Category: September 28


    In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them.

    There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

    National North Carolina Day | September 28
    National North Carolina Day | September 28


    As we near the last of the original 13 colonies, National North Carolina Day recognizes the 12th state to join the Union.


    The Tar Heel state was the first state to vote for independence from the British at the first Continental Congress. Before the Civil War, North Carolina resisted secession from the Union. As a whole, the state was vehemently against dividing the nation even after other states had signed agreements to secede. Eventually, public opinion changed and the state was swayed to join the Confederacy.

    The state is filled with beauty from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Cape Fear and up to Kitty Hawk. Along with the beauty, you will find mystery buried in history and nature. Explore the sites of the first powered flight, the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists and with them the first English child born in the New World.

    North Carolina is also home to the 82nd Airborne, blue fireflies, and the lavish Biltmore Estate. Studios find the state ideal for filming on location, so don’t be surprised if you recognize places from TV shows or films you have seen.  And don’t forget, both the Carolinas are home to NASCAR.


    Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate North Carolina’s mysteries and history. Explore all the epic vistas and ocean views. There is an adventure in every corner! Use #NorthCarolinaDay to share on social media.

    North Carolina Flavor
    North Carolina State Official

    For a complete list of North Carolina State and National Parks visit and  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below. 



    Hanging Rock State Park – Danbury
    Raven Rock State Park – Lillington
    Merchants Millpond State Park – Gatesville
    Fort Macon State Park – Atlantic Beach
    Dismal Swamp State Park – South Mills
    Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Resource – Hillsborough
    Cape Hatteras National Seashore – Greensboro – Nags Head
    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – Greensboro
    Moores Creek National Battlefield – Currie
    Blue Ridge National Heritage Area – Asheville
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Bryson City


    North Carolina Museum of History – Raleigh
    City of Raleigh Museum – Raleigh
    Airborne & Special Operations Museum – Fayetteville
    82 Airborn Division War Memorial Museum – Ft. Bragg
    Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center – Old Fort
    Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art – Winston-Salem
    Levine Museum of the New South – Charlotte
    Carolina Aviation Museum – Charlotte
    Wright Brothers National Museum – Kill Devil Hills
    Folk Art Center – Asheville
    Cape Fear Museum – Wilmington
    Museum of the Cherokee Indian – Cherokee
    Greensboro Historical Museum – Greensboro

    Cloud Chamber – Raleigh

    Whirligig Park – Wilson

    Blue Ghost Fireflies – Asheville

    Judaculla Rock – Jackson County

    Mayberry RFD – Mount Airy
    The daughter of Ananias and Eleanor Dare, Virginia Dare became the first English child born in the New World soon after the colonists’ arrival near Roanoke Island. As Virginia’s grandfather, the Governor John White was urged by the colony to return to England for supplies. He reluctantly did so, but war with Spain delayed his return by three years. When the governor returned to the island, the colonists were gone and so was his granddaughter.

    The 11th President of the United States, James Polk pursued westward expansion. He served from 1845 to 1849 and succeeded in annexing Texas and acquiring California and New Mexico. Overall, U.S. territory grew by more than 1/3 during his time in the White House.
    Born into slavery, Harriet Ann Jacobs learned to read and write within her mistresses home. It was after her escape from slavery years later that she wrote Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
    Despite being the only Southern senator to remain loyal to the Union, President Andrew Johnson would end his only term in office as the first president impeached by Congress. Johnson took the oath of office after President Lincoln’s death. He had been Vice President just six weeks. His restoration policies and actions toward the Secretary of War led the House to a vote on impeachment.
    Founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute, Charlotte Hawkins Brown became a noted activist, educator, speaker and author.
    In his short life, Thomas Wolfe published three autobiographical novels. His first and best-known work, Look Homeward, Angel, introduces a young, moody Harvard graduate student named Eugene Gant and explores his coming of age.
    Noted radio and television news broadcast pioneer, Edward R. Murrow brought the world into people’s living rooms by allowing them to hear the action as it happened. Murrow was respected for his integrity in journalism. The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded journalists in the field with the Edward R. Murrow Award since 1971.
    Known as The King in the NASCAR world, Richard Petty began racing when he was 21 years old. Petty, along with Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson, has won the NASCAR championship seven times. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.
    The 1976 Olympic gold medalist, Sugar Ray Leonard, turned to professional boxing the following year. In 1987 he defeated “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler for the middleweight title. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997 after his retirement.

  • NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY – September 28


    National Drink Beer Day toasts that malty elixir on September 28th, annually. Just as the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, the day reminds us to enjoy the world’s most popular adult beverage.


    Beer lovers have more selection than ever before in the ale and lager market. An explosion in the craft beer industry keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors seasonally. Beer connoisseurs quench their thirst with flavors drastically different from their grandfather’s beers. Rootbeer to raspberry, caramel, and hints of herbs all tickle the palate when it comes to artisanal beers.

    When is National Beer Day?

    However, you don’t have to drink a special brew to celebrate the day. Drink your favorite stand by or branch out – whichever you prefer. Around the country, and from around the world, a wide assortment of beers offers plenty of ways to celebrate. Whether you call your mug full of brew a barley pop or cerveza, the day is worth celebrating.


    The best way to celebrate is by enjoying a glass of beer. As always, celebrations are better when surrounded by others who celebrate with you. So, invite friends, family, coworkers, too. Join them at a local pub or tavern. Or invite them to your home.

    Another way to celebrate includes recognizing your servers, bartenders and brewers. Celebrate them with a toast as you take your first frothy sip.

    No matter how you #CelebrateEveryDay, drink responsibly and use #DrinkBeerDay when posting on social media.


    While National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this delicious beverage holiday, it’s interesting to note it lands on the birth of Arthur Guinness, the founder of Guinness Brewery. However, if you’re looking for more ways to celebrate, we have you covered.

    Beer Drinking FAQ

    Q. What is a brewmaster?
    A. Brewmaster oversees operations at a brewery, develops recipes, and is a seasoned brewer. A brewmaster may also supervise other brewers in the company.

    Q. What is a beer flight?
    A. A beer flight includes 3-5 small samples of beers offered in a pub, brewery or restaurant. The samples are usually 5-7 ounces. The bartender usually lines each small glass from lightest to darkest, strongest brews. Drinking each sample in that order will provide you with the best tasting experience.


    September 28th Celebrated History


    After being denied entry to medical school in Britain, Elizabeth Anderson pursued her education in France and obtaining her license on September 28, 1865. She was the first woman in France to do so and also the first British woman to earn a medical degree. She would later co-found the London School of Medicine for Women.


    After developing a safety razor, inventor King Camp Gillette along with William Emery Nickerson founded the American Safety Razor Company.


    A group of aviators with the U.S. Army Air Service circumnavigates the globe by air for the first time.


    When Alexander Fleming examines the Petri dishes of bacteria in his lab, he discovers a mold growing in one of them that had killed off the bacteria. The discovery would lead to the world’s first antibiotic, penicillin.


    Making drinking from a straw more flexible, Joseph Bernard Friedman receives a patent for a drinking tube. Patent No. 2094268A describes a flexible drinking straw that bends without reducing the diameter of the straw.


    Marvin Gaye receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of those present for the ceremony include Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Natalie Cole.


    Marina Bay Street Circuit hosts the first-ever Formula One night race. Fernando Alonso won the race.

    September 28th Celebrated Birthdays

    Arthur Guinness – 1725

    The brewer founded the Guinness Brewery in 1759 in Dublin, Ireland.

    Frances Willard – 1839

    The educator and reformer founded the World Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1883. She would be the organization’s national president from 1879 to 1898.

    Kate Douglas Wiggin – 1856

    In 1903, the educator and author published her novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. While the novel became the author’s best-known work, she also published numerous other works of children’s literature. Some of them include the short story collection The Arabian Nights and New Chronicles of Rebecca.

    William S. Paley – 1901

    When Isaac and Leon Levy purchased Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System, Paley was named president of the network. The company was renamed Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).

    Seymour Cray – 1925

    In 1972, the electrical engineer found Cray Research, building high-speed supercomputers.

    Ben E. King – 1938

    Before going solo, King sang with the group Five Crowns and later the Drifters. He’s best known for his solo hit, “Stand By Me.”



    Each year on September 28 strawberry lovers get to enjoy their favorite fruit in the form of pie on National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. 


    Even though strawberries are out of season, the grocers always make sure to stock up on frozen and canned so we can make pies. How else do we keep making fruit pies all year long?  Those of us who planned ahead preserved strawberries just for this occasion. And of course, some fresh ones are still available here and there. 

    When is National Apple Pie Day?

    Strawberry cream pie can be made in many different ways. Some recipes use a custard or pudding base with strawberries either folded in or on top. Others are made with cream cheese or whipped cream. Whichever you prefer, the strawberry cream pie is a delicious treat.


