September 17th – Constitution Day/Citizenship Day

September 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning citizens and constitution lovers. Today is Sunday, September 17, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

The first holiday today is 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 sponsored 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 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.

Emmy Awards

Each year, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosts an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding achievements in television programming. It is one of the biggest red carpet events of the awards season, and an average of 13 million Americans tune in each year to watch the show.
The inaugural Emmy Awards ceremony took place in 1949. The award given out at the ceremony is referred to as an “Emmy” – a feminized version of the word “immy”, which refers to a piece of equipment used in TV cameras until the 1960’s. The Emmy statuette is a winged woman holding an atom in her outstretched arms, which symbolizes the collaboration between art and science.
Author’s Note: I’m not one for Awards shows, so, for the umpteenth year in a row, I won’t be watching the Emmys.

National Women’s Friendship Day

National Women’s Friendship Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of September and was created by women for women. The Kappa Delta Sorority created this holiday in 1999.  Kappa Delta Sorority, founded in 1897 in Farmville, Virginia, has over 180,000 members. The aim of this holiday is to promote special friendship among women. There are many ways to celebrate this holiday ladies. Get together with as many women friends as you can. Invite them to meet you for brunch. For your out-of-town friends, send an e-mail or call them.

National Wife Appreciation Day

Another holiday today that celebrates women is National Wife Appreciation Day. Celebrated on the third Sunday of September, National Wife Appreciation Day is an annual holiday that reminds husbands and partners to show their significant other just how much she means to you. While we all may take each other for granted from time-to-time, it’s important to remind each other how much we value one another. Remind that special lady in your life how much you appreciate her. You don’t need to spend an arm-and-a-leg to remind her how much you care. Just a little token of your appreciation will do. Surprise her with dinner out, some chocolates, or some flowers.

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 dumpling 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.

National Monte Cristo Day

National Monte Cristo Day (sometimes also called Monte Cristo Sandwich Day) was submitted to the Registrar at National Day Calendar in June of 2015 by Bennigan’s Restaurants and proclaimed by the National Day Calendar registry to be observed annually on September 17.
A Monte Cristo sandwich is a fried ham and cheese sandwich. It is a variation of a French sandwich called a croque-monsieur. The Monte Cristo is also sometimes called French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, and French Toasted Cheese Sandwich. The Monte Cristo sandwich is typically a savory sandwich rather than sweet.  It is usually dipped in egg batter and either pan-fried or deep-fried. Variations may include sliced turkey and different types of cheese. It can be served grilled or open-faced and heated under a grill or broiler.
To celebrate National Monte Cristo Day, go out for lunch and enjoy a Monte Cristo sandwich. You can also easily make one at home. It’s basically a cross between French Toast and a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1778 – The United States signed its first treaty with a Native American tribe, the Delaware Nation.
  • In 1796 – President George Washington’s Farewell Address was read before the Congress.
  • In 1809 – The Treaty of Fredrikshamn was signed between Sweden and Russia. Also known as the Treaty of Hamina, it concluded the Finnish War and ceded Swedish territories, (which later formed Finland) to Russia.
  • In 1862 – The Battle of Antietam was fought near the Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland. It was the bloodiest single day of the American Civil War. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. The Confederate advance was ended with heavy losses to both armies. The battle ended Confederate General Robert E. Lee incursion into the North. While there were no clear victors, many believed that the withdrawal of Confederate soldiers from the battlefield before the Union Army did meant that the Union had won the battle.
  • In 1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of a sprinkler system.
  • In 1894 – A day after Japan won the Battle of Pyongyang it defeated China in the Battle of the Yalu River. Also known as the Battle of the Yellow Sea, the conflict was fought between Japan and China during the First Sino-Japanese War.
  • In 1911 – The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA.
  • In 1930 – Construction of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.
  • In 1937 – At Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln’s face was dedicated.
  • In 1939 – A man ran 10,000 meters in less than 30 minutes for the first time in recorded history. Finnish runner, Taisto Mäki, broke his previous record by running the distance in 29 minutes 52 seconds.
  • In 1947 – The first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, was sworn into office.
  • In 1953 – Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 known as ‘Mr. Cub’.
  • In 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.
  • In 1961 – The Minnesota Vikings debuted as a new National Football League (NFL) team.
  • In 1962 – United States space officials announced the selection of Neil A. Armstrong and eight others as new astronauts.
  • In 1963 – “The Fugitive” premiered on ABC-TV.
  • In 1972 – “M*A*S*H” premiered on CBS-TV.
  • In 1978 – The Camp David Accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The accords were the precursor to the 1974 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty
  • In 1983 – Vanessa Williams, as Miss New York, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.
  • In 1983 – Carl Yastrzemski (Boston Red Sox) broke Hank Aaron’s major league record for games played when he started his 3,299th game.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 1992 – Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his probe of the Iran-Contra scandal. The investigation had lasted 5 1/2 years.
  • In 1995 – Hong Kong held its last legislative election before being taken over by China in 1997.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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