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“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” Helen Hunt Jackson

September: 12 Important Events To Remember...

September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

Even though some things that come to mind in September include; Labor Day, Autumn, start of the NFL and college football season, 9/11, and the return to academic pursuits, there  are many other things that take place/have taken place during this month. Do you know that the name – September – comes from the Latin word for Seven and used to be the 7th month of a 10 month year in the oldest Roman Calender? Below are twelve important events to remember. What do they share?

Labor Day –  This cherished holiday is celebrated on September 1st in the USA, and honors the American labor movement, the social and economic achievements  and the many contributions to society made by workers everywhere. We celebrate it to honor all who lost their lives in horrific, nightmare jobs that ignored human safety and decency; sweatshops, unsupervised factories, windowless/airless basement sewing shops. It became an official national holiday in 1887 and is celebrated with parades, picnics and BBQ gatherings. Labor Day is often associated with another key event; International Workers’ Day  which also celebrates the contributions workers have made to the growth and well-being of their country.

Back to School –  Typically, September is the month students in countries around the world return to school. After a long summer season of surf and sun, kids, young adults, adults and teachers return to the grind of daily school or college demands.  Shopping for books/supplies is a huge part of this tradition, and the marketing efforts to attract families to buy all sorts of related products has grown.

Autumn – The first day of September welcomes the start of Autumn/Fall in the Northern hemisphere and Spring in the Southern hemisphere…  It signals a change of seasons and, in my part of the world, we begin to prepare for the cooler temperatures by unpacking our fall and winter gear.  Autumn heralds a beautiful change in foliage colors as lush green is transformed to warm gold, brilliant red, burnt orange, and endless shades of brown.

“We awoke one morning in September, and the world lurched on its axis.” Jeb Bush

September: 12 Important Events To Remember...

September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

Middle East Peace Accord –  In September 1993, President Clinton championed the signing of the Middle East Peace Accord  and witnessed the handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn. It was a historic moment, a ‘day of awe’, that many hoped would bring peace to a fractious region.  May efforts at true peace prevail around the world…

9/11 Attacks –  On Tuesday, September 11, 2001,  we witnessed a series of horrific events that remain seared in our collective minds.  The US came under terrorist attacks;  The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Flight 175, Flight 93, and Flight 77 were attacked and led to catastrophic loss of life. We all remember where we were that dreadful day and we pray that it would never happen again. Every September, we honor the spirit and the families and friends of all the people who lost their lives on that day.

National Preparedness Month –  Since 9/11, the United States has designated September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). During this month, Americans are encouraged to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. In times of natural disasters, acts of terror, and other emergencies, it is important to have a plan and know your community plan. Purchase a survival kit, find out what resources are offered in your area and plan ahead. If you need more information on how and what to do, visit FEMA.  NPM is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security.

“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” Henry Rollins

September: 12 Important Events To Remember...

September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

International Literacy Day – September 8 is the date UNESCO  chose to encourage literacy globally. This year, the theme for International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”. Literacy empowers people to make smart decisions on economic growth, social development and environmental integration. It helps communities to stop wasting natural resources and promote sustainable development. Literacy is not just formal education but also lifelong learning.  According to a special message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, “Today, 781 million adults worldwide cannot read, write or count. Two thirds of them are women. More than 250 million children are unable to read a single sentence, even though half of them have spent four years in school. What kind of societies do we expect to build with an illiterate youth? This is not the kind of world we wish to live In.” Support Literacy in your communities. Give back!

National Hispanic Heritage Month – One of the joys of living in the USA is our exposure to people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. National Hispanic Heritage Month begins  on Sept 15 and ends Oct 15. It celebrates the “histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”  America is not a homogeneous society; it is made up of people from other cultures, with diverse political leanings, and personal orientations.  We celebrate them all and even detractors find themselves in the minority when this subject arises.

National Grandparents’ Day –   Has been celebrated  since 1978 and  is observed on the 1st Sunday after Labor Day. This year it falls on Sept 7, 2014 and gives families a chance to connect with their elderly relatives and enjoy the connections and wisdom that comes from maintaining those ties.  I’m thrilled that more countries are adding a date to  officially recognize this important date. Do you celebrate it?

More Below!

“I love September, especially when we’re in it.” Willie Stargell

September: 12 Important Events To Remember...

