Category: September 23

  • National Seat Check Saturday


    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes the fourth Saturday in September as Seat Check Saturday.


    With one child under the age of 13 injured in an automobile accident every 33 seconds, the NHTSA hopes everyone will spread the news.

    The proper use of child safety seats is the leading preventative measure parents and childcare providers can implement to avoid injury and death in young children. One 2016 safety fact to note is 328 children under 5 years of age were saved by car seats.


    Take a little time to learn the laws of your state’s DOT website about age, height and weight restrictions for children in safety or booster seats. Be sure to look over the information on for additional help choosing and installing these safety seats.

    Use #SeatCheckSaturday on social media to spread the news about this National Day to your family and friends with little ones.


    National Day Calendar continues to research when Car Seat Saturday began. However, over the years, the observance has grown. Many state and local agencies participate annually to maintain safety and awareness. While the observance is usually the fourth Saturday in September, it occasionally lands on the third Saturday.

  • NATIONAL BRAVE DAY – Fourth Friday in September


    On the fourth Friday in September, National BRAVE Day honors women who lift each other up, rescue each other and make each other BRAVE.


    Sometimes just a flutter of encouragement comes in the form of timely guidance from another woman. Other times, groups of women provide the energy coordinated, thoughtful efforts for someone in need. Women empowering women.

    Despite varied experiences and backgrounds, women come together across generations to support each other. These small tokens come in many forms. For example, a momentary reprieve over a cup of coffee during a hectic day makes all the difference. A well-written letter of recommendation for a job may change the course of a life. These small tokens strengthen a woman who may have undergone unspoken tragedy or struggles. The opportunities to empower sisters, friends, family, even a stranger are limitless. National BRAVE Day, seeks out tangible ways to encourage women to keep moving forward and to be BRAVE.


    Lift up the life of a woman around you. Show your support by organizing a local movie night for women. Provide gift cards at Christmastime for foster children. Create a fundraiser for a perpetual baby shower. Plan a Valentine’s Day Tea for single mothers. Offer to help edit the resumé of someone you know is seeking a new job. Visit to find out more. Share your ideas and use #NationalBRAVEDay on social media.


    The Sweetlife Women founded National BRAVE Day in 2017 in honor of their founder, Kaci Stewart. She has been the catalyst for making a difference in women’s lives. By honoring their founder, Sweetlife Women hopes the observance will be a spark of encouragement to women and a reminder to strengthen one another. Sweetlife Women has been in existence for ten years, and they look for ways to make women BRAVE and give help and guidance where needed. Their annual BRAVE Women’s Conference is every September. Find out more by visiting

    In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared National BRAVE Day to be observed the fourth Thursday in September, annually.


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  • NATIONAL TEAL TALK DAY – September 23


    Let’s talk. September 23rd is Teal Talk Day and each year, over 249,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer worldwide. So, gather your friends, wear teal for a day out together and talk.


    Join a group of co-workers for lunch. Men are welcome, also. They have mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters at risk for ovarian cancer. They should have the Teal Talk, too! Since no standard screening exists for ovarian cancer, awareness gives us our best defense. The talk takes very little time. Have a Teal Talk over lunch. In that time, approximately 28 women will receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

    Invite your closest friends, neighbors, and sisters for drinks in the back yard. Wear your favorite teal and give the Teal Talk. Let them know early detection improves survival rates by 90%. Make sure they know the symptoms.

    • Persistent bloating
    • Lack of energy
    • Loss of appetite
    • Feeling fuller sooner.

    During your Teal Talk, find more signs at

    Go for a walk with your mom and her friends. Even a short walk will be long enough for a Teal Talk. Ask them about family history and encourage them to share it with their daughters and granddaughters. Urge them to see their gynecologist to review family history for inherited risk factors. Families with a strong history of ovarian or breast cancer have a 15-40% lifetime risk when compared to the general population, according to the National Cancer Institute.


    Find out more information at and have the Teal Talk with the people in your lives. Use #TealTalkDay to share on social media.

