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Special Days in October

Here’s the October Special Days list!  It’s filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and even some spooky stuff!  If you’re looking for something seasonal and fun to include in your lesson plans, a day to celebrate, or special foods to add to your menu, this list will give you some awesome ideas!

Resources for teaching through October, including a PDF of October’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Chiropractic
  • Church Library
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Depression Education and Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye Safety
  • Fair Trade
  • Feral Hog
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Thought
  • German-American Heritage
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Halloween Safety
  • Health Literacy
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Medical Librarian
  • Menopause
  • Orthodontic Health
  • Pastor Appreciation
  • Prescription Errors Education and Awareness
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Raptor Month
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Self-Promotion
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
  • Walk To School
  • Window Covering Safety
  • Work and Family
  • World Animal

October’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apple Jack
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Cookie
  • Country Ham
  • Cranberry
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • English Pudding
  • Farm to School
  • Pasta
  • Persimmons
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Pork
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhizomes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian Awareness

Special Days Without Set Dates

World Habitat Day – 1st Mon.
● Balloons Around the World Day – 1st Wed.
● Denim Day – 1st Fri.
● Diversity Day- 1st Fri.
● Story Telling Weekend – 1st Fri.
● World Smile Day- 1st Fri.
● Chestnut Week – 2nd full week
● School Lunch Week – 2nd full week
● Wolf Awareness Week – 2nd full week
● Clergy Appreciation Day – 2nd Sun.
● Fire Prevention Week begins – week with the 9th
● Metric Week – week with the 10th
● Canadian Thanksgiving – 2nd Mon.
● Columbus Day – 2nd Mon.
● Native American Day – 2nd Mon.
● Face Your Fears Day – 2nd Tues.
● Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day – 2nd Wed.
● Emergency Nurses Day – 2nd Wed.
● International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction – 2nd Wed.
● Top Spinning Day – 2nd Wed.
● World Sight Day – 2nd Thurs.
● Egg Day – 2nd Fri.
● Universal Music Day – 2nd Sat.
● Boss’ Day – Closest weekday to the 16th
● Bullying Bystanders Unite Week – 3rd full week
● Food Bank Week – the week of the 16th
● Character Counts Week – 3rd full week
● Chemistry Week – 3rd full week
● Freedom of Speech Week – 3rd full week
● Friends of the Library Week – 3rd full week
● School Bus Safety Week – Mon. of 3rd full week
● Forest Products Week – 3rd Sun.
● Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day – 3rd Mon.
● Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity – 3rd Tues.
● Hagfish Day – 3rd Wed.
● Medical Assistants Recognition Day – Wed. of 3rd full week
● Get Smart About Credit Day – 3rd Thurs.

  • Great American Shake Out – 3rd Thurs.
  • ● Sweetest Day – 3rd Sat.
    ● Bridge Day – 3rd Sat.
    ● Massage Therapy Week – last full week
    ● Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week – last full week
    ● Mother-In-Law Day – 4th Sun.
    ● Punky Night – last Thurs.
    ● Frankenstein Day – last Fri.
    ● Make a Difference Day – 4th Fri.& Sat.

Daily Specials for October With Set Dates

Oct. 1

  • CD Player Day
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Lace Day
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Nigeria Independence Day 1960
  • People’s Republic of China National Day 1949
  • Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Custodial Workers Day
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Guinea Independence Day 1958
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950

Oct. 3

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • East and West Germany Re-unification 1990
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Techie’s Day
  • Blues Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn born 1954
  • Virus Appreciation Day

Oct. 4

  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • St. Francis Day
  • Lesotho Independence Day 1966
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Jarrow March 1936
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Come and Take It Day
  • German-American Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • William Tyndale martyred 1536
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846

Oct. 7

  • First “American Bandstand” Broadcast 1952
  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island 1542

Oct. 8

  • Cephalopod Awareness Days (8-10)
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Chess Day
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • Uganda Independence Day 1962
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Fiji Independence Day 1970
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Republic of China/Taiwan National Day 1949
  • World Mental Health Day

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 launched 1968
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Coming Out Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884

Oct. 12

  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Fossil Day
  • Freethought Day
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814

Oct. 13

  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Greenwich  Mean Time established 1884
  • Patriot Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • William Penn born 1644
  • Photographic Film patented 1884

Oct. 15

  • 1st Manned Balloon Flight (tethered), 1783
  • Grouch Day
  • Handwashing Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Veterinary Technician Week begins
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Dictionary Day
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day
  • Saint Luke’s Day
  • World Menopause Day

