Category: September 08

  • STAR TREK DAY | September 8

    STAR TREK DAY | September 8

    Fans across the globe celebrate Star Trek Day on September 8 to remember the timeless legacy Star Trek has made on society and pop culture.


    On September 8, 1966, a television series pilot known as Star Trek was introduced on American television. Aiming for an adult audience, this was the was the first time a scientific fiction series would explore morality through scientific narratives. Most movies or television shows would contain science but would often create conflict of suffering and injustice to solve problems. However, Star Trek was different. The series would put actors in the forefront making scientific arguments, while providing peaceful solutions to problems without using violence.

    What was the first episode of Star Trek? In a galaxy far, far away “The Man Trap” aired as the pilot episode for Star Trek: The Original Series. Creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision to successfully deliver a storyline of intergalactic drama full of diversity, acceptance and hope became a reality on todays date. Though the series intention was to be a fictional story, Star Trek would become a futuristic franchise, showcasing humans living in harmony with space and Earth.

    The Starship Enterprise

    The original cast of the Star Trek series was one of the most diverse looking characters ever seen on television at the time. The main crew consisted of:

    • Ship Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner)
    • First Officer and Science Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
    • Chief Medical Officer: Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelly)
    • Opening Credits Narrator: William Shatner

    Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. ~ William Shatner


    • Watch the original Star Trek pilot series.
    • Host a Star Trek Marathon with your friends and family.
    • Dress up in your favorite Star Trek character and host a Treki party.
    • Learn Klingon (the official Star Trek language).
    • Find a Star Trek convention and attend.
    • Introduce Star Trek to a new generation.
    • Post your Star Trek moments on social media and tag #StarTrekDay.


    For 56 years, Star Trek has been captivating audiences across the world. Now considered one of the most successful franchise, the legacy of the original series continues to greet millions of fans. In 2022, Paramount+ is paying special tribute to fans by hosting a variety of celebrations honoring Star Trek through the years.

    Future Events

    For more information visit the Star Trek Day website.

  • NATIONAL SCHOOL PICTURE DAY – Second Thursday in September


    On the Second Thursday in September, National School Picture Day reminds us to put on our best smiles.


    Picture Day creates memories that last a lifetime. Not only that, but the day makes moms and dads radiate with pride and joy. Whether they capture the first toothless grin or the start of adolescence, school pictures are a tradition dating back generations. They mark time, much like the hash marks on a growth chart. By graduation day, families bring their children full circle. A complete collection of pictures chart their children’s primary and secondary school years.

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    While school pictures capture milestones, they also create a feeling of belonging. As they fill yearbooks, finding their place among the pages gives them a sense of their school community. Additionally, a school picture serves as a tangible reminder of their school-aged years.


    Dig out your favorite school pictures. While you are reminiscing, be sure to share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tell us your favorite memories. Of course, each era claims outstanding style points – big hair, big collars, bold colors. What were yours? We all change and your children will, too. Be sure to capture all the important moments on school Picture Day. Use #NationalSchoolPictureDay and #FrameItAll to share your Picture Day moments on social media.



    Lifetouch founded National School Picture Day in 2019 to celebrate the annual tradition of Picture Day. For over 80 years, Lifetouch has been taking school pictures for millions of children annually in the US and Canada. During the 2nd week of September (usually that Thursday) they photograph the highest volume of children annually – millions!

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the second Thursday in September to be observed as National School Picture Day annually.

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  • World Ampersand Day – September 8

    WORLD AMPERSAND DAY | September 8

    Each year on September 8, we celebrate the fun & functional curly & quirky little character on World Ampersand Day.


    From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curvy, strange character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see at, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

    To acknowledge & applaud this great little glyph, World Ampersand Day is observed annually on September 8th. To find out why this date was chosen, read here.


    • The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
    • It is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and”?
    • The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
    • The plus sign is actually an ampersand?

    Discover more interesting facts about the ampersand — including details on those you just read — & see “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art” at


    Celebrate the day by having fun with the ampersand:

    • Use lots & lots of ampersands!
    • Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
    • Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
    • Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
    • Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)
    • Visit

    Use #AmpersandDay on social media.

    Do want to learn more about the ampersand (other than it’s fun to say)? Check out these 7 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Ampersand to find out more. Can you think of more?

    Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects & ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!


    Chaz DeSimone founded World Ampersand Day in 2015. His monthly design project,, features “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

    Ampersand FAQ

    Q. Is it ok to use an ampersand in a book title?
    A. Creative works such as books with the word “and” in the title often use the ampersand on the cover art because it creates intriguing design. However, to maximize the search capabilities of the publication, the “and” will be spelled out in digital documents. Look to the title & Sons by David Gilbert to make this point clear.

    Q. Is the ampersand trademarked?
    A. Yes & no. Several trademarks include the ampersand in the designs. Some companies also include the word “ampersand” in the company name, like Ampersand Art Supply Company, for example. Custom typefaces & fonts may be copyrighted & often include an ampersand in the collection. However, only the name of the collection can be trademarked.



    On September 8th, National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day recognizes the hardworking and dedicated professionals bringing care to patients every day. 


    Honoring nurses caring for pediatric hematology and oncology patients, the observance takes place during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. These dedicated professionals provide quality nursing care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. Additionally, they provide the highest standard of physical and emotional support to these most precious patients and their families. 

    Cancer is frightening enough. When applied to children, pediatric care requires special skills and training. Not only do children relate to pain differently, but their growing bodies require specialized attention. These nurses provide valuable care and guidance to families.

    From the first diagnosis and through each treatment, these experts in pediatric care offer untiring support. Day and night, the nurses answer questions, monitor, and track progress. Their knowledge of each patient’s needs provides essential information to the entire team. 


    Recognize pediatric hematology/oncology nurses you know. Support them as they strive to make every child healthier and cancer-free. There are other ways to celebrate, too! 

    • Are you interested in a nursing career? Explore this field of medicine as an option.
    • Participate in a job fair. Share your experiences in your specialty. You might inspire a future nurse.
    • Ask your nurses questions. They are professionals and will be able to provide you with a wealth of helpful information.

    Use #PediatricHematologyOncologyNursesDay to post on social media.


    The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is credited with founding this National Day dedicated to the pediatric and hematology/oncology nurses across the country.