Category: September 30

  • ORANGE SHIRT DAY – September 30


    On September 30, Orange Shirt Day promotes awareness about the Indian residential school system still impacting Native American communities in the United States and Canada. Known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the day honors the children forced into Indian boarding schools. In addition, the day also remembers those who never returned home.


    Indian residential schools, once called American Indian boarding schools, were established in the early 19th century. The schools were developed as an assimilation model to teach Indian children Euro-American ways. Residential schools stripped Native American children of their culture, including their language, customs, music, and traditions.

    Operated by Christian missionaries, the government forcibly removed Native American children from their homes and families. Because these institutions practiced corporal punishment, children who rebelled would often suffer brutal treatment. Unfortunately, recent investigations have revealed instances of sexual assault and mental abuse, all because they were Indian.

    In 1879, Civil War veteran Lt. Col. Richard Henry Pratt built Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Eventually, 29 states would operate 367 schools in the United States. In 1978, the United States passed the Indian Child Welfare Act. The act gives Native American parents the legal right to deny placement of their children in schools off the reservations. However, some schools would continue to operate well into the 1970s, with the last school officially closing in the 1990s.

    Some Native American children never returned home, while others were never heard from again. Most of their stories remain untold. Recent excavations unearthed remains of children on school properties in both Canada and the United States. Many of these graves have little or no record identifying the children and their tragic fates never reported until now. The process of returning the remains to their families illuminates an in-humane part of American history.


    Wear an orange shirt to show your support for those in the Native American community. Support those who did not escape the enduring impact of the trauma. Communities across the United States and Canada commemorate Orange Shirt Day by hosting memorials, candlelight vigils, and walks. Speakers offer a historical perspective to raise awareness.

    Other ways to participate include:

    • Listen to the stories told by the survivors and their families.
    • Attend an event in your community.
    • Organize an Orange Shirt event at your work, school, or community.
    • Watch a documentary or movie. For example:
      • We Were Children, directed by Tim Wolochatiuk.
      • Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School, directed by Chip Richie, Dan Agent, Gayle Ross, and Carl Tipre.
      • Indian Horse, directed by Stephen S. Campanelli, adapted from the book by Wichard Wagamese.
    • Read about the Indian boarding schools. We recommend:

    Join the conversation and show your support using #OrangeShirtDay on social media.


    Canadian Phyllis Jack Webstad created and inspired Orange Shirt Day in 2013. She is also the author of several books, including Phyllis’s Orange Shirt.

    The observance spread into the United States, where events take place in communities across the country. In 2021, Canada proclaimed September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to recognize the survivors and those who died at the residential schools.




    On September 30, National Love People Day asks us to lift others up through the profound power of unconditional love.


    The human condition is a limiting and varying thing. How and when and where we get to use it is vaguely and oddly defined. What is certain is a rollercoaster-filled life of celebrations and trials. National Love People Day tasks us to understand that unconditional love requires a dedication most human beings aren’t given. But, when we wholeheartedly love our neighbors with steadfast devotion, the world is a better place. It is the practical application of “love your neighbor as yourself.”

    The word “unconditional” on its own is quite profound. Look at its synonyms: wholehearted, unqualified, unreserved, unlimited, unrestricted, unmitigated, unquestioning, complete, total, entire, full, absolute, unequivocal. Those words are dedicated, solid, and unwavering from their commitment to something. There are no boundaries or limitations with the word “unconditional.”

    Add the word love, and the power of the phrase multiplies. So, on National Love People Day, offer kindness and care to the people in your community.


    From a gentle word to the gift of needed resources, love provides all forms of support to the people in your community. Find ways to show unconditional love for your neighbors, colleagues, strangers, and your community. 

