Celebrations Today – September 7
Holidays and observances
- Air Force Day (Pakistan)
- Christian feast day:
- Earliest day on which National Grandparents Day can fall, while September 13 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. (United States)
- Constitution Day (Fiji)
- Independence Day (Brazil), celebrates the independence of Brazil from Portugal in 1822.
- Military Intelligence Day (Ukraine)
- National Acorn Squash Day (United States)
- National Beer Lover’s Day (United States)
- National Salami Day (United States)
- National Threatened Species Day (Australia)
- Victory Day (Mozambique)
Celebrations Today – USA: September 7
National Beer Lover’s Day
National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day
National Grandma Moses Day
National Acorn Squash Day
National Salami Day
Google Commemoration Day
National Feel the Love Day
National Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
Today in US History: September 7
The Panama Canal
President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian Chief of Government Omar Torrijos signed the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty on September 7, 1977. Also known as the Carter-Torrijos Treaty, this agreement relinquished American control over the canal and transferred authority to the Panama Canal Authority on December 31, 1999.
On May 4, 1904, Panama granted the United States the right to build and operate the canal and control the five miles of land on either side of the water passage in exchange for annual payments. President Theodore Roosevelt viewed building the canal as indispensable for securing U.S. military and commercial power.
Construction on the canal began in 1904 and the canal opened to traffic on August 15, 1914. Ships passing through the lakes and locks travel approximately 51 miles between the Atlantic Ocean entrance and the Pacific Ocean entrance, eliminating the lengthy and often precarious 8,000-nautical-mile trip around South America’s Cape Horn.
Look what they did with the Pay-no-more Canal…When they started to build, they said it would bring New York a thousand miles closer to San Francisco. Why it’s ridiculous. We spent four hundred million dollars, the canal is nearly finished, and New York is still in the same place.The Speaker of the House: A Monologue, Part 3,
by Aaron Hoffman, 1914-.
The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
America celebrated the opening of the canal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. The event marked both the triumph of the waterway’s engineering and the emergence of a modern San Francisco newly rebuilt after the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.
- View The Story of the Panama Canal, a seven-part film documenting the work of building the canal and showing the waterway in operation. Search the collection Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film on Panama.
- Examine additional photographic images of the canal and its construction by searching on Panama in:
- Search on Panama in Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historical American Engineer Record, 1933-Present for photographs and data pages of various buildings in the canal zone—ranging from the Marine Barracks to a hospital.
Today in History – September 7-External Links
Today’s Weather in History
Today in Earthquake History
This Day in Naval History
Today’s Document from the National Archives
Today’s Events, Births & Deaths –Wikipedia
Today in History by AP
On this Day -1950 to 2005 – Today’s Story–BBC
On This Day: The New York Times
This Day in History –History.com
Today in Canadian History – Canada Channel
History of Britain that took place On This Day
Russia in History –Russiapedia