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National Pawpaw Day - Third Thursday in September


National Pawpaw Day on the third Thursday in September provides a taste of the great (forgotten) American fruit. Take a bite out of a creamy mango-banana flavored pawpaw to celebrate!

Despite their tropical taste and appearance, many pawpaws grow natively in the United States. With over 60 varieties of pawpaw to choose from, the fruit’s character changes slightly in each one.

With a blend of banana and mango and sometimes pineapple, we shouldn’t be surprised by the names given to the pawpaw. For example, the Kentucky Banana and Hillbilly Mango hint at the exciting tropical experience awaiting us. Interestingly, the pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States.

Pawpaw in History

Pawpaws are a rich part of the fabric of American history and have been from the very beginning. For example, the pawpaw Native American diets included the pawpaw as an integral part of their diets. Some may have cultivated the pawpaw, too. However, early Europeans confused the pawpaw with the papaya.

As part of United States history, rumor suggests the pawpaw was George Washington’s favorite dessert. Presidential farmer, Thomas Jefferson, cultivated the tree at Monticello. Additionally, while Jefferson served as minister to France in 1786, he shipped pawpaw seeds to friends living there. During the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark wrote in their journals that they were quite fond of the pawpaw. At one point during their expedition in 1806, they relied on pawpaws when other provisions ran low.

While many people have never tasted the sweet, custard-like fruit, the day sets out to change that. This seasonal fruit enjoys a peak harvest time from late August through the first frost. Given that markets and festivals across the country offer samples, there’s ample opportunity to taste your first pawpaw.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPawpawDay

Visit an orchard near you to pick a delicious pawpaw or sample them at a local farmer’s market. While you’re at it, discover recipes for desserts, too! Invite friends to discover this truly American fruit. Consider learning more about cultivating pawpaws and planting a couple. Maybe you’ll have your own pawpaw fruit in a few years to enjoy. Use #NationalPawpawDay to share on social media.


Kentucky State UniversityKYSU Land Grant Program Logo Green founded National Pawpaw Day in 2019 to celebrate the delicious fruit and raise awareness of its history in the United States. Through their one-of-a-kind pawpaw research program, the KSU Land Grant Program strives to improve growing methods, breed new improved cultivars, develop new pawpaw products, and gain a better understanding of the fruit.


National Play-Doh Day on September 16th recognizes a child’s modeling clay. However, before it found its way to the craft shelf, Play-Doh had more practical uses. 

Play-Doh inventor, Joe McVicker of Cincinnati, Ohio, sold it initially as a wallpaper cleaner. When his father died in 1949, his mother promptly hired him and his brother-in-law to help with the family business, Kutol Products Company. Right about that time, oil furnaces began replacing coal-burning furnaces. It wasn’t long before the wallpaper cleaner sales dwindled. 

In 1955, McVicker began testing the cleaner as a modeling clay in classrooms and daycares for students. Seeing the product worked, he named it Play-Doh and he went into business with his uncle under the name of the Rainbow Crafts Company, Inc. a year later. To protect their new product, McVicker filed for a patent in 1958. However, the patent wasn’t approved until January 26, 1965. By then, General Mills had purchased the company.

At first Rainbow Crafts Company offered only one color – white. But soon, red, blue, and yellow followed. The company sold them by the gallon. Once again, they modified their offerings and 11-ounce sizes were offered.

Around the same time, McVicker was testing Play-Doh, a new children’s television show began broadcasting on CBS. Bob Keeshan played the role of Captain Kangaroo. While Play-Doh’s sales were nice, they weren’t spectacular. McVicker had an idea. He asked Captain Kangaroo to promote his modeling clay on his show. The children’s television show host agreed and the children’s iconic modeling clay took off!

In 1998, the Toy Hall of Fame inducted Play-Doh into its hallowed halls. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPlayDohDay

Go find a can of Play-Doh and let your imagination run wild. Share your best creations or invite your children to join you in a creative marathon. Challenge each other to create new and unique sculptures. Use #NationalPlayDohDay to post on social media.


Since 2006, the company Hasbro has recognized National Play-Doy Day since 2006.