Oct. 19

  • Cave Painting discovered in Verona, Italy 2000
  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Baseball’s Mickey Mantle born 193
  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day
  • Sloth Day
  • Architect Sir Christopher Wren born 1632

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Battle of Trafalgar 1805
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • CAP LOCKS DAY
  • Everyone Writes Day
  • Nut Day
  • Stuttering Awareness Day

Oct. 23

  • Battle of Edgehill 1642
  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Mole Day
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins (UN)
  • Food Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day
  • Zambia Independence Day 1964

Oct. 25

  • Charge of the Light Brigade 1854
  • Saint Crispin’s Day
  • Magic Week begins
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Explorer James Cook born 1728
  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • St Vincent and Grenadines Independence Day 1979
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates Day
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • St. Jude’s Day
  • Physician Jonas Salk born 1914
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Gateway to the West (St. Louis Arch) completed 1965
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • The New York Stock Exchange crashed (beginning of The Great Depression) 1929
  • Psoriasis Day
  • Turkey Independence Day 1923
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night (Devil’s Night)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) founded 1966
  • 1938 Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 

Oct. 31

  • All Hollows Eve/Halloween
  • Books for Treats Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

Special Days With Varying Dates:
● Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
● Rosh Hashana (sometimes Sept.)
● Fall Astronomy Day (sometimes Sept.)
● Ashura (sometimes Sept.)
● Yom Kippur (sometimes Sept.)
● Nuclear Science Week
● Sukkot (sometimes Sept,)
● Prescription Errors Education and Awareness Week
● Save For Retirement Week

Free Printable –  Special Days in October

October Special Days Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/10/01/learning-resources-for-special-days-in-october-2016/

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Special Days and Special Days Resource Lists Archive https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2018/01/05/special-days-archive/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/october.html

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-october

http://food.unl.edu/october-food-calendar

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/october.htm

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/oct.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy October!

betty jo

Special Days in May, 2020

May’s calendar is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2020 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in May, can be found at the end of this list.

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Homeschool Awareness
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2020 (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Loch Ness Monster Day
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Postcard Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Sears Tower Completion 1973
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Weather Observers Day
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Netherlands Independence 1945
  • Office Fax introduced 1964
  • Oyster Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *
  • Totally Chipotle Day

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • School Nurse Day *
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day

May 8

  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • No Socks Day
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Romania Independence (from Ottoman Empire) 1877
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Food Allergy Week *
  • Lipid Day
  • London Blitz 1941
  • Lupus Day
  • Mother’s Day (US) * (2nd Sun.)
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Shrimp Day
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Paraguay Independence 1811
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Pizza Party Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Doo Dah Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Drawing Day
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day * (3rd. Sun.)
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 18

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day

May 20

  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Cuba Independence 1902
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Timor-Leste Independence 2002
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • Ascension Day * (40 days after Easter)
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Linbergh Flight 1927
  • Montenegro Independence 2006
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Maritime Day
  • Sherlock Holmes Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Ramadan Ends *
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Ecuador Independence 1822
  • Empire Day/Commonwealth Day (UK)
  • Eritrea Independence 1993
  • Home Rule Act (Ireland) 1914
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Jordan Independence 1946
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Georgia Independence 1918
  • Guyana Independence 1966
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Author Ian Flemming born 1908
  • Hamburger Day
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Shavuot *
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Joan of Arc died 1431
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day
  • Macaroon Day
  • Pentecost *
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

PDF Special Days in May

May Resources (currently being updated for 2020)

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars, holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in. Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.se7en.org.za/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

https://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/

Happy May!

betty jo

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Special Days in November, 2019

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Special Days in September, 2019

September is loaded with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more! So, if you are looking for a reason to celebrate, a classroom theme,  a special topic to study, this day in history trivia, club meeting ideas, or a food to add to the menu, this list of Special Days in September, 2019 has lots to choose from!

