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September 12th recognizes the National Day of Encouragement each year. This day is dedicated to uplifting people around us and making a positive impact.

Offering encouragement to someone is free. It never costs us anything to say a few words to inspire a student, coworker, or friend. Even a reassuring word to a stranger may make a difference in their lives.

Encouragement lifts up someone when they are down. It also motivates a person who has their eye on a goal. When we’ve failed, the right words remind us to keep trying. A little dedication to finding the right message may create a spark that changes a loved one’s perspective. 

Sometimes, the act of noticing a job well-done improves someone’s day. Developing a habit of recognizing emerging talents motivates us to speak up and offer a kind word or helpful tip. It’s a practice worth having, to improve relationships at work, home, and in the world around us. There really is no simpler way. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfEncouragement

Make deliberate acts of encouragement. Provide reassurance and inspiration to the people around you. High five someone for a job well done. Take notice when a friend is getting close to a hard-earned goal, encouraging them to keep going. Send a card or give a call or text to a family member who may be struggling.  Remind them how important they are to you. Use #NationalDayofEncouragement to share on social media.


The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, launched an effort to get Americans to participate in this Day of Encouragement. Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas made the first proclamation for Day of Encouragement on August 22, 2007. The following month, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007, the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.

Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12th the official National Day of Encouragement.



On September 12th, National Video Games Day celebrates all the ways we enjoy a good video game challenge.

Video game players across the United States enjoy this day with much enthusiasm. From their very earliest days, video games have been a blend of art form and industry. 

On July 25, 1983, Walter Day and the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard out of Ottumwa, Iowa founded the United States National Video Game Team. Their early games used interactive electronic devices with various display formats. Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann filed the first patent for an interactive electronic device in 1947.  It was called the “Cathode ray tube amusement Device.”  

Some other early examples include:

  • The Nimrod computer at the Festival of Britain (1951)
  • 0X0 – a tic-tac-toe computer game by Alexander S. Douglas for the EDSAC (1952)
  • Tennis For Two – An electronic interactive game engineered by William Higinbotham (1958)
  • Spacewar (1961)

Each game used a different means of display. Some used a panel of lights or graphical display. Yet others featured an oscilloscope or the DEC PDP-1 vector display.

  • It became the first commercially sold coin-operated video game. 
  • Magnavox Odyssey launched the first home console in 1972.
  • Atari’s Pong followed with an arcade version in 1972 and a home version in 1975.

“The commercial success of Pong led numerous other companies to develop Pong clones and their own systems, spawning the video game industry.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVideoGamesDay

Let the video game challenges begin! Whether you invite friends to join you in the newest video game or go it alone, be sure you get a game in. You also need to make sure you have plenty of snacks. 

  • Arcade galleries are making a come back. If there is one near you, give them a shout out!
  • Introduce your favorite video game to your kids. Have them share their favorites with you.
  • Host a video game tournament.
  • Post your high scores.
  • Are you stuck on a tough level? Seek out tips and hacks to get you through.

Use #NationalVideoGamesDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator of National Video Games Day.



National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12th brings chocolate and ice cream lovers together. Forget the calories for just this one day and enjoy a sweet tall, thick and delicious, chocolate milkshake!

The term milkshake first appeared in print in 1885. During this period, milkshake referred to an alcoholic beverage described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink” blended with eggs, whiskey, and other ingredients. Pharmacies served the drink as a tonic and a treat to customers. By 1900, pharmacies offered this “wholesome drink” with either chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrup. 

  • The early 1900s – People began asking for this “new treat” with a scoop of ice cream.
  • 1911 – Hamilton Beach’s drink mixers began to be used at soda fountains.
  • 1922 – Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender or drink mixer.
  • Due to the invention of the blender, the milkshake began to take a chipped, aerated, and frothy form as they are today.
  • By the 1920s & 1930s, milkshakes became a popular drink at malt shops everywhere. 

Another addition to the milkshake was malted milk powder. Made from malted barley, wheat flour, and dehydrated whole milk, malted milk tastes a bit like toasted caramel. It made its debut around the 1870s as a shelf-stable dry milk product. Add the powder to a chocolate milkshake, and transform the creamy goodness into a malted chocolate milkshake. Along with milkshakes, malted milk milkshakes became popular drinks at soda fountains around the 1920s. 

When is Vanilla Milkshake Day?

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateMilkshakeDay

Enjoy a chocolate milkshake at your favorite restaurant or soda fountain. Or try a malted version, especially if you’ve never had a malted chocolate milkshake. It is definitely worth a try. You may want to top off your chocolate milkshake with a dollop of whipped cream! While you’re enjoying this sweet treat, don’t forget to introduce this delicious pastime to someone else. 

Do you have a favorite malt shop? Be sure to give them a shout out, too! Use #ChocolateMilkshakeDay to post on social media.


We were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Milkshake Day. However, that never stops us from celebrating!

DAY OF THE PROGRAMMER - 256th Day of the Year


On the 256th day of the year, the Day of the Programmer honors the innovators who continue to change the world, one program at a time. 

Also known as International Programmers Day, this day is celebrated based on binary code. The number 256 is distinct to programmers. Represented by an eight-bit byte 256 equals 2 to the eighth power.  This digit makes it the highest power of two that is less than 365. When translated to binary code, the day reads 1 0000 0000.

