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Talk Like a Pirate Day sails away annually on September 19th.

All you bilge rats, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgh! As you are out and about on September 19th, don’t be surprised if people are saying, “Ahoy Matie,” “Avast,” “Aye, Aye Capt’n,” “Land ho!” “Hornpipe,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. 

When is National Talk Like Shakespeare Day?

While ordering your coffee in the drive-thru, ask if they have change for gold bullion. Try testing your pirate language out at the library when asking for the location of Moby Dick. The pirate language always fairs well in rough seas. Settle a debate with “I’m right or I’ll walk the plank!”

When the boss gives you a new project, “Aye, aye, Capt’n,” is the correct response. However, beware calling the boss any frothy names. The goal of the day is not to lose your job.

To polish your persona, practice a swagger, limp or squint. Long days at sea give pirates unique qualities.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TalkLikeAPirateDay

Anchor’s away! Get your sea legs and a barrel o’ rum. Feel free to join in anytime with your own version of Pirate-ese. Learn more on how to talk like a pirate here. Use #TalkLikeAPirateDay to share on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects all year long – including talking like a pirate!


John Baur and Mark Summers (aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy) created this international day in 1995. Click here for the entire story!

NATIONAL DANCE DAY – Third Saturday in September


Break out into a twirl or two-step on National Dance Day on the third Saturday in September. The day focuses on raising awareness about dance. It also encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

Did you know it’s also National Square Dance Month?

As a cardiovascular exercise, dancing offers numerous benefits. The activity may be low or high impact. However, either one will increase aerobic fitness. Other benefits of dancing include:

  • improved muscle tone
  • weight management
  • flexibility and strength
  • strong bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • improved balance
  • increased cardiovascular health
  • enhanced opportunity for social interaction
  • helps boost mood

Also, age doesn’t matter. Your dancing partner may be a child or someone 20 years your senior. No matter how skilled you are, there’s always a new step to learn, too. Grab a partner and get dancing!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDanceDay

Turn on a favorite song and dance. Enroll children in dance classes. While you’re at it, sign yourself and a partner up for them, too. You’ll improve your health and your social life while engaging with someone you care about. Invite friends to join you and learn as a group. What better way to #CelebrateEveryDay than to start out dancing?

Types of Dances to Learn:

  • Ballroom
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Ballet
  • Country Western
  • Hip Hop
  • Contemporary
  • Square Dance
  • Line Dance
  • Latin

You can also take dance classes to improve your skills. Those who already sport some mad moves should offer to teach others. Watch your favorite dancers and try to keep step. Play dance video games and share your scores! While you’re teaching, learning, or just improvising, share your dance moves. Take a video while you’re having all this fun. Post on social media using #NationalDanceDay to encourage others to do so as well.


“So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe founded National Dance Day in 2010. When the observance achieved national recognition in 2010, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton stepped up. She introduced a resolution to promote a national day for dance education and physical fitness.

RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY – Third Saturday in September


On the third Saturday in September, Responsible Dog Ownership Day reminds pet owners to make a promise to your furever friend. 

The observance encourages current and future pet owners to commit to being responsible for their loyal hound. Being responsible protects not only the dog but all those who may be affected by him, too. Dogs bring many benefits to our lives. Ensuring they remain healthy, happy, and safe is a vital part of our job as dog owners.

The pawsabilities for excellent pet care include:

  • veterinary care
  • training
  • grooming
  • exercise
  • proper disposal of waste
  • identifying household risks and dangers
  • acceptable socialization
  • registration according to local and state ordinances

We need to be on the lookout for their well-being and the well-being of those around them.  It may come as a surprise to many how much care dogs require. Keeping them healthy and safe includes many considerations. Their size, energy, medical care, temperament, and many other needs are the dog owner’s responsibility. Often, dogs bring unexpected expenses. We need to be prepared to make decisions regarding their care when illness or injury occurs, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ResponsibleDogOwnershipDay

Dog owners know how rewarding a canine companion can be. At the same time, a responsible dog owner knows they are accountable for their dog’s behavior and health. Those rewards require effort and genuine commitment. Share your tips and suggestions for those considering adding a dog to their family. Pose questions for others regarding how they maintain a canine relationship. Give a shout out to your vet, groomer or another service for helping you to be a responsible dog owner. For more information on responsible dog ownership visit www.akc.org. Use #ResponsibleDogOwnershipDay to post on social media.


The American Kennel Club promotes Responsible Dog Ownership Days across the country annually.  Since at least September 17, 2003, (the 119th anniversary of the AKC), the observance has been encouraging dog owners to be the most respectful, caring, and responsible companion to their canine they can be.

PUPPY MILL AWARENESS DAY – Third Saturday in September (1)


National Puppy Mill Awareness Day on the third day in September encourages those looking for a new dog, to adopt, not shop. 

An observance dedicated to improving the lives of dogs, the day spreads the word about the poor conditions of puppy mills. While reputable dog breeders care for the animals they raise, a puppy mill doesn’t put the animal’s needs first. Not only do the dogs often live in poor conditions, but they’re bred T often than is healthy. Additionally, puppy mills don’t take into consideration preferred characteristics when breeding.

