Trying your best
Each hour of the day,
Making new friends,
Being good as you can
Reading books with a friend."
- Boni Fulgham
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.
~Edgar W. Howe
September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days. In Latin, septem means "seven" and septimus means "seventh"; September was in fact the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC.
September's birthstone is the sapphire. The meaning is clear thinking.
The birth flowers for September are:
Songs & Quotes
"Have a good time, but remember,
There is dander in the summer moon above.
Will I see you in September
Or loose you to a summer love."
- S. Wayne and S. Edwards, 1959 song lyrics
Do you remember how we danced that night away
Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play
September morning still can make me feel this way."
- Neil Diamond and Gilbert Becaude
"Spring flowers are long since gone. Summer's bloom hangs limp on every terrace. The gardener's feet drag a bit on the dusty path and the hinge in his back is full of creaks."
- Louise Seymour Jones
"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."
- Edwin Way Teale
Events of September
1st - 76th Anniversary of Start of WWII - German troops march through occupied Warsaw, Poland, circa 1939. Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium soon came under German control, and when France fell less than a year later, Britain was the only nation left in Western Europe to oppose Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
2nd - Calendar Adjustment Day – In 1751, the British government passed the British Calendar Act of 1751. This meant that Britain and the American Colonies had to make the “Gregorian Correction” in 1752. The correction entailed the loss of 11 days. Life went as normal through Wednesday, September 2nd, 1752, but the very next day became Thursday, September 14th, 1752. This act also changed New Year's Day from March 25th to January 1st which meant that instead of the year changing over in March, it happened on January 1, 1752 and every year after that. This caused the year 1751 to have only 282 days because 1751 began on March 25th and ended on December 31st, and the year 1752 had 355 days. Can you imagine what an uproar a change like that would cause these days?
William Hogarth’s painting “An Election Entertainment,” thought to have sparked rumors that English citizens rioted after the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.
Britain’s adoption of the Gregorian calendar sparked riots and protest—maybe???
According to some accounts, English citizens did not react kindly after an act of Parliament advanced the calendar overnight from September 2 to September 14, 1752. Rioters supposedly took to the streets, demanding that the government “give us our 11 days.” However, most historians now believe that these protests never occurred or were greatly exaggerated.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Benjamin Franklin welcomed the change, writing, “It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2, and not have to get up until September 14.”
2nd - Japan's Formal Surrender - Gen. MacArthur (at microphone) watches as Japanese Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signs the surrender document aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on the morning of September 2, 1945.
Department of the Navy photo
2nd - Happy Cat Month & Responsible Dog Ownership Month - The dog is glad to see you're home. The cat decides if you can stay.
3rd - Skyscraper Day – As King Kong said, you shouldn't monkey around those things!
4th - National Wildlife Day serves to celebrate wild animals & bring awareness to the number of endangered animals globally that need to be preserved and rescued from their demise each year. This day also acknowledges U.S. zoos and outstanding animal sanctuaries for everything they do to help preserve this planet’s animals and educate the public about conservation, especially to children. Colleen Paige, author and founder of the Animal Miracle Network, created National Wildlife Day in 2006 in memory of wildlife conservationist and rescuer, Steve Irwin-Crocodile Hunter, for his eternal love of all animal species. She wanted to keep up the legacy of having a passion and appreciation for the many wild and some unfamiliar creatures with which we share this planet.
4th - Eat An Extra Dessert Day - Today is "Eat an Extra Dessert Day!" That is my kind of holiday! In case you're wondering, Eat an Extra Dessert Day was declared to celebrate the opening of the first self-service cafeteria in the U.S., the Exchange Buffet in New York City, in 1885.
Serve you please?"
I will take one of each!
5th - National Cheese Pizza Day - Thin crust, thick crust, hand tossed or stuffed crust…. whichever way you like it, have a slice or two (or maybe even more) of cheese pizza.
- In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza.”
- In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “π?τα”, pita, meaning pie.
- A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
- The modern pizza had it’s beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
- The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
- It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
- The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
- Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.
