Labor Day Celebrations and Back to School

Labor Day is the first Monday in September, and the holiday's history is over 100 years old. It was founded in New York City by the Knights of Labor in 1882 as a celebration of the working class. The Socialist Party held a similar celebration on May 1st, which was known as May Day, but the United States made the September observance a national holiday in 1894 to distance the holiday's association with communism. Labor Day has also become known as a signal of the end of the summer season. Canada and industrialized nations in Europe and beyond have joined in the celebration of working people. And, just for the record, September 21st marks the last day of summer.

President Bush's military records are released on September 7th, via the Freedom of Information Act. Records indicate he allowed his pilot status to lapse after he failed to show up for a medical exam. The following day, CBS claims Bush received special treatment as memos from the president's former squadron commander are revealed on 60 Minutes, which suggest the president preferential treatment during his relationship with the National Guard. On September 20, CBS News and Dan Rather acknowledge they are not able to prove the authenticity of the documents.

On September 29th, a federal judge rules that sections of the Patriot Act violate constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.

Former President Clinton undergoes a successful quadruple heart bypass procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital during the Labor Day weekend, and a space capsule with samples of the sun crashes when the parachutes fail to open on September 8.

Rosh Hashana begins on September 15.   Yom Kippur starts at sundown on September 25 and continues to sundown on the following day.

On September 15, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announces the war in Iraq was illegal and violated the UN charter. The next day, a report by Charles Duelfer says inspectors found no evidence that Iraq had a weapons program when the U.S. invaded the country.

Martha Stewart is taken to a minimum security prison in Alderson, West Virginia, to serve a five-month sentence for conspiracy and making false statements about her sale of ImClone stocks in 2001.

The Montreal Expos announce the team's relocation to Washington, D.C., on September 29. The team says they will play in the nation's capital for the 2005 season.

September 19, Farm Aid sold out a concert of 20,000 fans at White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington. Founders, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, played along with other acts, including Dave Matthews Band, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle.

Here are some helpful September links: