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Hiroshima Day
On this date in 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in an attempt to end World War II.


First Passage Through the Panama Canal
On this date in 1914, the steamship Ancon made the first passage through the Panama Canal. The United States invested $400 million in canal construction. More than 75,000 workers from 97 countries worked on the canal, which opened South America to world commerce.


Trans-Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Trip
On this date in 1978, three Americans became the first to complete a trans-Atlantic trip in a hot air balloon.


Women's Equality Day
On this date in 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and most notably gave women the right to vote.


Labor Day
Legal holiday in all states and Canada to honor working people. Observed on the first Monday in September.


Library Card Sign-Up Month
Established by Congress as an annual reminder to ensure that all children have library cards.
Contact: American Library Association (ALA), Public Information Office
Phone: (800) 545-2433
Website: http://www.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/card/index.cfm
Address: 50 East Huron Street
Chicago IL 60611


Viking 2 Lands on Mars
On this date in 1976, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up color photographs of the planet's surface.


Treaty of Paris
Signed in Paris on this day in 1783, ending the Revolutionary War between the United States and Britain.


First Continental Congress Assembly
Fifty-six delegates representing 11 colonies assembled in Philadelphia on this date in 1774. They protested British measures and called for civil disobedience.


Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance
Patriot Day was designated by joint resolution of Congress (PL 107-89) on December 18, 2001, to honor those who perished in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon as well as the plane that crashed in southwest Pennsylvania. By Public Law (111-13), adopted April 21, 2009, Congress requests at September 11 also be recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Website: http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/september-11th-national-day-service-and-remembrance


International Dot Day 2014
Launched by teacher Terry Shay on September 15, 2009. International Dot Day inspires teachers and students to celebrate creativity in the classroom. Dot Day 2012 included more than 850,000 participants in every U.S. state and across all seven continents.
Website: http:///www.thedotclub.org/dotday/


Mildred Fish Harnack Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the only native-born American known to have been executed by the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. Mildred Fish Harnack was born in Milwaukee in 1902.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe


Mayflower Day
Anniversary of the departure of the ship Mayflower from Plymouth, England, in 1620.


U.S. Constitution Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the day on which representatives from 12 of the original 13 states signed the U.S. Constitution.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe


POW-MIA Recognition Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Established to recognize those who suffered or suffer captivity in foreign countries while in active service with the U.S. armed forces. Observed the third Friday in September.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe


International Day of Peace
Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the International Day of Peace was first celebrated September 1982. The day is devoted to commemoration and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.
Website: http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/


Family Day
Family Day was launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free.
Contact: National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Website: http://casafamilyday.org/familyday/


School Desegregation Anniversary
On this date in 1957, nine black students attended Little Rock, Arkansas' previously all-white Central High School, escorted by federal troops sent by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to enforce the federal desegregation court order.


2014 Fall Superintendent's Conference
Superintendent's Fall Conference presented by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Contact: WASDA
Phone: (608) 242-1090
Email: wasda@wasda.org
Website: http://www.wasda.org
Address: Madison Concourse Hotel
Madison WI


Wisconsin Day
Wisconsin Week Is September 21-27, 2014
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the assets that make Wisconsin a desirable place to live and work. Falls on the Wednesday of the third full week of September, which by gubernatorial proclamation is Wonderful Wisconsin Week (Sept. 21-27, 2014).
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe


Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first piece of federal civil rights legislation to ensure equal treatment of individuals with disabilities. Signed into law on September 26, 1973.


National Good Neighbor Day
First established 1971 in Montana by Mrs. Becky Mattson. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day.
Website: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/goodneighbor.htm


Frances Willard Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the Janesville teacher and lecturer who was influential in the early women's movement and was president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union from 1879 until her death in 1898.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe


WSAS Statewide Testing Dates
Statewide testing window for Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) and Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD)for the 2014-15 school year. Assessment for state and federal accountability for grades three through eight and 10.
Contact: DPI Office of Educational Accountability
Email: oeamail@dpi.wi.gov
Website: http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/oea_calendar

For questions about this information, contact Debra A. Bougie (608) 266-1598

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