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National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share a creative or helpful idea with someone and trade them for their thoughts in return.

Swapping ideas today does not have to be done on a one-on-one basis. Often, groups of people with similar interests gather with a common goal in mind. The meetings are usually a social gathering. However, on occasion, groups with different skill sets, design talents, and ideas gather. They bounce sketches, eureka moments off each other, and suddenly a new idea develops. 

This observance urges sharing concepts and sparking ideas. Many of us are passionate about our careers, hobbies, or special projects. However, sometimes, we require the additional magic that happens when a community of people joins forces to bring a plan to fruition. Maybe it’s only a suggestion of an idea, but when it’s paired with another, a bigger and more tangible impression evolves. Swapping ideas does that. 

Not only that, but groups of people benefit from the skills of others. And the energy of brainstorming compounds the efforts of the entire team. Often an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts within the group, creating opportunities for everyone.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSwapIdeasDay

Throughout the day, make sure to swap your ideas with others. Swap at work, organizations, clubs. Generate ideas that lead to solutions or new products. Perhaps one of your ideas will inspire a new technology or a genre of fiction. Some ways to get started include:

  • Host a brainstorming session at work. Whether it’s to create a new product, solve an issue, or an advertising campaign, bring your brightest together and let the inspiration flow.
  • Invite your creative friends to join you in a video chat. Ask a question that generates new ideas. For example, “What are your biggest roadblocks to creativity?” Questions like these create opportunities to help others in your organization or club.
  • Develop a group using an online platform to connect people across the country and around the world. No matter the area of interest, these groups troubleshoot, educate and bring those with common interests together.
  • Seek more ways to share your ideas and questions. Sometimes, we need a fresh perspective to spur us into new and exciting directions.
  • Revisit previous successes. They may offer insight that will allow you to share even more big ideas.

Don’t forget to use #NationalSwapIdeasDay when sharing your inspirations.


Our research has found that Robert Birch created National Swap Ideas Day. Mr. Birch also created Lumpy Rug Day, Trivia Day, and Nothing Day.



National TV Dinner Day is observed annually on September 10th.  In 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons changed the prepackaged meal business forever. Introducing the TV Dinner revolutionized frozen food.

In 1962, Swanson stopped using the name TV Dinner. However, in the United States, the term remains synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen from a store and heated at home.

The first Swanson TV Dinner consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes. Originally, Swansons made the tray of aluminum. They separated each food item into individual compartments, too. At home, the cook heated the dinner in the oven. The cooking time was usually 25 minutes. Today, nearly all frozen food trays can be cooked in the microwave or a conventional oven. 

When is National Frozen Food Day?

When Swanson’s first sold TV dinners, they priced them at 98 cents. In the first year, production estimates reached 5,000 dinners. To their surprise, Swanson far exceeded that amount. In the first year, they sold more than 10 million of them.

TV Dinner Facts
  • 1960 – Swanson added desserts to a new four-compartment tray.
  • 1964 – Night Hawk name originated from the Night Hawk steak houses that operated in Austin, Texas, from 1939 through 1994. The original diners were open all night, catering to the late-night crowd. The restaurants produced the first frozen Night Hawk TV dinner in 1964.
  • 1969 – The first TV breakfasts were marketed. Great Starts Breakfasts and breakfast sandwiches followed later.
  • 1973 – Swanson markets the first Hungry-Man dinners. The meals included larger portions of its regular dinner products.
  • 1986 – Microwave-oven safe trays debut on the market. 
  • 1986 – The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History.

Much has changed since the original TV Dinner. They also remain a popular choice for a fast and convenient meal, fun to eat in front of the TV!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTVDinnerDay

Get out a TV dinner, pop it in the microwave or oven, and enjoy! Use #NationalTVDinnerDay to post on social media.


While we were unable to identify the origins of this food holiday, we continue to research the source. 

TV Dinners FAQ

Q. Are there shelf-stable TV dinners?
A. Yes. Shelf-stable TV dinners do not need refrigeration. You can heat them in a microwave, an oven or eaten at room temperature.

