All About September 8th
September 8th Holidays
- International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day is an international observance, celebrated each year on 8 September, that was declared by UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967. This day was created to raise awareness about the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.
- National Actors Day
Did you know that actors are called Thespians because in 534 BC, Thespis stepped onto the stage at the Theatre Dionysus to become the first known performer to speak a character’s words? So today on September 8th we celebrate actors. Whether you have one you really respect or you want to be one, get on social media and do your thing, hashtag your favorite actor or post a video of you acting.
- National Ampersand Day
National Ampersand Day is celebrated on September 8 each year to honor ‘&,’ a Latin character and a logogram that depicts the conjunction ‘AND.’ The ampersand has been in use since the first century A.D.
- National Date Nut Bread Day
September 9th is National Date Nut Bread Day, so here is a Recipe for Walnut Date Bread to help you celebrate!
- National Pledge of Allegiance Day
National Pledge of Allegiance Day was proclaimed by George H.W. Bush, in August of 1989, after Congress passed a resolution designating its establishment. The day takes place on September 8, marking the anniversary of the day the Pledge first appeared, in 1892, in The Youth’s Companion. Another Pledge of Allegiance day is celebrated on December 28th commemorating the date Congress adopted the “The Pledge” into the United States Flag Code.
- Virgin Mary Day
When we celebrate Mary’s birth, we honor Jesus too. Today thank God for the gift of life, and give honor to both Mary and Jesus. There is no real known date for Mary’s birthday but today was picked to celebrate hers.
- Pardon Day
On September 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. President Ford knew that the pardon was the right decision to move the country past Watergate. So today we are encouraged to do the same. Is there someone you could forgive to bring peace to you family, friend or workplace? If so, maybe today is the day to think about doing just that.
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day
On September 8th, National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day recognizes the hardworking and dedicated professionals bringing care to patients every day. Talk about a hard job, yet rewarding job There would be extremely hard days along with days of celebration. So give these folks credit for the hard work they do every day to bring healing to children and their families.
- Star Trek Day
On September 8, 1966, Star Trek first premiered on television screens with “The Man Trap,” the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. So today we celebrate and all become Trekkies!
- World Physical Therapy Day
On September 8th we honor Physical Therapists. World PT Day is observed to generate awareness about the important contribution physiotherapists make to society, enabling people to be mobile, well, independent and to heal from surgeries and injuries.
September 8th Horoscope Sign is Virgo
Dates: August 23 – September 22
Symbol: Maiden Virgin
Colord: Grey, Beige, Pale-Yellow
Lucky Numbers: 5, 14, 15, 23, 32
Personality Traits: Very hard working and very loyal. Perfectionist to a fault, can be critical of others.
Famous Virgos: Michael Jackson, Paul Walker, Cameron Diaz, Mother Theresa, Stephen King, Warren Buffet, John McCain, Leo Tolstoy, Van Morrison. Chandra Wilson, Aaron Paul, Richard Gere, Bebe Rexha. Beyonce, Damon Wayans.
September 8th Trivia
- 1504 – Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
- 1831 – William IV and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- 1888 – In London, the body of Jack the Ripper’s second murder victim, Annie Chapman, is found.
- 1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited.
1900 – A hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing about 8,000 people.
- 1966 – The science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap”.
- 1916 – Augusta and Adeline Van Buren ride their motorcycles for a 60 day tripe to prove that women were capable of serving as military dispatch riders.
- 1935 – US Senator from Louisiana Huey Long is fatally shot in the Louisiana State Capitol building.
- 1941 – Bernie Sanders, United States Senator was born in Brooklyn, NY.
- 1971 – In Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated.
- 1971 – Martin Freeman, known for many roles in tv series such as The Office, Fargo and Sherlock was born in , Aldershot, United Kingdom.
- 1974 – US President Gerald Ford signs the pardon of Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office during the Watergate scandal.
- 1979 – Pink, American singer and songwriter was born in , Doylestown, PA.
- 2004 – NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
- 2016 – NASA launches OSIRIS-REx, its first asteroid sample return mission.
- 2020 – The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced it is restricting student movement in a hope to curb the sudden spike in coronavirus cases. [Infoplease]
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