    Invite friends and family for a taste of sweetness. Sharing a delicious recipe is truly the only way to celebrate its goodness. And, it’s the only way to #CelebrateEveryDay, too! The more the merrier. Pick up a strawberry cream pie from your favorite bakery. Be sure to give them a shout-out, too. That’s how you include them in the celebration! Or, bake your favorite recipe at home. Give these sweet ones a try:

    Dandans Strawberry Cream Pie
    Taste of Home Strawberry Cream Pie
    Instructables Strawberry Cream Pie

    Use #StrawberryCreamPieDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sweet pie holiday.

    Strawberry FAQ

    Q. When is the last strawberry celebration of the year?
    A. National Strawberry Cream Pie Day is the last strawberry-related holiday on the calendar. But, there are plenty of other pie holidays to round out the year.

    Q. When is the first strawberry holiday on the calendar?
    A. National Strawberry Ice Cream Day in January holds the honor of the first strawberry holiday on the calendar.




    National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th creates an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other better. This day acknowledges and celebrates the importance of a good neighbor.


    It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand, and are there for advice when asked.  Neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our mail when we are on vacation, watch our homes, and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships.  


    Being a good neighbor isn’t all that difficult. Starting with kindness is always the first step.

    • Offer a kind word. Even a small compliment goes a long way to creating a bond or breaking down barriers.
    • Bring extra bounty from your garden or baked goods.
    • Invite them to join an informal celebration in your home.
    • Introduce them to your pets or offer a gardening tip.
    • Ask who they recommend for a service such as taxes, painting, or car care. You will earn their respect, especially if the question is something they have first-hand experience with.

    Use #GoodNeighborDay to post on social media.


    In the early 1970s, Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana created National Good Neighbor Day. In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601:

     “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

    The date changed in 2003 from the fourth Sunday in September to an annual observance on September 28th.

    Neighbor FAQ

    Q. Who are some of the best TV neighbors?
    A.We have four TV neighbors we think were pretty high quality. 

    • Kevin Arnold would probably agree that Winnie Cooper (Danica McKeller) of The Wonder Years was a pretty amazing neighbor. As the girl-next-door, Winnie became an integral part of Kevin’s life.
    • In The Big Bang Theory, neighbors Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) spent 12 seasons together. Not only did they rely on each other through thick and thin, but Penny and Leonard married, too.
    • While his voice irritated, Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) of Family Matters brought laughter and intelligence to his neighbors.
    • The advice-giving wise Wilson (Earl Hindman) lived next door to the Taylor family in the show Home Improvement. He doled out his advice to Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) without ever showing the lower half of his face.

    Q. Who wrote, “fences make good neighbors”?
    A. Poet Robert Frost wrote the words “fences make good neighbors” in his poem “Mending Wall” published in 1914. Though in the poem, Frost questions the saying as he and a neighbor walk a stone fence making repairs.

    Q. Are there other neighbor holidays on the calendar?
    A. Yes. Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day is in May and Sneak Some Zucchini into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day is in August. 


  • NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY – Last Wednesday in September


    On the last Wednesday in September, National Women’s Health & Fitness Day promotes the largest event for women’s health of all ages.   


    Across the country, an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages gather at local health and fitness events. They join in groups large and small. From senior centers to hospitals, parks and health clubs, women of all fitness levels encourage each other to begin or continue a healthy journey.

    Often, these journeys only require the support of like-minded people. The day inspires many forms of exercise and supplies informational seminars and clinics, too. Screenings provide a way to track our fitness levels and help us get back on track. Forming small groups helps to create a daily routine or simply keep us responsible for our commitments to ourselves.

    Developing our physical strength along with mental confidence goes a long way to keeping our bodies healthy. So many of us overlook the rest we need and the healthy foods our bodies need to fuel our days. When we take a few moments to learn the best ways to care for ourselves, we often take better care of others, too.


    This holiday offers so many ways to join in the action. Many fitness centers and organizations will be offering tips, classes, and screenings across the country. Whether you’re in tip top shape or have goals in mind, this day inspires us to take care of ourselves. Pick your goal and get moving! How will you celebrate?

    Ways to get involved include:

    • Join a walking group or another exercise forum.
    • Visit a clinic seminar on portion sizes.
    • Attend a webinar about reducing stress.
    • Learn about incorporating mindfulness into your daily life.
    • Join a meditation or prayer session.

    Get the girls together for a workout and use #WomensHealthFitnessDay to post on social media.


    Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) created National Women’s Health & Fitness Day in 2002.

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