When : Always September 29th
Confucius Day honors one of the world's greatest philosophers.
Born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius is one of the earliest, and perhaps the the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings, and gave the world 499 famous sayings.
Celebrate Confucius Day by learning more about this ancient philosopher, and read some of his teachings and sayings.
Note: Over the years, many comical and humorous sayings have been created and referenced as sayings of Confucius, usually titled "Confucius Says". As a rule of thumb, if the saying is humorous, chances are it is not a true saying by this great scholar.
Origin of Confucius Day:
The original Confucius day dates back thousands of years. We do not know who created this special day, and why on this date.
This Day in History September 29th
The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men. (1789)
The 1st United States Congress adjourns (1789)
The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded. (1829)
American Civil War: The Battle of Chaffin's Farm is fought. (1864)
The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England. (1885)
The cornerstone is laid at Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital. (1907)
World War I, Battle of St. Quentin Canal: The Hindenburg Line is broken by Allied forces. Bulgaria signs an armistice. (1918)
The British Mandate for Palestine takes effect, creating Mandatory Palestine. (1923)
World War II: Holocaust in Kiev, Soviet Union: German Einsatzgruppe C begins the Babi Yar massacre, according to the Einsatzgruppen operational situation report. (1941)
The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC. (1951)
The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced. (1966)
WGPR in Detroit, Michigan, becomes the world's first black-owned-and-operated television station. (1975)
The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders begin when the first of seven individuals dies in metropolitan Chicago. (1982)
Space Shuttle: NASA launches STS-26, the return to flight mission, after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. (1988)
Construction of the Washington National Cathedral is completed. (1990)
The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time. (1990)
The United States Navy disbands Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84), nicknamed the "Jolly Rogers". (1995)
Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history. (2008)