Category: September 01



    September 1 we celebrate National Hotel Employee Day and honor nearly 2 million employees who work in the industry.


    Across the United States, hotel employees play a key role in some of Americans’ most important life events. Whether they’re helping facilitate family reunions, preparing for wedding receptions, or assisting guests with vacation activities, hotel employees are the backbone of any hotel stay. In addition, they keep guests safe, give back to their communities and are critical to making our nation’s nearly $2 trillion travel and tourism industry run smoothly.

    The hotel industry is a vibrant, innovative, and dynamic business. The success of each hotel depends upon the hardworking employees who staff the property on a daily basis. Each employee, including those who work behind the scenes, plays an important role in everyday operations.

    Hotel Employee Facts

    • There are nearly 2 million hotel employees in America.
    • The hotel industry offers employees more than 200 different career paths.
    • More than 50% of hotel general managers got their start in an entry level position.
    • On average, entry level hotel workers receive a raise within 9-12 months of being hired.
    • About 80% of entry level hotel workers are eligible for a promotion in less than one year of being hired.

    Hotel Operations

      What makes a hotel property successful? A successful hotel depends on the day-to-day activity of each employee. Providing guests the best experience possible requires a partnership among every section, department, and employee in the hotel. In fact, hotel employees typically work in one or more of nine major areas:

      • Lobby and guest services
      • Food and beverage
      • Recreation and events
      • Rooms
      • Security
      • Engineering and maintenance
      • Sales and marketing
      • Accounting
      • Human Resources

      Book It

      There are many different types of hotels and a variety of factors to consider before booking a stay, including location, amenities as well as reviews and recommendations. Technology has transformed the way guests book their hotel rooms. Today, hotel bookings make up 15 percent of all U.S. ecommerce, with some 500 online bookings happening every minute. Here are some consumer tips when booking hotels online:

      • Look before you book. Take time to verify the hotel’s booking site by checking the URL address. It’s important to know you are giving your personal information to the right hotel. Although the hotel name may be part of the URL, double check the website address to ensure it’s not a third-party vendor using a hotel’s identity without permission.
      • Take advantage of loyalty programs. Sign up for loyalty programs at your favorite hotels. Loyalty programs are free and offer a host of benefits. Remember to always book directly with the hotel to ensure you’re getting your points.
      • Ask the right questions. Before providing your credit card information, check the following:
        • What is the cancellation/trip change policy?
        • Is it a secure payment site? The URL should have a small lock and start with https://, and not http://.
        • Is the site, in any way, affiliated with the hotel?
      • Book directly with the hotel or a trusted travel agent. This helps ensure you get what you want and need from your reservation and provides the better value.


      • Thank a hotel employee in person
      • Leave a good review about your hotel stay online
      • Create a bucket list of must-stay hotels and visit those places
      • Tag and post #HotelEmployeeDay when you share photos of your hotel stay on social media


      In 2022, The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and National Day Calendar decided to celebrate National Hotel Employee Day each year on September 1. The day is meant to thank hotel employees for their hard work and dedication and recognize the integral role they play in our nation’s travel, tourism, and hotel industries.

      For more than 100 years, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been the representative and advocate for the U.S. lodging industry and its employees. AHLA is the only national association representing all segments of the hotel industry, including major chains, independent hotels, management companies, REITs, bed and breakfasts, industry partners and more. In addition to representing most U.S. hotel properties, AHLA represents the millions of employees who make them run, including:

      • Team members who work in both front and back of the house roles
      • General managers
      • Owners
      • CEOs
      • Corporate staff

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    • NATIONAL BURNT ENDS DAY – September 1


      Are you ready for some flavor and sauce? Then National Burnt Ends Day on September 1st is your BBQ celebration!


      Once considered trimmings or left-overs, burnt ends come from the point of a brisket. However, these days burnt ends take center stage in a BBQ basket of smoky flavor and goodness.