National Guacamole Day on September 16th brings fresh flavors together for the perfect celebration.

Avocados shine as the star of this dip! Lime juice, tomatoes, onion, and seasonings make guacamole a guilt-free addition to any snack or meal.

Since avocados fall under the superfood category, feel free to indulge. Expect a flavorful dip packed full of good fats and nutrients, along with the fresh taste of lime and hint of spice. It is easy to make, too. Take it to work or use it for a party dish.

When is National Avocado Day?

Guacamole is versatile, too. For example, add it as a topping on a quesadilla or even add it to a salad. You can even spread it on your morning toast! Of course, the simplest way to enjoy is by dipping your favorite tortilla chip.

Guacamole originated with the Aztecs in Mexico and made its way into American cuisine as a dip, condiment, and salad ingredient.

Using a mortar and pestle, mash ripe avocados and then mixing in sea salt. Beyond the basic ingredients, you can also add hot sauce, yogurt, or other seasonings. If a celebration calls for spicier guacamole, add jalapenos, chilis, cumin, or red pepper. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGuacamoleDay

Mix up your favorite recipe for guacamole. Go to your favorite restaurant and order some fresh guacamole. While there, give a shout-out to the restaurants with the best guacamole around. We even have a recipe for you to try:

Fresh Guacamole

Be sure to invite friends. As we say around here, why #CelebrateEveryDay if you don’t do it with friends? When you do, use #NationalGuacamoleDay to share on social media.


National Day Calendar is researching the source and history of this food holiday.



On September 16th, National Working Parents Day honors the working parent and day pays tribute to those parents who work outside the home to provide for their families.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 61 percent of families with children have both parents working outside the home. That number increases to nearly 65 percent for families when the youngest child is at least six years old. However, if the youngest child is under six years old, that number drops to approximately 56 percent.

Working parents face a range of challenges. While juggling daycare and schedules top the list, they also struggle to find time with each other and their children. It’s often a balancing act that requires excellent communication skills, patience, and lots of love.

Often, working parents feel divided between home and work. Many times, parents work opposite schedules, so there’s always a parent home with kids. As a result, the adults rarely spend any time alone. Like many other working parents, they’re always on the go. And everyone has their responsibilities, too. Each takes turns staying home if one of the children becomes sick. School activities and other events are carefully orchestrated. That’s how working parents make it all come together.

Precious family meals, bedtime stories, family movie nights, and vacations become highlights. These are the moments where working parents receive their rewards.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorkingParentsDay

A parent’s work is never done. Working parents, pat yourself on the back. Spend some time with your children. Before long, they’ll be grown, and the hard work will be done. For now, celebrate your tenacity and perseverance. While you’re celebrating, share your best tips and tricks for organizing your busy life.

Be sure to remember all the work parents do and use #WorkingParentsDay to share on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the history and source of National Working Parents Day.

MAYFLOWER DAY – September 16


Mayflower Day commemorates the day the ship set sail from Plymouth, England in 1620. On September 16 of 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 souls on board. These colonists- men, women, children, some seeking fortune, some seeking religious freedom – were later known as pilgrims.

The colonists’ intended to land in Virginia. However, after 66 days at sea, storms and winds blew them off course. After spotting modern-day Cape Cod, the members of the Mayflower intended on exploring the mouth of the Hudson River. However, rough seas continued to plague the ship. They turned back and stayed at Cape Cod.

For the next few weeks, the Pilgrims explored Cape Cod and eventually settled on Plymouth for their plantation.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MayflowerDay

Learn more about the journey of the Mayflower. Visit Plymouth Plantation and discover the history surrounding the Mayflower. Learn more about the voyage and those who made the journey. Find out about their decisions and the making of the settlement. Read from their journals and walk in their footsteps. 

You can also watch a documentary or read about the Mayflower. The Mayflower and Her Passengers by Caleb H. Johnson and The Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War by Nathaniel Philbrick will both bring you inside the stories of the Pilgrims.

Use #MayflowerDay to post on social media.