Resources for teaching through September, including a PDF of September’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

September Themes

  • ADHD Awareness
  • Alopecia Areatas Awareness
  • Animal Remembrance
  • Atrial Fibrillation Month
  • Baby Safety
  • Back to School
  • Backpack Safety America
  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers
  • Blackpool Illuminations
  • Campus Safety
  • Chicken
  • Child Awareness
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety
  • Children’s Good Manners
  • Church Clipping
  • Classical Music
  • College Savings
  • Conkers
  • Coupon
  • Courtesy
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • DNA, Genomics, and Stem Cell Education
  • Fall Hat
  • Guide Dogs
  • Gynecology Cancer Awareness
  • Happy Cat
  • Hat Month
  • Head Lice Prevention
  • Healthy Aging
  • Hispanic Heritage
  • Home Furnishings
  • Hunger Action
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness
  • Library Card Sign-Up
  • Literacy
  • Little League
  • Million Minute Family Challenge (Sept. – Dec.)
  • Mold Awareness
  • One-On-One
  • People Skills
  • Piano
  • Preparedness
  • Prosper Where You Are Planted
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness
  • Read a New Book
  • Responsible Dog Ownership
  • Save a Koala
  • Save a Tiger
  • Sea Cadet
  • School Success
  • Self Improvement
  • Self-Awareness Month
  • Sewing
  • Shameless Promotion
  • Skin Care Awareness
  • Square Dancing
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Subliminal Communications
  • Update Your Resume
  • Women of Achievement
  • Women’s Friendship
  • World Animal Remembrance Month

September Food Themes

  • All American Breakfast
  • Apple
  • Better Breakfast
  • Blueberry Popsicle
  • Chicken
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Cholesterol Education
  • Food Safety Education
  • Fruit and Veggies — More Matters
  • Honey
  • Ice Cream Shake
  • Mushroom
  • Organic Harvest
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Whole Grains

September 2019 Daily Specials  (the * behind the special day means that the day falls on a different date from year to year)

Sept. 1

  • Buffalo Chicken Wings Days * (Sat. and Sun. before Labor Day)
  • Calendar Adjustment Day
  • Cherry Popover Day
  • Chicken Boy’s Day
  • Emma M. Nutt Day
  • Enthusiasm Week begins
  • Father’s Day (Australia and New Zealand) * (1st Sun.)
  • No Rhyme Nor Reason Day
  • Nutrition Week begins
  • Self-University Week begins
  • Waffle Week Begins * (1st full week)

Sept. 2

  • Bison-ten Yell Day
  • Blueberry Popsicle Day
  • Great Fire of London – 1666
  • Labor Day * (1st Mon.)
  • US Treasury Dept. established 1789
  •  VJ Day 1945
  • Vietnam Independence 1945

Sept. 3

  • Afternoon Tea Day
  • American Flag 1st Flown in Battle 1777
  • Another Look Unlimited Day * (Tues. after Labor Day)
  • National Wilderness system established 1964
  • Penicillin Discovered 1928 (some sources say Sept. 15 and others Sept. 30)
  • Qatar Independence 1971
  • San Marino Independence 301 AD
  • Skyscraper Day
  • Treaty of Paris signed  1783
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day
  • WWII – Great Britain, France, New Zealand, and Australia declare war on Germany Sept. 3-15,1939

Sept. 4

  • Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
  • Macadamia Nut Day
  • Newspaper Carrier Day
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • Missionary Marcus Whitman born 1802
  • Wildlife Day

Sept. 5

  • Bacon Day
  • Be Late For Something Day
  • Cheese Pizza Day
  • International Day of Charity
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Jesse James born 1847
  • Suicide Prevention Week begins
  • Voyager 1 launched 1977

Sept. 6

  • Jane Addams born 1860
  • Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Fight Procrastination Day
  • Horn Dance Day
  • Lazy Mom’s Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Magellan Completed 1st Circumnavigation of the World 1527
  • 1620 – Pilgrims Set Sail to the New World
  • Read a Book Day
  • Swaziland Independence 1968

Sept. 7

  • Acorn Squash Day
  • Brazil Independence 1822
  • Clean Out Your Garage Day * (Sat. after Labor Day)
  • Queen Elizabeth 1 born 1533
  • Grace Darling Day
  • Feel the Love Day
  • Google founded 1996
  • Hummingbird Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Artist, Grandma Moses born 1860
  • Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
  • Raggedy Ann patented 1915
  • Salami Day
  • Superhuman Day
  • Threatened Species Day
  • Trail of Tears Commemoration Day * (weekend after Labor Day)
  • Writing Day * (1st Sat.)

