Category: September 13



    Every year on September 13th, National Celiac Disease Awareness Day encourages us to support those with the auto-immune disease affecting 3 million people.


    Those with celiac disease avoid gluten due to the immune response that damages the villi in the small intestine. Over time, the damage prevents the absorption of nutrients into the body. Grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and even some oat products contain gluten. The destruction is irreversible and the only known treatment is a carefully controlled diet.

    National Celiac Awareness Day promotes the importance of diagnosis as well as bringing resources and support to those who have already been diagnosed. Alternative meal preparation, diet suggestions, and celiac support groups help families provide nutritional lifestyles.


    Share your tips and resources on this National Day. Offer to serve a completely gluten-free meal for a loved one or friend you know who has celiac. Also, be mindful of their needs at future gatherings. Ask for recipes to add to your collection for your reference. To find out more visit or Use #CeliacDiseaseAwarenessDay to share on social media.


    The United States Senate passed a unanimous resolution in 2005 supporting Celiac Disease Awareness Day on September 13th. The day recognized the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee, the physician who first published literature on the nature of celiac disease and the need for a diet to treat the disease. The Senate continued to call for National Celiac Disease Awareness Day annually until 2011.

    Q. What can I substitute for wheat flour?
    A. There are many grains and nuts that can be substituted for wheat flour. Some of them include:


    Q. Is popcorn gluten-free?
    A. Popcorn is gluten-free, but as with all processed foods, you want to make sure none of the additives are gluten and that the product is made in a gluten-free environment.

    Q. Are there any gluten-free foods celebrated on the calendar?
    A. Yes! Several days on the calendar feature foods that are gluten-free. Try these on for size:


  • UNCLE SAM DAY – September 13


    On September 13th, the United States recognizes Uncle Sam Day. The day commemorates the man behind the iconic image and fascinating nickname for the United States government who was born on September 13, 1766.


    Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from New York, was born on September 12, 1766, and supplied barrels of meat to soldiers during the war of 1812. To identify the meat for shipment, Wilson prominently stamped “U.S.” on the barrels. It wasn’t long before the soldiers dubbed the grub a delivery from Uncle Sam. As such nicknames tend to do, its popularity spread.

    The first illustration of Uncle Sam is unlike the one we know now. Published by Harper’s Weekly in 1861, the young government representative (a starred bandana on his head and wearing a striped vest) is depicted dividing up Virginia like a butcher. Through the years, the image of Uncle Sam would take many forms.

    Credit is given to German-born illustrator and cartoonist Thomas Nast for developing the long-legged Uncle Sam familiar to us. With the starred top hat and striped pants, the Uncle Sam debut in Harper’s Weekly, also. He took on many issues with Nast as his illustrator. Some of the issues topics included Boss Tweed, Union recruitment, and Reconstruction.

    During the modern era, Uncle Sam obtained some color. The United States Army awarded Montgomery Flagg with the artwork for the familiar portrait used in the “I Want You For The U.S. Army” campaign during World War I. It first appeared on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly, an illustrated literary and news magazine.


    Explore the history behind Sam Wilson, the War of 1812 and Uncle Sam’s use throughout history. Discover other symbols of the United States. Use #UncleSamDay to post on social media.


    President George H. W. Bush proclaimed Uncle Sam Day to be September 13, 1989, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Wilson. It coincided with the bicentennial celebration of the City of Troy, New York, where Wilson lived and worked. The City of Troy requested the designation of the President.

    On September 7, 1961, through concurrent resolutions, Congress officially named Uncle Sam as a permanent symbol of American strength and idealism.

    Q. When did Uncle Sam first get a beard?
    A. Artist Thomas Nast drew Uncle Sam with a beard in a comic published in 1856.

    Q. What are some other patriotic U.S. symbols.
    A. The United States is recognized by several of its patriotic symbols including

    The Liberty Bell
    Statue of Liberty
    U.S. Flag
    The Mighty Oak
    The Great Seal of the United States


  • DAY OF THE PROGRAMMER – 256th Day of the Year


    On the 256th day of the year, Day of the Programmer honors the innovators who continue to change the world, one program at a time. 


    Also known as International Programmers Day, this day is celebrated based on binary code. The number 256 is distinct to programmers. Represented by an eight-bit byte, 256 equals 2 to the eighth power.  This digit makes it the highest power of two that is less than 365. When translated to binary code, the day reads 1 0000 0000.