September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

USA National AnthemFrancis Scott Key wrote a poem; “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, which he published in the Patriot on September 20, 1814. That poem was later adapted and named  “The Star-Spangled Banner” – and became the national anthem of the United States. In 1916, it was adopted first by an Executive Order from President Woodrow Wilson  and then in 1931,  a Congressional resolution was signed by President Herbert Hoover

Eternal September –  Do you know that before September 1993,  AOL only added users to its server when college campuses opened in the fall? In September 1993,  Internet service provider America Online began offering Usenet access to its tens of thousands, and later millions, of users on a permanent and open basis. It started the shift that is now the open and full global access we enjoy today.

Positive Thinking Day On September 13th, a special positive thinking day is designated for  24 hours of the year. The goal is to make us stop and analyze how we perceive things around us and to choose better options that are elevating instead of enervating. Read more on the site as it offers great tips. More coming soon.  Yes, I said 12 but here’s a bonus #13   National Teddy Bear Day is celebrated on September 9. In November 1902, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt attended a bear hunt in Mississippi and refused to shoot a bear. Subsequently, a stuffed bear was created and named after him. By 1906 the teddy bear craze was at its peak and frankly, has not stopped. I love Teddys too.

A few other events of note include these important facts about this great month: Google  was first Incorporated in September 1998, The New York Times was first published in  September 1851, and Oprah Winfrey made the move to Chicago in September 1984. It was the start of her fantastic trailblazing career path. What about you? What special events happened in your world in September? Happy Labor Day!

Positive Motivation Tip:  Celebrate all that you cherish around you and then learn about new things to enjoy and applaud!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from  WPA School Poster, September 11 Montage, National Hispanic Heritage CelebrationInternational Literacy Day, and Autumn all from Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet



81 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/09/2014 10:29 am

    Wow… some events I have no idea with it.. Thanks for posting this so that i gain some knowledge 😉 But for sure I’m fear of Back to school >.<

  2. 02/09/2014 11:22 am

    This is a great list Elizabeth! Who can forget 9/11.. Such a horrible day and it often seems like it was just yesterday.. Can I add another to your list? My birthday, LOL 🙂

  3. FX777 Classified Articles permalink
    02/09/2014 2:25 pm

    Yes, lots of happenings were being remembered for the month of September. In other subject matter like, politics, science, sports, etc., most of it has its own contribution to remember. Fernando Lachica

  4. aimee permalink
    02/09/2014 3:34 pm

    September is the start of a new chapter.. new school year and (hopefully) brisk weather. Of course being in Texas that might come until November! I did not realize 9/11 was right around the corner.

  5. 02/09/2014 4:23 pm

    Bring on September!

  6. XmasDolly permalink
    02/09/2014 4:29 pm

    I never realized that the month of September had so many things to enjoy, and pray for. Duly noted, and thank you for sharing. Love your photos.

  7. 02/09/2014 4:36 pm

    September is also my hubby’s birthday and the birth of the new fall season on TV. Probably neither are as important as what you listed but I had to add them.

  8. 02/09/2014 5:14 pm

    I still can’t believe we’re already on September! Of all these in your list, the most unforgettable one I suppose is the 9/11 attack event.

  9. 02/09/2014 5:52 pm

    Who knew September had so much going for it? I’d prefer to focus on the positive events of the month

  10. athomesweett permalink
    02/09/2014 5:55 pm

    I really love this time of year! I hadn’t thought about all of these things occurring this month.

  11. evaarce permalink
    02/09/2014 6:26 pm

    Wow! You’ve got a lot events to celebrate this September! I hope you have a great day!

  12. rochkirstin permalink
    02/09/2014 7:02 pm

    We don’t celebrate national grandparents’ day and I’m also now aware that there’s even one. Haha. How do you celebrate it?

  13. Catherine S permalink
    02/09/2014 7:33 pm

    I never realized we had so many special days in September. Thank you for the list. My special day in September is the 18th which is my sons birthday.

  14. 02/09/2014 9:05 pm

    9/11 is what I will always remember September for. So sad.

  15. 02/09/2014 9:06 pm

    Lots of great days to mark down on the calendar and remember!

  16. 02/09/2014 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the reminder about National Preparedness month…I need to remember to pick up materials for earthquake preparedness!

  17. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    03/09/2014 12:11 am

    These are events to remember in September. I and my wife is celebrating our wedding anniversary this month. Who will not remember 9/11, a day of mourning for those who lost love ones on that fateful day. Autumn is one thing I would love to experience. I would love to see those autumn leaves.

  18. 03/09/2014 12:46 am

    Lots of events to remember in September. Personally, I have two others to add: a sad one (September 7th) and a happy one, my anniversary (September 14)!