Sept. 8

  • Date Nut Bread
  • Grandparents Day * (Sun. after Labor Day)
  • Hug Your Hound Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Iguana Awareness Day
  • Inca Ice Maiden Day
  • International Literacy Day
  • 1519 – Magellan Set Sail for the 1st Around the World Voyage
  • Pet Memorial Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Vegetarian Awareness Week * (2nd full week)
  • Virgin Mary born  20 BC
  • Pardon Day
  • Physical Therapy Day
  • Popcorn Festival begins
  • 1st Star Trek TV broadcast 1966

Sept. 9

  • Ashura begins *
  • Boss/Employee Exchange Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • California Statehood 1850
  • Chrysanthemum Day
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day
  • Horn Dance * (Mon. after the 4th)
  • Line Dance Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Wienerschnitzel Day
  • Wonderful Weirdos Day

Sept. 10

  • Ants on a Log Day * (2nd Tues.)
  • Sewing Machine Patented 1846
  • Suicide Prevention Day
  • Swap Ideas Day
  • TV Dinner Day

Sept. 11

  • Assisted Living Week begins
  • Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Emergency Number Day
  • Hot Cross Bun Day
  • I Want to Start My Own Business Day
  • Last Night of the Proms
  • Libraries Remember Day
  • Make Your Bed Day
  • No News Is Good News Day
  • Odd Day
  • 9-11-2001 Remembrance Day / Patriot Day

Sept. 12

  • Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning married 1846
  • Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • Cleopatra’s Needle erected 1878
  • Day of Encouragement
  • Lascaux Cave Painting Discovery 1940
  • UN Day for South – South Cooperation
  • Video Game Day

Sept. 13

  • Bald is Beautiful Day
  • Celiac Awareness Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Author, Roald Dahl born 1916
  • Defy Superstition Day
  • Fortune Cookie Day
  • Milton Snavely Hershey (founder of Hershey’s Chocolate) born 1857
  • Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
  • Peanut Day
  • Positive Thinking Day
  • Programmers’ Day (256th day of the year)
  • Snack a Pickle Time
  • Stand Up to Cancer Day * (2nd Fri.)
  • Uncle Sam Day

Sept. 14

  • Creme Filled Donut Day
  • Drive Your Studebaker Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Eat a Hoagie Day
  • Farmer’s Consumer Awareness Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Handel’s ‘Messiah’ composed 1741
  • Holly Rood Day
  • Margaret Sanger born 1879
  • 1814 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key

Sept. 15

  • Battle of Britain Day 1940
  • Author Agatha Christie born 1890
  • Clean Hands Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Costa Rica Independence 1821
  • El Salvador Independence 1821
  • Farm Animals Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Guatemala Independence 1821
  • Honduras Independence 1821
  • Horseman’s Sunday * (3rd Sun.)
  • Nicaragua Independence 1821
  • Felt Hat Day
  • Greenpeace founded 1971
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Dot Day
  • LGBT Awareness Day
  • Linguine Day
  • Make a Hat Day
  • Neonatal Nurses Day
  •  Penicillin Discovered 1928 (some sources say Sept. 3 and others Sept. 30)
  • Pollution Prevention Week * (3rd full week)
  • Software Freedom Day
  • President William B. Taft born 1857

Sept. 16

  • Anna Bradstreet Day
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • Collect Rocks Day
  • Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
  • Gedaliah
  • Guacamole Day
  • Mayflower Day
  • Mexican Independence Day 1810
  • Play-Doh introduced 1955
  • Ozone Preservation Day
  • Papua New Guinea Independence 1975
  • Author, H.A. Rey born 1898
  • Stay Away from Seattle Day
  • Step Family Day
  • Woman Road Warrior Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Working Parents Day
  • Wrinkled Raincoat Day

Sept. 17

  • Apple Dumpling Day
  • Citizenship Day
  • Constitution Day
  • Constitution Week begins
  • School Backpack Awareness Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Time’s Up Day
  • Singer/Songwriter Hank Williams born 1923

Sept. 18

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  created 1947
  • Cheeseburger Day
  • Chile Independence 1975
  • 1851 – 1st Edition of the New York Times Published
  • Global Be Responsible Day
  • Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Week begins
  • Respect Day
  • Roadrunner Cartoon debut 1949
  • Singles Week
  • US Air Force Founded 1947
  • World Gurning Championships
  • World Water Monitoring Day
  • Yom Kipper *

Sept. 19

  • Balance Awareness Week begins
  • Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • George Cadbury (founder of Cadbury’s Cocoa and Chocolate Co.) born 1839
  • Mickey Mouse 1st appearance 1928
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day

Sept. 20

  • Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Punch Day
  • Tradesmen Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Women’s Friendship Day

Sept. 21

  • Alzheimer’s Day
  • Banana Festival
  • Belize Independence 1981
  • Big Whopper Liar Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Coastal Cleanup Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Eat an Apple Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • International Day of Peace
  • Malta Independence 1964
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • Peace One Day
  • Pecan Cookie Day
  • Red Panda Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Author H.G. Wells born 1866
  • Wife Appreciation Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • World Gratitude Day

