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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. 

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!

Talk Like A Pirate FAQ

Q. Are there other “talking” days on the calendar?
A. Yes there are. Two of them are National Talk Like Shakespeare Day and Talk in an Elevator Day.

Q. What should my pirate name be?
A. Here’s a great way to create your pirate name: 

  1. Pick a color.
  2. Choose an animal.
  3. Name a profession.
  4. Put steps 1, 2, and 3 together to create your name. 

For example: blue + clam + dancer = Blue Clam Dancer. 

WIFE APPRECIATION DAY – Third Sunday in September


Wife Appreciation Day on the third Sunday in September provides an opportunity for spouses to show appreciation to their wives.  

The relationship between two people takes balance. Every day, spouses do things for each other, sometimes without thinking. Other times, work and responsibilities get in the way. This observance offers a reminder to show a little appreciation to your wife. 

This particular observance sets aside time for couples who have no children. Not every woman is a mother, either by chance or choice. Since so many holidays celebrate families with children, this day offers a day for those who remain childless.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WifeAppreciationDay

Couples may choose to celebrate the day traditionally with a gift of flowers, perfume, jewelry or clothing. However, other options include a day at a spa, tickets to a show or dinner at a nice restaurant.  A foot massage and cooking breakfast or dinner at home can also say, “Thank you for all the things you do every day. I appreciate them.” Share your celebration using #WifeAppreciationDay to post on social media.


While National Day Calendar research did not uncover the source of the day, we did identify the underlying meaning of Wife Appreciation Day. Even though it honored married women, the focus is on honoring those who didn’t have children. The day makes up for Mother’s Day when there are no children in the marriage. 



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.


Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month


Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in September makes a concentrated effort toward spreading knowledge, increasing activities, support, and funding for those affected by this life-altering disease.

Also known as PF, Pulmonary fibrosis is a group of devastating lung diseases that cause scarring in the lungs. The scarring limits the oxygen intake necessary for the brain, heart, and other organs to function.

Symptoms include a dry, hacking cough and shortness of breath. PF affects over 200,000 Americans and is difficult to diagnose. Misdiagnosis is not uncommon. There are also 50 thousand new cases diagnosed each year. 

While there is no cure, research is underway. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF)  national registry, the PFF Patient Registry, has reached its target enrollment of 2,000 patients from across the country. Researchers will use the data in the Registry in studies that will lead to a better understanding of how to diagnose, treat and eventually cure the disease.

Awareness of pulmonary fibrosis is on the rise. From Broadway to the gridiron, members of the PF community everywhere are stepping up to battle the disease. One notable person working toward finding a cure is actress and comedienne Julie Halston, who annually hosts the best of Broadway in “Broadway Belts for PFF!” in New York City. Performers pay tribute to Michael Kuchwara, former theatre critic for the Associated Press, who passed away from the disease in 2010.

In addition, Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard joined the fight against PF in 2016 by becoming a spokesperson for the Foundation and launching fundraising initiatives. Howard’s father, Reginald B. “Doc” Howard, succumbed to PF at age 52 when Jordan was only 12 years old.

HOW TO OBSERVE Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

You can celebrate PF Awareness Month by:

  • Going blue for pulmonary fibrosis. Show your support to those living with PF. Share a selfie while wearing blue clothes, painted nails, or even blue hair. Post your selfie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #BlueUp4PF and #PFAwarenessMonth. Be sure to tag @PFFORG in your posts.
  • Join a PF event near you. Whether it’s a walk, run, hike, or bike along a trail, raise awareness and funds while enjoying the month of September. Build a team, walk individually, volunteer or donate to help support research in the fight against the disease.
  • Host a blue bake sale, blue jeans day at work, athletic event, or trivia night.


The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation founded Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in 2012 to unite the pulmonary fibrosis community and raise awareness and funds for a cure for this deadly disease.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month to be observed every September beginning in 2017.

National Disease Literacy Month



National Disease Literacy Month in September sets out to improve a person’s overall understanding of their diagnosis and the associated services needed to make care decisions. More specifically, the month focuses on children, their knowledge of the conditions they have and the care they need every day.  

Even though getting well or taking medicine to keep us healthy should be a simple concept, it’s not. We know medicine is confusing. It hurts and interrupts our lives. Children know it as painful, messy and cumbersome, too. However, learning to understand the purpose of their treatments in meaningful ways may make a difference in their lives. 

Over 90% of children do not understand their disease or chronic illness.  We often resist what we don’t understand. Children skip medications and treatments. As a result, their condition worsens and treatments are less effective and outcomes worsen. Interactive programs in fun, friendly environments offer a way for children to learn about their conditions. 

Through educational games, children learn about their illness and how it is managed. If children understand their disease and how to better manage it, the hope is to improve overall results.


Help children learn more about their condition so they can lead a healthier life. Understand the child’s view of their condition. Volunteer, donate and share your experiences. Visit to learn more. Use #DiseaseLiteracyMonth to share on social media. 


Hemonauts founded National Disease Literacy Month to increase children’s understanding of their chronic illnesses and conditions. Children with chronic illness and diseases already face so much adversity. They aim to improve children’s overall health and outcomes while having fun, too. Hemonauts actively develop children-friendly ways for children to better understand their conditions setting them on a path to a lifetime of improved management goals. 

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Disease Literacy Month in 2019 to be observed annually during the month of September. 

September 19th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) 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

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
 6 – 8

With so many soup day’s on the calendar, it’s good to be prepared. This Chicken & Wild Rice Soup will warm you up on any cold day. Serve it with homemade French Bread and your home will be toasty all day! Double the batch and freeze some for easy meal prep later in the month.


2 Chicken Breasts
2 Carrots – Sliced
1 Celery – Sliced
3 Green Onions – Sliced
1/4 cup Frozen Peas
2 Cloves Sliced garlic
2 15 oz cans Chicken Broth
1 Box Wild Rice


Prepare 1 cup store brand Wild Rice per instructions on the label using chicken broth to replace water.

While rice is soaking, cube skinless chicken breast into 1/2″ cubes

Dice carrots, celery, and green onions into 1/8″ slices. Set aside.

Dice garlic into 1/8″. Set aside.

In a medium skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or frying oil. Add chicken and garlic and cook thoroughly (about 8 minutes).

Pour remaining chicken broth and veggies into a soup kettle. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.

Add frozen veggies and rice. Mix well.

Simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Stir frequently.

September 19th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) 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 nighttime talk show The Tonight Show. Before taking on hosting duties, Fallon joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

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.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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