Wonderful Weirdos Day
When: Always September 9
Wellcat promotes Wonderful Weirdos Day. It's a day to celebrate the weirdos in our lives (or maybe even celebrate your own weirdness). Weird can be akin to unnatural, unearthly or mysterious, according to Dictionary.com. More often it's used to mean odd, strange or different. The word originates from the Old English word "wyrd" that denoted something or someone concerned with a controlling destiny. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the Fates were called the "werde sisters," which may make you think of the witches in "Hocus Pocus."
In celebration of Wonderful Weirdos Day, enjoy the rest of the holiday observances for Sept. 9, all weirdly starting with the letter "w."
Wiener Schnitzel Day
While you may think it's some kind of hot dog or sausage, it's not. Wiener Schnitzel is breaded veal cutlets, according to The Foodtimeline. One Americanized variation on the dish is chicken-fried steak. Breading and pan-frying veal, chicken or other cuts of beef is one way to tenderize the meat.
William the Conqueror Death Anniversary
How weird it be to have your image woven on a famous tapestry? The origins of the Bayeux Tapestry, remain unknown, according to the Museum of Reading, but what it portrays is quite clear. A series of 13 scenes can be seen on the tapestry depicting the conquest of England by William I, The Conqueror. He was christened King of England after defeating Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which is shown on the tapestry. William was born sometime in 1082 in Normandy. The anniversary of his death is Sept. 9, 1087
'Welcome Back Kotter'
The show was wonderfully weird and let TV audiences to the Johnny Depp of his day, John Travolta. Before he strut his stuff on the disco dance floor in 1977's " Saturday Night Fever," before he starred in one of the most popular musicals of 1978 -- "Grease" -- he entered our living rooms thanks to the role of Vinny Barbarino, he played a "sweathog" alongside Ron Palillo, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Robert Hegyes. Gabe Kaplan was cast as the teacher trying to motivate and educate this motley crew. "Welcome Back Kotter" debuted on Sept. 9, 1975. The show continued through Aug. 10, 1979.
Origin of Wonderful Weirdos Day:
This special day was actually created by the good folks at Wellcat.com. They have created a number of special days and have actually copyrighted them so they can profit by it. Dontcha just love America!?
This Day in History September 9
Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned "Queen of Scots" in the central Scottish town of Stirling. (1543)
Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in Britain's mainland North American colonies prior to the American Revolution, erupts near Charleston, South Carolina. (1739)
The Continental Congress officially names its new union of sovereign states the United States. (1776)
Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington. (1791)
John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph. (1839)
California is admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state. (1850)
The Compromise of 1850 transfers a third of Texas's claimed territory (now parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming) to federal control in return for the U.S. federal government assuming $10 million of Texas's pre-annexation debt. (1850)
American Civil War: The Union Army enters Chattanooga, Tennessee. (1863)
World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army. (1914)
The U.S. National Broadcasting Company is formed. (1926)
World War II: The Battle of Hel begins, the longest-defended pocket of Polish Army resistance during the German invasion of Poland. (1939)
George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer. (1940)
World War II: A Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on Oregon. (1942)
First actual case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. (1947)
Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. (1956)
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is established. (1965)
Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages, becoming the first hurricane to top $1 billion in unadjusted damages. (1965)
The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. (1966)
In Canada, the Official Languages Act comes into force, making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government. (1969)
The four-day Attica Prison riot begins, which eventually results in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison. (1971)
In Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team discovers a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world. (1972)
The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state. (1993)
A natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, creates a "wall of fire" more than 1,000 feet (300 m) high. (2010)