    • Discuss the symptoms. Don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms.
    • Encourage the women in your life to maintain their routine exams.
    • Learn more about ovarian cancer.
    • Support organizations researching treatments, a cure, and advanced screening methods.
    • Support those who receive the diagnosis.
    • Share your story to help inform others.

    Ovarcome Founder Runsi Ayona Sen & Olympic Gymnast and ovarian cancer survivor Shannon Miller share some encouragement to get started on #TealTalkDay in this short video.

    Celebrate Teal Talk Day in honor of all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, too. Ovarcome encourages you to talk about ovarian cancer, especially on September 23rd, but also every day. Every day is a good day to talk about ovarian cancer. Follow Ovarcome on FBTwitter, and Instagram for information, education, updates, and Teal celebrations! Together, we can Ovarcome!


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    Ovarcome founded Teal Talk Day to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to encourage everyone to talk about it. With no screening currently available, Ovarcome wants you to be on top of symptoms – be empowered. You can help save a life!

    Ovarcome was founded on February 23, 2012. In 2017, Ovarcome celebrated five years of service to the ovarian cancer community by starting this national and global movement. Ovarian cancer is a Silent Disease – but Ovarcome encourages you to be VOCAL about it! In the absence of a screening test, knowledge and awareness empower women and families to overcome the disease. Teal Talk Day brings that knowledge and awareness to you.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared Teal Talk Day to be observed on September 23rd, annually.




    On September 23rd, National Snack Stick Day encourages you to pack your pockets, backpacks, and desk drawers with yummy snack sticks so you can celebrate!


    Primarily made with beef or pork, snack sticks harken back to the days when families preserved quantities of beef, pork, and game. Full of family tradition, they made sausage through smoking and aging. Developed generation after generation, the recipes use premium ingredients and an abundance of love.

    These little portions of smoked sausage are a convenient source of protein. Take several you with on a hike or toss one in your gym bag. Snack sticks satisfy mid-morning hunger pangs and are easily shared after school, after work or anytime.  With a variety of flavorful choices, snack sticks please the whole family. From sweet to spicy and everything in between, this savory snack fits a busy lifestyle to perfection.


    Kick back and chew on your favorite snack stick. Raise a toast to all those who set out to satisfy the taste buds of tradition. Bring extras to share with co-workers or classmates. It’s not a celebration unless there’s a crowd. You can also share your favorite combinations and recipes.

    Where’s your favorite place to stash them for an emergency snack? We know, because we do it, too!  Share your favorite flavor using #NationalSnackStickDay on social media.


    kscsausagelinkslogoblackfontThe Klement Sausage Company founded National Snack Stick Day in 2016 to celebrate on-the-go snacks for making on-the-go lives possible!

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the food holiday in 2016 to be observed on September 23rd annually.

    September 23rd Celebrated History


    The first organized baseball team is named the New York Knickerbockers. Thirty-six years before, the knickerbocker word became popular for describing New Yorkers and the style of pants worn by boys – short and tucked in at the knee – when author Washington Irving wrote the satirical book A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the end of the Dutch Dynasty. The Manhattan-based baseball team was the first to use it for a sports team. However, the name would later apply to the New York basketball team now known as the Knicks.


    John Curtis begins selling the first commercially available chewing gum. His product, State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum, would later be joined by flavors named American Flag, Yankee Spruce, White Mountain, Biggest and Best.


    Long before Mario the plumber made his appearance, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo Koppai, later named Nintendo Company, Limited. The business originally produced playing cards. However, it also dabbled in other businesses, including a taxi company. Does anyone need an Über or a Lyft?


    Patent No. 219,828A is granted to Richard S. Rhodes for his invention of an audiphone. The device improved the hearing of those with conductive hearing loss and is considered the first of its kind. While the device successfully transferred sound vibrations through bone, it was cumbersome to use. However, he later modified the invention, earning him a medal in 1883 at the World’s Columbia Exhibition in Chicago.