Q. Are TV dinners a healthy choice?
A. While many TV dinners are portion-controlled, they also contain high amounts of fat, sodium, and calories. However, you can choose lighter TV dinners with lower in fat and calories. To find TV dinners lower in sodium, you will need to look at the package label or look for those labeled “low sodium.” 


National Beautiful Barber Week - Second Full Week in September


The second full week in September encourages us to see the Beauty beyond the circumstances during National Beauty and Barber Week. If you like making others look good or enjoy looking beautiful, this celebration is for you! That means, students, clients, stylists, barbers, nail and skin techs, educators, and industry leaders, too. Spend the week exploring career opportunities, sharing professional skills, and “Seeing the beauty” around us.

No matter what life throws at us, we can always seek beauty in the world around us. Often, that beauty is in the way we persevere. You may be a professional keeping us looking sharp and beautiful. Or you may be a student seeking a career in the industry. Of course, even the clientele join the celebration. Seek the beautiful opportunities that empower us and help us overcome any obstacles standing in our way.

  • Strategize safety measures
  • Youth and students explore future careers
  • Develop new client goals

National Beauty and Barber Week focuses on beauty beyond the skin. And while the industry experiences difficulties from time to time, the observance reminds us it’s more important to “See the beauty” while striving for a greater world.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BeautyAndBarberWeek #BeYOUtifulBarberWeek

Celebrate a week of beauty and success! Invite clients, up-and-coming stylists, and other businesses to join events. Work together to bring your vision of beauty to life.

  • Support others in their career path by helping them enroll in their program of choice or understand the opportunities available.
  • Get people where they need to go by providing information, assistance or transportation.
  • Help students prepare for State Licensure or give assistance and encouragement for someone needing to retake their exams.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected by scheduling safety training or financial classes and sharing crisis management resources.
  • Improve your understanding of Business Management. As a Salon Owner/Employee or the Self Employed, review investments and insurance benefits. Share your knowledge with others in the industry.
  • Bring in the clientele by placing advertisements and coupon offers in local newspapers. Include offers in circulars, emails, social media or mail-outs. Remind them you’re still there for them.
  • Make contact with your clients. Call them to say hello and how much you appreciate them. You might also find out you’re exactly the person they needed to hear from.
  • Clients, support your local stylists and barbers. It may be as simple as scheduling an appointment. But there’s more you can do, too! Purchase a gift card or bring a treat like lunch or coffee. Another important way to support these businesses is by making a referral or leaving a positive review on their social media. These actions drive more business their way. And don’t forget to leave a gratuity.

Another way to celebrate includes posting pictures of clients, students, the services you provide or receive, and any of the celebrations you’re hosting. When you do, be sure to use #BeautyAndBarberWeek and #BeYOUtifulBarberWeek to share on social media.


National Beauty and Barber Week Logo with Tools black bkgd2Frederick & TeQuilla Holloway (Owners of Funtology, Inc– NonProfit Organization) created this holiday in 2020 while experiencing their first Mandatory Quarantine (COVID-19). This week is to encourage LOVE, inspire BRIGHTER futures and focus on personal individualisms while “Seeing the Beauty” from within.

In 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Beauty and Barber Week to be observed the second full week in September, annually.

About Funtology

Funtology began in August of 2014 for Youth in After School. The Interactive Career Path Program is designed for 3rd to 12th-grade students. Youth can choose career paths as they learn more about them in the practical realm.

National Mortgage Professional Month - September


Every September, National Mortgage Professional Month recognizes the professionals who play a role in helping people finance the dream of homeownership. 

Since 2011, home sales in the United States have steadily grown, meaning each year more and more people are buying a home. Whether it’s a first home or the next home, mortgage professions understand how exciting and stressful the process can be. A mortgage professional takes on the task of making sure everything is in place by closing day. They may be loan officers, processors, underwriters, servicers, insurers, or other mortgage professionals, but all of them work hard to make your home loan a reality. 

Their varied roles may include:

  • Reviewing loan applications
  • Verifying credit
  • Processing loan applications
  • Appraising the property
  • Examining the title
  • Verifying the purchase price, annual percentage rate, and term of the loan
  • Preparing the loan

Most people are not aware of the number of people and amount of work involved between the moment someone decides to buy a home and the day the final contracts are signed. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #MortgageProfessionalMonth

During September, give a mortgage professional you know a shout-out. Recommend them to someone who is looking for a new home. Let them know you appreciate all they do to help people achieve homeownership. If you’re considering purchasing a home, learn about the process and what to expect. 

