September 28th – National Good Neighbor Day

September 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning neighbors. Today is Thursday, September 28, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Good Neighbor Day

National Good Neighbor Day was initiated by Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970’s. She recognized the importance of good neighbors and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of Congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with many governors. Below is President Carter’s Proclamation, issued in 1978.

“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the Peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is the concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Originally, National Good Neighbor Day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September. However, in 2003, the Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, changing National Good Neighbor Day September 28th.
Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. To celebrate this holiday, get to know your neighbors a little better.

National Ask a Stupid Question Day

National Ask a Stupid Question Day is celebrated annually on September 28 but in some places, if the 28th falls on a weekend, it is celebrated on the last school day of September. The roots of this special day go back to the 1980’s. At the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom.
I was taught that the only foolish question it the question not asked, but children sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid and asking it will result in ridicule. Peer pressure can often be cruel, but don’t let that stop you today.
Celebrate National Ask A Stupid Question Day by speaking up and asking any questions you may have, no matter how stupid it may seem to you.

Read a Child a Book You Like Day  

Read a Child a Book You Like Day celebrates the birthdate of Kate Smith-Wiggin, author of “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and other wonderful children’s stories. It encourages you to pick a favorite book from your childhood and read it to your children or grandchildren. Hopefully, they will enjoy it as much as you did.
Note: Mrs. Smith-Wiggin was a lifelong educator and an author who left a legacy of timeless books for children…Although she had no children herself.

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day seeks to raise awareness about Rabies. Although not as prevalent as it once was, Rabies is far from being eradicated. This holiday urges you to ensure that your pets are vaccinated against this disease, which is always fatal to animals. Stopping Rabies in dogs and cats is the key to preventing the disease in people.

National Drink Beer Day

National Drink Beer Day is all about beer. Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories; ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
Beer aficionados have a wider selection of beers from which to choose than ever before. The explosion in the craft beer market keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors all the time. Artisanal beers offer such a variety of new beer experiences – from hard root beer to raspberry, to caramel to different herbs – that you might find it hard to decide which one to try first.
There’s really only one way to celebrate this holiday. Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Cheers!
Note: Please drink responsibly. You don’t want this special day to end badly.

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day 

Oddly enough, National Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebrates one of America’s quintessential desserts, Strawberry Cream Pie. The origins of this holiday are unknown – but who cares. It celebrates strawberries and pie…and that is reason enough to celebrate.
When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie for your National Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebration today, you will find that there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings.
You don’t have to be a ‘rocket scientist’ to figure out how to celebrate National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. No matter which variation of Strawberry Cream Pie is your favorite, enjoy a slice today.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.
  • In 1542 – San Diego, CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
  • In 1787 – Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
  • In 1850 – The United States Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.
  • In 1850 – President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.
  • In 1892 – The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.
  • In 1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. On April 6, 1924, four teams of pilots from the United States Army Air Service set out from Seattle, Washington in an attempt to circumnavigate the world. The four Douglas World Cruiser planes were named Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans. The trip took 175 days, and Chicago and New Orleans touched down in Seattle on this date – Boston and Seattle had mechanical problems and did not complete the 27,500-mile journey around the world.
  • In 1939 – During World War II, Germany, and the Soviet Union, agreed upon a plan regarding the division of Poland.
  • In 1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.
  • In 1955 – The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • In 1961 – A coup in Damascus led to the dissolution of the United Arab Republic, which was a short-lived union between Syria and Egypt.
  • In 1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
  • In 1978 – Don Sherman, the editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving a Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.
  • In 1980 – Cosmos: A Personal Voyage made its debut on PBS.
    The widely popular 13-episode science television documentary series was hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan and written by Ann Druyan, Sagan, and Steven Soter. It was, and remains, one of the most watched science-based TV documentaries.
  • In 1991 – In response to President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
  • In 1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo II Accords. The Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, also known as the Taba Agreement, divided Gaza and West Bank into 3 areas and gave limited control over some of these areas to the Palestinians. The Accord also called for Palestinian elections.
  • In 1997 – The official debut of the DVD format was featured at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY.
  • In 2000 – The Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
  • In 2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the United States Pacific Coast. They started the trek from the Canadian border on June 8.
  • In 2004 – The Federal Reserve and the Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.
  • In 2008 – Falcon 1, the first privately supported and funded spacecraft, was launched into space by SpaceX. It was the project’s fourth attempt.

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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