Sept. 22

  • American Business Women’s Day
  • Band Aid Invented 1922
  • Bulgaria Independence 1908
  • Car Free Day
  • Centenarian’s Day
  • Dear Diary Day
  • Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day * (last Sun.)
  • Hobbit Day
  • Ice Cream Cone Day
  • International Day of Radiant Peace
  • Keep Kids Creative Week * (last week)
  • Mali Independence 1960
  • Peace Corps established 1961
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week * (last week)
  • Stonehenge Day
  • White Chocolate Day
  • World Rhino Day

Sept. 23

  • Autumn Equinox/1st Day of Fall *
  • Autumn Stroll Day
  • Checkers Day
  • Family Dinner Day * (4th Mon.)
  • Harvest Festival (UK)
  • Missionary John Hyde born 1858
  • International Homeschool Spirit Week * (4th Mon.)
  • Author William Holmes McGuffey born 1800
  • Mabon *
  • Neptune discovered 1846
  • Pot Pie Day
  • Saudi Arabia Independence 1932
  • Activist Victoria Woodhull born 1838

Sept. 24

  • Bluebird of Happiness Day
  • The Bullwinkle Show 1st aired 1961
  • Cherries Jubilee Day
  • George Cross instituted 1940
  • Jim Henson born 1936
  • Innergize Day * (day after equinox)
  • Monopoly (board game) introduced
  • Punctuation Day
  • Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
  • Teach Ag Day

Sept. 25

  • Ataxia Awareness Day
  • Bill of Rights ratified 1789
  • Comic Book Day
  • Dog Week begins
  • Greenwich Meantime (GMT) began 1676
  • Mars Observer launched 1992
  • Math Story Telling Day
  • One-Hit Wonder Day
  • See You at the Pole * (4th Wed.)
  • Poet, Author, Song writer Shel Silverstein born 1930
  • World School Milk Day

Sept. 26

  • Johnny Appleseed born 1774
  • Better Breakfast Day
  • Poet T. S. Eliot born 1888
  • European Day of Languages
  • Composer George Gershwin born 1898
  • The Muppet Show 1st aired 1976
  • Pancake Day
  • Shamu (the whale) Day
  • World Maritime Day *

Sept. 27

  • US Revolutionary /Patriot Samuel Adams born 1722
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day
  • Chimney Safety Week begins
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Corned Beef Hash Day
  • Crush a Can Day
  • Hug a Vegetarian Day * (last Fri.)
  • Love Note Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Evangelist / Philanthropist George Mueller born 1805
  • Native American Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
  • Save the Koala Day * (last Fri.)
  • Stockton & Darlington Railway opened 1825
  • World Tourism Day

Sept. 28

  • Artist Caravaggio born 1573
  • Fish Amnesty Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Fish Tank Floorshow Night
  • Good Neighbor Day
  • Family Health and Fitness Day * (last Sat.)
  • Hunting and Fishing Day * (4th Sat.)
  • International Right to Know Day
  • Kids’ Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Neighborhood Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Public Lands Day * (last Sat.)
  • Rabbit Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Strawberry Cream Pie Day
  • Saint Wenceslas Day
  • World Rabies Day

Sept. 29

  • Author Stanley Berenstain born 1923
  • Coffee Day
  • Confucius born 551 BC
  • Physicist Enrico Fermi born 1901
  • Happy Goose Day
  • Heart Day
  • Inventors Day
  • Michaelmas Day/ Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel
  • Rosh Hashanah *
  • Scotland Yard Formed 1829
  • VFW Day
  • William the Conqueror invaded England 1066

Sept. 30

  • Ask a Stupid Question Day * (last school day)
  • Botswana Independence 1966
  • Hot Mulled Cider Day
  • International Translation Day
  • Mud Pack Day
  • Nelson’s Column Construction began 1840
  • Penicillin Discovered 1928 (some sources say Sept. 3 and others Sept. 15)
  • Stapler patented 1841

RESOURCES:

Free Printable Download  – Special Days in September

My (growing) list of September Resources *currently being updated for 2019)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/09/01/special-days-resources-for-september/

And here’s the list of my favorite resources for help with any month’s Special Days lesson planning  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

 

Special Days in September Activity Companion – E-Book with 120 Activities for classrooms, homeschools, after school programs, and clubs. https://www.etsy.com/listing/531554432/september-special-days-activity-calendar?ref=listing-shop-header-0

 

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online themed calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/september.html

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/september.htm

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-september

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/september#vegetarian

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/sept.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy September!

betty jo

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