September 26th – What’s Happening Around You?

September 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning keen observers of your surroundings. Today is Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Situational Awareness Day

National Situational Awareness Day is observed annually on this date and was submitted to the National Day Calendar by Pretty Loaded, LLC in November of 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day in 2015.
Situational awareness is the foundation of one’s personal safety since it focuses on being aware and paying attention to your environment. Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness and developing it will make you more present in daily activities, which in turn helps you make better decisions in all aspects of life.
National Situational Awareness Day highlights the importance of using situational awareness skills in everyday life to stay out of harm’s way. Harm may come in the form of walking in front of a moving car or from an assailant, both of which can happen from any myriad of distractions from daydreaming to being distracted by your smartphone, which cause you not to be aware of the surroundings and situation.
In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before may keep someone safe by giving them time to act instead of reacting. The lack of or inadequate situational awareness has been identified as one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error. Although many people today lack a sense of situational awareness, our ancestors used it to survive. It is a skill that can be taught and it has been taught for decades to law enforcement and the military, but it is not exclusive to them. Most experts agree that it is a skill that should be learned by everyone.
The concept of situational awareness was identified during World War I by Oswald Boelke who realized ‘the importance of gaining an awareness of the enemy before the enemy gained a similar awareness and devised methods for accomplishing this.
To celebrate National Situational Awareness Day, take a look at what’s going on around you. Are there any dangers present? Is there a Lego lurking on the floor waiting for you to find it with your bare feet? Is your cat about to knock the box of cereal you left out off of the kitchen counter? Is there someone sneaking around in your neighborhood? Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to avoid a catastrophe.

Johnny Appleseed Day

Johnny Appleseed Day honors Johnny Appleseed [who in fact was a real person named John Chapman, born in Leominster, Massachusetts on this date in 1774]. He was a nurseryman and preacher who, like many young men of the time, was fascinated by the “west”. The west, at the time, was Pennsylvania, Ohio,  Indiana, and Illinois. He became a living legend as traveled westward, planting apple trees along the way.
In 1792, at the age of 18, he began his exploration of the west. Contrary to legend, he did not just plant apple trees haphazardly as he traveled. Although he led a simple and austere life on his travels westward, his motivation for planting apple trees was not as altruistic as you might expect. During this time, in order to qualify as a “homestead”, a property had to have a certain amount of fruit trees (apple, pear, etc.) planted on it. He would settle in a spot for a while, preach the gospel and plant apple orchards. When he decided to move on, he would leave his orchards in the care of neighbors (who would then, in turn, sell the apple trees on shares to other new settlers moving west). This suggests that he would return to these places from time to time to collect his money, although he is reputed to have given much of his earnings from these orchards away to needy people in the area.
As the west grew, so did his legend. It is hard to decide which parts of his legend are fact, and which are exaggerations. He is known to have planted orchards in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and possibly southern Michigan. He didn’t wear shoes, even in winter, and was considered to be eccentric, if not crazy, by many of the people he met in his travels. He really did wear a pot upside-down on his head; but not as a fashion statement, it was simply the most practical way to carry the pot. The exact date of his death is in dispute because it was never recorded, however, it is believed to be around 11 March 1845. The actual site of his grave is also in dispute, but it is assuredly somewhere around Fort Wayne Indiana.

Shamu the Whale Day

On this date in 1985, the first killer whale to be born and thrive in the care of humans was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla and it is for this reason that we celebrate Shamu the Whale Day today.
Shamu is the name used in several of the SeaWorld orca shows, and it is the stage name given to the “star” of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960’s. Although the original Shamu died in 1971, the name “Shamu” was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to different orcas at various times when performing in Shamu shows in several SeaWorld parks.  Sea World continues to use the name “Shamu” for their orca shows to this date.
Here are a few interesting orca facts:

1) Female orcas can live to 90 years. Male orcas can live to 60 years.
2)  Orcas can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
3)  On average, a killer whale eats 500 pounds a day.
4)  Killer whales imitate others and seem to deliberately teach skills to their kin.

National Voter Registration Day

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012. In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, more than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural National Voter Registration Day event.
On National Voter Registration Day hundreds of local, state and national organizations will partner with other grassroots organizations and businesses to help to stage thousands of public events in an effort to bring awareness to ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration. Volunteers will be at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, and concerts – anywhere people gather, to assist anyone who wants to register to vote.
Voting is not only a right, it is a way to make your voice heard. If you aren’t already registered to vote, I urge you to do so. This upcoming election will be pivotal in deciding the future of our beloved country.

National Woman Road Warrior Day

National Woman Road Warrior Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday of September and is a day of recognition for the nation’s traveling businesswomen. Like their male counterparts, Woman Road Warriors open and close deals, make sales, give presentations, attend or lead seminars and maintain that all-important in-person presence in the often impersonal corporate world. But simultaneously, many are often charged with keeping their families on track at home, especially their babies, toddlers and multitasking school-age children, and nurture them, even from a long distance.

Batman Day

If you think that there just aren’t enough holidays that celebrate fictional caped vigilantes, who dress up as nocturnal flying rodents and zip around the fictitious Metropolis of Gotham City at night in a customized vehicle thwarting the nefarious schemes of villainous ne’er-do-wells – I offer you Batman Day.
Batman Day celebrates the anniversary of the character’s first ever appearance, in Detective Comics #27 back in 1939. Since those early comic book appearances, Batman has grown into one of the world’s most recognizable fictional characters and has been the focal point of television shows, animated cartoons, video games and Hollywood blockbusters.
To celebrate Batman Day, watch one of the many Batman movies, or better yet, if you can find them, watch a few episodes of the 1960’s Batman TV series. POW! ZONK! BLAM!