      The name comes from the longer cooking time required for tender brisket. As a result, these thinner points become a little charred and tougher than the rest of the meat.

      Don’t let that description deter you, though. As a tradition in the Kansas City area, they’ve mastered burnt ends and a taste for them has spread across the country.

      Delicious on their own, burnt ends also taste amazing on sandwiches and in stews. They can be sweet, spicy, and of course smoky. A hint of hickory or cherry tantalizes the senses. No wonder there is an entire day to celebrate!


      Celebrate the day by sampling burnt ends! That’s not the only way to celebrate, though.

      • Support the American Royal by purchasing Burnt Ends from participating restaurants where a portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of the American Royal.
      • Visit every BBQ joint you can in 24 hours.
      • Take a trip to Kansas City for some authentic burnt ends BBQ.
      • Make your own at home.
      • Invite friends and family to try burnt ends.
      • Experiment with seasonings and BBQ sauce.
      • Try new burnt ends recipes or share your favorite.

      No matter how you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalBurntEndsDay on social media.


      American Royal Logo_CIR_KC2The American Royal Association out of Kansas City founded National Burnt Ends Day in 2021 to promote Kansas City BBQ and their mouthwatering burnt ends. Established in 1899, the organization promotes agricultural learning through competition, scholarships, education, and agricultural events. The World Series of Barbecue® is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

      The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Burnt Ends Day to be observed on September 1, 2021, and every year thereafter.



      On September 1st, National Acne Positivity Day spreads a message of acceptance and self-love while putting our best face forward.


      As many of us know, we judge our appearance more harshly than we do others’. Often times, we allow outside point of view to affect our confidence based on our appearance. There are days, where we judge each blemish and mark. Acne is a universal skin concern and is the number one reason to consult a dermatologist.

      The day encourages us to let go of the stigma associated with acne and take time to love ourselves for who we are. While our skin can make us feel vulnerable, we don’t have to give it power over us. Acne may annoy, frustrate, and hinder us; however, acne is a challenge like any other, one that we can overcome.


      Put your best face forward. Whether you like a bare, no-nonsense look or prefer a glamorous you, share your beautiful skin with confidence. Embrace the face you have and share it with the world. Share your struggles and your successes. Give a shout out to friends who’ve adopted a positive attitude about their skin – those Acne Positivists. We love them because they make us believe we can do it, too. And we should! Celebrate your skin – every blemish, pimple, zit – all the ways we describe acne.

      And when you do, use #AcnePositivityDay to share on social media.


      La Roche Posay, National Acne Positivity Day

      La Roche-Posay founded Acne Positivity Day in 2020 to give a voice to the consumers fighting the stigmas associated with acne. The skincare company wants to support people finding self-love, spreading the message of acceptance and respect. La Roche-Posay wants to celebrate the Acne Positivists, while inspiring others to take the road of courage and optimism, turning adversity into empowerment.

      From the #1 Acne brand in European pharmacies, La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar line offers a comprehensive portfolio of dermatologist-tested medicated acne treatments and complementary non-medicated skincare for oily skin.

      The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on September 1st, annually.

    • NATIONAL CHIANTI DAY – First Friday in September


      The first Friday in September each year ushers in a celebration worthy of a toast. National Chianti Day recognizes the most-recognized red wines from the Tuscany region of Italy.


      Always leading with the Sangiovese grape, the ruby red wine is famous worldwide. The iconic Gallo Nero log and a black rooster inside a red circle represent Chianti Classico. While Chianti is most associated with Tuscany, the smaller Chianti Classico region, located between Florence in the north and Siena in the south, is the historical heartland and most-respected area for red wines.

      As essential to Italian cuisine as olive oil, Chianti Classico is a dry red wine that is medium to full-bodied. It shows red cherry and herbaceous notes, making it flexible with many cuisines and pairing particularly well with robust dishes like barbeque and grilled meats. And because Chianti Classico is the authentic taste of Tuscany and the ultimate expression of the region, the wines have a natural affinity to Italian dishes like pasta, carbonara, or pizza.

