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Johnny Appleseed Day

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Johnny Appleseed Day

When : March 11th and/or September 26th. Why two dates? on

Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America's great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.

A Little About the Legend:

John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774.
He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
During the life of John Chapman, the "West" was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
John Chapman was a deeply religious person He was known to preach during his travels.
According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the "winter plague". The actual date of his death has been disputed.
There is a lot of "legend" in stories written about Johny Appleseed. By it's definition, over the years, legends grow bigger than life. It also appears that there is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.

Celebrate today with an apple rich menu. Include fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree.

Origin of "Johnny Appleseed Day":

There is plenty of documentation to support claims for Johnny Appleseed Day on March 11th and on September 26th. We found no one who claims to have created this special day.

So, here's the skinny on the two dates:

John Chapman was born on September 26, 1774. This date is undisputed.
It is believed he died on March 11, 1845. However, his date was not formally recorded and the date of death is disputed.
Here is how we come out on the debate: This day should be celebrated on the day of his birth. His birth date is undisputed. His birthday coincides with the season of the apple harvest. A birth is a more positive day than a death. We think Johnny would agree.

This Day in History September 26th

Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth. (1580)

British troops occupy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. (1777)

Protestors shut down the court in Springfield, Massachusetts in a military standoff that begins Shays' Rebellion. (1786)

Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General. (1789)

The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) is established in New York City. (1872)

New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire. (1907)

Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers. (1908)

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act. (1914)

World War I: The Battle of Polygon Wood begins. (1917)

World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the bloodiest single battle in American history, begins. (1918)

As gangster Machine Gun Kelly surrenders to the FBI, he shouts out, "Don’t shoot, G-Men!", which becomes a nickname for FBI agents. (1933)

Ten convicts escape from the Indiana State Prison with guns smuggled into the prison by bank robber John Dillinger (1933)

Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched. (1934)

The Holocaust: August Frank, a higher official of the SS concentration camp administration department, issues a memorandum containing a great deal of operational detail in how Jews should be "evacuated". (1942)

World War II: On the central front of the Gothic Line Brazilian troops control the Serchio valley region after ten days of fighting. (1944)

United Nations troops recapture Seoul from North Korean forces. (1950)

In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. (1960)

Fidel Castro announces Cuba's support for the U.S.S.R. (1960)

The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres. (1970)

Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time. (1973)

Baseball: Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter. (1981)

Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a likely worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike. (1983)

The United Kingdom agrees to the handover of Hong Kong (1984)

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