Hello, September 18th, the 261st day of the calendar year. What can we celebrate today?
September 18th is a holiday for cheeseburgers, apples, media and more. Sky kissers and others mark September 18th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 18th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
September 18th is Cheeseburger Day, a foodie holiday celebrating one of the most famous finger foods of all time.
American singer Jimmy Buffett proclaimed his own recipe for this carnivorous concoction, in his 1978 hit single, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” (from his Son of a Son of a Sailor album):
I like mine with lettuce and tomato,
Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes,
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer –
Well, good God Almighty, which way do I steer for my
Cheeseburger in paradise ….
(Jimmy Buffett was born on Christmas, so he surely ought to know about holidays.)
What do you like on your cheeseburger? Go for the gustatorial gusto on September 18th for Cheeseburger Day.
Of course, veggie burgers are appropriate on September 18th as well. After all, September is National Organic Harvest Month.
International Eat an Apple Day
September 18th is International Eat an Apple Day, and nearly everyone has his or her own variety of apple.
Take your pick from Baldwin, Cortland, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathan, McIntosh, Pippin, Red Delicious, Roman, Winesap, York and more. Which is your favorite?
And how do you like them bananas?
In some regions, Eat an Apple Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September, allowing even nine-to-fivers the option of spending a leisurely afternoon in an apple orchard, picking fresh bounty.
Of course, apple pickers who gather a surplus of apples may want to try a new craft. CTRL-click here to read “How to Make Shrunken Heads from Apples,” by AC’s Sylvia Cochran (in a new internet window).
Kiss the Sky Day
Did you ever want to kiss the sky?
Funkadelic rock star Jimi Hendrix sang about this in his 1966 hit single, “Purple Haze” (from his Are You Experienced album).
Purple haze all in my brain.
Lately things just don’t seem the same –
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why;
‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Jimi Hendrix died of an apparent drug abuse in London on September 18, 1970. He was 27 years old when he passed away.
The rock guitarist, singer and songwriter is celebrated on September 18th with Kiss the Sky Day.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 18th: Carlo Erana Guruceta, Dominic Trach Doai, Eustorgius of Milan, Ferreolus, Ferreolus of Limoges, Fidel Fuidio Rodriguez and Hygbald.
Additional September 18th saints include Irene, Jesus Hita Miranda, John de Massias, Joseph of Cupertino, Methodius of Olympus, Richardis, Thomas of Villanova and Winnoc (translation of relics).
Notable Anniversaries on September 18th:
The Roman emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus (Domitian), last reigning member of the Flavian dynasty, was killed on September 18, 96 A.D. Domitian was slain by his own officials, with his advisor Nerva succeeding him.
On September 18, 1793, George Washington, first President of the United States, laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The first issue of The New York Times was published on September 18, 1851.
September 18, 1827, marked the appearance of the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System, which hit the airwaves with a chain of 16 radio stations. The company later became known as CBS.
FBI agents apprehended Patricia Hearst, the infamous newspaper heiress, in San Francisco, California. Patty Hearst claimed to have been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army 19 months earlier.
The U.S. National Security Act gathered the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force under one administrative banner on September 18, 1847.
Various Other September 18th Holidays
September 18th is also Fairies’ Ear Wig Fitting Day, Feast of St. Ferreol the Martyr, Festal Celebration of St. Thomas Villanova of Calentia, Festival of Inner Worlds, Festival of Punfarancha – Michocan God of Runners, Independence Day (Chile), International Day of Peace (varies), Kasteilet – Dividing of the Cheese (Switzerland) and National Button Society Show Day.
Additional September 18th holidays include Oktoberfest (varies), Play-Doh Day (varies), Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day (varies), Rosh Hashanah (varies), St. Joseph of Cupertino the Confessor Day, St. Methodius of Tyre Feast Day and Victory of Uprona Holiday (Burundi).
Happy September 18th to one and all!
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