As a result, breeding lines are not well tracked, and genetic defects develop. The mills remove young from the mothers much too early. Sickness, malnutrition, and behavior issues are common. Often, mills skimp on vaccines, also.


Responsible breeders maintain thorough records. They also keep their kennels sanitary. Not only that, they expect you to care about the condition of their animals and facilities. Their animals receive quality veterinary care. Often, a breeder will not sell a dog if they don’t believe the animal will be cared for by the buyer. Also, good breeders require the buyer e returned to them should something happen that prevents you from caring for the animal.


Shelters receive stray and surrendered animals. They update their vaccines and obtain necessary veterinary care for each animal. They also screen prospective adoptive families. Similar to breeders, they maintain their facilities. However, they retain few paid staff and rely on donations and volunteers for a bulk of their needs.

Depending on the shelter’s mandate, animals live there until they are adopted. Other shelters allow a certain number of days for the animal to be adopted. Once the selected number of days pass, the shelter usually must destroy the dog. Many of the dogs in shelters come from animals bred in puppy mills for pet stores or sold online.

It’s essential to know the difference and select your new fur baby responsibly. Even though you may think you’re saving the animal, purchasing a dog from a puppy mill only keeps the business thriving.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PuppyMillAwarenessDay

If you’re considering a new pet, consider adopting from a shelter. Even pure-bred animals find their way to the shelter. Many people adopt a dog and are unprepared for the responsibility that accompanies a puppy or adult dog. Whether the training or another reason causes the pet to end up at a shelter, an opportunity for a new home awaits them.

Use #PuppyMillAwarenessDay to post on social media.


National Puppy Mill Project formed the initiative for a Puppy Mill Awareness Day to spread awareness and educate the public to help end puppy mills.

National CleanUp Day - Third Saturday in September


On the third Saturday in September, National CleanUp Day encourages all of us to take action to make the entire country a better place to live.

Just think, what if everyone just picked up one piece of litter? From coast to coast, organizations and individuals alike join forces to clean up parks, trails, beaches, mountains, and open spaces.

Outdoor spaces free of trash and litter create a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Preservation of our forefathers’ legacy is up to all of us.

Litter, debris, and trash mar the beauty of our natural landscapes. National CleanUp Day puts litter in its place – in the trash and recycle bins. The observance provides an opportunity to make those messes right and give the landscape a fresh, clean sweep! Communities, corporations, civic organizations, parks and recreation departments, and private citizens will all be uniting together to make year’s celebration a success.

By participating on this special day, you will be helping to send a message to your communities that you care about keeping our natural surroundings clean throughout the year. Won’t you join us to make your community beautiful?

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCleanUpDay

Create a team or bring a friend to remove litter from your favorite outdoor spaces. Spread the word! Join in and be part of the solution. Use #NationalCleanUpDay or #SeaToShiningSea to share on social media.

Be sure to download the flyer at https://www.nationalcleanupday.org/flyer to share with others and get the word out!

Earth Day Network
World CleanUp Day
Let’s Do It World, Estonia
Keep America Beautiful affiliates
United Nations Environmental Program
Bear Grylls Survival Challenge
Granite Gear

We have a Tailored CleanUp program for businesses, schools, municipalities and non-profits. There is no cost. It increases signups, promotes your organization and helps keep the outdoors clean. The program works well for small “micro” groups to large organizations with multiple locations. We customize with your images and videos. It’s FREE. Learn more at https://www.nationalcleanupday.org/tailored-cleanup-business-example

Questions about Tailored CleanUps or sponsorship opportunities? Email us direct at info@nationalcleanupday.org


Supporting organizations founded National CleanUp Day to celebrate the importance of caring for our outdoor spaces. Through creating the celebration, the day reminds everyone to remove litter, so our trails, parks, and community spaces remain pleasant and unmarred by waste.

CleanUP Day LogoDonations to National CleanUp Day may be tax-deductible through our partnership with Clean Trails, a national 501(c)3 non-profit.

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On September 19th, National Butterscotch Pudding Day offers a sweet taste of a wholesome and creamy dessert. 

Brown sugar and butter star in the recipes for butterscotch pudding. However, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt are also sometimes used. Butterscotch adds amazing flavor to items such as sauces, candies, and frostings. 

An 1848 newspaper offers the scoop on this yummy pudding. According to “Housewife’s Corner” and Masluk Cream Co., the real recipe for “making Doncaster butterscotch is one pound of butter, one pound of sugar and a quarter of a pound of treacle, boiled together.”

When is National Chocolate Pudding Day?

Enjoy butterscotch pudding on its own or use it in other recipes. The flavor goes well with graham cracker crusts for pies or layered in a trifle, too. Simply layer with chunks of pound cake and whipped cream. Add nuts or a caramel drizzle for texture and visual appeal.

Spike your pudding with bourbon or rum. Pudding shots are delicious little cocktails.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ButterscotchPuddingDay

Who doesn’t like pudding? Well then, get to cooking up a delicious butterscotch pudding to celebrate. Build your favorite parfait or add it to a pie for a perfect celebration. Swap your favorite recipes to bring about the best flavors. Surprise the people in your life with this sweet treat. We even have a couple of recipes for you to dive into.

