What a day to celebrate!
September 8th is the 251st day of the calendar year. Just 144 days remain before the new year begins.
September 8th is a holiday for date bread, literacy, pardons, Star Trek and more. Blondie, Miss America and others mark September 8th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 8th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Date Nut Bread Day
September 8th is Date Nut Bread Day, a favorite foodie holiday. With autumn approaching, why not bake a loaf or two of delicious date nut bread today? (You might even freeze an extra loaf for holiday celebrations or gift giving.)
Try these date nut bread recipes from various AC writers (CTRL-click each title to open that recipe in a new internet window.): “Grandma DeMonte’s Famous Date and Nut Bread.. A Delicious Taste Treat,” by Desiree Desario; “How to Make Date and Nut Bread Baked in a Can,” by Yolanda Palmer, and “How to Make the World’s Best Date Nut Bread,” by Cindy Wolfe.
International Literacy Day
Literacy, the ability to read, has been called a fundamental life skill. In fact, George W. Bush, 43rd U.S. President, said this about literacy: “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
Yogi Berra-isms aside, September 8th is International Literacy Day, an annual holiday established in 1965 by the United Nations. International Literacy Day was designed to increase awareness of the need to educate individuals worldwide, teaching reading and writing skills around the globe.
September 8th is also Pardon Day, a prime occasion for extending forgiveness to those who may deserve it the least.
Gerald R. Ford, 38th U.S. President, offered an official unconditional pardon to his Presidential predecessor, Richard M. Nixon, absolving him of any possible wrongdoings associated with the infamous 1972 Watergate scandal.
Pardon Day reminds us of etiquette, grace and the importance of apologies and personal reconciliations.
Pledge of Allegiance Day (United States)
Pledge of Allegiance Day is September 8th. Patriotic Americans recite the “Pledge of Allegiance,” placing their hands on their hearts and regarding the American flag with honor, on this date.
New York author Francis Bellamy composed the American “Pledge of Allegiance,” which was first published on September 8, 1892, in Youth’s Companion. In time, the “Pledge of Allegiance” has become traditional recitation fare for school children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Knights of Columbus, Royal Rangers, Toastmasters and other gathered participants.
Here is the “Pledge of Allegiance” in its most modern form:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Star Trek Day
The initial episode of Star Trek, the popular NBC TV science fiction and space series, aired on September 8, 1966. The original Star Trek series (created by Gene Roddenberry and starring Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner) ran for three seasons, ending June 3, 1969.
Star Trek fans, also called Trekkies, hold special conventions, film and television episode screenings and other events to mark this television history holiday.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 8th: Adam Bargielski, Adela of Messines, Adrian of Nicomedia, Ammon, Anthony of Saint Bonaventure, Corbinian, Disibod, Dominic of Nagasaki, Elizabeth, Ethelburgh of Kent, Faustus and Ina.
Additional September 8th saints are James Fayashida, John Inamura, John Tomaki, Kingsmark, Lawrence Jamada, Leo Kombiogi, Louis Nifaki, Louise of Omura, Madonna della Libera, Matthew Alvarez, Michael Jamada, Michael Tomaki and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Still more September 8th saints include Neoterius, Nestor, Our Lady of Charity, Our Lady of Covadonga, Our Lady of Meritxell, Our Lady of Ripalta, Our Lady of Valldeflors, Our Lady of Victories, Paul Aybara, Paul Tomaki, Romanus Aybara, Sergius I, Theophilus, Thomas of Saint Hyacinth, Thomas Tomaki and Timothy.
Notable Anniversaries on September 8th:
On September 8, 1921, the first Miss America was crowned in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C. donning the victor’s sash.
Blondie, the popular King Features Syndicate comic strip, first appeared on September 8, 1930. Initially created by cartoonist Chic Young, Blondie is now drawn by his son, Dean Young.
Marlo Thomas first strolled the streets of New York City in ABC TV’s That Girl on September 8, 1966. The situation comedy ran from 1966 to 1971.
Newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley shared an eyebrow-raising kiss on the 1994 MTV Music Awards, held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on September 8, 1994. Daughter of the late Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson in 1996.
Various Other September 8th Holidays
September 8th is also Algerian Constitution Day (1963), Andorra National Day, Bosnia-Herzegovina National Day, Crowning of Vytautas the Great Day (Lithuania), Dia de Asturias (Spain), Dia de Extremadura (Spain), Feast Day of Our Lady of Victories (Malta), Feast Day of St. Sidreinns the Martyr, Feast of Papa-Lea – God of Kava Drinking (Oceana), Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Festal Celebration Day of St. Adrian the Martyr, Festal Day of St. Disibode the Confessor and Guinea-Bissau Independence Day.
Additional September 8th holidays include Internal Autonomy Day (French Polynesia), Macedonian Independence Day (1991), Mala Gospa – Nativity of the Virgin Mary, National Neighborhood Day (varies), Nativity of Our Lady (Liechtenstein), Nuesta Senora de la Victoria (Spain), One World Festival Celebration Day (New York), Our Lady of Meritxell Day (Andorra), Rosh Hashana (varies), Sheriff’s Ride Ceremonial Holiday (United Kingdom), Siege of Leningrad Day (Russia) and St. Corbinian of Frisingen Feast Day.
Still more September 8th holiday celebrations are Ugandan Republic Holiday (1967), Virgen de la Cinta (Spain), Virgen de la Fuensanta (Spain), Virgen de la Pena (Spain), Virgin of Cocharcas (Peru), Virgin of Guadalupe (Peru) and World Reconciliation Day (varies).
Happy September 8th to one and all!
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