      For a more savory and earthy expression, look for the word Riserva. Chianti Classico Riserva demands that the wine be aged an additional two years and will develop subtle balsamic and espresso notes during that time. These hedonistic wines work brilliantly with stews and braised dishes.


      Pick up a bottle of Chianti Classico to serve with dinner. To elevate your meal, consider an aged bottle of Chianti Classico Riserva. While exploring the wine aisle, be sure to plan your meal. May we suggest a charcuterie board with a selection of Italian meats and cheeses? Chianti Classico will also go well with a thick-cut porterhouse steak. But don’t stop there. The tangy acidity of Chianti Classico cuts through the richness on your plate, so explore all the ways this Italian wine complements a meal.

      While you enjoy your wine, be sure to share your favorite pairings by using #NationalChiantiDay on social media.


      Santa Margherita USA founded National Chianti Day to honor our Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine that embodies the traditions of Tuscany and the Chianti Classico region. Our Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva is from a single vineyard called Salcentino located just outside of the town of Panzano. Dry, rich, and rewarding, the wine has complex aromas of red cherries and plums with a palate that unfolds to berry fruits and licorice, framed by light toasty notes of oak and finishes with a firm structure.

      The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Chianti Day to be observed on the first Friday in September, annually.

      About Santa Margherita USA

      Santa Margherita USA is a fine wine import company representing premium and ultra-premium wine estates from Italy. Since our founding in 1935, Count Gaetano Marzotto dedicated his life to establishing Santa Margherita and its estates as one of the leading ambassadors of Italian wine excellence worldwide. With the establishment of Santa Margherita USA in 2016, we proudly carry on his vision in the United States.

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      Chianti FAQ

      Q. What does it mean to let a wine breathe?
      A. Letting wine breathe exposes the wine to the air after opening the bottle and before enjoying it. Exposure to the air enhances the wine’s qualities. The type of wine will determine how long you should let it breathe, too. If you’re in a hurry, a decanter speeds up the process by aerating the wine. Decanting is probably more beneficial than just opening the bottle and letting it sit.

      Q. Do I need to let Chianti breathe?
      A. Yes, Chianti is a wine that benefits from aeration.

      Q. Does chianti need to be served chilled?
      A. Yes, but only slightly. Serve Chianti at slightly below room temperature – between 60-65°F.


    • NATIONAL FOOD BANK DAY – First Friday in September


      National Food Bank Day on the first Friday in September encourages you to commit to contributing to the cause that believes no one should go to bed hungry.


      Hunger may be as close as your neighbor or your coworker in the next cubical. Bare cupboards and empty stomachs look just like yours and mine behind closed doors.

      Food banks across the country help some of the 42 million men, women, and children who struggle with putting food on the table. The reasons range from illness to job loss and a general change in circumstances – circumstances that can happen to anyone of us.

      For parents struggling to make ends meet, the ability to look their children in their eyes over a meal instead of into hungry eyes is a difference made by supporting food banks. Food banks fill the gap for those living on a meager budget. Many food banks offer educational opportunities that help people change their situation and begin anew. Often, those who have benefited from the programs return to volunteer and contribute to the very food bank that staved off hunger to do the same for others.


      Help a neighbor, a friend, coworker or a child by making a donation. Volunteer at your local food bank. Food banks take nonperishable food items and cash donations every day. Check their needs list for the fresh items they are seeking.

      Use #NationalFoodBankDay to give your local food bank a shout-out and to share on social media.

      Food Book 50 Logo

      St. Mary’s Food Bank founded National Food Bank Day to recognize the outstanding contributions of food banks around the country and to commemorate the establishment of St. Mary’s Food Bank by its founder John van Hengel in 1967. John van Hengel came up with the idea of grocery rescue and food banking and the idea spread throughout the country making St. Mary’s Food Bank the very first in the world! In 2017, St. Mary’s celebrates its 50th anniversary!

