Category: September 25



    National Open The Magic Day celebrates read alouds, picture books, the love of reading, and students who struggle to find their reading voice. Every year on September 25th, teachers and parents worldwide read a picture book (or many!) to celebrate Opening the Magic. The day reminds us that picture books are for everyone and allows them to have a confetti moment!


    What are confetti moments? A confetti moment is when a child or adult relates to a point in a story that brings them great joy and a place where they belong. Everyone from two to one hundred two enjoys picture books! And everyone has a confetti moment waiting when you Open the Magic.

    “I am where I am today because I AM A READER. I am a college graduate, a master’s degree recipient, a reading specialist, owner of Ramona Recommends, a presenter, an elementary teacher, and somebody who never gives up!” Courtney Hinshaw, Founder of Ramona Recommends

    National Open The Magic Day is also a reminder to thank the parents and teachers who do everything they can to help children become who they were meant to be. Every day they work together to give children the gift of reading. Their gift also helps to build a safe place for every child to feel loved.


    On September 25th and every day, Open the Magic! There are so many ways to bring the gift of reading and enjoy those confetti moments.

    • Read the OPEN THE MAGIC picture book of the year.
    • Read your favorite picture book to your class or child.
    • Invite authors virtually to your classroom.
    • Have your school get involved and do a school read aloud.
    • Create a themed meal around a favorite picture book.

    Share your celebration using #OpenTheMagicDay on social media. Never give up on your students. Every single one has magic in their hearts. Be the teacher or parent who says, “Open The Magic!”


    In 2021, Courtney Hinshaw, founder of Ramona Recommends, created National Open The Magic Day to encourage parents, teachers, and students to find their confetti moments all around them. She also wanted to give back to her community and share her love of picture books with anyone who loves books. In third grade, Courtney was diagnosed with dyslexia and an auditory processing disorder. She grew up a struggling reader but loved books. Because of her parents, teachers, and her perseverance, she became a reader. There isn’t a day that goes by that she does not think about that little girl in 5th grade trying to read.

    “I believe picture books help kids understand the tender moments of failure, success, differences, bravery, and love. Every kid deserves to find a book that will lead them to a confetti moment. Reading aloud should never stop. Books bring hope and love into the hearts of humans. Books connect us together which is the greatest gift we can give.” Courtney Hinshaw, Founder of Ramona Recommends

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Open the Magic Day to be observed on September 25, 2021.


  • NATIONAL DAUGHTER’S DAY – September 25


    When it comes to offspring, National Daughter’s Day reminds of the young women and girls in our lives. On September 25th, spend time with your daughter.


    Daughters bring a certain kind of joy into our world. Like all children, they have their own personalities and strengths. As parents, we look forward to discovering the world through their eyes.

    Depending on where you live, International Daughter’s Day is observed on the Fourth Sunday in September. Elsewhere the day might be observed on October 1st. No matter when you celebrate, the day provides an opportunity to show your daughter genuine support, encouragement, and love.

    In some countries, daughters face a rough start in the world. They are sometimes denied an education, equal employment or even healthcare. Sons are put before them and given priority. Social stereotypes set certain expectations of behavior for daughters including how they dress and behave.

    The day offers us an opportunity to be thankful for our daughters and to find ways to ensure daughters around the world have every opportunity to succeed.


    Share the day with your daughter. Look back on memories or create new ones. Some other ways to celebrate the day include:

    • Send your daughter a card.
    • Take a selfie every year on National Daughter’s Day. Over the years, you will be able to see how much she and you have changed.
    • Donate to an organization that supports educating daughters. For example, Women One provides support to women and girls worldwide. Another is Helping Women Period which supplies feminine products worldwide.
    • Teach your daughter something new. Whether it’s useful or fun, practical or vital, your daughter will appreciate you for it.
    • Learn something from your daughter. Our daughters’ growing catalog of experiences offers us a treasure trove of information that they will gladly share with us.

    While you’re celebrating daughters and YOUR daughter, be sure to share your day with us, too. Use #NationalDaughtersDay to post on social media all the ways you celebrate.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this family holiday.



    NATIONAL QUESADILLA DAY (Dia de la Quesadilla) | SEPTEMBER 25

    National Quesadilla Day on September 25th encourages us to pull a chair up to the table and eat some authentic Mexican food. While it’s not a sandwich or a taco, the quesadilla satisfies snack cravings while also completing a meal.