This day commemorates the day the Mayflower set sail for the New World. At the time, William Bradford, the separatist leader whose journal historians often reference for Mayflower history, recorded dates according to the Julian calendar.  At that point in history, the world used both the Julian and the Gregorian (the calendar most often used today). The 10-day difference between the two calendars accounts for the different dates across historical documents of the Mayflower’s departure from Plymouth, England.



National Step Family Day on September 16th recognizes all the blended families making it work. 

In the USA, over 30% of the under 18 population live in a stepfamily environment.  Also known as a blended family, parents, siblings and extended family members work together to create happy, functional environments. Circumstances vary. Whether divorce, a death in the family, or other event created the stepfamily, the important thing is that they chose to be family

Keep a few things in mind when starting a new relationship. 
Professional advice
    • Self-help books by professionals will guide you through each phase. While some people scoff at this approach, professional guidance and research offer a wealth of information. Pick what works for your family dynamic.
    • Family therapy also offers intermittent support. Many employers include assistance programs that provide the service free.
Take it slow
    • Rushing into a relationship is risky when children aren’t involved. Parents with successful stepfamilies take their time and introduce the new person in their life slowly.
    • Allow time for the children to adjust to the transition.
Keep it light
    • Everyone will need to get to know each other, their likes and dislikes.
    • Play easy games that bring out each other’s personalities.
    • Try one on one time doing something your child enjoys.
Level the playing field
    • Choose activities everyone involved will enjoy and are capable of participating. If even one member of the group is left out, someone will feel like an outsider. For example, a boating adventure will go badly if one family member gets seasick easily. The outing will be a disaster with one member feeling miserable and the rest of the crew blaming them for ruining the day.
Give children permission to be loyal
    • A child’s dad or mom is their dad or mom.
    • The new person coming into their life is your new spouse. They are a step-parent. Their role is different from the child’s parent.
    • Children carry overwhelming guilt for being nice, kind or even liking your new spouse. Let them know they are allowed to be loyal, but not rude or disrespectful.
Negative words and former spouses
    • Children develop a sense of a parent’s character over time. How we speak of our children’s other parent reflects on us. Try not to use negative words about the absent parent. It’s possible for former spouses to join in on family activities such as birthdays. However, if a child’s other parent is not in the child’s life, the custodial parent can explain when the child is old enough to understand in simple terms without using disparaging terms.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStepfamilyDay

Share your tips for successful stepfamilies. Share photos of your family using #NationalStepfamilyDay to post on social media.


In 1997, Cristy Borgeld founded National Stepfamily Day.



On September 16th, National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day warms the home and the heart with delicious goodness. In bakeries across the country, we request cinnamon raisin bread more often than many others.  Naturally sweet, the aroma created from baking this bread will make anyone’s mouth water.

Cinnamon raisin bread toasts nicely and pairs well with several toppings. Homemade apple butter, cream cheese or sliced pears bring this baked good to a whole new level. Eat it for breakfast or snack.

Quote mark“Have you tried the cinnamon things?” Poppet asks.
“They’re rather new. What are they called, Widge?”
“Fantastically delicious cinnamon things?”
from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Another delicious way to use cinnamon raisin bread is by making French toast. Wisk up eggs, milk, vanilla, and nutmeg in a bowl. Dip the bread in the batter and let it soak up the egg mixture. Fry each piece on a hot griddle. Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup and your morning will start off amazingly!

The same idea can be applied to an egg bake, too. When prepared ahead, egg bakes made with cinnamon raisin bread easily feed a large family or guests for the weekend. You’ll impress everyone with a cinnamony sweet dish like that.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CinnamonRaisinBreadDay

Stop at a local bakery or make some homemade. Either way, be sure to share with someone you care about. That’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! Use #CinnamonRaisinBreadDay when posting on social media.


National Day Calendar’s research is still seeking the source of this food holiday.

September 16th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Oliver Wendell Holmes writes the poem “Old Ironsides” in tribute to the frigate the USS Constitution. At the time the poem was written, the Navy was on the verge of scrapping the legendary ship. However, public support for saving and preserving it won the military over. It was retired in 1855 and now is a floating monument in Boston.