      They distribute 250,000 meals on a daily basis through the efforts of dedicated staff, partner agencies, and volunteers. Their mission is to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy, and education.

      The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Food Bank Day to be observed annually on the first Friday of September beginning in 2017.

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    • NATIONAL LAZY MOM’S DAY – First Friday in September


      During the first Friday in September, National Lazy Mom’s Day delegates everyday mom jobs to someone else.


      Busy moms know that the work of being a parent is never done. However, occasionally parents need to recharge. The laundry and the dishes will be there later. When possible, finding someone to watch the children for a few hours is worth it. Sometimes all a mom needs is a nap. Other times, mothers (and fathers too) seek adult conversation.

      Even though moms around the country view this day in different ways, the majority see it as a day for moms to take a break. While the occasion holds no shine to Mother’s Day, may we suggest some cooperation with Mom? Allow her to take a break. Divide the chores. Place a moratorium on family feuds. That’s how most celebrate this National Day.


      You don’t have to celebrate like most moms do, however. Maybe it is a hammock and book kind of day for your lazy afternoon. Help mom celebrate this holiday by cleaning up after yourself. Rub her feet. Walk the dog. Mow the lawn. Put the dishes away. Pick up your dirty clothes. The list goes on.

      Use #NationalLazyMomsDay to post on social media.


      We were unable to identify the creator of National Lazy Mom’s Day.

      Lazy FAQ

      Q. Is the word “lazy” a negative term.
      A. No, it doesn’t have to be. The phrase “lazy river” conjures up images of a relaxing, peaceful and slow-moving body of water. Some extremely smart and successful people were thought to be lazy as well. Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein and a few other inventive and brilliant people were considered lazy. While we busy people were running about getting things done, they were inventing ways to be more efficient or developing theories about the universe.

      Q. What other words describe laziness but sound positive?
      A. A person may look lazy when in fact they are calm, at ease, relaxed, thoughtful, do things effortlessly, serene, at peace, tranquil, content, quiet, comfortable, cozy.

      Q. What other lazy days are on the calendar?
      A. National Lazy Day is in August.

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      No Rhyme Nor Reason Day | September 1
      No Rhyme Nor Reason Day | September 1


      National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day on September 1st recognizes words that do not rhyme with any other words in the English language.


      While September celebrates many random and capricious days, this observance focuses on specific words. Words that don’t rhyme with any other word are called refractory rhymes. Poets reason that avoiding these words helps keep their poetry consistent. However, refractory words only interrupt poems where rhyme and reason matter.

      The less fickle poet takes on these challenging words. Toss out the rhymes. Say farewell to meter. Be whimsical and playful. The Jabberwocky never stopped Lewis Carrol. Dilly dally in a world of mishmash and find a verse that fits the spirit of the day. Deliver an envelope full of words directly up the chimney. Tilt the accent one way and lilt it another until the word fits in fluttery ways.

      There need be no reason, nor rhyme for that matter. Not all poems do. Then again, you could dive deep like Alexander Atkins did in 2014 and search a little bit harder for the perfect rhyme. Check out his blog that stretches the edges of the language to fill the void left by refractory rhymes. 

      Some unrhymable (or nearly unrhymable) words in the English language include:

      • Orange
      • Month
      • Silver
      • Spirit
      • Chimney
      • Purple
      • Woman
      • Ninth
      • Pint


      Make a list of words that you believe cannot be rhymed, and check if you are correct. Use #NoRhymeNorReasonDay to post on social media.

      You can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for several rhyming challenges.


      Our research was unable to find the origin of National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day.

      Rhyme FAQ

      Q. Does the word “rhyme” have a homophone?
      A. Yes. The word “rime” means an opaque coating of frost or ice.

      Q. What’s a homophone?
      A. A homophone is two or more words that are pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings.

      Q. What rhymes with the word ‘rhyme”?
      A. Several words in the English language rhyme with the word “rhyme,” including sublime, thyme, climb, chime, mime, dime, sign, and decline.


    • NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY – September 1


      On September 1st, National Chicken Boy Day honors the birthday of an interesting statue in California. Celebrate his ceremonial birthday and learn more about this unique creation. 


      Chicken Boy stands 22 feet tall and holds a bucket of chicken. The fiberglass statue of a boy with a chicken head can be seen along Route 66. He is named after the former 1960s Chicken Boy Restaurant. Also known as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles,” he joins other notable food characters, such as Big Boy and Ronald McDonald.

      When is National Paul Bunyan Day?

      The iconic statue remained in place at the restaurant until the owner died in 1984. At that time, Chicken Boy was given to Los Angeles art director, Amy Inouye. For a time, the statue remained cooped up in storage. However, over 20 years later Chicken Boy flew the coop. He now graces the property of Inouye’s design firm. The entire community came together to make the restoration of Chicken Boy possible, too. His restoration and display are partly due to the catalog of items Inouye offered for purchase Chicken Boy-themed items for fans to enjoy. 

      In 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recognized the famous Chicken Boy statue along historic U.S. Route 66 with the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. 

      The feathered boy not only attracts visitors, but he also has a documentary and a polka song named after him. In addition, he and Inouye have also received several awards.


      Wing it! Or wish Chicken Boy a Happy Birthday. We also suggest a few other activities to enhance your celebration.

      • You can also watch Chicken Boy: The Movie directed by Tom Dusenberry.
      • Dance to “The Chicken Boy Polka” by Those Darn Accordions.
      • Do the Chicken Dance, too!
      • Download, print and color the Chicken Boy Coloring Page.

      If you do any of these, share a photo or video using #ChickenBoyDay to post on social media.


      National Day Calendar has been unable to identify the founder of the day. However, the celebration does commemorate the statue’s birthday. 

      Chicken Boy FAQ

      Q. Are there other statues along Route 66?
      A. Yes! Muffler Man, Paul Bunyan, Cadillac Ranch, and many more!

      Q. What is the world’s largest spider sculpture?
      A. Jamberoo Action Park in New South Wales, Australia is home to the largest spider sculpture. It measures 64 feet 7.59 inches in tall. The spider is part of the Funnel Web Slide in the water park.

      Q. Where can you visit large outdoor roadside sculpture displays?
      A. Outdoor sculptures are a popular roadside attraction. Here are some of the largest in the United States:

      • The Enchanted Highway in Regent, North Dakota features giant grasshoppers, a pheasant family, an underwater river scene, and a giant dragon and knight all created by artist Gary Greff.
      • The Kaleva Centennial Sculpture Walkway in Kaleva, Michigan boasts a giant grasshopper, too. It also features a Vainamoinen Ship and a sparkling sculptured tree.
      • Artist Linda Bakke created the world’s second-largest moose sculpture. Entitle The Big Elk (that’s what moose are called in Europe) is located Stor-Evdal, Hedmark, Norway near the village of Atna.
      • In a tribute to the Choctaw Nation, artist Alex Pentek created Kindred Spirits, a large circle of feathers. The large stainless steel sculpture is located in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland, and honors the contributions of the Choctaw Nation during the Great Famine.

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      September 1st Celebrated History


      The Whitechapel Foundry delivers The Liberty Bell to the State House in Philadelphia, PA. However, the bell remained in storage until 9 months later. At that time, a single stroke of the clapper created a crack in the bell.


      Karl Ludwig Harding discovers the asteroid Juno.


      George Pullman’s first sleeper car rides the rails. Added to the Chicago and Alton Railroad routes, this first sleeping car was available between Bloomington and Chicago, Illinois.


      The first telephone operator, Emma Nutt, ushered in the era where women would dominate the job. She worked for the Edwin Holmes Telephone Dispatch Company in Boston. Alexander Bell suggested replacing the boys operating the phone lines with a calm, soothing female voice.