    • Volunteer – When you volunteer in your community, you do several things. You keep resources and dollars local. Your efforts help those in your immediate surroundings, lifting them up as you do. You also help create resources that demonstrate your love and that of your community. 
    • Share – Whether you share your bounty or praise others’ contributions to their community, you share a message of love and support for your fellow human beings. 
    • Give – Giving to others is an act of love. You may not have much to give, but sometimes people don’t need much more than companionship, information, advice, encouragement, or a hug. And all of those are free for the giving. 

    Use #NationalLovePeopleDay to share on social media.


    Lifeline Church, out of Chicago, Illinois, founded National Love People Day in 2017 to inspire the spirit of unconditional love as a national event to bring us all together. The day also honors the church’s founders, Pastors Reggividese and London Royal.  Through the church, they have shown the Chicagoland area unconditional and unmerited love for more than ten years. The pair strongly believes that loving God means loving yourself and other people from all walks of life regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The Royals have brought their vision to life with strategic acts of kindness through the church’s mission to show this love.

    Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out:
    • Give Love On Christmas Day– partnered with Warren Park Elementary School to provide Food, Clothing, and Christmas Gift to a family of six. 
    • Car Giveaway – Provided a single mother with a fully-paid SUV.
    • Extreme Makeover (Home Edition) – collaborated with independent contractors to remodel a home, inside and out, for a volunteer worker in the church. 
    • Love In Action – members went to the pride parade to show love by giving away free hugs and bottled water.
    • Health & Fitness Weekend – partnered with the Loyola Ronald McDonald Pediatric Mobile Unit and the National Kidney Foundation to provide FREE exams to those in the community.
    • Gas Giveaway – Gave away $5,000.00 of FREE Gas to residents in the community.
    • Mi Gracia Fest & Cicero Clean Up Day – Past participant of the Town of Cicero events.
    • Town of Cicero – Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Has been the keynote speaker for this event on multiple occasions.
    • Share The Warmth Coat Drive – Donated Winter Coats & Accessories to students at Goodwin Elementary School. 

    For more information and updates about National Love People Day, visit our website:


    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Love People Day to be observed annually on September 30.


    September 30th Celebrated History


    The Gordon Bennet cup hosted the first international balloon race. With 16 balloons competing and representing 7 countries, they launched from Paris, France. The winners were Americans Lt. Frank P. Lahm and his co-pilot Major Hersey when they landed their balloon named “United States” in Flying-Dales, Yorkshire County, England. They completed the race in 22 hours and 15 minutes.


    Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player in history to hit 60 home runs in a single season. The Yankees went head to head with the Washington Senators in their final game of the season. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Bambino launched the pitch from Tom Zachary into the right-field stands at Yankee Stadium. The homer broke the 2-2 bringing in two runs. The final score was 4-2.


    President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates Boulder Dam. It would later be renamed Hoover Dam for contributions provided by Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover.


    The 1947 World Series was full of many firsts. It was the first televised World Series. It was also the first with a black player on the line up – Jackie Robinson. The series brought in a whopping $2,000,000, the first series to do so. However, one thing that was definitely not a first – The Yankees won the series in 7 games – their 11th World Series win.


    Fred Morrison is granted patent No. 183,626 for a flying toy that would go by various names, including Pluto Platter and Flyin Saucer. Wham-O company began selling the disc in 1956. They eventually settled on the name Frisbee.


    The National Farm Workers Association held its founding convention. The organization was founded by Cesar Chavez.


    After 29 days pilot Ross Perot Jr. and co-pilot Jay Coburn complete the first circumnavigation of the globe by helicopter. They took off on September 1st in the Spirit of Texas and crossed 26 countries to complete the feat.


    During the Jump For The Cause charity event, 151 women skydivers set the record for the largest number of women in a free-fall formation. The event took place over Perris Valley, CA.

    September 30th Celebrated Birthdays

    Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis – 1832

    The American social activist inspired her daughter Anna Jarvis to organize the campaign for Mother’s Day. Fulfilling her mother’s wish, Anna Jarvis established Mother’s Day in the United States.