    The day honors programmers around the world. There is hardly a person in the civilized world who does not benefit from the tools of the programmer. Whether we look toward transportation or medicine, finance or education, programming influences all of them. Nearly every major business requires programmers to maintain their infrastructure from an IT standpoint. Telecommunications continues advancing thanks to programmers. The automobile industry relies on programmers for the latest brands to roll off the assembly lines. Security, society, and entertainment look to programmers for the latest in protection, design, and innovation.


    Pay tribute to programmers or learn more about programming. If you have an interest, consider pursuing a career. Technology careers continue to grow in every sector.

    • Attend or host a job fair. 
    • Develop your programming skills.
    • Take courses to boost your career.
    • Mentor someone interested in programming. 
    • Share some quirky programming puns. Yes, puns. We know you love pressing F5. It’s so refreshing. 

    Share your experiences as a programmer and post on social media using #DayoftheProgrammer to show your appreciation.


    In 2002, Russian programmers Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov of Parallel Technologies gathered signatures hoping the Russian government would declare Day of the Programmers. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that the Ministry of Mass Media and Communications of Russia announced the official holiday. Finally, President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia signed the bill in honor of computer programmers on September 11, 2009.

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    Programmer FAQ

    Q. What kind of education does a programmer need?
    A. Programmers usually require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or computer engineering. They have a strong science and mathematics background and an understanding of computer coding languages. Programming certificates are also available.

    Q. What kinds of careers are available to computer programmers?
    A. A computer programming career can lead to many different roles in the technology world. Some of the careers available include:

    • Information technology management
    • Software development
    • Computer systems analyst
    • Quality assurance
    • Network administration
  • NATIONAL PEANUT DAY – September 13


    On September 13th National Peanut Day pays homage to mighty and tasty peanut.


    Likely originating in South America around 3,500 years ago, this legume is not a nut. They grow underground, like potatoes. Since they are an edible seed that forms in a pod, they belong to the family Leguminosae with peas and beans. When it comes to plants packing protein power, peanuts provide a whopping 8 grams per ounce, more than any other nut according to The Peanut Institute. And remember, it’s not a nut! Nuts grow on trees.

    The peanut is also high in antioxidants. Not only are peanuts high in vitamins E and B6, but they’re rich in minerals such as magnesium, iron, and zinc. Studies also show when paired with other nutrient-rich foods, this wonderful legume helps us absorb nutrients better, too.

    For the longest time, livestock gained the most significant benefit from all these nutrients. Until modern methods came along, planting and harvesting peanuts were labor-intensive and risky endeavors for farmers. Gradually their popularity grew. Civil War soldiers found a fondness for them, and so did fans of PT Barnum’s traveling circus. But what made it possible for peanuts to be grown in abundance was an advancement in farm technology. Just like the cotton gin revolutionized the cotton industry, planters and harvesters transformed not only the peanut farm but farming the world over.

    Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack ~ lyric from Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1908) by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer.

    Dr. George Washington Carver

    With the rise in peanut production, there also brought an increase of curious investigation into its possible uses. When the boll weevil wreaked havoc on the South’s cotton crop, Dr. George Washington Carver, made a suggestion. He had been researching this amazing groundnut and suggested farmers diversify into peanuts. It was an economic boon to Southern farmers.  He published his research “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption” in 1916. His continued research resulted in more than delicious uses for this goober, groundnut or ground pea. From shaving cream to plastics and cosmetics and even coffee, Dr. Carver’s appetite for the peanut seemed to be unending.

    Many of the peanut discoveries Dr. Carver made 100 years ago are still being used today.


    Explore the world of the peanut and crack open some for a healthful snack. Use #NationalPeanutDay to post on social media. You can also discover more tasty nuts by reading 9 Delicious Nuts from Around the World


    We were unable to find the creator of National Peanut Day.

    Peanut FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in peanuts?
    A. A 1/4 cup of peanuts (about a handful) contains 207 calories.

    Q. How many different ways are there to prepare a peanut?
    A. Benjamin Buford Blue did not create a list of all the ways to prepare a peanut (shrimp was his territory) but this list will get you started:

    Honey Roasted
    Out of the shell
    Peanut butter




    National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day on September 13th brings the youngest cooks into the kitchen!


    Kids and teens across the country are called to take over their kitchens! This observance encourages using their favorite recipes to make a meal for their family. (Adult supervision and assistance as required for the younger bakers and chefs in the house!)

    The Young Chefs Academy (YCA) mission empowers kids and teens to become more actively involved in the kitchen. They encourage children to help in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals. Another focus of the YCA includes fostering family bonds. As a result of their work, they actively fight the battle against the many serious health and social issues related to youth’s eating habits in today’s time.