    Typically made with a corn tortilla and filled with cheese, we heat quesadillas until the cheese melts. Then it hits the grill or frier until just crispy. Some people also include other fillings such as cooked sausage, chicken, pork, or beef. And don’t forget the toppings. Fresh tomatoes, salsa, herbs, sour cream, guacamole, or chilies bring a whole other level of flavor to the quesadilla. Don’t forget to finish it with a squeeze of lime. Serve it with an ice-cold beer or a margarita, and the meal is complete.

    Families love quesadillas, too! In households around the country, families include quesadillas as a popular mealtime solution. In fact, V&V Supremo recently found one in three people are making quesadillas at least once a week*. Additionally, quesadillas have crossed over from authentic Mexican restaurant menus to more typical chain restaurants. Even higher-end gourmet eateries include them on their menus. Their simplicity allows for easy customization and people of all ages love to eat to them, too.


    Can you taste them yet? You will! Whether for a snack or a meal, quesadilla’s hit the spot. Just gather up your favorite ingredients for a quesadilla night. Be sure to include the most essential ingredient – family. Together you can build authentic quesadillas and celebrate the day. As you do, be sure to share the experience with us by using #NationalQuesadillaDay on social media.

    You can also check out this tasty Veggie Quesadilla recipe.


    V&V Supremo® founded National Quesadilla Day (Dia de la Quesadilla) in 2020 to bring people together to enjoy authentic and delicious quesadillas. One of the only true ways to make an authentic quesadilla is with authentic Mexican-style melting cheese, Chihuahua® Brand Quesadilla cheese made by V&V Supremo. It is the gold standard for quesadillas with its rich, buttery, and flavorful taste.

    On September 10, 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Quesadilla Day to be observed on September 25th, annually.

    *Footnotes: In April 2019, V&V Supremo® surveyed 1,000 people between the ages of 25-55 in the U.S. who have cooked Mexican food and shopped for Mexican-style cheese in the last six months, and who are familiar with the dish quesadillas.

    Quesadilla FAQ

    Q. Is a quesadilla a sandwich?
    A. If you’ve ever smeared peanut butter and jelly on a single slice of bread and folded it in half, you have to accept the quesadilla to the sandwich family.

    Q. Can quesadillas be grilled?
    A. Yes, quesadillas can be grilled just like pizza, burgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Grills also provide a larger surface for flipping than most at-home griddles and frying pans do.


  • NATIONAL FAMILY DAY – Fourth Monday in September


    On the fourth Monday in September, National Family Day encourages everyone to gather around the table and enjoy a meal together.


    The old saying goes, “Families who eat together, stay together,” but did you know they may also be reducing the risk of addiction? According to the National Center on Addiction, families who eat three or more meals a week together reduce a teen’s risk of using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

    That’s a fantastic outcome on its own. Family bonding is just a bonus. However, there are more benefits. For example, families who eat together also learn healthy eating habits, eat smaller portions, and are less likely to stress about food.

    And back to the bonding – when parents engage with their children over a meal, their relationships are better. They learn responsibility while helping to prepare the meal and cleaning up. Children feel like they are a part of a unit, a team. They connect with the people who mean the most to them and who know them the best. Parents become and remain the people they turn to when the significant problems crop up.

    Look forward to conversations about grades, dating, borrowing the car, and moving away. Don’t forget the debates about politics. Our children won’t always agree with us – and that’s ok. Why? Because we raise them to be independent thinkers and to express themselves effectively. These conversations start at a dinner table. They shouldn’t begin when our children’s world turns upside down.


    Have a meal with your family. It doesn’t have to be fancy. But it does have to include food and your family. Gather everyone and set the table. Talk to each other. Find out about everyone’s day. Then, commit to having another meal together before the week is out. Take a family photo and share it using #NationalFamilyDay.

    Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for fun ways to Celebrate Every Day!


    The National Center on Addiction declared National Family Day in 2001 as a way to combat substance abuse among teens. Their research showed that teens who ate meals with their families were less likely to fall into substance abuse. They also tend to do better in school and eat healthier.

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  • NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY – September 25


    National Lobster Day on September 25th takes a taste of a seafood favorite. 


    The simplest way to enjoy Lobster is boiled then dipped in melted butter.  A couple of favorite lobster recipes include Lobster Newberg and Lobster Thermidor.  It is also the main ingredient in soup, bisque, lobster rolls, and salads.

    Large lobsters are estimated to be 50 years old.

