Category: September 12

  • NATIONAL HUG & HIGH 5 DAY – September 12


    Two things that make us feel appreciated and loved are free. That’s why on September 12th, we celebrate National Hug & High 5 Day!


    When we celebrate a job well done, an accomplishment, or meeting a goal, high fives among our friends and peers make the milestone even sweeter. And the hug – well, the hug is that little bit extra, the solid human contact that says more than words ever could.

    Hugs and high fives also act as encouragement on our journeys. We struggle to reach our objectives and understand our purpose. Life throws obstacles in our way, and we cannot always see what is on the other side of the mountain. But along the way, friends and even strangers sustain us with their support. It comes in many forms, but often it comes in a wealth of hugs and high fives.

    When tragedy strikes, hugs are what hold us up when we think it’s impossible and high fives renew our faith in each other, reminding us of a higher power and returning smiles to our faces.
    National Hug & High 5 Day connects us and encourages us to share a hug and high five with a friend, a neighbor, a stranger, or anyone who needs one.

    Big Dave, Human High Five, Hug and High 5 Day, United States


    Look around your world and give a hug and high 5 on September 12th. It might be your co-worker or a family member. You will never know who needs it, and you might never know how it impacts the person you give it to, but you can rest assured it will lift their spirits, encourage them or help heal their heart. Your hug might spark a conversation or change someone’s perspective. A high five can motivate a child or open a veteran’s eyes to opportunity. Hugs and high fives can even change your life! So whose life will you impact on #HugAndHigh5Day?

    Big Dave & John Bon Jovi
    “I’ve seen a million faces and hugged ‘em all!!” ~Big Dave meeting Jon Bon Jovi

    There’s so much potential. You just have to believe like David Sylvester does. He has hugged and high 5’d over half a million people in every U.S. state and 37 countries (and growing), spreading love and joy everywhere he goes. On his journey, he has found people with missions and gained missions of his own. Follow David’s journey on Instagram @thehumanhigh5.

    You can also read about “Big Dave” (a name many recognize him by) in his book Traveling at the Speed of Life. He has another on the way, too. If you’ve been hugged by the Human High 5 (another name Big Dave goes by – did we mention that?), be sure to share your experience and photos!


    What will you discover when you celebrate National Hug & High 5 Day?

    Let the world know by using #HugAndHigh5Day on social media. Now go and hug and high 5 people!


    In 2021, David Sylvester founded National Hug & High 5 Day to share his mission of touring the country, spreading good deeds, smiles, and joy across the country and world. But his mission didn’t start in 2021 – it started the day after his friend was killed in the World Trade Center in 2001.

    Since then, he has bicycled across North America from various points three times. He’s also bicycled parts of Australia, across Asia, and Africa. On each tour, he made a point to visit places touched by violence – San Bernardino, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Cleveland, Orlando – to name a few. With each hug and high five, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Human warmth and kindness elevated people out of adversity – if even for a moment.


    When Big Dave could no longer bicycle, he took to the highway by car and eventually partnered with Duke Cannon and Advantage Rental Car. He continued his tour through 2020 and beyond. You may have even received a hug from David Sylvester and didn’t realize it, though we doubt you wouldn’t know. His big smile and a big sign that says “Big Dave” give him away. However, each hug and high 5 he receives, spurs him on his mission of lifting the human spirit.

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of David Sylvester’s mission in 2021, National Day Calendar proclaims National Hug & High 5 Day to be observed on September 12th annually.




    National Just One Human Family Day on September 12th encourages us to reflect on the human race as a single family who share just one planet.


    In 2001, the world’s population – the Earth’s family – stood at over 6.2 billion. By 2020, it had grown to 7.8 billion. That’s a lot of family sharing one planet. Just One Human Family Day reminds us that, as a human race, we have a responsibility to each other. While we all come from different backgrounds, speak different languages, believe differently, we are all human beings. Our experiences may vary. Even our abilities and weaknesses differ. Another sure thing we share is that we all live on just one planet. Earth. Our brothers, sisters, and neighbors are all part of the human family.

    Just One Human Family Day strives for 7.8 billion human family members (and growing) to live in harmony on the one planet we have. How do we do that? One way is by singing the song “We Share Just One Planet” by Sarah Stevens and Catherine Marchese.


    Just One human Family Day aims for harmony around the world. It’s a huge undertaking, one that requires effort from every one of us. It’s hard enough getting the members of your own household to do the things you ask. Imagine getting the entire world’s population to do it. Just One Human Family Day is the day to do it.