    The mail officially takes flight. Earle Ovington became the first airmail pilot when he carried the mail in his Bleriot “Queen” monoplane. His route ran between Garden City Estates and the post office in Mineola, New York.


    Entrepreneurs Norman B. Larsen, Gordon Dawson and John B. Gregory found Rocket Chemical Company. The company produced and marketed WD-40.


    The film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid premieres. Directed by George Roy Hill, the movie starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford.


    When the Detroit Tigers win 4-1 over the New York Yankees, Sparky Anderson became the first Major League Baseball manager to win 100 games in both the National League and the American League. He started his management career with the Cincinnati Reds.


    September 23rd Celebrated Birthdays

    Victoria Woodhull – 1838

    As a leader of the women’s suffrage movement, Woodhull was a woman of many firsts. From becoming the first woman to own a Wall Street brokerage firm to the first woman to run for president in the United States, she exemplified equal rights.

    Robert Bosch – 1861

    The German engineer established the engineering firm Robert Bosch GmbH. He is also credited with inventing the spark plug and magneto used in automobiles.

    Mary Church Terrel – 1863

    The first president of the National Association of Colored Women was a champion of civil rights and the suffrage movements. She also taught in the first African American public high school.

    Mary Mallon – 1869

    The Irish cook became known as Typhoid Mary. As a carrier, she was suspected of infecting 53 people with the disease while Mallon remained asymptomatic.

    Walter Lippmann – 1889

    The syndicated columnist began writing his column “Today and Tomorrow” in 1931. He earned to Pulitzer Prizes and wrote several books about politics and government.

    Dottie Wiltse Collins – 1923

    The right-handed pitcher in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League earned a reputation for strikeouts. Throughout her six seasons, Dottie brought home the wins and became a fan favorite.

    Andre Cassagnes – 1926

    The French inventor created the popular children’s toy, the Etch A Sketch.

    Ray Charles – 1930

    The musician lost his eyesight in childhood. However, losing a sense didn’t hinder his ability to compose and perform some award-winning songs. Some of his best songs include “Hit The Road Jack,” “Georgia on my Mind,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” During his career, the multitalented musician earned 17 Grammy’s.

    Bruce Springsteen – 1949

    The New Jersey-born singer/songwriter earned a reputation for his rock anthems. He earned 20 Grammy awards during his career including Song of the Year for “Streets of Philadelphia” and record of the year for “Born in the U.S.A.”

    Hasan Minhaj – 1985

    The American comedian gained recognition for his work on The Daily Show. In 2018, Netflix began airing his weekly comedy show, Patriot Act.



    National Great American Pot Pie Day cooks up a toasty meal on September 23rd. Warm up the home with a toasty meal of pot pies to celebrate!


    Pot pies typically include both a flaky top crust and a bottom crust. Occasionally, recipes omit the bottom crust. Either way, fill them with tender chicken, beef or pork, and lots of vegetables for a hearty meal. Some other delicious fillings include turkey and seafood. Traditional veggies in pot pie include potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas. Finally, the gravy and seasonings make the pies irresistible. When they begin heating up in the oven, the family knows when dinner is ready!
    This crowd-pleaser draws families together. During the cooler days, a meal of pot pie easily uses up vegetables from the garden and leftovers. It fills bellies after a long day of work, too. Several pies may be prepared ahead and frozen, too.
    During the crisper evenings, gather friends and family around the table. These hot pies can be made to serve individually or as one large pie. Either way, the aroma fills the home and warms the heart. 


    We know you love celebrating all kinds of pie! This day allows you to celebrate another version, a savory kind. Invite the family to help make homemade pot pies. Or, go out to eat and order one from your favorite country restaurant. Or, pick up some frozen pot pies at the grocery store. The broad selection will satisfy everyone.

    Give this recipe a try. Chicken Pot Pie IX

    Then enjoy everyone’s company and share your evening by using #GreatAmericanPotPieDay to post on social media.


