Category: September 10

  • NATIONAL TV DINNER DAY – September 10

    National TV Dinner Day | September 10
    National TV Dinner Day | September 10


    National TV Dinner Day is observed annually on September 10th.  In 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons changed the prepackaged meal business forever. Introducing the TV Dinner revolutionized frozen food.


    In 1962, Swanson stopped using the name TV Dinner. However, in the United States, the term remains synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen from a store and heated at home.

    The first Swanson TV Dinner consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes. Originally, Swansons made the tray of aluminum. They separated each food item into individual compartments, too. At home, the cook heated the dinner in the oven. The cooking time was usually 25 minutes. Today, nearly all frozen food trays can be cooked in the microwave or a conventional oven. 

    When is National Frozen Food Day?

    When Swanson’s first sold TV dinners, they priced them at 98 cents. In the first year, production estimates reached 5,000 dinners. To their surprise, Swanson far exceeded that amount. In the first year, they sold more than 10 million of them.

    TV Dinner Facts
    • 1960 – Swanson added desserts to a new four-compartment tray.
    • 1964 – Night Hawk name originated from the Night Hawk steak houses that operated in Austin, Texas, from 1939 through 1994. The original diners were open all night, catering to the late-night crowd. The restaurants produced the first frozen Night Hawk TV dinner in 1964.
    • 1969 – The first TV breakfasts were marketed. Great Starts Breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches followed later.
    • 1973 – Swanson markets the first Hungry-Man dinners. The meals included larger portions of its regular dinner products.
    • 1986 – Microwave-oven safe trays debut on the market. 
    • 1986 – The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History.

    Much has changed since the original TV Dinner. They also remain a popular choice for a fast and convenient meal, fun to eat in front of the TV!


    Get out a TV dinner, pop it in the microwave or oven, and enjoy! Use #NationalTVDinnerDay to post on social media.


    While we were unable to identify the origins of this food holiday, we continue to research the source. 

    TV Dinners FAQ

    Q. Are there shelf-stable TV dinners?
    A. Yes. Shelf-stable TV dinners do not need refrigeration. You can heat them in a microwave, an oven or eaten at room temperature.

    Q. Are TV dinners a healthy choice?
    A. While many TV dinners are portion-controlled, they also contain high amounts of fat, sodium, and calories. However, you can choose lighter TV dinners with lower in fat and calories. To find TV dinners lower in sodium, you will need to look at the package label or look for those labeled “low sodium.” 


  • NATIONAL SWAP IDEAS DAY – September 10


    National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share a creative or helpful idea with someone and trade them for their thoughts in return.

    Swapping ideas today does not have to be done on a one-on-one basis. Often, groups of people with similar interests gather with a common goal in mind. The meetings are usually a social gathering. However, on occasion, groups with different skill sets, design talents, and ideas gather. They bounce sketches, eureka moments off each other, and suddenly a new idea develops. 

    This observance urges sharing concepts and sparking ideas. Many of us are passionate about our careers, hobbies, or special projects. However, sometimes, we require the additional magic that happens when a community of people joins forces to bring a plan to fruition. Maybe it’s only a suggestion of an idea, but when it’s paired with another, a bigger and more tangible impression evolves. Swapping ideas does that. 

    Not only that, but groups of people benefit from the skills of others. And the energy of brainstorming compounds the efforts of the entire team. Often an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts within the group, creating opportunities for everyone.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSwapIdeasDay

    Throughout the day, make sure to swap your ideas with others. Swap at work, organizations, clubs. Generate ideas that lead to solutions or new products. Perhaps one of your ideas will inspire a new technology or a genre of fiction. Some ways to get started include:

    • Host a brainstorming session at work. Whether it’s to create a new product, solve an issue, or an advertising campaign, bring your brightest together and let the inspiration flow.
    • Invite your creative friends to join you in a video chat. Ask a question that generates new ideas. For example, “What are your biggest roadblocks to creativity?” Questions like these create opportunities to help others in your organization or club.
    • Develop a group using an online platform to connect people across the country and around the world. No matter the area of interest, these groups troubleshoot, educate and bring those with common interests together.
    • Seek more ways to share your ideas and questions. Sometimes, we need a fresh perspective to spur us into new and exciting directions.
    • Revisit previous successes. They may offer insight that will allow you to share even more big ideas.

    Don’t forget to use #NationalSwapIdeasDay when sharing your inspirations.


    Our research has found that Robert Birch created National Swap Ideas Day. Mr. Birch also created Lumpy Rug Day, Trivia Day, and Nothing Day.

    Swap Ideas FAQ

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    September 10th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    Elias Howe receives the first lockstitch sewing machine patent in the United States. Patent No. 4,750 describes a machine designed to sew fabric together in an upright position. He even went to court to defend his patent when others swooped in and used his designs in their sewing machines.