    • Organize your classrooms
    • Invite school and church choirs
    • Schedule an online sing-a-long
    • Host a karaoke group session
    • Create a fundraiser for your organization
    • Arrange a corporate harmony day for your business

    Download the music and lyrics to share with your choirs and organizations. Get ready to sing loudly as One Human Family. Record your performance and share it on social media. Use #JustOneHumanFamily to share your recording and the inspiring story, too. To learn more, visit


    Just One Human Family ItemIn 2021, Shad Finney founded Just One Human Family Day to unite the world in harmony. He was inspired to start the National Day after witnessing a vocal group perform the song “We Share Just One Planet” written by Sarah Stevens and Catherine Marchese. They wrote the song following the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.

    Finney, a Colorado children’s author, set out in 1991 walking across the country promoting children’s programs. He began his journey with no money in his pocket and relied on the kindness of others – human kindness to help him in his mission. During the course of the walk, Finney advocated for the World Summit for Children and helped establish the Family Preservation Act with the Child Welfare League of America.

    Finney hopes by establishing Just One Human Family Day “to celebrate and contemplate the image of Humanity as One Human Family. If a dream was a place between reality and fiction, and the never-ending story of love could exist, then a dream is where I shall dwell with anticipation of an accomplice to its story. As history repeats itself, so does the triumphal song of a healing love that conquers all. In reflection of the tragedy of 9/11 and all who have been affected, may a seed of healing love that conquers all grow with all of you.”




    September 12th represents the National Report Medicare Fraud Day. Medicare fraud affects us all. Ten percent of all Medicare funds are lost due to fraud. The government spends $650 billion a year on Medicare, and $65 billion a year is lost to Medicare fraud. No wonder we have a national health care crisis!


    We can report Medicare fraud in two different ways and each one provides very different results. One is to blow the whistle under the Department of Justice (DOJ) reward program, which pays 15% to 25% of the amount DOJ recovers. The average DOJ reward for reporting Medicare fraud is $690,000. Some rewards have been as high as $150 million!

    In addition, if you report fraud under the DOJ program, the government must open an investigation and inform you of the results. Today, over three-fourths of the government’s Medicare fraud cases are DOJ whistleblower reward cases. Thus, the government is counting on whistleblowers to bring Medicare fraud cases to DOJ and receive a reward in the process.

    The other way to report fraud directly is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the Medicare program. You can report fraud to CMS through its website or by calling its hotline.

    The National Report Medicare Fraud Day not only brings awareness to the amount of Medicare fraud but provides the public with detailed steps for reporting it.


    It is time to put an end to fraudulent Medicare claims! Become a part of the solution. Simply visit the website ( You can also download a free e-book with step-by-step instructions for reporting Medicare fraud. It is your one resource for all you need to know about reporting Medicare fraud.

    Share and follow this day using #ReportMedicareFraudDay on social media.


    The Hesch Firm, LLC founded National Report Medicare Fraud Day in 2017. The day came to be after founding attorney, Joel D. Hesch, spent over 15 years working in DOJ’s whistleblower reward office. Mr. Hesch now exclusively represents whistleblowers nationwide in filing for rewards for reporting fraud.

    To help whistleblowers properly report Medicare fraud, he authored a free e-book and created a website to ensure that the public knows how to properly report Medicare fraud and follow the steps necessary to be eligible for a reward. Visit the

    In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on September 12th, annually.


    September 12th Celebrated History


    Revolutionizing several industries, Fritz Hofman receives the first patents for synthetic rubber. At a time when the automobile industry was taking off, Hofman’s invention became a valuable improvement in transportation.


    Around 600 cave paintings are discovered near Montignac, France, by four teenagers.


    John F. Kennedy marries Jaqueline Bouvier.


    Aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space.


    The Something Sweet Bake Shop broke a world record when they baked the largest brownie. The event took place in Daphne, Alabama, and the brownie weighed in at 234 pounds 3 ounces.

    September 12th Celebrated History

    Richard Jordan Gatling – 1818

    Best known for inventing the Gatling Gun, the inventor also developed other innovations including those for improved crop production and harvest.

    Alfred A Knopf – 1892

    The American publisher is best known for founding Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in 1915. Not only did the Knopf imprint publish notable authors such as Willa Cather, Thomas Mann, D.H. Lawrence, and Julia Child but throughout their history, 16 Knopf authors were awarded Nobel Prizes in literature.

    Walter B. Gibson – 1897

    Fans of the magician know him for his Shadow novels. Over the course of his career, he wrote 18 books.

    Irene Joliot Curie – 1897

    As the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, the chemist was immersed in the world of science at a young age. Before the age of 18, Curie ran a radiology machine from the battlefield alongside her mother. After the war, she great strides in the world of chemistry. In 1934, she along with her husband, Frédéric Joliot, discovered a way to artificially create radioactive atoms. In 1935, their work was rewarded with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

    Lawrence Brooks – 1909

    Brooks served in World War II in theUnited States Army with 91st Engineer Battalion. The centenarian is the oldest living World War II veteran and marked his 111th birthday in 2020.