Love Note Day 

The practice of writing and sending love letters has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron and William Shakespeare penned sonnets and odes and inspired generations of young lovers to do the same.
A love note is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual, poetry or prose. In Germany, love notes are delicately painted by hand on high-quality paper and are considered folk art.
Love Note Day is the perfect time to recognize the people that you love. Why not send a love note to your ‘special someone’ today to let them know just how much they mean to you?

Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day

It may seem odd that a themed holiday is being combined with a food-related holiday, but in actuality, they are one in the same holiday.
Lumberjack Day was created in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable. They were tired of other themed holidays, such as “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, which we celebrated last week and decided that it was about time that lumberjacks got some recognition. Venable, herself a former lumberjack, admitted that the original idea for this holiday was conceived as an excuse to go out and eat pancakes and waffles with friends – and there is where the connection with pancakes begins.
Over the next few years, Lumberjack Day grew as more and more people began celebrating the holiday, getting dressed up in plaid and beards, carrying fake axes and throwing huge lumberjack themed parties.
In 2013 Lumberjack Day exploded and was redubbed National Pancake Day. It garnered recognition online in places like and Buzzfeed. Perkins Restaurants, and many smaller restaurants, even offered free pancakes on the newly created National Pancake Day. Since then Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day celebrations have spread all across America.
Pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast for Lumberjacks, and most other Americans. Early settlers of this country ate pancakes because they could easily make them from the provisions they had on hand. The basic recipe for pancakes is simple: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk. However, there are dozens of varieties of pancakes here in America and countless more worldwide. Crepes, waffles, blintzes, Danish aebleskiver (round cakes made in a special pan) are all types of pancakes.
To celebrate this/these holiday(s), make some pancakes today — Plaid flannel shirts, beards, and fake axes are optional. If you really want to impress your family/friends, learn some lumberjack lingo to sprinkle into your breakfast conversation.
Author’s note: While my sources listed these holidays separately, they all made the correlation between the two. Also, I once tried to be a lumberjack, but I couldn’t cut it…so they gave me the ax.

Now, with that said, I offer you the following holiday.

National Better Breakfast Day

Nutritionists agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sadly, to most of us, breakfast is either greasy, fatty pork products with fried eggs, cold sugar-laden cereal with milk, or a cup of coffee and a piece or two of toast wolfed down as we rush out of the house. As the name implies, National Better Breakfast Day urges us to make a healthier breakfast a part of our daily routine.
Research shows a clear link between breakfast and school performance. Eating a balanced breakfast (a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat) is linked with helping children concentrate and do well in school. The same holds true for the performance of adults in the workplace.
Cottage cheese mixed with fruit or peanut butter on an English muffin combined with a glass of milk has no frills, but will noticeably fuel your body and brain to get you through a busy day. Protein (yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, eggs) + carbohydrate (oatmeal, toast, cereal) + fat (already included in the foods you choose) are all essential for a balanced breakfast. This website offers you some good breakfast choices. Or, if you’re in a hurry, try one of these.

National Dumpling Day

National Dumpling Day is observed annually on this date and was submitted to the National Day Calendar by TMI Food Group in April 2015. The registrar at National Day Calendar approved National Dumpling Day in May of 2015.
Dumplings are small pieces of dough generally, but not always, wrapped around a filling. Dumplings are most commonly made with flour, potatoes or bread. There are many types of dumplings. Ravioli and tortellini are types of dumplings, as are European pierogies, Chinese potstickers and wonton, and even the dollops of biscuit dough you drop into your ‘chicken  & dumplings’. The fillings for dumplings include meat, fish, vegetables, and sometimes even sweet fruits such as apples (as in apple dumplings).
Cooking methods also vary. Popular methods of cooking dumplings include boiling, steaming, simmering and even frying. Dumplings are often eaten as a main course or as a side dish but are also popular in soups and stews. Dumplings are becoming more popular in modern cuisine. They can be served as an appetizer or a part of the main meal. The flavor and shape possibilities of dumplings are endless.
To celebrate National Dumpling Day, do some research about the many different types of dumplings. Then, include some type of dumplings on your menu today.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1777 – Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
  • In 1786 – Protestors shut down the court in Springfield, Massachusetts starting the Shay’s Rebellion. Named after the rebellion’s leader Daniel Shays, the revolt began as a response to an economic crisis where people who owed debt were imprisoned. After a bloody conflict, the Shaysites were crushed by the government. This was the first armed internal conflict in post-revolutionary America.
  • In 1789 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the Supreme Court. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General, and Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
  • In 1810 – The Swedish Act of Succession was passed. The Swedish Act of Succession, also known as the 1810 Act of Succession was adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates. This act is part of the Swedish Constitution and regulates the succession of the Swedish Royal family.
  • In 1908 – Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.
  • In 1914 – The Federal Trade Commission was established. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an independent government agency in the United States, responsible for consumer and market protection.
  • In 1917 – The Battle of Polygon Wood began. Fought during World War I between the British and Australian troops and German army near Ypres in Belgium, the battle ended in an Allied victory.
  • In 1918 – During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.
  • In 1950 – United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
  • In 1955 – The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released about President Eisenhower’s heart attack.
  • In 1959 – Typhoon Vera hit Japan. The category five typhoon is thought to be the strongest typhoon to impact the island country in recorded history. The resulting rain, landslides, and damage caused the deaths of about 5000 people.
  • In 1960 – The first televised debate, between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, took place in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1980 – The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.
  • In 1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.
  • In 1984 – Britain and China initiated a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
  • In 1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.
  • In 1991 – Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the “Biosphere II.” The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
  • In 1996 – Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. she set a time record for a United States astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.
  • In 2000 – The House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.
  • In 2001 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.

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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