The 255th day of the calendar year, September 12th is filled with happy holidays of many sorts.
September 12th is a holiday for chocolate milkshakes, wolves and more. Encouragers, video gamers, policewomen and others mark September 12th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 12th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Chocolate Milkshake Day
Chocoholics, here is your chance to indulge with impunity. September 12th is Chocolate Milkshake Day.
Try these chocolate milkshake recipes from various AC writers (CTRL-click on each title to open that recipe in a new internet window): “Java Chocolate Milkshake,” by Angela M. Stull; “Lowfat Chocolate Milkshake,” by Kristie Leong; “Nutella Milkshake,” by Mariangela Formica, and “Spicy Chocolate Milkshake,” by Jamie Nakamoto.
However you choose to concoct your chocolate milkshake, even minty or mocha, enjoy your delicious frosty treat on September 12th.
National Day of Encouragement (United States)
September 12th is the National Day of Encouragement in the United States, according to an official resolution made by the 110th U.S. Congress on this day in 2008.
German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) said this about encouragement: “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”
Do you agree? Who has encouraged you the most? In what ways might you encourage others?
Video Games Day
What is your favorite video game? September 12th is the day to crank up the Xbox, Game Boy, GamePro, PlayStation, Wii or other video gaming platform and plug in those games.
Video Games Day occurs twice each year – on July 8th and September 12th. Still, what avid gamer really needs an excuse to aim for that high score?
September 12th is Wolf Day. Zoos, natural history museums and wildlife parks host special educational displays and programs to highlight the wolf (canus lupus).
This howling holiday coincides with St. Ailbe of Emly Day, honoring an Irish bishop and saint, who was purportedly raised by wolves. St. Ailbe is the Catholic patron saint of wolves.
To celebrate Wolf Day, many folks choose to view their favorite wolf movies, such as An American Werewolf in Paris, Blood and Chocolate, Call of the Wild, Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, The Fox and the Hound, The Night of the Werewolf, Old Yeller, Teen Wolf, White Fang, Wild Country, the Twilight Series and more.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 12th: Ailbe, Apolinar Franco, Autonomous, Curonotus, Dominic Magoshichi, Eanswida, Francis of Saint Bonaventure, Guy of Anderlecht, Hieronides, Juvenal Ancina, Leontius, Macedonius, Mancius of Saint Thomas, Miro of Vich and the Most Holy Name of Mary.
Additional September 12th saints include Paul of Saint Clare, Sacerdos of Lyon, Seleucus, Serapian, Silvinus of Verona, Straton, Tatian, Theodulus, Tomás de Zumárraga Lazcano, Valerian and Victoria Strata.
Notable Anniversaries on September 12th:
Henry Hudson, a British explorer, first sailed into the Northern American river that would later be named for him (The Hudson River) on September 12, 1609.
On September 12, 1953, U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. John F. Kennedy (JFK) would become the 35th President of the United States, with Jackie Kennedy as American First Lady.
Lassie, the popular American television series, starring a classic Collie, debuted on September 12, 1954. Lassie lasted 19 years on CBS TV.
Saturday morning television cartoon Josie and the Pussy Cats first aired on September 12, 1970, on CBS TV. The Hanna-Barbera Productions program, based on an Archie Comics series, continued through January 2, 1971.
Various Other September 12th Holidays
September 12th is also Cape Verde Independence Day, Defenders’ Day (Maryland), Diocletian New Year, Ethiopian National Day, Feast of Atabei – Goddess Mother (West Indies), Festal Celebration of St. Guy, Grandparents Day (varies) and Greek Virgin’s Fair Holiday.
Additional September 12th holidays include Guinea-Bissau National Day, National Day (Cape Verde), Pet Memorial Day (varies), Policewoman Day, Respect for the Aged Day (Japan), Runic half month of Rad (final day), Saudi Arabia National Day and St. Ailbe’s Feast Day.
Happy September 12th to one and all!
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