    Marie Callender’s, the pot pie and frozen food company, created National Great American Pot Pie Day in 2002.




    On September 23rd, National Checkers Day (which is also known as Dogs in Politics Day) recognizes Political Pooches or Candidate Canines, First Fidos, or Revolutionary Rovers. 


    More dogs than presidents have lived in the White House. While this day marks the day in history that Checkers the dog stole the spotlight, many other powerful pooches found their way to center stage. 

    For example, while President Carter was winning the election, his first First Dog was being born. The Border Collie only lived with the First Family for a short time, however. 

    Another White House canine by the name of Murry the Outlaw of Falahill (Fala for short) created quite a stir. The well-traveled Scottish Terrier of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was notorious for taking off. After one trip with FDR to the Aleutian Islands, rumors suggested the President forgot his pet. According to the talk, the President sent the Navy back to recover Fala. The story spread and became fodder for political debate during the next election. 

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    I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. Will Rogers.

    Not being a dog person is one thing. However, rejecting one that’s a gift will outrage a nation. At least that’s what happened to President Harry S. Truman when a puppy named Feller came into his presidency. When after some time Feller stopped making appearances, the public wanted to know where he was. Truman’s evasiveness didn’t mollify his constituents, either. Eventually, the President came clean and admitted they were not a dog family to the shock of a nation. 

    Many other dogs have lived in the White House. From Ronald Regan’s Lucky and Herber Hover’s nine different dogs, they either provided companionship or were a family member. 


    Learn more about the political dogs of the White House by visiting the Presidential Pet Museum. You can also read up on them in 7 Famous Presidential Pets. Share your memories of political pets either locally, nationally, or globally. Use #NationalCheckersDay or #DogsInPoliticsDay to post on social media.


    On September 23, 1952, Vice President candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech.”  Accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses, Nixon needed to defend himself. His place on the Republican ticket was in jeopardy as well, so he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. During the speech, Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift. The gift was a black-and-white dog the Nixon children had named “Checkers,” thus giving the speech its famous name.

    The “Checkers Speech” was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, the largest television audience at that time, and it led to an outpouring of public support.

    Thanks to Checkers, Nixon made the ticket, and we celebrate Dogs in Politics Day or better known as National Checkers Day. 

    Presidential Animals FAQ

    Q. Besides dogs, what other pets have lived in the White House?
    A. The White House has been home to a variety of pets – cats, birds, a rabbit, horses, and raccoons. Presidents also brought livestock to the White House, including chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, and cows.

    Q. Which president had the most number of pets?
    A. Well, depending on the definition of “pet”, Theodore Roosevelt likely claims that prize. He brought a fair number of wildlife, domesticated pets and livestock to live on the White House property. He isn’t the only president to favor wildlife. Benjamin Harrison, James Buchanan, Martin Van Buren, and John Quincy Adams kept various wildlife including bears, alligators, and the aforementioned birds and raccoons.

    Q. Which presidents didn’t keep pets in the White House?
    A. While most presidents and their families brought some kind of animal with them, James Polk, Andrew Johns, and Donald Trump are the exceptions.




    On September 23rd, Restless Legs Awareness Day promotes education around a medical condition impacting adults and children alike. 


    Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn, a Swedish neurologist, first described this syndrome in 1945.  We have learned a lot about it since then, and there is still no known cause for it.

    Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED), is characterized by uncontrollable urges to move the legs. The condition affects approximately 7 percent of the population. Those experiencing severe symptoms say it impacts their quality of life. RLS, the condition presents with the following symptoms:

    • Strong urges to move the legs; unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations accompany the urges as well.
    • The symptoms worsen when relaxing or inactive; they’re especially worse when trying to sleep.
    • However, symptoms seem to improve when moving, stretching, walking.
    • During the night and evening hours symptoms increase.
    • There doesn’t seem to be any other associated cause – arthritis, injury.

    Those with RSL lead normal lives. Identifying and eliminating exacerbating medications reduces symptoms. Researchers continue seeking a cause for RLS.