    These marine crustaceans live at the bottom of the ocean. If they avoid the lobster pot, some can live up to 100 years old. Even though we consider them a delicacy today, that wasn’t always the case. In colonial times, the lobster received very little culinary credit. In fact, the pigs and goats ate more lobster than the well-to-do.

    While lobsters arrive at our tables bright red, they don’t start out that way. In the ocean, they come in many colors. Some are yellow, green, or even blue.

    Now that lobsters rank higher on the menu, consider these nutrition facts.

    • Lobsters contain no carbohydrates and 27.55 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.
    • In that same 1 cup serving, there are 129 calories and 1.25 grams of fat.
    • Eating lobster offers an excellent source of selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and calcium.


    Celebrate by enjoying a delicious lobster meal at your favorite seafood restaurant. Try cooking a lobster dish at home. It will wow the family and make it a true celebration. Use #NationalLobsterDay on social media.

    We’ve found several delicious recipes to try. Let us know which one you like best!

    Lobster Thermidor

    Lobster Salad

    Did you know there’s even a Lobster Newburg Day? Check out this recipe for Lobster Newburg.

    Lobster Bisque

    According to the Guinness World Records, the largest lobster ever caught was in Nova Scotia, Canada, weighing 44.4 lbs


    In 2014, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins of Maine drafted a joint resolution designating September 25th as National Lobster Day. The proclamation recognizes the men and women in an industry as well as the long and rich heritage, from sea to table.

    Lobster FAQ

    Q. How many ways can you cook fresh lobster?
    A. You can cook lobster in as many ways as you cook other proteins. Lobster can be boiled, steamed, baked, broiled, and grilled. You can also use leftover lobster (is that a thing) to make soups, macaroni and cheese, and dips.

    Q. What is surf and turf?
    A. Surf and turf is an entrée that includes both seafood and steak. Lobster and a ribeye qualifies as surf and turf.

    Q. How big does lobster grow?
    A. According to the Guinness World Records, the largest lobster ever caught was in Nova Scotia, Canada, weighing 44.4 lbs. However, lobsters served in restaurants are regulated. Maine lobsters are served between 1 1/4 pounds to 4 pounds.




    National Research Administrator Day on September 25th recognizes the contributions made by administrators every day.


    Research Administrators and Managers serve an important role in supporting research. They assist the faculty and researchers, protect the institution or organization and assure sound stewardship of sponsored research dollars. Many organizations support Research Administration around the world.

    Their roles are multifaceted. From oversight of a program to compliance and review, Research Administrators serves every aspect of a project. They keep a project on course. Their management allows other’s to maintain focus on their individual roles as well.

    Where do Research Administrators work? The role of a Research Administrator leads research goals in many fields. As expected, these stewards are found in health and medical institutions and research facilities. However, they’re also in demand in higher education from liberal arts colleges to research universities and in the government sectors. Both for-profit and non-profit organizations rely on their knowledge and direction.

    Research administration began in the 1940s with a small number of individuals. They’ve now advanced into the modern age with thousands of acknowledged professionals worldwide. Research Administrators and managers provide value and expertise to the global research enterprise.


    Take your favorite Research Administrator or Manager to lunch to thank them for all they do. Share their successes. Often their accomplishments help to move research forward. Take photos and post on social media using #ResearchAdministratorDay


    National Council of University Research Administrators submitted National Research Administrator Day in August of 2015 to recognize the professionals who diligently work to keep research projects on course.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the to be observed annually on September 25th.

  • NATIONAL TUNE-UP DAY – September 25


    National Tune-Up Day on September 25th reminds homeowners to prepare for the winter heating season. 


    Heating and cooling specialists recommend that homeowners tune up their heating systems every year in advance of seasonal changes. These tune-ups ensure that the systems are operating as efficiently as possible.

    A heating system tune-up includes:

    • Removal of dust and dirt in your vents.
    • Checking to make sure all your vents are not blocked or leaking.
    • Ensuring your fuel jets are working correctly.

    Additionally, combustion gases should be analyzed and compared to the specifications of your furnace. The blower access door needs to be checked to assure a tight seal at the furnace. Other necessary inspections include checking fresh air intake grills for blockage and burners for proper ignition and flame. While inspecting the furnace, check the drainage system for blockage and leakage, too. Drains and traps also need to be tested. Plus, the blower wheel, motor, wiring and all filters should also be checked for corrosion and damage. Heating contractors follow an extensive checklist when completing your furnace tune-up.

    A heating system tune-up saves energy and reduces heating costs.


    Enjoy a cozy winter. Tune up your heating system. You can also give a shoutout to the technicians who provide outstanding service. Share your experiences and use #NationalTuneUpDay to post on social media.


