Friday, August 31, 2012

Fun Facts about September

I usually post on Mondays, but since next week is Labor Day, I decided to post today. I have an awesome Author Spotlight for you all on Tuesday, so I couldn't very well wait too long to do a post on September. I wouldn't want you all to miss out on some fun holidays!

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September, the ninth month of the year, is one of four months that contain 30 days. September begins on the same day of the week as December, and no other month ends on the same day as September. 

In Latin, septem means 'seven.' September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 46 BC, when  the first month of the year was changed from March to January. 

September starts the academic year in many countries in the Northern Hemisphere, but I know a few states in the US that start in August. 

American Football starts the collegiate and professional seasons in September. (Go Steelers!)

Those born in early to mid-September are under the sign of Virgo, and those born in the later part of the month are born under Libra. 

September's birthstone is the sapphire, and the birth flowers are the forget-me-not, morning glory, and aster.

National Month for:

Better Breakfast
Emergency Care
Sight Saving
Women of Achievement
International Square Dance
Cable TV
Classical Music

September is also 'Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month.'

Famous Author Birthdates:

September 1, 1875--Edgar Rice Burroughs
September 2, 1820--Lucretia Hale
September 13, 1916--Roald Dahl
September 15, 1789--James Fenimore Cooper
                                  Tomie DePaola
September 21, 1866--HG Wells
September 29, 1923--Stan Berenstain

Bizarre Holidays: (There are so many this month, but these were some of my favorites.)

2nd--National Beheading Day (Thankfully, we don't celebrate this one.)
3rd--Skyscraper Day
        Labor Day in the US
5th--Choose Pizza Day
6th--Read a Book Day
        Fight Procrastination Day
7th--Neither Rain or Snow Day (We'll see, won't we?)
9th--Teddy Bear Day
        Grandparents Day (I'll be celebrating this year!)
10th--Sewing Machine Day
          Swap Ideas Day
11th--911 Remembrance Day
12th--Chocolate Milkshake Day
          Video Game Day
13th--Positive Thinking Day
14th--The day Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner
          Cream-filled Donut Day
16th--Stay away from Seattle Day
          Collect Rocks Day
          Step Family Day
          Women's Friendship Day
18th--Play-doh Day
19th--Talk Like a Pirate Day (Aaargh, Mateys!)
22nd--Hobbit Day
          Dear Diary Day
          Elephant Appreciation
23rd--Checkers Day
          Dogs in Politics Day
24th--Festival of Latest Novelties (this sounds like fun!)
25th--Comic Book Day
26th--Pancake Day
          Good Neighbor Day (Be a good neighbor and make pancakes for the lady next door.)
28th--Ask a Stupid Question Day
29th--Poisoned Blackberries Day (!)
30th--Mud Pack Day

There you have it. Lots of stuff going on this month!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and don't forget to stop by on Tuesday to view this month's Author Spotlight!

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