NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY
National Punctuation Day commemorates all punctuation on September 24th. A period, a comma, a semicolon, a question mark and an exclamation point are examples of some of the punctuation used in writing. They separate sentences and their elements to clarify meaning. Without them, meaning would be lost or up for interpretation.
Across the country, punctuation events test skill, educate and even poke fun at some of those embarrassing errors.
The founder of the observance sends out a challenge every year. Visit Jeff Rubin’s website to enter the contest.
- FontFeed credits the observance with the revival of the interrobang.
- Auburn Elementary School of Auburn, MI celebrates the observance annually.
- CBS’s Live with Regis & Kelly mentioned the celebration on their morning television show on September 24, 2008.
For some, the celebration can be a trying one. If you’re not one to use punctuation in text messages, you might be prompted to use a period or two throughout the day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPunctuationDay
What better way to celebrate punctuation than by using it. Seek out unique ways to punctuate your sentences. You can also try a few of these suggestions:
- Spend the day critiquing others’ mistakes. Or, carefully correct your own.
- Determine which of your contracts for insurance, warranties, or service have a misplaced comma that might be to your benefit.
- To avoid punctuation altogether, just complete crossword puzzles all day. They don’t use any punctuation.
- Write an error-free email and send it to everyone you know. Better yet, write an email with a single error and challenge your friends to find it.
- Open up a debate about the Oxford comma online. It may get as heated as a political debate.
- Try using every type of punctuation throughout the day.
- Create a painting or collage of your favorite punctuation marks.
- Express how you feel about the evolution of punctuation into emoticons. 😉
We all make mistakes. While some mistakes we find humorous, some are costly to relationships or the bottom line.
Practice proper punctuation and properly post it using #NationalPunctuationDay on social media.
NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY HISTORY
Jeff Rubin founded National Punctuation Day in 2004 as a way to promote the correct usage of punctuation.
On September 24th Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving expresses thanks in a way that dates back to 1734.
The Schwenkfelders are the descendants of a small Protestant sect that sprang up in Germany around the time of the Reformation. They were followers of Caspar Schwenkfeld, a theologian. He and his followers separated from Protestant circles and formed the brotherhoods that still survive as the Schwenkfelder Church. Most Schwenkfelders now live in Pennsylvania Dutch country.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SchwenkfelderThanksgiving
Cook up a Thanksgiving spread. Celebrate with your garden bounty and the fruits of your labors. Create new traditions to carry forward generation after generation. Give thanks for the blessings and rewards in your life. Use #SchwenkfelderThanksgiving to post on social media.
SCHWENKFELDER THANKSGIVING HISTORY
In 1733, a handful of Schwenkfelder’s followers arrived in Philadelphia. A second group came from Germany on September 22, 1734. They swore their allegiance to the British king; then they spent September 24th expressing their thankfulness to God for having delivered them from persecution.
This Thanksgiving event is the oldest continuously observed Thanksgiving event in the United States. The traditional Thanksgiving celebrated at the end of November didn’t get its start until the end of the Civil War.
While the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, the observance didn’t continue uninterrupted. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements. George Washington even proclaimed the Nation’s first Thanksgiving in 1789. And while his successors followed suit, designating days of thanks, they weren’t consistent. It wasn’t until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving for the last Thursday in November. Annually, the country gave thanks on that day until 1939. That year, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the observance to the fourth Thursday, and that’s where it stayed.
NATIONAL CHERRIES JUBILEE DAY
On September 24th National Cherries Jubilee Day serves up a tasty dessert. Smitten with this simply elegant dessert, cherry lovers celebrate this sweet holiday with delight.
Auguste Escoffier receives the credit for the Cherries Jubilee recipe. Since he knew Queen Victoria’s fondness for cherries, Escoffier prepared the dish for one of her Jubilee celebrations. However, his original method didn’t include ice cream. Instead, the chef poached the cherries in a simple syrup and poured warm brandy over them. Then just before serving, dramatically set the alcohol aflame.
Later recipes added the liqueur Kirschwasser and ice cream.
