Clean Up in Peace and Gratitude with Military, Tradesmen, and Hobbits!


Friday, September 20, 2013


Sunday, September 22, 2013



But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”
Daphne du Maurier


Are you enjoying your September? We have your weekend trivia and observances and will be back on Monday with the events and observances for the last week of September.



On September 20, 1973, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.


In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people on September 20, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror“.


On September 20, 2011, the United States ended its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve in the military openly for the first time.


National Punch Day

National Punch Day is September 20th. The word “punch” allegedly comes from the Hindustani word “panch,” which means “five.” In the early 1600s, sailors and employees of the British East India Company brought a new exotic drink from India to England. The beverage was made with five ingredients—spirits, lemon, sugar, water, and tea. Punch spread from country to country and became one of the most popular party drinks in the world. There are hundreds of different punch recipes now.

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POW/MIA Recognition Day

The third Friday of September is POW/MIA Recognition Day, a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.

The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was July 18, 1979. It was the result of resolutions passed in Congress. The first national ceremony was held on this date. Over the next several years, it was held in varying dates of the year. Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the third Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs. This date was selected, as it is not associated with any wars. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.

Please take a few moments to remember our missing soldiers, and those held as prisoners of war. Attend a ceremony in your area. Say a prayer for POWs and MIAs. Also, write to your senators and congressman to urge continued and increased effort towards bringing every service man and woman home.


National Tradesmen Day

The third Friday of September is also National Tradesmen Day. Tradesmen are the ones that build our homes, roads, businesses, and schools. They keep our cars running, our lights on, our water flowing, and so much more. They are the backbone of our functioning nation. Say “thanks” to your favorite Tradesmen! Irwin Tools initiated the special day for professional tradesmen three years ago. The skilled workers such as bricklayers, roofers, plumbers and many others deserve the recognition for their daily contributions to our lives.


Clean Up the World Weekend

September 20-22 is Clean Up Your World Weekend. In addition to uniting millions in global environmental action, Clean Up the World Weekend serves as a celebration of participants’ year round activities. By promoting their achievements internationally, Clean Up the World focuses public attention on global community concerns for the environment and how each individual can make a positive contribution to a cleaner and healthier world.

Groups, organizations, schools and businesses from communities around the world unite on Clean Up the World Weekend to take action at a local level to address global environmental issues. Activities can include clean up’s, tree plantings or environmental awareness raising activities.


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The “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial was published in the New York Sun on September 21, 1897.

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International Day of Peace

International Peace Day was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. Each year on this day, celebrations are held in hundreds of countries, all with the same goal in mind….to stop war and violence. Created and sponsored by the United Nations, this day seeks to end war, starting today. The United Nations goal for this day is “a day of non-violence and ceasefire”. To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City).

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has dedicated the World Peace Day 2013 to Peace education in an effort to refocus minds and financing on the preeminence of peace education as the means to bring about a culture of peace. Armed with the Arts, announced in May 2013, is a global campaign to increase awareness of Peace Day and promote peace education within schools and community groups through the Peace Crane Project.

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World Gratitude Day

The United Nations Meditation Group created World Gratitude Dayto express appreciation for the great things that individuals and groups do. This recognition is on a global basis. According to their website: “World Gratitude Day presents an award to someone who we feel has done something outstanding in the spirit of Globalism.” This group also suggests that you find something to be grateful for, and remember the feeling. On a smaller scale, seek to give gratitude and appreciation to people in your life who have done good deeds. It could be something as simple as a “thank you” or a card of thanks to someone. Or, you could offer some type of certificate or plaque of appreciation from a group you belong to, for contributions from individuals inside or outside of your group.


Miniature Golf Day

This Saturday is a great day to go play a round of miniature golf at the local course because it is Miniature Golf Day. Miniature golf is wildly popular by adults and children. It’s a great date for couples, young and old. It’s a great place to hold a birthday party for kids. You don’t have to be good at miniature golf. With twists, turns, and a variety of obstacles, your score is partially the result of luck. And, that’s half of the fun of it.

We certainly hope that your day is up to par!