    Thelma Terry – 1901

    Born Thelma Combes, the talented jazz bassist and bandleader began her career in 1919 as the first chair in the Chicago Women’s Symphony Orchestra.

    William Wrigley, Jr. – 1861

    In 1891, the traveling salesman launched the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company to sell his own brand of gum.

    Nora Stanton Blatch Barney – 1883

    As the first woman in the United States to receive a degree in civil engineering, Stanton worked for Lee De Forest, Radley Steel Construction Company, and the New York Public Service Commission. In 1905 she became the first woman junior member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. However, after nearly twelve years as a junior member, Stanton filed for associate membership. The organization refused her request.

    Irving Kahn – 1917

    At the time of his death in 2015, Kahn was the oldest living active investor. The respected and successful investor brought value investing into the mainstream.

    Truman Capote – 1924

    The southern novelist and playwright earned a name for his novel In Cold Blood which retraced the re-life Kansas murders of four members of the Clutter family. He is also known for the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Both novels were made into films.

    Gertrude Dunn – 1933

    The multi-talented athlete played shortstop for four seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Following the league’s disbandment, she toured across the country playing in exhibition games with other featured players. She also played and coached field hockey. In 1984 she was named to the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Johnny Mathis – 1935

    The pop crooner is best known for songs such as “Chances Are,” “Misty,” and “Wonderful, Wonderful.”

    Eric Stoltz – 1961

    The actor rose to fame during the 1980s. In his breakthrough role, he played Rocky Dennis in Mask alongside Cher and Sam Elliot. Fun fact, he was the original actor cast in the role of Marty McFly in the film Back to the Future.



    On September 30th, National Hot Mulled Cider Day warms our homes with the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple.


    Fall welcomes toasty mugs of mulled cider to wrap our chilled hands around. Such a cozy way to spend an evening, sipping a tart, spiced beverage on a chilly evening while gazing at trees ablaze in crimson, gold, and orange.  It is the perfect time to celebrate this holiday and enjoy this delightful drink.
    Mulled cider is a traditional fall and winter drink made by heating cider to almost boiling and adding cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, and other spices and then simmering it. Just the scent of it steeping on the stove will warm the home and lift the spirits of everyone in it.


    Make some hot mulled cider. Sip it while reading a good book or enjoying a great conversation with a friend. When we celebrate with a friend, it makes the day even better. Fill a thermos with some freshly made hot mulled cider and take it on a hike. It will warm you even on the crispest of autumn days. 

    And mark your calendar so you remember to join us again next year, too!

    Try this Mulled Cider recipe.

    Use #HotMulledCiderDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching this delicious beverage holiday. 


  • NATIONAL MUD PACK DAY – September 30


    On September 30th National Mud Pack Day gives permission to get muddy.    


    Mud packs are mixtures of therapeutic clays when applied to the skin increase circulation, ease muscle tension, release toxins and boost immunity.  They work well on oily and some combination skin types.  While commonly used as a facial, mud packs treat the entire skin’s surface.

    Since mud packs come in a variety of mixtures, they can be customized for each person. When paired with a massage, the relaxation benefits multiply. There’s also a difference between mud masks and clay masks, so look into the benefits of each.

    Other benefits of mud packs include relieving pain and swelling related to arthritis, digestion, stress and quick treatment for bee and wasp stings


    Call a group of friends and have a mud pack party!  Mud packs are available in the health and beauty sections of your local department stores or at drugstores in your area.  You can also make an appointment and go to a spa for some extra special TLC.
    Look into the benefits for your skin type. To find out more visit
    Use #MudPackDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching this health and beauty celebration. 



    National Chewing Gum Day exercises our jaws on September 30th. Pop a bubble or freshen your breath with your favorite piece of chewing gum.


