Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

September 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning citizens and constitution lovers. Today is Saturday, September 17th. The holidays today are:

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

The first holiday today is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become United States citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day started out as separate holidays, but Congress combined the two holidays in 2004.
The law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.
Here is a little bit more information about Citizenship Day. On February 29, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing Citizenship Day on September 17 of each year. The roots of this holiday go back to I Am an American Day, which was established in 1940 by Congress as the third Sunday in May. This day was moved and renamed to Citizenship Day to coincide with the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Oktoberfest Begins

Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival that dates all the way back to 1810. In October of that year, the crown prince of Bavaria married the princess of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and all the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the royal wedding. The celebration turned into an annual autumn event.
Today, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair. Over 5 million people travel to Munich to take part in the festivities. Over the course of the sixteen-day festival, they will watch parades, participate in massive sing-a-longs, eat Bavarian foods like soft pretzels, wear traditional lederhosen, and consume more than 10 million gallons of beer…and that is just for Munich alone. I won’t even attempt to calculate the amount of beer consumed throughout the whole of Germany during Oktoberfest – just thinking about it makes my brain hurt.
Here in America, Oktoberfest is not a holiday, but many bars, restaurants, and even whole communities will hold some sort of Oktoberfest celebration for at least a portion of the traditional German festival. To celebrate your own Oktoberfest, don your lederhosen, put on the oompah music and sample some German beers. Cheers! Or, as the Germans would say, “Prost!”
Author’s Note: The date on which Oktoberfest begins each year is determined by calculating 16 days prior to the first Sunday in October. There are exceptions to this rule and although it may not make it any clearer to you, this link will explain how the date for the beginning of Oktoberfest is determined far better than I ever could.
Like Easter, for me at least, figuring out the date when Oktoberfest begins is akin to doing Chinese algebra. When I was stationed in Germany, I used this formula — When the big tents started being assembled in the field adjacent to the NCO Club, I knew that Oktoberfest was nigh upon us and when I heard the oompah music, I knew that Oktoberfest had begun. Truly a fool-proof system.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Responsible Dog Ownership Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in September. The American Kennel Club promotes Responsible Dog Ownership Days across the country annually. Since the 119th anniversary of the AKC in September 2003, Responsible Dog Ownership Day has been encouraging dog owners to be respectful, caring, and responsible caregivers to their canine companions.
If there is or soon will be a canine companion in your life, Responsible Dog Ownership Day encourages you to make a promise, not just to your loyal hound, but to all of those who may be affected by him. Dogs bring many benefits into our lives and to ensure they remain healthy, happy and safe; we need to be on the look out for their well-being and the well-being of those around them. Many people don’t consider all the care involved when taking in a canine companion. Their size, energy, medical care, temperament, and many other needs are the dog owner’s responsibility. Too often, this results in the dog being turned over to an animal shelter, or worse yet, simply abandoned.
To celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day, consider a donation to an animal shelter.

National Apple Dumpling Day

Apple dumplings originated as a humble peasant dish in Europe and soon spread to the rest of the world. Over the centuries, they have become an internationally renown treat found in many a grandmothers’ cookbook worldwide.
Originally, apple dumplings were boiled or steamed, and the word itself comes from German dampf, meaning steam. Nowadays, however, apple dumplings are typically baked and stuffed with cored and peeled Granny Smith apples which are spiced and sweetened. The crucial spice is cinnamon, though nutmeg and lemon zest are popular as well.
To celebrate National Apple Dumpling Day, bake some apple dumplings today. Don’t forget the caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Big Whopper Liar Day

Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day for Kids – Third Saturday in September.

International Coastal Cleanup Day

International Country Music Day

International Eat an Apple Day — Third Saturday in September.

National Gymnastics Day – Third Saturday in September.

National Monte Cristo Day

Puppy Mill Awareness Day – Third Saturday in September.

Software Freedom Day

Time’s Up Day

On this date in:

  • 1778 – The United States signed its first treaty with a Native American tribe, the Delaware Nation.
  • 1796 – President George Washington’s Farewell Address was read before the Congress.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Antietam took place during the American Civil War. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. The Confererate advance was ended with heavy losses to both armies.
  • 1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of the sprinkler system.
  • 1911 – The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA.
  • 1930 – Construction of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.
  • 1937 – At Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln’s face was dedicated.
  • 1947 – The first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, was sworn into office.
  • 1953 – Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 known as ‘Mr. Cub’.
  • 1953 – The Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA, successfully separated Siamese twins. Carolyn Anne and Catherine Anne Mouton were connected at the waist when born.
  • 1961 – The Minnesota Vikings debuted as a new National Football League (NFL) team.
  • 1962 – United States space officials announced the selection of Neil A. Armstrong and eight others as new astronauts.
  • 1963 – “The Fugitive” premiered on ABC-TV.
  • 1972 – “M*A*S*H” premiered on CBS-TV.
  • 1983 – Vanessa Williams, as Miss New York, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.
  • 1983 – Carl Yastrzemski (Boston Red Sox) broke Hank Aaron’s major league record for games played when he started his 3,299th game.
  • 1984 – 9,706 immigrants became naturalized citizens when they were sworn in by Vice-President George Bush in Miami, FL. It was the largest group to become United States citizens.
  • 1984 – Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first major league home run.
  • 1992 – Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his probe of the Iran-Contra scandal. The investigation had lasted 5 1/2 years.
  • 1995 – Hong Kong held its last legislative election before being taken over by China in 1997.

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