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On September 30, 1928, Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel was born in Sighetu, Romania. Wiesel was imprisoned and orphaned during the Holocaust. Two of his three sisters also survived the the war. Wiesel became a writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and strong advocate for human rights. His 57 books, among them the memoir, Night (1958), were written mostly in French, and translated into multiple languages.
In recognition of Elie Wiesel birthday and recent death on July 2, 2016, we will share news of his achievements and widespread influence, including the place of his work in the school curricula.
The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 6, 1882 in New York City. Reflective of the labor movement, it sought to recognize the contributions of workers to the strength and posterity of our nation. Just two years later, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday and, by 1885, Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial towns and centers across the country.
News stories will feature the history of Labor Day and its chief architect Mathew McGuire, a machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.
September 17, 1878 marks the date when the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time in Philadelphia to sign the U.S. Constitution which commences with the words-- reflective of life, liberty, freedom, and prosperity --"We the People". Originally comprising seven articles, the document describes the national frame of government and has been interpreted, amended, supplemented by the Bill of Rights, implemented, and influenced democracy in countries worldwide.
See here for additional information from the National Constitutional Center, concerning Constitution Day, including facts, lesson plans, videos, and more, as we celebrate the most influential document in American history.
Marc Chagall's stunning masterpiece on the ceiling of the Paris Opera was presented to the public on September 23, 1964 in the presence of thousands of guests. His work, a gift to France, covered about 2,400 square feet and was painted in five colorful sections that evoked the imagination, dreams, and creations of singers and musicians. A Belorussian native of Jewish descent who spent many years in France, Chagall painted the ceiling at the age of 77, and, in 1977, France returned the honor with a retrospective exhibition of Chagall's work at the Louvre.