Aboard the Beagle, Charles Darwin arrives at the Galapagos Islands. His visit would have a profound impact on the naturalist and the formation of his Theory of Natural Selection.


William Crapo Durant establishes General Motors, bringing several small automobile manufacturers under a single holding company. The concept served the industry well and included Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Buick and Oakland.


Congress grants a federal charter to the American Legion. The service organization is comprised of military veterans.


The first peacetime draft in the United States becomes law when Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs the Selective Training and Service Act. The act required all men between the ages of 21 and 45 to register. Once the United States entered World War II, the age requirements broadened to 18 to 64. The draft ended in 1973, once again creating an all-volunteer military.


Making copies got easier when the Xerox 914 was demonstrated to the public. The inventor, Chester Carlson, also invented the process called xenography.


President Barack Obama signs the America Invents Act, ushering in significant changes to the U.S. patent system. Of the changes included in the legislation includes a “first to file” clause, electronic filing incentives and fast track options. The “first to file” clause eliminates the idea of “first to invent” which often led to numerous and expensive lawsuits.


In 2007, Nidhi Bansal began collecting stickers. By 2013, her collection had grown to 102,317 stickers and established Bansal as the world record holder for a sticker collection.

Recipe of the Day

Orange Pineapple Slushy Recipe

Name: Orange Pineapple Slushy
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total Prep: 10 minutes + freezing time
Servings: 25


2 cups granular sugar
1 package orange gelatin
1 package pineapple gelatin
4 cups boiling water
12 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
12 ounce can frozen pineapple juice (thawed)
10 cups of cold water
2 liters ginger ale, chilled


In an empty ice cream pail or similar container, mix sugar, gelatins, and boiling water until the sugar and gelatins dissolve. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. (For an adult beverage, add 1 liter of lemon vodka.) Cover and place in the freezer, stirring occasionally.

One hour before serving, remove the mixture from the freezer. Stir until it becomes slushy. Serve in glasses or from a punch bowl.

September 16th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Miriam Benjamin – 1861

Miriam Benjamin became the second African American woman to receive a patent from the U.S. patent office. Her invention, the Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels, created a way for customers to alert a waiter that service was needed without waving them down.

James Cash Penney – 1875

In 1902, James Cash Penney established the department store J.C. Penney.

Jacob Schick – 1877

In 1930, Schick received a patent for a dry electric shaver. He developed the invention while recuperating from an injury.

Karen Horney – 1885

The psychoanalyst theorized both environmental and social influence on neuroses in humans.

Louise Boyd – 1887

The American explorer led expeditions to the Arctic and wrote several books about her experiences. Her amassed knowledge of the Arctic led the U.S. government to appoint her as the head of an investigation of magnetic and radio phenomena in the Arctic.

W.O. Bentley – 1888

The engineer founded Bentley Motors in 1919. Today, the brand still produces automobiles and is owned by Volkswagen AG.

H.A. Rey – 1898

Along with his wife, Margret Rey, the illustrator created the children’s book series, Curious George.

Marvin P. Middlemark – 1919 

The inventor is best known for his invention of the rabbit ears – the dipole antenna for television. His invention immensely improved the reception of televisions in the 1950s and 1960s.

B.B. King – 1925

Born Riley B. King, the blues musician developed a style that influenced generations of guitar players and musicians.

Maxine Kline – 1929

The pitcher played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League for six years. During her career, she earned All-Star berths and was one of the league’s winningest pitchers.

Elgin Baylor – 1934

The small forward played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Minneapolis (now Los Angeles) Lakers. He would later take on the role of coach for the New Orleans Jazz. In 1977, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

David Copperfield – 1956

The world-famous illusionist began practicing magic at the age of 10. By the age of 12, Copperfield became the youngest magician admitted to the Society of American Magicians.

Orel Hershiser – 1958

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher earned World Series MVP honors in 1988 and the National League Cy Young Award in 1989. His career spanned 18 years in the MLB.

Amy Poehler – 1971

Since the comedian’s first appearance on Saturday Night Live, Poehler has also launched a comedic film career. She’s known for her numerous roles, including those in Blades of Glory, Sisters, and the television sitcom Parks and Recreation.

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