      Boston opens Tremont Street Subway, the first underground rapid transit in North America.


      The world’s last known passenger pigeon dies at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Named Martha, she came to the zoo as part of a preservation effort that came too late.


      Forrest E. Mars introduces the Mars Bar. The original Mars candy bar was made of nougat and caramel coated in chocolate. However, when it made its U.S. debut, the bar comprised a different formula. It is all very confusing.


      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer releases its first animated cartoon. The Discontented Canary features the story of a caged canary who flees to freedom only to face multiple obstacles including weather and a cat. Don’t confuse the character with Tweety Bird. The Looney Toons character was born into the animated world a free bird.


      The British journalist Clare Hollingworth is the first to report the outbreak of World War II. She scooped the story by being in the right place at the right time, reporting the scores of troops building up on the German Poland border.


      Ernest Hemingway publishes the novel The Old Man and the Sea. The story tells the tale of an old fisherman who makes his greatest catch late in life. It would be Hemingway’s last great work published during his lifetime.


      Paramount releases Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly follows a voyeuristic photojournalist as he suspects one of his neighbors of committing murder. The film earned four Oscar nods.


      Twice-Told Stories is released to theaters. The film stars Vincent Price in multiple roles and re-tells the stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorn.


      At the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky. The win makes Fischer the first American to win the tournament.


      NASA’s Pioneer 11 completes its first flyby of Saturn. It’s the first spacecraft to study the planet up close.


      The Cartoon Network, owned and operated by Turner Japan, begins airing in Japan.

      September 1st Celebrated Birthdays

      Engelbert Zaschka – 1895

      Living in an era fascinated by flight, the prolific German inventor pioneered some of the first helicopters. He also invented a human-powered airplane and motorcycle, among other creations.

      Liz Carpenter – 1920

      Living through 17 U.S. Presidents, the American journalist began her work as a reporter in 1942. Among her many achievements, Carpenter served as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administrative assistant. She also co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus.

      Rocky Marciano – 1923

      He is the only professional box to finish his heavyweight career undefeated. During his career, he faced several notable opponents including Joe Frasier and Don Cockell.

      Boxcar Willie – 1931

      Born Lecil Travis Martin, the musical performer gained recognition in the 1960s and 1970s.

      Lily Tomlin – 1939

      The American actress and comedian is known for her wacky characters. Some of her characters include Ernestine the telephone operator and the insightful child Edith Ann. Tomlin also starred in movies such as 9 to 5 and Prairie Home Companion. Her most recent work includes the popular Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie.

      Phil McGraw – 1950

      Best known for doling out advice on his talk show, Dr. Phil, McGraw was a licensed clinical psychologist until 2006.

      Gloria Estefan – 1957

      The Cuban-American singer and dancer rose to the top of the charts with the Miami Sound Machine.

    • NATIONAL COLLEGE COLORS DAY – Friday before Labor Day

      National College Colors Day | Friday Before Labor Day
      National College Colors Day | Friday Before Labor Day


      On the Friday before Labor Day, National College Colors Day encourages everyone to display their team spirit. Across the United States students, parents, family, fans, and alumni will be wearing their team colors. Be sure you’re celebrating by wearing your college team’s colors and apparel.


      Team spirit has long been a foundation of cheering athletes to victory. Wearing the colors of the school as well as singing the school song goes along with the energy of the day. Not only does it bring back memories, but it carries on traditions. Sometimes, these traditions run deep, too. 

      When is Labor Day?

      Support your team and show your team spirit by wearing your college colors to the game or while watching it on TV. Rally the fans and show your team you know they will go for the win! Tailgating and pregame revelry are all part of the enjoyment of the season. Many alumni enjoy share memories of games from years past, especially the close ones, win or lose.


      Wear your college colors; share your stories. Tailgate or have a party at home before the big game. Take a tour of your alma mater. Use #CollegeColorsDay to post on social media and spread the word.


      The College Licensing Company founded College Colors Day in 2004

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