Use #MortgageProfessionalMonth to share on social media. 


In 2015, United Guaranty founded National Mortgage Professional Month to honor all mortgage professionals.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the first Mortgage Professional Month in 2015 to be observed in September annually.


United Guaranty Corporation – Jo Fleischer 1-336-333-0433


On Deck for September 11, 2021

National Days

International Days

September 10th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Elias Howe receives the first lockstitch sewing machine patent in the United States. Patent No. 4,750 describes a machine designed to sew fabric together in an upright position. He even went to court to defend his patent when others swooped in and used his designs in their sewing machines.


Swanson introduces the first TV Dinner. The revolutionary creation brings dinner from the dining room to TV trays in the living room.


Running barefoot, Abebe Bikila claims the gold medal in the marathon at the Rome Olympics. His achievement marked the first Sub-Saharan African to win the prize. In the weeks following the Olympics, Bikila is promoted to corporal in Emperor Haile Selassie’s imperial bodyguard.


Jeopardy! airs its first episode in its daily syndicated version. The popular trivia television game show draws between 9 and 13 million viewers weekly and those numbers continue to grow.


The Ellis Island Immigration Museum opens to the public at the original location. Nearly half of all Americans can trace their ancestry to immigrants who passed through the facility’s doors.


On this day, more American football fans attended a football game than ever before. The University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies matched up before a crowd of 130,045 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. During the record breaking attendance, the University of Tennessee Volunteers won 45-24.


Margaret Atwood publishes The Testaments. The novel is a sequel to Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Bannock
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 24 minutes
Total Prep: 34 minutes
Servings: 8


2 1/2 cups oat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk


Mix oat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt and flour in a large bowl.

Add 1 cup buttermilk and mix dough. Gradually add spoonfuls of remaining buttermilk until dough is manageable but wet.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and divide in quarters. Roll each quarter into circles 1/2 inch thick. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, mark the top of each circle with a cross.

Heat a skillet over medium-low heat with a drizzle of oil. Place each round into the hot skillet and brown each side, 10-12 minutes per side.

Let cool slightly. Serve with honey, butter or jam.

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In the Classroom

September 10th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Alice Brown Davis – 1852

In 1919, President Warren G. Harding appointed Alice Brown Davis as the first woman chief of the Seminole Tribe. She served in this role for 16 years until her death in 1935.

Laura Cornelius Kellogg – 1880

The Oneida leader wrote Our Democracy and the American Indian. She was also a social advocate, orator, and author who founded the Society of American Indians.

Dorothy Hill – 1907

Another woman of firsts, Dorothy Hill pursued a career in geology and paleontology. Early in her career, she earned many first titles. The University of Queensland honored her a Gold Medal for outstanding student, the first woman to receive it. Hill would also become the first president of the International Association for the study of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera. She was the first woman to hold the role of professor at an Australian university and also the first woman elected as president of the Australian Academy of Science.

Arnold Palmer – 1929

The professional golfer collected 92 championship wins during his career. He’s a favorite of sports enthusiasts around the world. And the beverage that combines tea and lemonade is named after him.

Rin Tin Tin – 1918

The charismatic German Shepherd starred in several films in the 1920s. Along with his sister, Nannette, Rin Tin Tin was rescued by an American soldier during World War I.

Charles Kuralt – 1934

Best known for his “On The Road” segments with The CBS Evening News, Kuralt’s popular segment spanned 13 years and all 50 states. Before creating the beloved “On the Road,” Kuralt was CBS’s youngest news correspondent.

Roger Maris – 1934

The successful professional baseball player set the Major League Baseball record for single-season home runs. In 1961 he hit 61 home runs.

Mary Oliver – 1935

The prolific and inspiring poet earned the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her poetry featured the natural world, but she also flittered with emotion.

Colin Firth – 1960

The British actor is best known for his roles in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The King’s Speech, for which he earned an Oscar for Best Actor.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

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