Welcome, September 23rd, the 266th day of the calendar year.
September 23rd is a holiday for The Jetsons, checkers, autumn strolls and more. Fish, feasters and others mark September 23rd as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 23rd holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Autumn Stroll Day
Although the autumnal equinox may vary slightly, from year to year, September 23rd has become known as Autumn Stroll Day.
On this date, nature-loving folks take time out for a most welcome walk in the woods, a promenade in the park or a hike in the hills. In many regions, the leaves on the trees are beginning to change, offering the first of the fine fall foliage display.
With warmer temperatures generally lingering from the summer months, September 23rd is the ideal time for Autumn Stroll Day.
September 23rd is Checkers Day. (Another name for this celebrated occasion is Dog in Politics Day.)
Although this holiday may be an ideal occasion for setting up the checkerboard and playing a few rounds with a friend or family member, the actual origins of this special day have nothing to do with board games at all.
In 1952, Dwight E. Eisenhower was campaigning for the United States Presidency, with Richard M. Nixon as his running-mate. Political rumors swirled, speculating that Nixon might have reappropriated campaign funds for personal uses.
On September 23, 1952, Vice Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon made a public speech to clarify questions and deflect controversy. At the end of his presentation, Nixon mentioned that his daughters had been given a dog as a gift. The dog’s name, of course, was Checkers. Nixon said they intended to keep the dog, although he was a gift.
Perhaps Nixon’s audiences were expected to draw similar conclusions about political donations.
Since that date, September 23rd has been tagged Checkers Day, a prime time for playing with a pet pooch or challenging a human to a game of Checkers.
Fish Amnesty Day (varies)
Do you love to fish? If you adore angling, would you rather cook your catch or let them go?
September 23rd is Fish Amnesty Day. (This holiday may vary in different calendar years, but it always occurs close to this date.)
Nature lovers, eco-friendly sorts and environmentalists urge everyone to leave those scaly swimmers alone on Fish Amnesty Day. Restaurant diners, chefs and home cooks may choose alternate entrees on this date as well.
Save the fish today. Eat a burger instead. It’s Fish Amnesty Day.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 23rd: Adamnan of Iona, Andrew of Syracuse, Antonio of Tlaxcala, Antonius of Syracuse, Bernardina Maria Jablonska, Cissa of Northumbria, Clare of Assisi, Constantius, Cristobal, Elizabeth of Füssenich, Emilie Tavernier Gamelin, Eunan, Guy of Durnes, Helen Duglioli, Hermann Josef Boeracker and John of Syracuse.
Additional September 23rd saints include Joseph Stanek, Juan, Linus, Maria Bernardina Jablonska, Padre Pio, Peter of Syracuse, Polyxena, Severinus Boethius, Thecla of Iconium, William Way and Xantippa.
Notable Anniversaries on September 23rd:
American patriot and naval commander John Paul Jones led a Revolutionary War battle against British commander Piercy and the HMS Serapis on September 23, 1779. During this conflict, John Paul Jones was said to have uttered his most famous quotation,” I have not yet begun to fight.”
On September 23, 1846, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle first spotted the planet Neptune among the stars.
ABC television first aired Hanna-Barbera Productions’ animated series The Jetsons on September 23, 1962. The space-age family cartoon featured the voice talents of Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Don Messick, George O’Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Jean Vander Pyl and Janet Waldo. The Jetsons lasted for 75 episodes.
Various Other September 23rd Holidays
September 23rd is also American National Hunting and Fishing Day (varies), Armenian Independence Day, Bisexuality Day, Celtic Alban Elfed – Winter Finding Day, Fairies’ Bunster Winding Holiday, Feast Day of St. Linus the Martyr, Feast of Carman – Celtic Goddess of Poetry and Feast of Chukem – Diety of Footraces (Colombia).
Additional September 23rd holidays include Feast of the Millenium, Festal Celebration of Carpo – Celtic Goddess of Autumn, Festal Celebration of St. Thecia the Martyr, First Day of Autumn (varies), Grito de Lares (Puerto Rico), Innergize Day – Day After Autumn Equinox (varies), International Day of Peace (varies), Kiwanis Kid’s Day (varies) and Maori Festival of Papa.
Still more September 23rd holidays are Native American Day (varies), R.E.A.D. in America Day, Saudi Arabian National Day, See You at the Pole (varies), Shinto Shubun no Hi – Autumnal Equinox Day (Japan), St. Adamnan the Abbot Feast Day, Sukkot (varies), Teachers’ Day (varies) and Wyoming Frontier Day (varies).
Happy September 23rd to one and all!
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