    HomeServe USA founded National Tune-Up Day in 2014. They’re a leading provider of home emergency repair service plans.

    In 2014, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the home maintenance awareness day to be observed on September 25th, annually.  


    September 25th Celebrated History


    President Benjamin Harrison establishes Sequoia National Park, the first national park in the United States. Sequoias the largest trees and are among the oldest trees, too.


    Columbia University in New York City establishes a school of journalism. The first students began classes on September 30, 1912.


    Following a trend he started in 1914, Henry Ford further modifies the workweek to 5 days. In 1914, he raised daily wages to $5. In May of 1926, he reduced the workday to 8 hours. He was one of the first industrialists to create a 40-hour workweek.


    One of the world’s first cartoonists dies. Outcault created the Yellow Kid comic series.


    A three-way telephone conversation inaugurates the first Transatlantic Telephone Cable System 1 (TAT1). Before, transatlantic cable communications only occurred via telegraph.


    Tommy John undergoes ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery. Performed by Dr. Frank Jobe, the surgery is the first of its kind and becomes known as Tommy John surgery.


    Artist Inez Harwood sets world record for the longest tie-dye. The artist dyed 3000 feet of fabric to set the record.

    September 25th Birthdays

    Thomas Hunt Morgan – 1866

    The geneticist’s research with the fruit fly led to the chromosome theory of heredity.

    Olive Ann Beech – 1903

    She and her husband Walter H. Beech founded Beech Aircraft Corporation. Her roles at the manufacturer of business and military airplanes included secretary-treasurer, president, and then chairman of the board.

    Phyllis Pearsall – 1906

    The author and cartographer founded Geographers’ A-Z Map Company and produced a modern atlas of London.

    Charles Jackson French – 1919

    In 1942, French was serving in the Navy on the USS Gregory. When the ship was struck by Japanese gunfire and sunk, French swam through shark-infested waters pulling wounded sailors in a life raft to safety. His only honor was a letter of commendation from Adm. William F. Halsey.

    Barbara Walters – 1929

    The television journalist became the first woman to co-anchor an evening news program. Walters launched her television career in 1961 when NBC hired her for the Today show. In 1976, ABC wooed the journalist away with a $1 million annual salary and the opportunity to become the first woman co-anchor.

    bell hooks – 1952

    Born Gloria Jean Watkins, the outspoken activist wrote several books including Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem and Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics.

    W. Daniel Hillis – 1956

    The innovative businessman founded Thinking Machines Corporation. He is a pioneer of parallel processing computers which allows two microprocessors to handle different parts of a complex task.

    Keely Shaye Smith – 1963

    The broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker has earned numerous awards for both facets of her career. She began her journalism career at NBC as a correspondent for the show Unsolved Mysteries.

    Will Smith – 1968

    The accomplished actor got his start as the Fresh Prince in 1988 which led to the television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since then, Smith has starred in numerous films including the Men in Black Series, Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Aladdin.

  • NATIONAL COMIC BOOK DAY – September 25


    On September 25th, National Comic Book Day honors the art, artists, and stories of comic books. Fans, collectors, readers, and artists come together to celebrate the day with events across the country. 


    First popularized in the United States, comic books are also called comic magazines. Generally, comic books produce drawn sequential and opposing panels representing individual scenes. Each scene often includes descriptive prose and written narratives. When placed together, the panels form a complete story or a portion of a serial. 

    The earliest comic strips (which later gave birth to comic books) displayed dialogue in bubbles or balloons above characters’ heads. As an art form, the designs can be quite intricate. For example, text, dialogue, personalities, color, and imagery enhance part of a storyline. Over time, these storylines also distinguished eras, artists, genres, and themes.

    People who collect comic books are known as pannapictagraphist.

    The term “comic book” comes from the first book sold as a book reprinted of humorous comic strips. Despite their name, comic books are not all humorous in tone and feature stories in all genres.

    One of the earliest known comics printed was The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck. The 1842 hardcover comic book became the first known American comic book.

    In 1896, Richard Felton drew a comic-book magazine published in the United States featuring The Yellow Kid in a sequence titled “McFadden’s Row of Flats.”  The 196-page book featured black and white print and measured 5×7 inches. It sold for 50 cents.

    In 1933, a comic book, Famous Funnies, appeared in the United States. Many believe the work to be the first real comic book. The reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips established many of the story-telling devices used in comics.


