Category: September 18

  • WORLD BAMBOO DAY – September 18


    Every year on September 18th, World Bamboo Day raises awareness about this fast-growing plant. The day also recognizes the importance of bamboo on a global scale.

    Bamboo is a type of giant grass that is hard and hollow. It is also the fastest growing land plant in the world. Certain species of bamboo grow 36 inches within 24 hours. This means that it grows about one inch every 40 minutes. The only thing that grows faster is giant sea kelp.

    Most people are aware that bamboo is the panda bear’s favorite food. In fact, 99 percent of the panda’s diet is bamboo. But there are some things about bamboo you might not know. Here are some fun facts about this amazing plant:

    • It acts as a natural air conditioner as it cools the surrounding temperature by up to 8 degrees.
    • Some kinds of bamboo are edible and are used in Asian cuisine and tea.
    • Clumping bamboo provides oxygen to the brain and can help relieve tension headaches.
    • There are over 1,500 species of bamboo throughout the world.
    • The very first successful lightbulb contained carbonized bamboo filament.
    • Bamboo comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.
    • The very first firecrackers in China were made from bamboo.
    • Bamboo groves are safe places to go in the midst of an earthquake.

    Bamboo poles are very strong and sturdy. For this reason, many people use bamboo in construction. Bamboo also contains an anti-fungal and antibacterial quality. Because of this, bamboo is used to make charcoal. Other products made from bamboo include furniture, musical instruments, toilet paper, disposable cutlery, solar-powered batteries, flooring, drinking straws, and skateboards.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldBambooDay

    On this day people from around the world gather together to share their passion for bamboo. Events include festivals, workshops, and webinars. Some communities also hold concerts with instruments made from bamboo. To participate:

    • Learn more about bamboo.
    • Make a list of products made from bamboo.
    • Look up relaxing bamboo music online.
    • Find a DIY bamboo project and give it a try.

    Finally, share this day on social media with #WorldBambooDay.


    Kamesh Salam founded World Bamboo Day. Salam served as president of the World Bamboo Organization from 2007 to 2010. In 2009, he organized the 8th World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok. During this meeting, he and delegates from over 100 countries declared September 18th as World Bamboo Day. They chose this date as it coincides with Royal Thai Forestry Day.


  • AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY – September 18


    The Air Force Birthday on September 18th commemorates the establishment of The United States Air Force.


    Almost from the moment the Wright brothers found a way to soar with the birds, the military incorporated aeronautical pursuits into their missions. However, the Air Force did not become a separate branch of the Armed Forces until September 18, 1947.

    The military established the Signal Corps as the first aeronautical force in the United States. During the Civil War, the first missions provided visional communications via flags and torchlight from aerial balloons. Even so, the Signal Corps didn’t become an official branch of the Army until 1863. Its creation made way for more aeronautical training and study.

    Since then, military air service has gone through many names and commands. A few examples are the Air Service of the US Army, the Air Corps, and the Army Air Force. Finally, in 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the United States Air Force as a separate branch of the military.

    As a result of pursuing advanced technology and superior airmen, the US Air Force emerged as the swiftest tactical force ready to deploy anywhere at a moment’s notice. On September 18, celebrate the airmen and women who are on watch every day.


    Recognize the military personnel in the Air Force. Give a shout-out and share your experiences as part of the Air Force. Use #AirForceBirthday to post on social media.


    The 1947 National Security Act restructured The United States military and intelligence agencies in the aftermath of World War II.  On September 18, 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing the U.S. Airforce on board the first Air Force One, a VC 54C.

    Air Force FAQ

    Q. Does the U.S. Airforce have a reserves component?
    A. Yes. In fact, the U.S. Airforce has both Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard components.

    Q. How many Air Force bases are in the United States?
    A. Currently, there are 59 active Air Force bases in the United States.


  • WIFE APPRECIATION DAY – Third Sunday in September


    Wife Appreciation Day on the third Sunday in September provides an opportunity for spouses to show appreciation to their wives.  


    The relationship between two people takes balance. Every day, spouses do things for each other, sometimes without thinking. Other times, work and responsibilities get in the way. This observance offers a reminder to show a little appreciation to your wife. 

    This particular observance sets aside time for couples who have no children. Not every woman is a mother, either by chance or choice. Since so many holidays celebrate families with children, this day offers a day for those who remain childless.


    Couples may choose to celebrate the day traditionally with a gift of flowers, perfume, jewelry or clothing. However, other options include a day at a spa, tickets to a show or dinner at a nice restaurant.  A foot massage and cooking breakfast or dinner at home can also say, “Thank you for all the things you do every day. I appreciate them.” Share your celebration using #WifeAppreciationDay to post on social media.


    While National Day Calendar research did not uncover the source of the day, we did identify the underlying meaning of Wife Appreciation Day. Even though it honored married women, the focus is on honoring those who didn’t have children. The day makes up for Mother’s Day when there are no children in the marriage. 

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    National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on September 18th highlights the number of people living longer with HIV/AIDS. 


    Of the 1.2 million people living with HIV infection in the U.S., an estimated 24 percent are age 55 or over. Another focus of the campaign includes those diagnosed after the age of 50. According to the AIDS Institute, increased awareness for an aging population is necessary. Finally, the day also aims to increase support to the growing number of grandparents becoming guardians of children losing their parents to HIV/AIDS.

