No debating it – September 26th is a fine day to celebrate, the 262nd day of the calendar year.
September 26th is a holiday for banned books, love notes and more. Street dancers and others mark September 26th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 26th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Banned Books Day (varies)
How do you feel about censorship?
The last week of September is Banned Books Week. Usually, during this week of literary rebellion, libraries and book clubs will hold special readings (on or around September 26th).
Did you know that many of today’s classic novels were once banned books? In fact, several previously banned books are now required reading in some public high schools.
Check out these titles, which were banned at one time – for cultural, language, morality, political or other reasons: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain; The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger; The Color Purple, by Alice Walker; Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley; Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou; Lord of the Flies, by William Golding; Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert; Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck; Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and more.
Love Note Day
Secret admirers and romantic sorts, here’s your heyday.
September 26th is Love Note Day. Sentimental sorts may pick up s special stationery to create heartfelt missives for the objects of their affection. Valentine’s Day may be nearly five months off, so this heartfelt holiday offers another opportunity for expressing affection and devotion in an articulate and tangible way.
Why not write a letter of love – or even a romantic poem – on September 26th?
CTRL-click here to read “Love Poetry Pointers: How to Write an Effective Short Love Poem” (in a new internet window).
Street Dancing Day
Are you ready to rumble?
September 26th is Street Dancing Day, a fine-footed fiesta of toe-tapping and twirling under the streetlights.
West Side Story, the classic musical (with Arthur Laurents’ script based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet), opened on Broadway in New York on September 26, 1957. The popular musical featured music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins.
The West Side Story motion picture appeared in 1961, winning 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In West Side Story, the Jets and the Sharks (two rival gangs) perform multiple musical street dances and even choreographed fights.
Celebrate Street Dancing Day on September 26th in song and dance, but be sure to play nice!
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 26th: Amantius, Callistratus, Colman of Elo, Cosmas, Cyprian, Damian, Eusebius, Gabriel Lalemant, John of Meda, Justina of Antioch and Louis Tezza.
Additional September 26th saints include Marie Victoire Therese Couderc, Meugant, Neol, Nilus the Younger, North American Martyrs, Senator and Vigilius
Notable Anniversaries on September 26th:
On September 26, 1789, John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The same day, Thomas Jefferson was appointed as the first U.S. Secretary of State.
The first-ever American Presidential campaign debate to be broadcast on television took place on September 26, 1960. Presidential contenders John F. Kennedy (of Massachusetts) and Richard M. Nixon (of California) faced one another for a series of four debates, beginning on the 26th of September.
CBS TV debuted The Beverly Hillbillies on September 26, 1962. The sitcom featured Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas and Max Baer, Jr. The Beverly Hillbillies ran for nine season.
The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) released their Abbey Road album on September 26, 1969.
Various Other September 26th Holidays
September 26th is also Angel Week, Balaclava Day, Banned Books Week, Ceremony of the Dead Holiday (Cambodia), Discordian Bureflux Holiday, Dog Week, Faires’ Cobweb Pie-Making Day, Family Day (varies), Feast Day of Saints Cyprian and Justina the Martyrs, Feast Day of St. John Cyprian of Carthage (Eastern Orthodox), Feast of Lamps Holiday (India) and Feast of St. Colmon Elo the Abbot.
Additional September 26th holidays include Feast of Zame ye Mebege – God of Narcotics (Gabon), Festal Celebration of St. Eusebius the Confessor, Festal Holiday of St. Nilus the Younger, Gold Star Mother’s Day (varies), Good Neighbor Day (varies), International Rabbit Day (varies), Kiwanis’ Kids Day (varies), Mifflin County Goose Festival Holiday (Pennsylvania), Neptune Festival Day, Pancake Day (varies), September Revolution Holiday (Yemen), Shamu the Whale Day and Sts. Cosmas and Damian Day.
Happy September 26th to one and all!
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