Celebrate the day. October 9th is the 282nd day of the calendar, with abundant holidays.
October 9th is a holiday for moldy cheese, sneakers, headache relief and more. Peace lovers and others mark October 9th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 9th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Give Peace a Chance Day
October 9th is Give Peace a Chance. This pacifist holiday marks the birthday of the late John Lennon, who recorded a hit single of the same title with Yoko Ono. (October 9th is also the birthday of John Lennon’s son, musician Sean Lennon.)
Other holiday celebrants have tagged October 9th as Instant Karma Day, recognizing another hit song from the former Beatle.
Headache Relief Day
Do you suffer from headaches? October 9th is Headache Relief Day, a health-oriented holiday aimed at raising awareness of migraine pain and ways to ease it.
Here is a pair of helpful online articles about headaches and headache relief (CTRL-click on each title to read that article in a new internet window.): “Living with Migraine Headaches: 3 Decades and Counting” and “Headache Helpers; Ending the Pain of Migraine.”
Perhaps ironically, October 9th is also the Feast Day of St. Denis, a 3rd-century French Bishop, who was martyred by decapitation. According to Christian lore, St. Denis picked up his own severed head and walked several miles, carrying it in his hands and preaching publicly along the way.
Leif Erikson Day
World explorers and lovers of legends celebrate Leif Erikson Day on October 9th. This historic holiday recalls the expeditions of Leif Erikson, the Nordic explorer credited with being the first European to discover North America. Leif Erikson is supposed to have landed in Canada in approximately 1000 AD – long before Columbus sailed to the continent in 1492.
In 1964, the U.S. Congress officially declared October 9th as Leif Erikson Day, and a 2008 U.S. Presidential Proclamation confirmed it.
Moldy Cheese Day
Cheese lovers and dairy fans are in their prime on October 9th – Moldy Cheese Day.
Although many varieties of cheese actually improve with age, and some fancy fromages (such as roguefort cheese) are actually intended to be moldy, plenty are best consumed fresh. Moldy cheese can certainly stink up a refrigerator, especially if packaging is not properly sealed.
Why not clean out the fridge on October 9th – Moldy Cheese Day – and toss any fungus-bearing items?
Tired and sore feet will enjoy a break on October 9th. It’s Sneakers Day. Athletic footwear, such as gym shoes and tennis sneakers, are the order of the day.
Wear gym shoes or athletic footwear all day long. Forget the dress codes today. It’s practically a patriotic duty in many countries.
Do you have a favorite sandwich? Sandwiches top the menu of October 9th for Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day. (Say that three times fast, if you can.)
Luncheon diners may offer daily specials on fresh-baked rolls, stuffed with deli meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and more. Step up to the counter, and choose from tuna or chicken salad, roast beef, turkey, ham, pastrami and other favorites. Or make your own favorite deli sandwiches at home.
Happy Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day on October 9th.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 9th: Aaron of Cracow, Abraham the Patriarch, Alfanus, Andronicus, Aniceto Adolfo, Augusto Andrés, Benito de Jesús, Benjamín Julián, Cirilo Bertrán and Demetrius.
Additional October 9th saints include Denis of Paris, Deusdedit of Montecassino, Dionysius the Aeropagite, Domninus, Eleutherius, Geminus, Gislenus, Goswin, Gunther, Inocencio de la Immaculada and John Henry Newman.
Still more October 9th saints are Julián Alfredo, Lambert, Louis Bertran, Marciano José, Nine Martyrs of Astoria, Publia, Rusticus, Sabinus, Theodoric of Emden, Valerius and Victoriano Pío.
Notable Anniversaries on October 9th:
Roger Williams, an American Protestant theologian, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony on October 9, 1635, having been convicted of heresy and sedition.The order was repealed in 1936 with the passage of a Massachusetts law protecting freedom of religion and speech.
On October 9, 1701, the Collegiate School of Connecticut received its official charter in New Haven, Connecticut. This school later became Yale University.
The Washington Monument, a giant obelisk structure near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, DC, was dedicated on February 21, 1885, but it was not officially opened to the public until October 8, 1888.
The Boulder Dam (later to be known as the Hoover Dam), located on the Arizona/Nevada border, began supplying generated electricity to the City of Los Angeles on October 9, 1936.
Various Other October 9th Holidays
October 9th is also Adopt-a-dog Month, Anti-Columbus Day, Army and Navy Day (Azerbaijan), Chrysanthemum Festival Holiday (Japan), Columbus Day (Dominican Republic), Day of National Dignity (Peru), Dia de Communidad (Spain), Fairies’ Curious Events Day and Feast Day of St. Denis.
Additional October 9th holidays include Feast Day of St. John Leonardi, Feast of High Places –
Kite Flying Festival Holiday (China), Feast of St. Dionysius of Paris, Felicitas – Goddess of Good Luck & Joy Holiday (Roman), Festal Celebration Day of St. Ghislain, Festal Holiday of St. Guislain the Abbot, Hangul Nal – Korean Alphabet Day, Hispanic Heritage Day, Independence of Guayaquil Day (Ecuador), International Alan Day, Magic Lantern Day, National Coming Out Day, Piggly Wiggly Day (1917), Season of Glass Holiday and Sesame Street‘s The Count’s Birthday Celebration Day.
Still more October 9th holidays are St. Andronicus’ Feast Day, St. Domninus the Martyr Feast Day, St. James the Less’ Holiday (Eastern Orthodox), St. Louis Bertrand’s Day (Colombia), Ugandan Independence Day, Universal Music Day (varies), Universal Postal Union Day and World Post Day.
Happy October 9th to one and all!
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