    The campaign provides educational information, support options, and more. Clinics, support groups, and others join this campaign to learn more about prevention, testing, and bringing attention to this national health issue.

    While treatment options have improved over the decades, prevention and testing are still necessary. The observance reminds us that age doesn’t eliminate the risk of HIV/AIDS.


    Organize or attend a health fair. Talk to your family members or to their physician about testing. Many clinics will offer seminars and opportunities to learn more about the impact of HIV/AIDS on an aging population. Age doesn’t eliminate the risk. 

    Visit for more information on how to get involved. Clinics, families, and retirement communities are encouraged to get involved. Use #HIV/AIDSAgingAwarenessDay to post on social media.


    The National Institutes of Health launched HIV/Aids Aging Awareness Day in 2008 to confront HIV-related issues for aging adults.


    September 18th Celebrated History


    Construction began on the United States Capitol when President George Washington laid the cornerstone. However, no one knows exactly where Washington placed that cornerstone. Additionally, the first president of the United States never saw the building completed. Washington died in 1799 and the builders completed the Capitol building nearly a year later.


    Businessmen Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young established Tiffany & Young. They sold “stationery and fancy goods” to the citizens of New York and then the world. In 1853 when Charles Lewis Tiffany became the sole proprietor, he renamed the business Tiffany & Co.


    The first edition of the New York Daily Times is published. The newspaper’s name would later change to The New York Times.


    After years of devotion to the Seneca tribe, Harriet Maxwell Converse was adopted into the tribe. She would later be installed as the Six Nations Chief, the first white woman ever to be named Chief of a Native American tribe.


    Dr. Susan La Flesh Picotte dies. The driven young woman attended the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and became the first Native American to earn a medical degree. She graduated valedictorian of her class and returned to Nebraska, opening her own clinic and eventually establishing the first hospital in the county where she lived.


    After becoming the first African American to play in the Rose Bowl, Fritz Pollard broke another color barrier. He became the first African American to play professional football when he signed with the Akron Pros.


    The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System begins airing programs. The company would later be called the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).


    Joe Louis maintains his Heavyweight title when he knocks out Tami Mauriello in the first round.


    The National Security Act of 1947 goes into effect bringing both the CIA and the Department of Defense into existence.


    When the Soviet Soyuz 38 launched into space with Tamayo Méndez aboard, the Cuban cosmonaut became a man of many firsts in space – first Latin American, the first person of African descent, and the first Cuban.


    Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly solo in a balloon across the Atlantic Ocean. He completed the journey in a helium-filled balloon named Rosie O’Grady. On September 14th, he lifted off from Caribou, ME and landed Montenotte, Italy on September 18th.

    September 18th Celebrated Birthdays

    ​Kate Booth – 1858 

    The Salvation Army captain brought the Christian charitable organization to France.

    Ray Geiger – 1910

    As the editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, Geiger grew the publication’s circulation from 85,000 copies to more than 6.5 million.

    Joe Kubert – 1926

    The comic book artist established The Kubert School in 1976 for students of cartooning.

    Al Lapin Jr. – 1927

    Along with his brother Jerry and Albert Kallis, the entrepreneur founded the International House of Pancakes in 1958.

    John McAfee – 1945

    The computer programmer founded McAfee in 1987. The company provides security and virus protection software to millions of customers around the world.

    Lance Armstrong – 1971

    The professional cyclist won seven consecutive Tour de France races. However, he was later stripped of the titles when it was discovered he used performance-enhancing drugs. The cyclist and cancer survivor also established the LiveStrong Foundation to support cancer research.



    National Cheeseburger Day | September 18
    National Cheeseburger Day | September 18


    National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th honors America’s favorite sandwich with a slice of cheese.


    A few days ago, we celebrated National Double Cheeseburger Day. This food holiday is the lighter version. While only a single stack, this tasty burger still earns a celebration!
    There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s. One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, The Rite Spot. During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.
    However, like numerous iconic foods, many people and restaurants claim the origin story. For example, a restaurant in Los Angeles called O’Dell’s placed the cheeseburger on their menu in 1928. It came smothered with chili – all for the price of a quarter. Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky claims they invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One record that gives the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, CO bragging rights is the trademark they received in 1935 for the name “cheeseburger.” Another who applied for a trademark of that word was Gus Belt, the founder of Steak n’ Shake. Sometime in the 1930s he also applied for the trademark. 

    Despite all these claims, a couple of things are for sure. The cheeseburger checks all the marks for satisfying a craving, and the cheeseburger isn’t going anywhere!


    Grill up or fry up your favorite cheeseburger. You don’t even have to cook. Visit your favorite burger joint and order up a delicious cheeseburger. With all the options available, you’re sure to find one that fits your taste. 

    Enjoy one of these tasty recipes:

    Perfect Bacon Cheeseburgers
    Family Friendly Stuffed Cheeseburgers
    Mushroom Cheeseburgers
    Swiss Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions on Toast

    Use #NationalCheeseburgerDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this food holiday. 

    Relevant Observances

    Hamburger Day
    Memorial Day
    Grilling Month
    Fast Food Day
    Double Cheeseburger Day