    Swanson introduces the first TV Dinner. The revolutionary creation brings dinner from the dining room to TV trays in the living room.


    Running barefoot, Abebe Bikila claims the gold medal in the marathon at the Rome Olympics. His achievement marked the first Sub-Saharan African to win the prize. In the weeks following the Olympics, Bikila is promoted to corporal in Emperor Haile Selassie’s imperial bodyguard.


    Jeopardy! airs its first episode in its daily syndicated version. The popular trivia television game show draws between 9 and 13 million viewers weekly and those numbers continue to grow.


    The Ellis Island Immigration Museum opens to the public at the original location. Nearly half of all Americans can trace their ancestry to immigrants who passed through the facility’s doors.


    On this day, more American football fans attended a football game than ever before. The University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies matched up before a crowd of 130,045 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. During the record breaking attendance, the University of Tennessee Volunteers won 45-24.


    Margaret Atwood publishes The Testaments. The novel is a sequel to Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

    September 10th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Alice Brown Davis – 1852

    In 1919, President Warren G. Harding appointed Alice Brown Davis as the first woman chief of the Seminole Tribe. She served in this role for 16 years until her death in 1935.

    Laura Cornelius Kellogg – 1880

    The Oneida leader wrote Our Democracy and the American Indian. She was also a social advocate, orator, and author who founded the Society of American Indians.

    Dorothy Hill – 1907

    Another woman of firsts, Dorothy Hill pursued a career in geology and paleontology. Early in her career, she earned many first titles. The University of Queensland honored her a Gold Medal for outstanding student, the first woman to receive it. Hill would also become the first president of the International Association for the study of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera. She was the first woman to hold the role of professor at an Australian university and also the first woman elected as president of the Australian Academy of Science.

    Arnold Palmer – 1929

    The professional golfer collected 92 championship wins during his career. He’s a favorite of sports enthusiasts around the world. And the beverage that combines tea and lemonade is named after him.

    Rin Tin Tin – 1918

    The charismatic German Shepherd starred in several films in the 1920s. Along with his sister, Nannette, Rin Tin Tin was rescued by an American soldier during World War I.

    Charles Kuralt – 1934

    Best known for his “On The Road” segments with The CBS Evening News, Kuralt’s popular segment spanned 13 years and all 50 states. Before creating the beloved “On the Road,” Kuralt was CBS’s youngest news correspondent.

    Roger Maris – 1934

    The successful professional baseball player set the Major League Baseball record for single-season home runs. In 1961 he hit 61 home runs.

    Mary Oliver – 1935

    The prolific and inspiring poet earned the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her poetry featured the natural world, but she also flittered with emotion.

    Colin Firth – 1960

    The British actor is best known for his roles in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The King’s Speech, for which he earned an Oscar for Best Actor.

  • NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY – Second Sunday in September


    On the second Sunday in September, National Pet Memorial Day offers a moment to remember pets who have passed.


    Pets play an important role in our lives. Not only are they companions, but pets become part of the family, too. Pets keep us responsible and remind us to play. When we are too serious, they lighten up our lives. Many pets keep us healthy, too.

    When we lose a beloved pet, the pain is genuine. Whether furry, feathered, or an uncommon variety, the loss is felt deeply. They become family and a familiar part of our lives. However, everyone mourns differently. Some pet parents plant a memorial. Whether they plant a tree, shrub or perennial flower, the plant offers an annual reminder of their pet. Others may create a stepping stone with a paw print, placing it in a garden. Still, others may create a tattoo of their pet’s paw print. These actions offer a tangible way to cope with their grief. 

    The day also offers an opportunity to remember the pets who’ve passed through our lives. We remember the companionship and comfort they provided to us. Don’t forget that part of the relationship included care provided by you. Memories replace the empty space left by the loss of a cherished pet. 


    Keep both past and present pets in your mind. Share your memorials. If you’re seeking a way to memorialize your pet, here are some additional ideas:

    • Get or design a memorial tattoo.
    • Donate to a local shelter in your pet’s name.
    • Create a photo album.
    • Write a poem.
    • Plant a flower, garden, or tree (any of which may be donated to a local park).
    • Donate training time to a local shelter – animals with behavioral training are more likely to be adopted into forever homes. Your time with them will be a lasting memorial to your beloved pet.
    • Volunteer to help keep local parks clean for other pet lovers – pick up fallen limbs, debris, trash.
    • Design, develop and build a pet exercise park. Be a part of getting it organized and built. 
    • Donate to a local fire rescue or police department’s canine unit in your beloved pet’s name. Your donation will help train animals for rescue and recovery.
    • If you hold a memorial service, share these ideas. 

    Use #NationalPetMemorialDay to post on social media.


