September Factoids

September 1-30

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September Observances (Month):

Hispanic Heritage (September 15 - October 15)

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans.

Several Latin American independence days are celebrated during this time, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. However, the celebration originated in September 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an executive order for the creation of Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the observance was extended to a month by President Ronald Reagan. 

  • View our Hispanic Heritage collection to learn more about Hispanic customs and cultures.


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March to the Sea

September 2, 1864: During the American Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman captured Atlanta, Georgia; as part of his "March to the Sea" campaign. Gen. Sherman sent a telegraph to President Abraham Lincoln, stating "Atlanta is ours, and fairly won." (SCETV Series And Specials)


National V-J Day

September 2, 1945: Officials announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies on August 15, 1945. The official signing of surrender took place on September 2, 1945, officially ending World War II.

President Harry Truman declared September 2 as "Victory Over Japan" (or, V-J) Day. This date commemorates the official Japanese surrender to the Allies, on board the U.S.S. Missouri. 


National Wildlife Day

Celebrated on September 4, National Wildlife Day focuses on endangered species, preservation, and conservation efforts around the world.


Wilbur Stevenson Smith

On September 6, 1911 Wilbur Stevenson Smith was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1990. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)

National Read a Book Day

Be sure to pick up a book and read today! 


John Eldred Swearingen

On September 7, 1918 John Eldred Swearingen was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1988. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)

National Grateful Patient Day

National Grateful Patient Day, celebrated on September 7, provides a day on which we can express our appreciation for those who work in the health care industry.


International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was first proclaimed in 1966, and is celebrated annually on September 8. The day provides an opportunity to consider the importance of literacy, not only internationally, but also locally. We encourage you to assist with reading initiatives wherever they exist in your community!


Remembering Our Heroes

There were 2,977 people killed during the attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Those whose lives were lost included 412 police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. 


International Day of Democracy

According to the U.N.,"The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. The values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy.  In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights."

  • View the International Day of Democracy Collection here

National Neonatal Nurses Day

National Neonatal Nurses Day is celebrated annually on Sept. 15.

  • View the video on neonatal nursing, a specialty in the health care profession in which nurses provide direct patient care to high-risk newborn babies. 

National Online Learning Day

  • Explore the resources that are available for online learning here on!



National Dance Day

National Dance Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in September. The day was established in 2010 by American Dance Movement co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, The day seeks to encourage Americans to incorporate dance into their lives, and emphasizes dance both as exercise and as a means of artistic expression. The American Dance Movement hopes to educate the public about dance and make dance available to all.

  • Explore our resources on Dance here on! 

National Gymnastics Day

View our Physical Education and Gymnastics resources! 

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Responsible Dog Ownership Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in September and encourages pet owners to fully commit to the needs of their pet and to care for their animals in responsible way.

  • View our Dog Lovers Collection and consider the benefits a dog brings but also the responsibilities for his or her care.



Constitution Day 

This federal holiday commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Constitution defines the structure of our federal government. It is the most remarkable political charter in history.



Air Force Birthday



National IT Professionals Day

A day to appreciate all who work in Information Technology!

National Voter Registration Day

This day encourages voter registration and is nonpartisan, inclusive and encourages everyone to be aware of your state's voter registration laws.

  • View our Ready To Vote website to learn about voting, gain an understanding of government, and learn about civic responsibility.



National Care for Kids Day

This day emphasizes the importance that caring for our kids has to our communities.




International Day of Peace

Established in 1981 International Day of Peace provides a date for all people, the world over, to commit to peace. In 2001, the General Assembly voted unanimously to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.


American Business Women's Day

This day honors the accomplishments of businesswomen. View our Women in Leadership Collection. 

Elephant Appreciation Day

Celebrated on Sept. 22, Elephant Appreciation Day reminds us how much we love elephants.

  • View the assortment of videos that are available on elephants here on!  

World Car Free Day

This day encourages motorists to take a day off from driving your vehicle and find other ways to go places that will not hurt the environment.

World Rhino Day

First celebrated in 2010 by World Wildlife Foundation - South Africa, the day is now internationally celebrated worldwide.


International Day of Sign Languages

The U.N. General Assembly has proclaimed September 23 as the International Day of Sign Languages to raise awareness of sign language in full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.

Jesse Jackson

On September 23, 1980, Jesse Jackson, who is an important national African American leader, spoke at a "Re-elect President Carter" rally on the State House steps. (History Of South Carolina Slide Collection)

National Public Lands Day 

Scheduled on the last Saturday in September, this day encourages visitors to enjoy public lands and to volunteer in many ways with upkeep and maintenance of public parks. 

  • View our National Great Outdoors Month collection to explore South Carolina's parks and refuges. Also included are views of our natural world from locations near and far! 






Bill of Rights

September 25, 1789: The first U.S. Congress proposed twelve amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Ten of these twelve amendments became known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is just as relevant today as it was over two hundred years ago. (Forgotten Founder and 27:Fifty)


World Tourism Day

On Sept. 27 each year, the world celebrates World Tourism Day. The Day encourages awareness of the importance of tourism, as well as its cultural worth.  

  • View the resources in our World Tourism Day collection.
  • Please note: In addition to the assets that are included in this collection, many of our featured Series related to tourism appear under Related Series in the World Tourism Day collectionThese Series take you to destinations all over South Carolina and beyond!



International Translation Day

On September 30, the feast of St. Jerome is celebrated. St. Jerome was a priest from Northeastern Italy, who is known for translating most of the Bible into Latin from the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Since 2005, the United Nations has invited its staff and students from select universities to compete in the UN St. Jerome Translation Contest, which rewards the best translations in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and German. The contest celebrates multilingualism and highlights the important role of translators in diplomacy.

  • Spanish Translations are currently being added to KnowItAll. Please visit the Spanish Translations Collection to view the resources that are currently available. As Spanish Translations are added, you will notice that programs will be listed under our Spanish Translations Tab; however, this is a work-in-progress. Resources with Spanish Translations will be continually added in the months ahead.

National Family Health & Fitness Day USA (last Saturday in September)

Scheduled the last Saturday in September, National Family Health & Fitness Day USA encourages families to find ways to engage in physical fitness together. The Health Information Resource Center organizes this day each year. The day was first celebrated in 1996. 


James Alfred Chapman

On September 30, 1921 James Alfred Chapman was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1987. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)



These factoids were compiled by Imani-Grace King, 2017 ETV Endowment Intern (Digital Media/Knowitall)
Updated by Andrew Davis, Production Coordinator (Digital Media/Knowitall)


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