September is the 9th month of the year and marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern hemisphere.
The name September comes from the Latin septem for seven, since this was the seventh month of the Roman calendar. The month was named during a time when the calendar year began with March, which is why its name no longer corresponds with its placement in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. September starts on the same day of the week as December each year, but does not end on the same day of the week as any other month in the year.
September has three birth flowers: the forget-me-not, the morning glory and the aster. Forget-me-nots represent love and memories, asters represent love as well, and the morning glory represents unrequited love. These are all very passionate flowers.
The birth stone for the month is the sapphire. The sapphire represents clarity of thought, intuition, and peacefulness. In traditional medicine it is used to treat fevers and reduce inflammation. Sapphire reduces anxiety and procrastination and gives the wearer luck.
Here is an interesting list of trivia about September:
- Labor Day is the most well known holiday in September. It is observed every year on the first Monday in September.
- Native American Day is always celebrated on the 4th Friday of September.
- Grandparent's Day is observed in the United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
- In the northern hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox occurs and fall begins. This takes place on September 22nd or 23rd, depending on the year.
- President William McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901 while attending the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in New York. He passed away eight days later on September 14, 1901.
- The 1st Continental Congress was called to order on September 5, 1874.
- The Continental Congress changed the name of the United Colonies to the United States on September 9, 1776.
- September 24th, 1789 - the US Supreme Court was established.
- The United States was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. Almost 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC died because of the attacks that took place on that day.
- On September 5th, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a hijacking bill, making air piracy a crime punishable by death or imprisonment.
- Former President Richard M. Nixon was given an unconditional pardon, for his role in the infamous "Watergate" fiasco by President Gerald Ford, September 8, 1974.
- World War II began in September, 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland.
- The Great Fire of London occurred on September 2, 1666.
- On September 18, 1851 the infamous New York Times newspaper published it first edition.
- Band-Aids were invented in the month of September.
- George Eastman got his patent for the roll-film camera, in September of 1888 and the Eastman-Kodak company soon was off to becoming one of America's major corporations.
- September is National Chicken Month as well as Cholesterol Awareness Month in America.
- The very first comic strip was printed in an American newspaper on September 11th, 1875.
- The famous leader singer of the classic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury was born on September 5th, 1946 on the island of Zanzibar.
- The poem "Mary had a Little Lamb" was published September 1st, 1830.
- September 5th, is National Cheese Pizza Day.
- September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day.
- September 16th id National Play-Doh Day.
- September 19th is "Talk Like A pirate Day" around the world… an International event.
- September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.
- The 4th week of September is National Dog Week.