    When children take an active part in their family mealtimes, they learn to eat healthier. However, mealtime is also a social activity. We learn about each others’ days and take an interest in each others’ lives. Mealtimes are enormously productive when we work together and enjoy together as families.


    Let the kids cook for a change of pace. Ask children to take part in the cooking activities more often, too. Not only will they learn about cooking and healthy eating, but they will learn about responsibility. They will feel more a part of the family. They might even find joy in the meals they help to provide, too! Try one of these kid-friendly recipes to get your children cooking. While they whip up their culinary masterpieces, it’s an excellent time to teach them so many things:

    • As they measure ingredients, practice fractions.
    • Learning to delegate is hard for some and easy for others. While they prep, teach them how to best divide the responsibilities. Don’t forget the clean-up.
    • Another great cooking skill is reading. Don’t hesitate to let children learn tough phrases, especially in French cooking!
    • No matter their age, there’s a job for everyone. Even the youngest can pour and taste.

    Herbed Chicken Nuggets
    Yogurt Sundaes

    Share your meals with us and use #KidsTakeOverTheKitchenDay to post on social media.

    Educators, be sure to visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ideas on how to celebrate with your students.


    National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is sponsored by the Young Chefs Academy. Be sure to check out this organization to discover how they encourage children to learn the kitchen!

    Kids in the Kitchen FAQ

    Q: At what age can children begin to learn to cook?
    A. About the time children begin walking well on their own, they can begin some of the basics of cooking. Toddlers can stir, scoop, sprinkle, and sort, among many other skills. Start with a simple recipe that doesn’t require the stove or sharp utensils, such as peanut butter and banana sandwiches or yogurt parfaits.

    Q: How do children benefit from learning to cook at a young age?
    A: There are several benefits to teaching children to cook at a young age. 

    1. They learn science such as chemical reactions from mixing certain ingredients. 
    2. Children use their reading skills when they cook and follow instructions.
    3. Cooking teaches children safety skills.
    4. Children get to spend productive time with their family members.
    5. They earn a sense of accomplishment from completing a recipe. And it’s an automatic reward – Children get to eat what they make!
    6. Learning to cook comes with built-in opportunities to learn from mistakes. No one gets every recipe right the first time. 
    7. They develop a broader appreciation for flavors and foods. 
    8. Food can teach children about other cultures. 
    9. Cooking can teach children to work as a team.


    September 13th Celebrated History


    Chemist Michael Faraday discovers how a magnetic field influences polarized light. Today, the discovery is known as the Faraday Effect.


    The Cleveland Blue’s one-armed pitcher, Hugh Daily, pitches a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Quakers, earning a 1-0 win. The right-handed pitcher lost his left arm as a boy when a revolver accidentally discharged.


    Blues musician, T-Bone Walker, records “Call it Stormy Monday (But Tuesday is Just as Bad). Later, the popular song is recorded by several other artists including B.B. King, the Allman Brothers Band and Cream.


    Margaret Chase Smith is elected to the Senate. Formerly a U.S. Representative in the House, Smith’s election to the Senate made her first woman elected to both chambers of Congress and also the first Republican woman elected to the Senate. She replaced Senate Majority Leader Wallace H. White. He said in a statement after her victory, “Mrs. Smith’s campaign and her victory as the outstanding political event of a generation.”


    Patent number 2,717,437 issued to Swiss inventor George de Mestral. His creation became known as Velcro® and was inspired by burrs stuck in his dog’s fur.


    The Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series premieres on CBS. With mysterious plots, a Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) and meddling teenagers, the show ran for three seasons and inspired several spin-offs and movies.


    The Super Mario Bros. game debuts. Shigeru Miyamoto created the game, including the popular character Mario for Nintendo.


    The Denver Broncos retire quarterback, John Elway’s number 7 jersey. Leading the team to two Super Bowl championships, Elway played for the Broncos from 1983-1998. In 2011, the Broncos named Elway general manager and an executive vice president.


    InukshukDo you know what an inukshuk is? It’s a stone sculpture traditionally built by the Inuit people. They often serve as a marker for a variety of reasons. Jose Melo of Ontario, Canada created the world’s tallest. His measured 37 feet and 3.9 inches tall. The president of Allstone Quarry Products used 11 granite slabs to build the sculpture.

    September 13th Celebrated Birthdays

    Laura Secord – 1775

    During the War of 1812, Great Britain and The United States squared off over maritime rights. As a colony of Great Britain, Canada took up arms against the Yankees. In June of 1813, Laura Secord learned of an impending American attack on the British outpost at Beaver Dams. To warn the British troops, Secord walked 20 miles to successfully raise the alarm.