    Jessica Mitford – 1917

    The author’s first published book was an autobiography of her childhood. Mitford’s investigative savvy led her to write books about funeral practices, the Dr. Spock’s conspiracy trial, and the U.S. prison system. She would also write about her membership in the U.S. Communist Party.

    Barry White – 1944

    Born Barry Eugene Carter, the noted American singer-songwriter sang in a deep, sultry tenor. Some of his most recognizable songs include “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “You are the First, My Last, My Everything” and “You Sexy Thing.”

    Jesse Owens – 1913

    Born James Cleveland Owens, the track and field star earned 4 cold medals during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Included in his 1936 accomplishments are two Olympic world records.

  • National Day of Encouragement


    September 12th recognizes the National Day of Encouragement each year. This day is dedicated to uplifting people around us and making a positive impact.


    Encouragement is free. It never costs us anything to say a few words to inspire a student, coworker, or friend. Even a reassuring word to a stranger may make a difference in their lives.

    Encouragement lifts someone when they are down. It also motivates a person who has an eye on a goal. When we have failed, the right words remind us to keep trying. The right message may create a spark that changes a loved one’s perspective. 

    Sometimes, the act of noticing a job well done improves someone’s day. Developing a habit of recognizing emerging talents motivates us to speak up and offer a kind word or helpful tip. It is a practice worth having to improve relationships at work, at home, and in the world around us. There really is no simpler way. 


    Acts of encouragement require so little – a bit of time, the right words, and noticing accomplishments, even small ones. Encourage someone you know in many ways:

    • Let them know you noticed their progress.
    • Provide reassurance and inspiration to the people around you.
    • Give a High five to someone for a job well done.
    • Take notice when a friend is getting close to a hard-earned goal, encouraging them to keep going.
    • Send a card or give a call or text to a family member who may be struggling.
    • Show your support by attending a friend’s performance, sporting event or exhibit.

    Use #NationalDayofEncouragement to share on social media.


    The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, launched the effort behind Day of Encouragement. Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas, made the first proclamation for Day of Encouragement on August 22, 2007. The following month, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007, the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.

    Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12th the official National Day of Encouragement.

    Encouragement FAQ

    Q. What are some benefits of encouraging others?
    A. Encouragement offers several benefits to the receiver.

    1. The person learns that someone notices their efforts.
    2. It serves as a reminder that even difficult goals take time.
    3. The receiver might learn they have a skill they didn’t know they had.
    4. Encouragement can spark new energy in a goal that has languished.
    5. It can mark progress. Some tasks or goals may evolve so slowly that it’s hard to see how far we’ve come. It offers a new perspective.

    Encouragement can also be beneficial to the giver.

    1. It is self-motivating. Seeing the renewed passion in someone can also reignite our passion for a project or goal.
    2. When we encourage others, we often reflect on our past success and how we achieved it. That reflection reminds us that goals are not meant to be easy, and we should continually challenge ourselves.
    3. Encouragement helps us be better role models. When we encourage someone, we strive to set better examples.


  • NATIONAL ANTS ON A LOG DAY – Second Tuesday in September


    The second Tuesday in September each year celebrates National Ants On A Log Day. This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.


    We make this delicious snack by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The snack name was first used in the 1950s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How healthy is it? We’ve outlined each ingredient to give you an idea. 

    Raisins add a little sweetness to snack time while also providing vitamin C, selenium, and zinc. They’re also low in sodium and are a good source of potassium, making them great for blood pressure. Another healthy benefit of raisins includes iron, copper, and magnesium. Coupled with potassium, these pH-balancing minerals help keep stomach acid in order.

    The next layer, peanut butter, is an excellent source of protein. Along with that, peanut butter offers a boost of healthy fat, too.

    Finally, crispy celery is low in calories. But that’s not all! In the crunch of celery, you’ll find fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Not only is it low in calories, but it doesn’t have any of the fat and cholesterol other snack foods have either.

    Early September is a time when kids are headed back to school and more importantly, back to studying. To keep them (and their parents) fueled with brain food is an important tool for staying focused.  The designation is to celebrate and encourage healthy snacking using one of the most iconic treats that both old and new generations enjoy.


    No matter where you are, ants on a log makes the perfect snack. Make some for work or home. Send them to school or daycare. Make extra for an after-school, after-work treat. Prepare yours and share using #NationalAntsOnALogDay to post on social media.

    National Ants On A Log Day - 2nd Tuesday in September


    In 2014, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Peanut Butter & Co. submitted National Ants on a Log Day to recognize the nutritious and delicious snack. 

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on the second Tuesday in September annually. 