Butterscotch Pretzel Parfait
Creamy Butterscotch Pudding Recipe.

Use #ButterscotchPuddingDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the history of this food holiday.

NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY – Third Saturday in September (1)


On the third Saturday in September,  National Gymnastics Day focuses on a sport the Greeks developed in the 5th century B.C.

That’s right. During the 5th century B.C., gymnastics first emerged as a classical sport. The Greeks developed the practice to strengthen warriors’ skills for battle. Since gymnastics focuses on all the necessary physical traits for hand to hand combat, it improves strength, dexterity, and concentration.
Many of the events first exhibited during the Greek Olympics are a part of the competition in the modern Olympics today.
The “father of modern gymnastics” is Friedrich Ludwig Jahn of Germany.  In the 1700s, he perfected many of the events that leave the audiences gasping in awe. Some of those events include parallel bars, balance beam, and jumping events.
Both an individual and team sport, gymnastics competitions are found all over the world.  Many age and skill levels compete, too. Those who compete at the Olympic level and beyond train several hours daily. To be successful, most start as a young child.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGymnasticsDay

Share stories about celebrated gymnasts, or encourage a gymnast you know. Attend a gymnastic competition near you. Share your experiences in gymnastics. While you’re cheering on your favorite gymnast, be sure to take photos and video. Share them using #NationalGymnasticsDay to post on social media.


Gymnastics Day began in 1998 as a way to encourage gymnasts and bring awareness about the sport.

BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUB DAY FOR KIDS – Third Saturday in September


On the third Saturday in September, Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day for Kids celebrates kids with fun-filled activities. 

Dedicate this Saturday to celebrating children. Spend the involved in meaningful activities, celebrating the wonderment of childhood.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BoysAndGirlsClubDayForKids

Find and register events at Day for Kids. Or branch out on your own and try a few of these fun activities:

  • Build and then fly a kite.
  • For an adventure in exploring, try geocaching.
  • Collect fallen leaves and create an artistic collage.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter. Learn to walk and groom the animals.
  • Create one-of-a-kind stepping stones with plaster of Paris and colorful beads.
  • Make paper planes and have a contest to see which ones fly the farthest.
  • Use sidewalk chalk to create artistic masterpieces.
  • Play basketball, miniature golf, sand volleyball, bowling, badminton, soccer, baseball, Wiffle ball, kickball or any number of athletic games.
  • Skip stones at a pond or river while going fishing.
  • Break out the board games and have a tournament.
  • Go for a hike. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
  • Tie dye t-shirts or handkerchiefs.
  • Visit a museum and explore history.
  • Go to the library and check out a book or old movie.
  • Write a short story together.

Use #BoysAndGirlsClubDayForKids to post on social media.


The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of America is working to establish a day in The United States dedicated to just kids.  Visit the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day website to join the initiative.

On Deck for September 20, 2020

September 19 History


In the Aerostat Reveillon, balloonists Joseph-Michel and Jacques- Étienne Montgolfier launch the first living creatures into the air in the basket of a balloon. The sheep, duck and rooster landed safely 3 minutes later. Centuries later during the space race, humans would launch animals into space, too.


Melville Bissell patents his invention for a carpet sweeper, the first successful carpet sweeper. With patent No. 182,346 in hand, he and his wife Anna began selling the invention around the country.


New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote. Governor Lord Glasgow signed the legislation and women flocked to the polls in the November election. Nearly 30 years later, the United States passed the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.


Scott Fahlman publishes the first recorded emoticons on the internet. The 🙂 and 🙁 found their way into his post in an internet bulletin board system at Carnegie Mellon University.


The film Good Fellas is released. Starring Robert De. Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci, the mob story was directed by Martin Scorsese.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Cheese Monkey
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

This version of Welsh Rarebit is an excellent way to use up the ends of a loaf of bread or serve with crackers as a snack.

Cheese Monkey - Welsh Rarebit - Welsh Rabbit









1 cup milk, evaporated milk or light cream
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated Cheddar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
Crisp toast or crackers
1/4 cup diced tomatoes


In a double boiler, melt cheese together with the milk and bread crumbs.

Once melted, stir in the spices and Worcestershire sauce.

Add the slightly beaten egg and stir well. Cook about one minute, stirring continuously.

Pour immediately over toast or crackers. Garnish with diced tomatoes. Serve hot.

September 19 Birthdays

George Cadbury – 1839

While his father, John Cadbury, founded the chocolate company, George and his brother Robert brought the brand into prosperity.

William Lever – 1851

Along with his brother James, William Lever established a soap manufacturing company called Lever Brothers.

Lovie Austin – 1887

Lovie Austin brought her talents to the Chicago jazz scene in the early 1920s. She recorded with the likes of Ma Rainey and Ethel Waters. She also influenced many other musicians throughout her career and more.

Mama Cass Elliot – 1941

An original member of the Mamas and Papas, Cass Elliot also launched a successful solo career.

Jimmy Fallon – 1974

The comedian is the current and sixth host of the night time talk show The Tonight Show. Before taking on hosting duties, Fallon joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

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