The day honors programmers around the world. There is hardly a person in the civilized world who does not benefit from the tools of the programmer. Whether we look toward transportation or medicine, finance or education, programming influences all them. Nearly every major business requires programmers to maintain their infrastructure from an IT standpoint. Telecommunications continues advancing thanks to programmers. The automobile industry relies on programmers for the latest brands to roll off the assembly lines. Security, society, and entertainment look to programmers for the latest in protection, design, and innovation.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheProgrammer

Pay tribute to programmers or learn more about programming. If you have an interest, consider pursuing a career. Technology careers continue to grow in every sector.

  • Attend or host a job fair. 
  • Develop your programming skills.
  • Take courses to boost your career.
  • Mentor someone interested in programming. 
  • Share some quirky programming puns. Yes, puns. We know you love pressing F5. It’s so refreshing. 

Share your experiences as a programmer and post on social media using #DayoftheProgrammer to show your appreciation.


In 2002, Russian programmers Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov of Parallel Technologies gathered signatures in the hope the Russian government would declare Day of the Programmers.  It wasn’t until 2009 that the Ministry of Mass Media and Communications of Russia announced the official holiday. President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia signed the bill in honor of computer programmers on September 11, 2009.



September 12th represents the National Report Medicare Fraud Day. Medicare fraud affects us all. Ten percent of all Medicare funds are lost due to fraud. The government spends $650 billion a year on Medicare, and $65 billion a year is lost to Medicare fraud. No wonder we have a national health care crisis!

We can report Medicare fraud in two different ways and each one provides very different results. One is to blow the whistle under the Department of Justice (DOJ) reward program, which pays 15% to 25% of the amount DOJ recovers. The average DOJ reward for reporting Medicare fraud is $690,000. Some rewards have been as high as $150 million!

In addition, if you report fraud under the DOJ program, the government must open an investigation and inform you of the results. Today, over three-fourths of the government’s Medicare fraud cases are DOJ whistleblower reward cases. Thus, the government is counting on whistleblowers to bring Medicare fraud cases to DOJ and receive a reward in the process.

The other way to report fraud directly is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the Medicare program. You can report fraud to CMS through its website or by calling its hotline.

The National Report Medicare Fraud Day not only brings awareness to the amount of Medicare fraud but provides the public with detailed steps for reporting it.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ReportMedicareFraudDay

It’s time to put an end to fraudulent Medicare claims! Become a part of the solution. Simply visit the website (www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com). You can also download a free e-book with step-by-step instructions for reporting Medicare fraud. It is your one resource for all you need to know about reporting Medicare fraud.

Share and follow this day using #ReportMedicareFraudDay on social media.


The Hesch Firm, LLC founded National Report Medicare Fraud Day in 2017. The day came to be after founding attorney, Joel D. Hesch, spent over 15 years working in DOJ’s whistleblower reward office. Mr. Hesch now exclusively represents whistleblowers nationwide in filing for rewards for reporting fraud.

To help whistleblowers properly report Medicare fraud, he authored a free e-book and created a website to ensure that the public knows how to properly report Medicare fraud and follow the steps necessary to be eligible for a reward. Visit the website:www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com

In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on September 12th, annually.

On Deck for September 13, 2020

September 12th in History


Revolutionizing several industries, Fritz Hofman receives the first patents for synthetic rubber. At a time when the automobile industry was taking off, Hofman’s invention became a valuable improvement in transportation.


Around 600 cave paintings are discovered near Montignac, France by four teenagers.


John F. Kennedy marries Jaqueline Bouvier.


Aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space.


The Something Sweet Bake Shop broke a world record when they baked the largest brownie. The event took place in Daphne, Alabama, and the brownie weighed in at 234 pounds 3 ounces.

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Bake Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Prep: About 40 minutes

Serves 4 (with 2 slices each)


1 package pizza crust
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 green onions, chopped
8 oz. mozzarella cheese


Prepare packaged crust according to package directions.

Combine peanut butter with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly.

Spread over the prepared and partially-baked crust.

Add chopped rotisserie chicken, green onions, and mozzarella cheese.

Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese begins to turn golden.

Born on September 12

Richard Jordan Gatling – 1818

The prolific inventor is best known for inventing the Gatling Gun. However, he made several more innovations that improved crop production and harvest.

Alfred A Knopf – 1892

The American publisher is best known for founding Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in 1915. Not only did the Knopf imprint publish notable authors such as Willa Cather, Thomas Mann, D.H. Lawrence, and Julia Child but throughout their history, 16 Knopf authors were awarded Nobel Prizes in literature.

Walter B. Gibson – 1897

The magician is best-known for his Shadow novels. He wrote 18 books over the course of his long career.

Irene Joliot Curie – 1897

As the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, the chemist was immersed in the world of science at a young age. Before the age of 18, Curie ran a radiology machine from the battlefield alongside her mother. After the war, she great strides in the world of chemistry. In 1934, she along with her husband, Frédéric Joliot, discovered a way to artificially create radioactive atoms. In 1935, their work was rewarded with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Jesica Mitford – 1917

The author’s first published book was an autobiography of her childhood. Mitford’s investigative savvy led her to write books about funeral practices, the Dr. Spock’s conspiracy trial, and the U.S. prison system. She would also write about her membership in the U.S. Communist Party.

Barry White – 1944

Born Barry Eugene Carter, the noted American singer-songwriter sang in a deep, sultry tenor. Some of his most recognizable songs include “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “You are the First, My Last, My Everything” and “You Sexy Thing.”

Jesse Owens – 1913

Born James Cleveland Owens, the track and field star earned 4 cold medals during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Included in his 1936 accomplishments are two Olympic world records.

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