  19. 03/09/2014 3:08 am

    Great post indeed. Wow I have never thought about all the stuff that went on in September and I don’t think many people have either. Thanks for sharing.

  20. 03/09/2014 3:49 am

    Literacy day! So important for our kiddos to read and write! Also on September 7 I turn 21! Woo! I never realized just how many things went on during September!

    • 04/09/2014 6:14 am

      My goodness Taylor! You are just starting your wonderful life. Literacy is very important to me as it helps us move our minds and make changes.

  21. 03/09/2014 4:04 am

    Here September is the start of the Christmas season. It’s really sad to remember 9/11 and how people can do such atrocities.

  22. 03/09/2014 4:05 am

    My husband asked me to marry him in September 🙂

  23. 03/09/2014 4:06 am

    Here, September is the start of Christmas season. It sad that 9/11 had to happen and how people can do such an inhuman act.

  24. bonniegowen permalink
    03/09/2014 5:51 am

    I don’t think anyone would forget 9/11, such a sad day. Thanks for reminding me of the others.

  25. 03/09/2014 5:58 am

    9/11 attacks is the most memorable moment in September.

  26. 03/09/2014 6:32 am

    Lots to think about in September! Even for more me personally, too.

  27. 03/09/2014 8:57 am

    It’s 12 for you but 1 for me… The 9-11 is perhaps one of the most significant date in my memory…as it was a major event that happened during my childhood period, destroying so many lives..

    • 04/09/2014 6:10 am

      I hear you! My kids were little too when it happened and they remember the pain, sadness and suffering from that period…

  28. 03/09/2014 10:22 am

    Thank you for this list. So interesting about every that happens in September. A lot of them I will never forget…

  29. Melissa Smith permalink
    03/09/2014 10:44 am

    I don’t think I ever realized there were so many events in September before. My son’s birthday is in September too.

  30. 03/09/2014 11:15 am

    There are many things to remember, aren’t there? Good and bad. We have two birthdays in September, so I’m always thankful for those. 🙂

  31. Vanessa Ally permalink
    03/09/2014 11:17 am

    I agree that all of the events listed here are important. However, I would like to say that 9/11 Attacks were so horrific that I am still haunted by the news showing the tragedy of so many people who lost beloved family members that day. I still pray for the families of the victims of those terrorists’ attacks.

    • 04/09/2014 6:07 am

      It remains a truly horrific event in my mind… Every year, i and many others mourn the needless loss of life that occurred that day.

  32. chrissy4gordon24 permalink
    03/09/2014 11:22 am

    Thanks for all of the reminders to these. Sept 11th is always a hard day.

  33. 03/09/2014 11:51 am

    Great, great post. so nice to see all the ‘blog’ reminders in one post. Off to write a few now…

  34. Asia Models (@asiamodels) permalink
    03/09/2014 2:06 pm

    wow the 9/11 to totally a thing to must remmebr

    • 04/09/2014 3:42 am

      Hi there, you consistently leave me comments that don’t make sense. Meaningful two sentence comments are the minimum.

  35. klg1982 permalink
    03/09/2014 7:14 pm

    Thanks for all the reminders! I love some of the fun little holidays

  36. Owen's Mom permalink
    03/09/2014 9:55 pm

    Yes, September is a busy month for us. Lots to do and remember. Throw in some birthdays and it will be crazy.

  37. 04/09/2014 3:01 am

    There’s a national grandparents day? Wow I didn’t know that LOL!! Thanks for telling~ I shall celebrate it with my parents this year then~ Hmm I guess they will be surprised as I have never celebrated this day with them before!

  38. 04/09/2014 4:13 am

    its nice to know that there are a lot of things happening on September! I’ve been living in Malaysia for a couple of years now and never heard of this! I guess i need to take note of this and get a calendar maybe? which is missing in our house to check and see for whats on every month worldwide and not just our local celebration here in Malaysia

    • 04/09/2014 6:12 am

      I bet there are lots of celebrations in Malaysia too. I like to observe the big ones and acknowledge the little ones.

  39. Hina Naz permalink
    04/09/2014 4:59 am

    Thanks for sharing. I was not aware of all events before this. xxx

  40. Aisha Kristine Chong permalink
    04/09/2014 11:58 am

    So many things are happening as soon as BER months comes in!

  41. 04/09/2014 1:15 pm

    your list made me nostalgic. 9/11 attacks, no one can forget it, no one 🙁

  42. patranila (@patranila) permalink
    05/09/2014 2:54 pm

    Lots of things in September. I had no idea there was so much!