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    On September 12th, National Video Games Day celebrates all the ways we enjoy a good video game challenge.


    Video game players across the United States enjoy this day with much enthusiasm. From their very earliest days, video games have been a blend of art form and industry. 

    On July 25, 1983, Walter Day and the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard out of Ottumwa, Iowa founded the United States National Video Game Team. Their early games used interactive electronic devices with various display formats. Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann filed the first patent for an interactive electronic device in 1947.  It was called the “Cathode ray tube amusement Device.”  

    Some other early examples include:

    • The Nimrod computer at the Festival of Britain (1951)
    • 0X0 – a tic-tac-toe computer game by Alexander S. Douglas for the EDSAC (1952)
    • Tennis For Two – An electronic interactive game engineered by William Higinbotham (1958)
    • Spacewar (1961)

    Each game used a different means of display. Some used a panel of lights or graphical display. Yet others featured an oscilloscope or the DEC PDP-1 vector display.

    • It became the first commercially sold coin-operated video game. 
    • Magnavox Odyssey launched the first home console in 1972.
    • Atari’s Pong followed with an arcade version in 1972 and a home version in 1975.

    “The commercial success of Pong led numerous other companies to develop Pong clones and their own systems, spawning the video game industry.”


    Let the video game challenges begin! Whether you invite friends to join you in the newest video game or go it alone, be sure you get a game in. You also need to make sure you have plenty of snacks. 

    • Arcade galleries are making a comeback. If there is one near you, give them a shout-out!
    • Introduce your favorite video game to your kids. Have them share their favorites with you.
    • Host a video game tournament.
    • Post your high scores.
    • Are you stuck on a tough level? Seek out tips and hacks to get you through.

    Use #NationalVideoGamesDay to post on social media.


    Our research was unable to find the creator of National Video Games Day.

    Q. Do video arcades still exist?
    A. Yes, they do. Though they declined in the 1990s, it’s not game over for video arcades. Arcades across the United States have evolved through the years. Some are tucked into themed restaurants and bowling alleys. Others target the retro-loving crowd. And still, others spotlight the arcade with delicious food and beverage options available for a more adult crowd.

    Q. Do people get paid to play video games?
    A. Yes. First, there are the people hired to test and demonstrate video games. Then there are those who compete worldwide in tournaments for cash and prizes. Many gamers stream their games for profit – the more people who watch them play, the more opportunity for a payday. Some games pay players with coupons and other prizes.




    National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12th brings chocolate and ice cream lovers together. Forget the calories for just this one day and enjoy a sweet tall, thick and delicious, chocolate milkshake!


    The term milkshake first appeared in print in 1885. During this period, a milkshake is referred to an alcoholic beverage described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink” blended with eggs, whiskey, and other ingredients. Pharmacies served the drink as a tonic and a treat to customers. By 1900, pharmacies offered this “wholesome drink” with either chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrup. 

    • The early 1900s – People began asking for this “new treat” with a scoop of ice cream.
    • 1911 – Hamilton Beach’s drink mixers began to be used at soda fountains.
    • 1922 – Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender or drink mixer.
    • Due to the invention of the blender, the milkshake began to take a chipped, aerated, and frothy form as they are today.
    • By the 1920s & 1930s, milkshakes became a popular drink at malt shops everywhere. 

    Another addition to the milkshake was malted milk powder. Made from malted barley, wheat flour, and dehydrated whole milk, malted milk tastes a bit like toasted caramel. It made its debut around the 1870s as a shelf-stable dry milk product. Add the powder to a chocolate milkshake, and transform the creamy goodness into a malted chocolate milkshake. Along with milkshakes, malted milk milkshakes became popular drinks at soda fountains around the 1920s. 

    When is Vanilla Milkshake Day?


    Enjoy a chocolate milkshake at your favorite restaurant or soda fountain. Or try a malted version, especially if you’ve never had a malted chocolate milkshake. It is definitely worth a try. You may want to top off your chocolate milkshake with a dollop of whipped cream! While you’re enjoying this sweet treat, don’t forget to introduce this delicious pastime to someone else. 

    Do you have a favorite malt shop? Be sure to give them a shout-out, too! Use #ChocolateMilkshakeDay to post on social media.


    We were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Milkshake Day. However, that never stops us from celebrating!

    Milkshake FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in a chocolate milkshake?
    A. Depending on the ingredients used, a 16-ounce chocolate milkshake can contain as much as 790 calories.

    Q. Do chocolate milkshakes contain dark chocolate?
    A. They can. Both the syrup and the ice cream used to make the milkshake can be made from dark chocolate.

    Q. Is a milkshake a dessert or beverage?
    A. A milkshake is more dessert than beverage thanks to the ice cream. Though, since a milkshake is something we drink, it’s also a beverage.