World Alzheimer’s Day

The theme for this years World Alzheimer’s Day is “A Journey of Care”. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) launched the International Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, 1994 and it has been observed each year since.

The ignorance about the disease and its symptoms has wrecked a number of families and has turned their world upside down when they have to deal with a patient from their family. And the knowledge about what the disease actually is and how the patients should be taken care of can change the way of life of such caregivers and also patient who needs the most care and support in this difficult time.

The World Alzheimer’s Day focuses on getting more people know about the disease and why and how the patients could be managed though the disease itself cannot be cured or controlled as per the development now. The first people who should be educated on the symptoms and management of the disease are those who have someone suffering from it.



The 2013 Octoberfest begins September 21 and runs through October 5. This two week festival is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. While it is a giant world festival in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations are held around the world. It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry! Each year, the Oktoberfest is opened, as the mayor of Munich taps a keg a of beer. There is even a special brew made, aptly called Oktoberfest beer. Oktoberfest is not just a celebration of beer. It is a huge festival with lots of food, music, dancing, rides, and carnival booths. Each year millions of people from all over the world come to the fair. Oktoberfest celebrations and festivals are held around the world during this time. These festivals also celebrate the rich heritage of the German people.

The very first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810. It was held to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (King Ludwig 1) to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The wedding took place on October 12th, and a great horse race (in celebration of the marriage) was held a few days later on October 17th. The marriage was celebrated annually, and came to be known as Oktoberfest.

Early Oktoberfest celebrations were held in October. The festival was eventually moved to September, as the weather was better earlier in the Fall. Oktoberfest has been held annually since 1810. Throughout this time, it has been canceled a few times, due to wars, and once due to a major Cholera outbreak (1854) in the region. Over the years, the festival grew. Carnival booths appeared. Beer became a central theme, and flowed freely. Food was a big part of the festivities. And, later rides were added.



On September 22, 1789, the office of United States Postmaster General was established .

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The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published September 22, 1888.


Business Women’s Day

Business Women’s Day is an American holiday, nationally recognized each September 22. September 22, 1949 is the day which the American Business Women’s Association was founded. It’s mission is “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition”.

The holiday commemorates the important legacy and contributions of the more than 68 million American working women and 7.7 million women business owners. The roots of this special day go back to the late 1940s. While men were off fighting World War II, women filled the void in the workforce. The returning soldiers found the women eager to have their men return. But, many women were not anxious to return to traditional roles in the home. Since this time, women’s role and contributions in the workforce have grown and evolved.


Wife Appreciation Day

The third Sunday of September is Wife Appreciation Day. There are few cultural clichés quite as entrenched as the supportive, caring, considerate wife. But believe it or not, it’s not all a big con; the bond between husband and wife runs deep, and it’s important to recognize that level of commitment and dedication to a partner. Wife Appreciation Day encourages husbands and partners to surprise their wives (nicely, fellows) with gifts, recognition and above all, appreciation.

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September 22 is OneWebDay, an annual day of Internet celebration and awareness. The stated goal of founder Susan P. Crawfordis for OneWebDay to foster and make visible a global constituency that cares about the future of the Internet.

The first ever OneWebDay was held on September 22, 2006. A website was established and a global network of events promoted. The suggested theme for this years events is to emphasize web accessibility. Late in 2012 the Internet Society issued a report – Internet use by persons with disabilities: Moving Forward – exploring both the business case and the human rights perspective for improved accessibility to the Internet for persons with disabilities. The Internet Society’s motto is “The Internet is for Everyone,” reflecting the belief that access to the Internet is a fundamental public policy issue. Apart from access to infrastructure and equipment, accessibility depends on making physical devices and online services useful to everyone, including persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities form the world’s largest minority according to the United Nations. There are internationally recognized accessibility guidelines developed by W3C on web content, authoring tools and user agents.


World Car Free Day

Each year on or around September 22, people from around the world get together to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society. The organization behind this day wants people to not only get out of their cars but to stay out of their cars. They want a permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars. Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year. As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.