    In 1972, the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories established Pet Memorial Day

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  • NATIONAL HUG YOUR HOUND DAY – Second Sunday in September


    National Hug Your Hound Day | Second Sunday in September
    National Hug Your Hound Day | Second Sunday in September


    On the second Sunday in September, National Hug Your Hound Day dedicates a furry hug to our canine companions. All day long, be sure to give your pooch your full attention. Even spend the day much the way your dog spends it.


    The idea of Hug Your Hound Day is about observing your dog (from his point of view). That means, explore your dog’s world from his perspective. Investigate his environment and habits. You may discover some hazards as you roam around the house or yard. For example, you might find broken chew toys that have become choking risks. Perhaps your fur baby leads you to realize he has access to toxic chemicals.

    Look for items or places that put your forever friend in danger. Place childproof locks on cabinets. Discard or repair any broken items. Our yards can be surprisingly risky, too. Check for toxic plants or holes in the fencing. 

    Not only will your pup enjoy the companionship, but he will also be safer for all your exploring, too.


    Spend a little extra time with your pups. Get down to their level. Make sure their environment and the places you take them are warm, comforting, inviting and safe. Oh yeah, and give your hounds some hugs! Use #NationalHugYourHoundDay to post on social media.


    Ami Moore, an author, and canine behaviorist, created National Hug Your Hound Day. Her desire is to make America more pup-friendly, as it is in Europe. She would like for our dogs to be accepted in more places. Examples provided include taxis, malls, and restaurants. She encourages the appreciation of the companionship and value our dogs give us emotionally and physically. 

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  • NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY – Sunday After Labor Day


    On the Sunday following Labor Day, National Grandparents Day honors the love only grandparents can provide. 


    Grandparents and their grandchildren share a special bond. These hugging, caring and patient people in the lives of children offer more than a generous dose of love. Grandparents provide an abundance of wisdom. They also offer guidance and stability. 

    When is National Parent’s Day?

    When grandchildren need a story, grandparents tell the best. A grandparent’s wealth of family history and lore offers lessons of their own. Through humorous stories and some serious ones, grandparents gently point grandchildren in the right direction.

    In 2004, the National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, California announced a song for the day. A Song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill became the official song of the United States National Grandparents Day holiday. The Council presented Prill with the National Songwriter’s Award for his song, too.  

    The forget-me-not is the official flower for National Grandparents Day. 

    As the number of grandparents grows from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020, expect the observance to increase in significance, too. 


    While we have our grandparents in our lives, it is important to cherish them. Spend time with your grandparents. Learn about their life and ask questions to keep the stories coming. Do the things they enjoy doing. Sometimes, they only want to spend time with you. 

    How else can you celebrate the day?
    • Pick up the phone! Surprise your grandparents with a much-awaited phone conversation.
    • Take your grandparents on an adventure. Plan a day doing their favorite things – one of which is probably spending time with you.
    • Write a letter to your grandparents. Share with them the things you’ve been doing. They will read your letter over and over.
    • Learn something from a grandparent. Have you always wanted to know how to make Grandma’s pecan pie or catch a whopper from the river? Grandma or Grandpa will probably show you how. You only need to ask.
    • Help them out. Clean out a flower bed. Take out the trash. Mow the lawn. Paint a room. Fix the internet. Run an errand. The list goes on.
    • Take a photo. Sometimes we forget to capture moments with the people we love the most. Take a photo with your grandparent and make sure they get a copy.
    • Speaking of photos, spend some time looking through old photos with your grandparents. Ask them questions about the people in them and record the information.
    • Adopt a grandparent. As surprising as it may seem, there are some of our older generations who have no grandchildren. However, they still have love and wisdom to share. 

    If you no longer have living grandparents, share a fond memory of them. Remember something each of them taught you or one of the fun things you used to do. You can also write down your memories to share with future generations. 

    Use #NationalGrandparentsDay to post on social media.


    Celebrated in the United States since 1978,  the United States Senate and President Jimmy Carter nationally recognized Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the significant contributions that seniors have made throughout history. It was also her hope to have the youth “adopt” a grandparent, not just for one day or a year, but rather for a lifetime.

    The Joint Resolution

    In February of 1977, Senator Randolph along with the concurrence of other senators introduced a joint resolution to the Senate. The resolution requested the president to “issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as National Grandparents Day.” After Congress passed the resolution, on August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

    Other Claims

    Others claim the origin of this holiday resides with the efforts of Hermine Beckett Hanna of North Syracuse, New York. She recognized seniors and their importance as early as 1961. New York Congressman James T. Walsh awarded her efforts on February 21, 1990, in front of the United States House of Representatives. He also thanked Hermine Beckett Hanna “for her important role in the establishment of Grandparents Day.”

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