    If RLS seems to be affecting your lifestyle, see a doctor. Share treatments that have worked best for you. Help those with RLS and visit to learn more. While learning more, give your legs some much-needed pampering. Use the day for a leg massage or a little exercise. You can also make an appointment to see your doctor. Seek out the relief you deserve. Use #RestlessLegsAwarenessDay to post on social media.


    The Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation organized the first observance in 2012.



    On September 23rd, Celebrate Bisexuality Day unites the bisexual community, their friends, and their supporters. It also raises awareness and provides an opportunity to educate the public about bisexuality. 


    The day aims to counteract prejudice of bisexuals by both the straight and greater LGBT communities. Across the country, organizations will hold events in communities designed to dispel myths and increase awareness. 


    There are several opportunities to celebrate this day. The day encourages education and understanding and calls to both supporters and those who are still developing an understanding. 

    • Attend a poetry reading or a seminar. Through these venues, a better understanding can be gained. 
    • Celebrate positive relationships or visit a festival. Share in the love and support of both the relationships and the community. 
    • Listen to a podcast. Sometimes, seeking answers to questions on your own can also lead to enlightenment. 
    • Find out how to support friends or family members who are bisexual. Ask questions. Listen to their stories. You may discover a new-found appreciation for a friend or family member’s relationships. 
    • Share your story. By speaking up, you’re able to help raise awareness for others. 

    Embrace bisexuality and use #CelebrateBisexualityDay to post on social media.


    Three United States bisexual rights activists, Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas started Celebrate Bisexuality Day in 1999. The founders chose the birthday of Freddy Mercury (Queen’s lead singer) to establish the date. The date perfectly represented the dedication to raising awareness and the need for eliminating prejudice.



  • AUTUMNAL EQUINOX – Changes Annually


    The Autumnal Equinox in September ushers in a change of season. It is observed annually when the sun can be seen directly overhead along the equator. The day marks the end of summer and beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.


    The autumn equinox is one of two days when all points on Earth except the polar regions see the sunrise and set at due east and due west. With few exceptions, all latitudes see almost precisely 12 hours of daylight and 12 of darkness.

    While the United States marks the official end of summer at Labor Day, the seasons mark time differently. Depending on where we live, the trees and animals behave differently based on the amount of sunlight they receive. By the time the equinox arrives in September, the leaves in many parts of the country have already begun to change. The air at night is crisper.

    People’s minds begin to think about warmer clothes and preparing their homes for winter. Since children are already in school, most summer activities have ended. In the fields, farmers eagerly watch for the opportune time to harvest. Apples, pumpkins, and root vegetables ripen in the orchards and gardens. On cool evenings, long walks along the trails under the canopies of gold, umber, violet and crimson keep us warm.


    Enjoy a long walk. Sip some tea or watch the sunset. Autumn has arrived. Use #AutumnalEquinox to post on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed for the Equinox.


    Since the dawn of time, the autumnal equinox has marked the passing of one season and the beginning of another. It has influenced the development of calendars, beliefs, customs, cultures, traditions, and much more.

    Autumnal Equinox FAQ

    Q. What’s the difference between an equinox and a solstice?
    A. An equinox is a day in the year when both light and darkness are equal. There are two equinoxes every year – the vernal equinox in the spring and the autumnal equinox in the fall. On these days, there are 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. The solstices include the shortest and longest days of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year takes place in June and is called the summer solstice or the June solstice. The shortest day of the year takes place in December and is called the winter solstice or the December solstice.

    Q. Do the solstices and equinoxes take place at the same time every year?
    A. Solstices and equinoxes occur near the same day every year. The vernal equinox represents the beginning of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere. However, the season each equinox and solstice represents changes by hemisphere.

    Q. What’s the difference between meteorological seasons and astronomical seasons?
    A. The meteorological seasons are determined by weather. Astronomical seasons are determined by Earth’s and the Sun’s positions in space.

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