6th- Do It Day - “If you have something to do tomorrow, do it today.” Ben Franklin
7th - One seventh of your life is spent on Monday. However, the only person to get his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
9th – Teddy Bear Day – Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, wuz he?
A man meets a gorgeous woman in a bar. They talk, they connect, they end up leaving together.They get back to her place, and as she shows him around her apartment, he notices that her bedroom is completely packed with teddy bears. Hundreds of small bears on a shelf all the way along the floor, medium sized ones on a shelf a little higher and huge bears on the top shelf along the wall. The man is kind of surprised that this woman would have a collection of teddy bears, especially one that's so extensive, but he decides not to mention this to her. After a night of passion, as they are lying together in the afterglow, the man rolls over and asks, smiling, "Well, how was it?" She replied, "You may select any prize from the bottom shelf."
9/11 Patriot Day
Designated in memory of the nearly three thousand who died in the September 11, 2001, attacks. Time to remember the innocent lives lost...
13th - Fortune Cookie Day
Fortune and advice to the wise:
"We who know what's good for him does what his cookie says."
13th – National Grandparents Day
(better known as “Spoil Them Rotten” Day)
Annie's Mailbox Snippet for Grandparents Day
(credit - Gene Perret):
"My grandkids believe I'm the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too."
17th - and Citizenship Day
17th - National Apple Dumpling Day -
These delicious filled pastries are typically made by putting cored apples on a piece of dough, sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar, then folding the dough over the apples to form a dumpling. The dumplings are then oven-baked until tender. Apple dumplings are believed to be native to the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania. They are very common among the Amish and often eaten as a breakfast item or as a dessert and sometimes served with ice cream.
18th - National Cheeseburger Day
19th - Talk like a pirate day And a fine idea it is, too. A world full of people walking around and saying things like “Arrrrrrrrr!” and “Avast, ye ill-bred offspring of a sea hag and a kipper” would certainly be an interesting state of affairs, and, more to the point, we’d all be standing around drinking rum.
Ray Isle, Food & Wine's executive wine editor
What does a gourmet pirate add to his dinner? ... BARRRRRRRRRRBIE!
Where do pirates keep their cookies?....... in a jarrrr!!!!
19th - "Holy Batman! Day" Adam West born 1928.
21st – Miniature Golf Day – Take a midget to the course.
The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Leaf 'Em Laughing:
First day of fall, and how to cope with a yard full of fallen leaves.
* - Rake: Give a man a leaf rake and watch him turn a few little problems into a heap of trouble.
* - Blow: A leaf blower is for the guy who is too impatient to wait for a breeze to scatter things in his neighbor's direction.
* - Bag: A bag of leaves is like a sweeper full of carpet lint -- satisfying up to the point where you realize it's never the last bag.
24th – National Punctuation Day.
Two – Four – Six – Eight. Who do we punctuate!?
Q: How would a blonde punctuate the following: "Fun fun fun worry worry worry"?
A: "Fun period fun period fun NO PERIOD worry worry worry!"
September 25th - October 4th
State Fair of Texas
The state fair has taken place every year since 1886 except for varying periods during World War I and World War II. It usually begins the last Friday in September and ends 24 days later.
Sept. 27th-Oct. 4th -
Animal Farm, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Brave New World, To Kill a Mockingbird, James & the Giant Peach, Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Whether you smash it against your head or stomp it with your feet, just make sure it's empty first.
30th – Safety Pins were invented on this date. You remember those things we used to stick babies with and now use to hold our torn clothes together or stick through assorted body parts as decoration!
Month Long Observances
Baby Safety Month
Cable TV Month
National Courtesy Month
National Coupon Month - Clap if you love to clip!
National Mushroom Month - More spores!!
National Piano Month - A key issue!
National Chicken Month -"The sky is falling" (Chicken Little); "Fortunately, I always carry a spare set of feathers." (Foghorn Leghorn)
Week Long Observances
3rd Week – National Farm Animals Awareness Week and National Flower Week (Be careful where you step when you go out to smell the roses.)
4th Week – National Dog Week & National Roller Skating Week (Gimme dat ol' time Bark and Roll!!)