  43. 05/09/2014 8:05 pm

    History lover would love this. The event was just devastating 🙁

  44. 06/09/2014 4:44 am

    Wow there is a long list in September, i only know about labor day but not all these days, thanks for increase my GK

  45. 06/09/2014 1:06 pm

    Beautiful quote at the beginning and a beautiful month. So many important days to remember and commemorate!

  46. 08/09/2014 8:39 pm

    I’m actually most excited of the International Literacy Day. Pretty sure, there will be a lot of book fairs then. I hope I get to join those fairs. And sadly, we don’t have autumn here in the Philippines. But I hope I get to experience that someday soon.

  47. Mary Osadolor permalink
    04/09/2020 12:02 pm

    Who knew all these memorable days in a beautiful month of September, but one that can never be forgotten is the 9/11. Lovely quotes.

  48. Stephanie permalink
    04/09/2020 2:31 pm

    I knew the big ones on here, but some of the lesser known ones are new to me. Although, I don’t think I’ve ever started school as late as September both when I was in school or now for my boys. We always start in August and are out by the end of May.

  49. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    04/09/2020 8:40 pm

    I’m always looking forward to my friend’s birthday when it’s September. And of course, it makes me sad to remember the 9/11 too.

  50. bigzubi permalink
    04/09/2020 9:15 pm

    Thanks for keeping us aware of the events of September. May good that knows no bounds follow us in this month and beyond.

  51. The Happy Mommie permalink
    04/09/2020 10:10 pm

    I can never forget 9/11 in America and 26/11 in India, victims family can never come over the loss

  52. Matt Taylor permalink
    05/09/2020 5:46 am

    So many memories about September come to mind. Growing up we always started school the day after Labor Day. Labor Day barbecues to celebrate the end of summer. Then the dreadful 9/11 attacks. I was in college when it happened and will always remember it.

  53. Monidipa permalink
    05/09/2020 8:58 am

    There are so many days, rather important days to remember, I just knew of 9/11 and International Literacy Day!

  54. Maria Arcenas permalink
    05/09/2020 10:19 am

    9/11 really is a date that’s seared in the memory of so many people, not just in the US. It’s crazy how we were all part of one of the most cowardly act ever done against humanity. – Kathy Ngo

  55. mike a. permalink
    05/09/2020 3:50 pm

    September is one of my favorite months, too. This year is way different, obviously, but much of the points you make are still relevant, and interesting!

  56. Lucy Clarke permalink
    05/09/2020 8:48 pm

    This is the first time I am hearing some of these events. Hooray for International Literacy Day! It’s very important to teach children to learn and develop a love for reading.

  57. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    06/09/2020 5:26 am

    I can’t believe we are coming up to 19 years since 9/11. That is crazy. I will always remember where I was when that happened.

  58. Lily permalink
    06/09/2020 5:41 am

    Did not realize that National Grandparents Day existed! Great time to run across this post.

  59. Ambuj permalink
    06/09/2020 6:05 am

    This is a nice compilation of days!! I dont have any grandparents alive but I would love to think about my granny on this day!

  60. Christa Anne permalink
    06/09/2020 5:08 pm

    Literacy Day and Positive Thinking Day are both new to me! They sound like fun ways to mark this month.

  61. Anne permalink
    07/09/2020 9:10 am

    These events are all worth remembering. I am excited for September because autumn is my favourite season of the year.

  62. Ruchie permalink
    08/09/2020 6:53 am

    This is really a great day which should be remembered!!

  63. Louise permalink
    08/09/2020 11:48 am

    Gosh, just breaks my heart. Some seem like just yesterday xxx

  64. Nkem permalink
    09/09/2020 11:23 pm

    It’s interesting to note how many of these important dates oare US centric. Thanks for sharing.

  65. christiana permalink
    10/09/2020 8:41 am

    Wow. This month is loaded with tons of memorable events. I’m looking forward to the positive thinking day, I think i need to bookmark it on my calendar so I can join in the celebration.

  66. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    11/09/2020 1:53 am

    Always love your post for the motivational uplift and this one for all the reminders thank you x

  67. jaidagarrison permalink
    21/09/2020 6:17 pm

    Wonderful post! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you decide to accept the nomination, please share a link to your post in the comments section. I would love to check out your answers!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/10/2020 10:05 am

      Thank you Jaida, I appreciate the nomination but I stopped participating in them years ago. Thank you for thinking about me and I applaud you and your generous and stellar blogging efforts. 🙂


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