National Centenarian’s Day

September 22nd is a day to recognize and honor individuals who have lived a century or longer. A day not only to recognize the individuals but to listen to them discuss the memories- filled with historical information- they have of their rich lives. The average age of the American population is on a steady climb, and the national median is nearly 37. As people grow older, many tend to become a little vague about their exact age. After about 85, though, they tend to become proud of their longevity. Not too many years ago, someone who had lived to be 100 was a true rarity. Even today, those reaching 100 are contacted by the White House, and often the national and local media. Now, generations of good nutrition and medical care are paying off, and the picture has changed. On this National Centenarians Day, there are some 53,000 Americans aged 100 or over, almost 83 percent of them women. In 1980, the number was 32,000.

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National White Chocolate Day

It’s National White Chocolate Day! White chocolate was invented by the Nestlé company in Switzerland. The first white chocolate bar debuted in 1930. Despite its long history, for many years the confection we know as “white chocolate” was not officially chocolate at all. White chocolate does not contain cocoa solids—one of the main ingredients in traditional chocolate. In 2004, ten years after chocolate manufacturers filed the first petition, the FDA finally relaxed its definition of “chocolate” and accepted white chocolate into the family. According to the regulations, true white chocolate must contain at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% total milk solids, 3.5% milk fat, and less than 63% sugar.



Elephant Appreciation Day

Today is a day for fans of elephants. This is a big, elephant sized day. We feel it should be celebrated in a big way. Little kids and big kids are fascinated by elephants. In a zoo, in the circus, or a wildlife special on television, elephants captivate us by their sheer size. This is your chance to let them see that you appreciate them. Showing your appreciation for them starts with a visit to your local zoo. They will be happy to see you. Making a donation towards their support, is a great way to show your appreciation.

Mission Media Inc. created in 1996, largely because elephants are ….large. (and a whole lot of other great things.) The founder, Wayne Hepburn, received a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift. He became fascinated by them. He amassed a huge collections of elephant books and paraphernalia. His fascination and love of elephants, led to the creation of this day so you and I can stop and enjoy this huge, lumbering beast.


Autumnal Equinox

There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. Seasons are opposite on either side of the equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the “autumnal (fall) equinox” in the northern hemisphere. However, in the southern hemisphere, it’s known as the “spring (vernal) equinox”.

September Equinox in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. is on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM PDT.

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Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week

Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age. The week that contains Hobbit Day is Tolkien Week.

The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978. Due to the discrepancies between the Shire Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar there is some debate about when toe celebrate Hobbit Day.

The Fellowship of the Ring opened with a celebration of Bilbo’s birthday. It was a large party with food, fireworks, dancing and much merriment. Some Tolkien fans celebrate by having party and feasts emulating the hobbit’s parties. Other fans celebrate by simply going barefooted in honor of the hobbits. Some schools, libraries, and book sellers use this as an opportunity to pique interest in Tolkien’s work by putting up displays and hosting events.

Happy Birthday:

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Some of the writers born September 20th include:

Kate Harrington (1831), Upton Sinclair (1878), Charles Williams (1886), Stevie Smith (1902), Geraldine Clinton Little (1923), Donald Hall (1928), Keith Roberts (1935), Jude Devereaux (1947), Steve Gerber (1947), Patrick Poivre d’Arvor (1947), George R. R. Martin (1948), Javier Marias (1951), and Arn Anderson (1958).

Some of the writers born September 21st include:

H.G. Wells (1866), Stephen King (1947), Marsha Norman (1947), Mark Levin (1957), Kelley Eskridge (1960), Frederic Beigbeder (1965), Samantha Power (1970), Heather Brewer (1973), and Vanessa Grigoriadis (1973).

Some of the writers born September 22nd include:

John Home (1722), Theodore Hook (1788), Wilhelm Wattenbach (1819), Ferenc Oslay (1883), Uri Zvi Grinberg (1896), Esphyr Siobodkina (1908), Charles Keeping (1924), Rosamunde Pilcher (1924), Leila Hadley (1926), Fay Weldon (1931), Robert Morace (1947), Jo Beverley (1947), Jim Keith (1949), Elizabeth Bear (1971), and Emilie Autumn (1979).


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