    Lucy Good Brooks – 1818

    Following the Civil War, the former slave founded the Friends’ Asylum for Colored Orphans. The orphanage served African American children in the Richmond, VA area for nearly 60 years.

    Milton Hershey – 1857

    Before building a booming chocolate business, Hershey opened the Lancaster Caramel Company. After deciding to focus on chocolate, a decision no one regrets.

    John J. Pershing – 1860

    A graduate of West Point military academy, the Army general led the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. During the Spanish American War in 1898, he earned the nickname Black Jack.

    Alain Locke – 1885

    The first American Rhodes Scholar, his writing led the Harlem Renaissance into the American spotlight.

    ​Amelie “Melli” Beese – 1886

    As a female pilot, “Melli” pioneered aviation for women in Germany. In 1911, she became the first woman in Germany to earn her pilot’s license. Her talents weren’t limited to flying, though. She also built her own planes.

    Roald Dahl – 1916

    Dahl’s most popular novels have a knack for making it to the silver screen. Novels like James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and Matilda have brought whimsey and colorful characters into children’s lives for more than 40 years.

    Jenny Romanowski – 1927

    As a utility player in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, Romanowski played 8 seasons with a variety of teams, including South Bend Blue Sox, Rockford Peaches, and Kalamazoo Lassies. Nicknamed Romey, Romatowski played for the Kalamazoo Lassies as they won the championship game in 1954. She also got to travel to Cuba for an exhibition game. After the AAGBL ended, she became a teacher in Michigan.

    Don Bluth – 1937

    The animator is known for favorite feature films such as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

    Ed Roberts – 1941

    In 1974, Dr. Ed Roberts developed the first successful personal computer, the Altair 8800.



    National Bald is Beautiful Day on September 13th honors noggins without hair. Being bald brings beauty all its own.


    Not only does baldness come in many forms, but it also comes with some convenience. For men especially, the cost of hair products and haircuts is reduced. Additionally, reduced grooming time for men who find no more hair must be a relief.

    However, hair loss can be stressful for both men and women. Whether the cause is due to illness, medication, family heritage or age, most people hope to keep their hair for as long as possible.

    Bald is beautiful in so many ways. By going bald, we shed our vanity regarding our hair. Baldness is a vulnerability. Those who have hair loss of any kind know this feeling. Facing it head-on by taking off what once might have been a mantel of glory takes courage.

    Others may choose baldness. The inconvenience of hair care is more than they have time for. They prefer the shiny and smooth pate over the maintenance of a regular haircut. However, once shorn, they do need to maintain the shave and wear sun protection. The newly shorn scalp is sensitive to the sun.

    Whatever the reason, most find baldness freeing. Some even shave to support a friend going through an illness. Their solidarity is a visual reminder that they are not alone.


    No need for hats, scarves, or cover-ups of any kind. Let it all shine! Other ways to celebrate include:

    • Giving a shout-out to a friend who wears their baldness with savvy.
    • Organize a Bald is Beautiful group.
    • Trade tips and scalp care secrets.
    • Try breaking a world record for the most bald people gathered in one place. If you do, be sure to let us know, too!
    • Support someone struggling with hair loss.

    Share photos of your chrome beauty using the #NationalBaldIsBeautifulDay on social media.


    We have an update! Recently National Day Calendar was contacted and provided the following information:

    Bald is Beautiful Day is a Creation of John Capps of Moorehead City, NC. John started the Bald Headed Men’s Convention over 50 years ago to recognize men who celebrated their baldness. John was seeking a job with a bank and was told his baldness did not fit the corporate image for the Bank, Disappointed with this rebuff, he related this to his father who suggested organizing a group to recognize Bald is Beautiful. The convention met in Moorehead City the second weekend in September each year. John Capps later started Capps’ Printing and ran a successful business for many years as well as a world-recognized leader of the local Rotary Club.

    Bald FAQ

    Q. Do I need to wear sunblock on my head if I’m bald?
    A. Yes, if the scalp is exposed to the sun, you should wear sunblock. The scalp does need protection from the sun just as much as any other skin. You can also wear a hat, skullcap, bandana, or other head covering to protect from sun damage.

    Q. Does disease cause hair loss?
    A. Yes and some medical treatments may cause hair loss. However, hair loss due to heredity is more common. Types of alopecia, cancer treatment, stress, age, and hormones can also cause hair loss.