    Humans have used chewing gum for over 5,000 years. They may have chewed it for enjoyment, to stave off hunger, or to freshen their breath much like we do today. The sources used to make gum resulted in minty and sweet chewable globs of wax or sap resin that fulfilled the human urge to gnaw. They were unlikely to produce glossy, pink bubbles worthy of jealous pokes from siblings. However, waking up with it stuck in your hair was still a possibility.  

    Various forms of chewing gum have existed since the Neolithic period. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it. Presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum, the discovery took place in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland. Made from bark tar, scientists believed the gum to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages.

    • Many other cultures chewed gum made from the resin of the mastic tree, from plants, grasses, and other resins.
    • In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum, which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.”
    • Around 1850, a gum made from paraffin wax was developed and surpassed the spruce gum in popularity.
    • December 28, 1869, William Semple filed an early patent on chewing gum, patent number 98,304.
    • Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress, and increase alertness.
    • Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion.


    Celebrate the day by buying a pack of your favorite flavor of chewing gum. Share a piece with your friends. You could also have a bubble-blowing contest. Just be sure not to get it in your hair when it pops!

    • Share bubble gum memories. Whether it’s from times gone by or more recent experiences, retell the tale for all to hear.
    • Discover the world records of bubble gum. 
    • Take a video of your best bubble.
    • Enjoy some bubble gum ice cream.
    • Research the best tips for getting ice cream out of your hair, furniture, or carpet.
    • Look under your desk to see if any gruesome pieces from your predecessors remain. 
    • Pick up bubble gum flavored something. For example, chapstick, candy, or frosting. What other things come in bubble gum flavor or scent?

    Use #ChewingGumDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this fascinating celebration.

    Chewing Gum FAQ

    Q. Are there benefits to chewing gum?
    A. There are a few benefits to chewing gum. If it’s sugar-free gum, the benefits really start to add up.

    • If sugar-free gum is chewed after a meal, the increased flow of saliva may help wash away acids produced by bacteria while breaking down food. This reduces plaque build-up.
    • Chewing gum can help alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth.
    • When cravings kick in, reach for a piece of chewing gum. The act of chewing may help keep those cravings at bay, and in turn, reduce caloric intake.
    • Some flavors of sugar-free gum may reduce nausea. Gums with ginger or mint flavors are more likely to soothe an upset stomach. The benefits can also be found in mint and ginger teas.
    • Chewing gum may improve certain types of memory. If you need to take a test or remember how to prepare Grandma’s meatloaf, pop in a stick of gum to boost your long-term and working memory. However, studies have yet to show improvement in short-term memory.

    Q. What are the negative effects of chewing gum?
    A. Chewing gum for too long may stress the muscles in the jaw and neck. Gum sweetened with sugar can increase the risk of cavities. Chewing gum can also be visually unappealing. If you are going to an interview, pop in a breath mint instead of a piece of gum. 



    National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | Last Friday in September
    National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | Last Friday in September


    Each year on the last Friday in September, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) builds awareness and increases education about this disease. The day also focuses on finding ways to eliminate the disease. 


    The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone between the age of 13 and 64 receive an HIV test as part of a routine physical. Those who are sexually active, the CDC recommends testing once per year and sometimes more frequently, depending on risk factors.

    The day encourages a more open dialogue between partners as well. Improving understanding of the disease and access to testing helps reduce risk. 

    Those with HIV/AIDs need to understand the importance of uninterrupted treatment. Since HIV weakens the immune system, it is important to maintain a vaccine schedule, too. 


    Services and opportunities to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS come in many forms. During this observance and others like it, there are several ways to participate.

    • Learn more about prevention and risk factors.
    • Help eliminate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through education.
    • Find a clinic near you for testing.
    • Support research programs.
    • Visit to learn more about the event.
    • The offers information and links to services.
    • Visit the for a complete overview of the disease, research and more.
    • Use #GayMensHIVAIDSAwarenessDay to post on social media.


    In 2008, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) launched this observance day to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men.

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