    This dynamic art form continues to inspire artists and storytellers today. There are also so many ways to celebrate the day:

    • Try sharing your collections and artwork to spread the love.
    • Attend a convention.
    • Visit a comic book store.
    • Study the art of comic books.
    • Explore the styles and artistry.
    • Create your own comic book.
    • Read about the history and how the medium changed and evolved.

    Maybe you’ll discover a great find. Learn about the careers of Steve Ditko, John Buscema, Curt Swan, or Carmine Infantino. Tell us who your favorite comic book artist or storyteller is.

    Pick up a comic book to read and use #NationalComicBookDay to post on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar classroom for projects designed to include the days in your classroom.


    National Day Calendar continues searching for the source of this artistic day.

    Comic Book FAQ

    Q. What is a book-length comic book called?
    A. A graphic novel is a book-length book comprised of comics.

    Q. What are the different types of comic books?
    A. Comic books come in as many genres as novels do. The genres also fall into both fiction and non-fiction categories. Some of them include:

    • action/adventure
    • biography
    • crime
    • fantasy
    • historical
    • horror
    • military
    • political satire
    • romance
    • superhero

    Q. Does the calendar include other comic book-related holidays.
    A. Yes! Comic books are also celebrated on:


  • MATH STORYTELLING DAY – September 25


    On September 25th, Math Storytelling Day encourages everyone to tell stories through math. This is a day to appreciate all the ways math enhances our daily lives.


    The day is a great opportunity to get children excited about math through stories and games. Math stories can include logic, patterns, puzzles and numbers. Tell math jokes and sing songs about math. It’s an excellent way to explore math and promote learning.


    Explore math stories, make up new ones, listen to others tell even more math stories. Terrific ways to celebrate the day include:

    • Math collages
    • Create a math storybook
    • Play a storytelling game
    • Develop math puzzles that tell a story

    Use #MathStorytellingDay to post on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar classroom for ways to incorporate this day into your school calendar.


    The Natural Math Community of created Math Storytelling Day in 2009. Inspiration struck Dr. Maria Droujkova after reading a blog post by Seth Godin entitled “What should I do on your birthday?” Seth encouraged readers to think bigger than themselves when making birthday suggestions to friends. Dr. Droujkova took the idea to heart and declared Math Story Day would be shared with friends and family on her birthday, September 25th. Not only did Dr. Droujkova share math stories, but the first person to respond, Sue, shared a birthday with Dr. Droujkova, too. 




    On September 25th, National One-Hit Wonder Day brings back memories while turning up the volume. We honor all the musical artists and chart-topping songs that make them memorable.


    These songs make us sing whether we should or not. We know all the words even though we don’t know why. They’re the songs groups of friends will burst out in chorus together and make memories, too. Movie soundtracks love them. Wedding dances love them. We all love them!

    The real kicker is, the artists or groups only made us swoon once. After that, they faded away. Some continued with moderate success. Others, however, were never heard of again, musically.

    Listed below are just a few of the well-known one-hit wonders from days gone by.

    • 1955 – “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” by The Penguins
    • 1963 – “Six Days on the Road” by Dave Dudley
    • 1968 – “Tip Toe Thru The Tulips” by Tiny Tim
    • 1969 – “Smile a Little Smile for Me” by The Flying Machine
    • 1970 – “One Tin Soldier” by The Original Caste
    • 1970 – “The House of the Rising Sun” by Frijid Pink
    • 1972 – “Hot Rod Lincoln” by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
    • 1983 – “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco
    • 1988 – “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

    Do any of these bring back memories?


    How many one-hit wonders can you name? Do you know the title and the artist? While you’re exploring your playlists, check out these 10 One Hit Wonders that Stand the Test of Time. Use #OneHitWonderDay to share on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues searching for the source of this musical holiday.

    One-Hit Wonder FAQ

    Q. Are one-hit wonders limited to music?
    A. No. The term “one-hit wonder” applies to nearly every area of achievement. A one-hit wonder may be an athlete who has a singularly stellar season but never repeats it. The term may also apply to movies, books, and products. The actors and directors of film may be deemed one-hit wonders if they only produce one successful hit movie or television show. The same applies to writers. Businesses that make it big off of one inspiring product sometimes never produce another successful item or fail to build their business into long-term success.

    Q. Is there such a thing as a two-hit wonder?
    A. Sure, but they don’t seem to get as much credit as their cousin with one hit. Some even took a decade or more to create that successful second hit. Does that make them a one-time one-hit wonder?