Back to school for lots of the younger set out there, so the older set might have a wee bit of time to catch up on their reading – starting with this month’s celebrations – some wacky, some serious.
Monthly celebrations: Classical Music Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, National Courtesy Month, and Self-Improvement Month
Daily – some of which I’ve skipped:
September 1: Emma M. Nutt Day – the first woman telephone operator
September 2: Labor Day, of course, but also National Beheading Day (don’t lose your head over this one)
September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day (I hope these people never lose their job because that would mean that the paper newspaper has become a thing of the past)
September 5: Be Late for Something Day – but not your own wedding!
September 6: Read a Book Day ; also Fight Procrastination Day
September 8: Grandparent’s Day – be sure to click on the link I’ve attached to see how Australia honors grandparents!
September 10: Swap Ideas Day
September 11: 911 Remembrance Day; also No News is Good News Day (which seems appropriate considering)
September 13: Blame Someone Else Day (it wasn’t me!)
September 16: Step Family Day (yippee!); also Mexican Independence Day
September 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 21: International Peace Day – best day of the month, and timely to say the least
September 27: Native American Day
September 28: National Good Neighbor Day – establish your own friendly neighborhood watch; simply watch out for one another
As with my November list of “celebrations” the last month of the year is filled with many notable – and not so notable – events, some obvious – some not so obvious:
- Dec. 1: AIDS Awareness Day; Rosa Parks Day, Playboy Magazine first published (had to add something for everyone)
- Dec. 3: International Day of Disabled Persons
- Dec. 5: Volunteer Day
- Dec. 7: Pearl Harbor Day – Remembrance Day
- Dec. 8: Hanukkah begins – through the 16th
- Dec. 10: Human Rights Day (UN) – adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Dec. 11: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established
- Dec. 12: Bonza Bottler Day – an excuse to celebrate when the date and the monthly number are the same
- Dec. 13: Ice Cream and Violins Day – why the heck not?
- Dec. 14: NASCAR founded (1947); I had to add this one for my husband
- Dec. 15: Bill of Rights Day (US)
- Dec. 18: 13th Amendment (US) ratified abolishing slavery
- Dec. 21: Winter Solstice
- Dec. 24: Eggnog Day; Remember to Read the Instructions Night (seems appropriate as parents everywhere set up bicycles, toys, etc.)
- Dec. 25: Christmas Day
- Dec. 26: Boxing Day (Canada, UK); First Day of Kwanzaa
- Dec. 27: Howy Doody television show premieres on NBC – only Baby Boomers would know this one
- Dec. 28: First American test tube baby born (1981)
- Dec. 30: The Wonderful World of Disney television series is cancelled (1980) – again, a Baby Boomers staple way back when
- Dec. 31: New Years Eve – marking the end of one miserable year and the start of a better year; also, the Official end of WWII (1946).