September, 1904 – 1st summer picnic held on the grounds of the current day Danish Home of Chicago.
September 16, 1620 – The Mayflower ship departed from England, bound for America with 102 passengers and a small crew. The Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth on December 26th.
September 18, 1905 – Movie actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was born in Stockholm, Sweden (as Greta Lovisa Gustafsson).
September 21 – World Peace Day
September 26, 1774 – American folk legend Johnny Appleseed (1774-1845) was born in Leominster, Massachusetts (as John Chapman). For 40 years, he traveled through Ohio, Indiana and into Illinois, planting orchards.
September 2011– Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt became Denmark’s first female prime minister.
September 25, 1987 – Princess Elisabeth of Ysenburg und Budingan, Germany (cousin to the Queen of Denmark) visits The Danish Home and joins residents for morning coffee.
October 1, 2015 – The Danish Home October Giveaway begins! Enter here
October 1, 1908 – Henry Ford’s Model T, a “universal car” designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.
October 3, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
October 8, 1871 – The Great Chicago Fire erupted. It burned for 3 days and destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of the city, one of the largest disasters of the 19th century
October 11, 1914 – Cornerstone for the new brick building of The Danish Home is laid.
October 13, 1792 – The cornerstone of the White House is laid by George Washington. In November, 1800 President John Adams and family move in. In 1814 it is burned by British troops, then reconstructed and reoccupied in 1817.
October 14, 1964 – Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. awarded Nobel Peace prize.
October 25, 1881 – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) born in Malaga, Spain.
October 26, 1947 – Presidential Candidate, 67th US Secretary of State, and Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton born in Park Ridge, Illinois.
October 27, 1904 – The New York City subway began operating, running from City Hall to West 145th Street, the first underground and underwater rail system in the world.
October 28, 1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor as a gift from the people of France.
October 28, 1949 – Helen Anderson became the first woman ambassador, appointed by President Harry Truman to be Ambassador to Denmark.
October 28, 1914– Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995) is born in New York City. In 1952, he develops a vaccine for dreaded childhood disease Polio, reducing deaths in the U.S. by 95%.
October 30, 1990 – For the first time since the Ice Age, Great Britain was connected with the European continent, via a new rail tunnel under the English Channel.
October 31, 1941 – Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed after 14 years of work, representing America’s founding, political philosophy, preservation, and expansion and conservation.
So, it seems there is really an overflod (abundance) of more than just pumpkins, falling leaves and candy in the autumn months.