The word jubilee means many things. However, in reference to the vibrant dessert featuring plump cherries, it means a celebration. As we all know, desserts often accompany celebrations. And cherries jubilee is no exception. The excitement associated with the grand presentation accentuated the event, too.
Escoffier had a knack for simplicity and elegance. He also created the Peach Melba in honor of Nellie Melba. The famous chef even named a macaron after Sarah Bernhardt. (Though there’s no day on the calendar for it, yet.)
HOW TO OBSERVE #CherriesJubileeDay
Find a restaurant near you that serves cherries jubilee. As part of the celebration, order dessert first. Or, try making it yourself. Try this delicious Cherries Jubilee recipe. At the same time, be sure to share a photo of your masterpiece!
Don’t forget to use #CherriesJubileeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHERRIES JUBILEE HISTORY
While National Day Calendar® continues searching for the source of this delicious food holiday, we encourage you to #CelebrateEveryDay!
On Deck for September 25, 2020
- National Quesadilla Day (Dia de la Quesadilla) *
- National One-Hit Wonder Day
- National Comic Book Day
- National Lobster Day
- National Tune-Up Day
- National Research Administrator Day
- Math Storytelling Day
- National BRAVE DAY– Fourth Friday in September
- National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Last Friday in September
September 24 History
The first Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving takes place.
The perpendicular rock formation known as Devil’s Tower is named the first national monument in the United States. The Antiquities Act passed in June of the same year paved the way for President Theodore Roosevelt to begin declaring national monuments. Throughout his term as president, he would declare 17 more national monuments.
The French Sardine Company of California trademarks its canned fish products under the name Star-Kist.
Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa found the Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Their first product is a motorcycle.
The Brooklyn Dodgers play their last game at Ebbets Field. After their 2-0 win of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team moved to Los Angeles where they still play today.
Elvis Presley releases the single “Jailhouse Rock” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. A month later, the film by the same name and starring Presley premieres.
The news show 60 Minutes premieres on CBS. The program was promoted as a news magazine and was hosted by Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace, but there was no ticking clock in the background.
The Big Dibber rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire, UK sets a world record. That day, the average age of the 32 passengers equaled 75.25, the highest average age ever reported for riders on a rollercoaster.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Apple Strudel
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
5 cups sliced apples
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon flour
3 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 egg yolk and white, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup powdered sugar
In a medium bowl, mix apples, raisin, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Set aside.
Cream together flour and shortening. Mix in the milk and egg yolk. Divide dough in half and roll out the first layer to fit into the bottom of jelly roll pan.
Add filling evenly to the pan. Roll out the remaining dough and cover the filling.
Bake at 375° for 45 minutes.
Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.
September 24 Birthdays
Francis Harper – 1825
The prominent abolitionist and suffragist became the first African American to publish a short story. She worked closely with influential activists such as George Still and Frederick Douglass to promote anti-slavery campaigns and pursue equal rights.
Georges Claude – 1870
If you know a business is open because of the glowing sign in the window, you can thank Georges Claude. The engineer and chemist is noted for inventing the neon light.
Lottie Dod – 1871
The accomplished tennis player was At the age of 15, Dod became the youngest winner of the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Championship.
Franklin Clarence Mars – 1883
The American businessman founded the Mars company in 1911. Today the company includes a diverse range of products.
Esther Eng – 1914
The Chinese American filmmaker made her mark in cinema when she produced the first American film for a Chinese audience. She also traveled to Hong Kong and began producing films there. In 1941, she directed the film Golden Gate Girl which was also the film debut for actor Bruce Lee. His character was the newborn baby girl.
Ruth Amonette – 1916
At the age of 27, Amonette became the first woman executive vice president of IBM.
Jim Henson – 1936
The puppeteer and filmmaker is best known for his characters known as Muppets. They appear in shows such as Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and The Muppets franchise.
John Watts Young – 1930
The ninth astronaut to walk on the moon flew six spaceflights, the first person to reach the achievement. As an accomplished pilot, he also flew four different types of spacecraft throughout his missions.
Paul Hamm – 1982
The three-time Olympic gymnast took gold in the Olympic all-round in 2004.
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